Like its predecessor, the Biden administration has largely dispensed with the idea of free trade as a goal in and of itself. Free trade has benefited mostly corporations at the expense of lost jobs at home. Finally people are waking up to the fact free trade has done more damage at home … Continue reading In Washington, ‘Free Trade’ Is No Longer Gospel – The New York Times
The idea that the nation state would wither away was based on three separate arguments. The first was that the barriers to the global free movement of goods, services, people and money … Continue reading The truth is that Trump has a point about globalisation
Trade deals were hammered out in secret by multinationals at the expense of workers and citizens. Benefits must be shared if the global economy is to work The fact that these free … Continue reading Globalisation: time to look at the past to plot the future
Ottawa’s negotiators are pushing Mexico on its corporate-sanctioned unions, which are accused of negotiating collective agreements unfavourable to workers and targeting American right-to-work laws that allow workers in unionized shops to refuse … Continue reading Canada demands U.S. end ‘right to work’ laws as part of NAFTA talks
(Reuters) – Chinese textile firms are increasingly using North Korean factories to take advantage of cheaper labor across the border, traders and businesses in the border city of Dandong told Reuters. The clothes made in North Korea are labeled “Made in China” and exported across the world, they said. Using North Korea … Continue reading North Korea factories humming with ‘Made in China’ clothes, traders say | Reuters
Technology enables employers to erode our autonomy, and lax laws let exploitation thrive It’s not technology that’s been replacing jobs, it’s allowing jobs be outsourced to countries where lax laws allow workers … Continue reading Worry less about robots and more about sweatshops | The Guardian
When it comes to Brexit, Labour is caught between a rock and a hard place. With both the party and its electoral base divided, and passions running high on both sides, it … Continue reading What Would It Look Like to Build a Politics That’s Open to People But Closed to Big Money?
Rich countries export air pollution, and its associated mortality, as they import goods 22% of these deaths are from countries like the United States using cheap labor in China for example and … Continue reading Global air pollution: Airborne particles cause more than 3m early deaths a year
Undercover investigation by China Labor Watch exposes low wages, hazardous chemicals and overtime beyond legal limits That Mattel Hot Wheels toy you’re giving your child this Christmas, made by a Chinese worker … Continue reading The grim truth of Chinese factories producing the west’s Christmas toys
Apple is reportedly asking its manufacturing partners to investigate moving iPhone production to the United States, according to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei. This would be a great thing if they did it! … Continue reading Apple is reportedly trying to move iPhone manufacturing to the US
If you needed proof that trade agreements are just an excuse to hand big business power at our expense, look no further than Ceta, a deal between the EU and CanadaLike the … Continue reading Think TTIP is a threat to democracy? There’s another trade deal that’s already signed
But it now appears that globalization reaches its limits. These limits exist for two reasons. Firstly, there is the environmental limit. Globalization leads to very strong forms of specialization. There is of … Continue reading How Far Should We Push Globalisation?