Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice Are Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global Economy

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In The Great Betrayal, Buchanan charges the architects of NAFTA and GATT with selling out the middle class and turning their backs on the nation. As the voice of populist conservatism, he speaks to the desperation of the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs as a result of the free-trade policies of the Global Economy. He shows how by exporting jobs to Asia and Mexico, the corporate elite is destroying the American dream and profiting from the exploitation of sweatshop labor. Abandoned by their ...
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In The Great Betrayal, Buchanan charges the architects of NAFTA and GATT with selling out the middle class and turning their backs on the nation. As the voice of populist conservatism, he speaks to the desperation of the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs as a result of the free-trade policies of the Global Economy. He shows how by exporting jobs to Asia and Mexico, the corporate elite is destroying the American dream and profiting from the exploitation of sweatshop labor. Abandoned by their government, American workers are being forced to compete with cheap Third World labor and, inevitably, are losing out. Basing his arguments on the principles of our Founding Fathers and using real-life stories to illustrate the plight of the working class, Buchanan raises an impassioned call to arms. He offers a "new economic nationalism" and invites a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party in 2000 on the issues of national sovereignty and social justice. Republicans, neoconservatives, and Democrats cannot let his charges go unanswered.
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Everyone's favorite right winger clobbers the global economy.
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This book is exactly what you expect it to be. As a political adviser, journalist, and presidential candidate, Buchanan is no shrinking violet, and after only a few pages, the reader of this volume will wonder if he writes his drafts in all caps. Whatever oneĆ¾s politics, it is impossible not to marvel at Buchanan's energy, individuality, and certainty about the world. The unique thing about Buchanan is not that he defies labeling, but rather that so many borderline oxymoronic labels apply: populist Republican partisan; strident nostalgic nationalist; social conservative intent on stirring things up. And, of course, there are the villains that populate Buchanan's world: "cloistered academics," "new-class journalists," economists, elites, Washington, D.C., and, of course, liberals. But while the effects of an odd selective vision (magnifying what he wants to see and obscuring complicating factors) are everywhere, it would be a mistake to read this book only for the entertainment value. Buchanan begins with a harangue about free traders killing America, follows with a protectionist's history of America, and concludes with recent events that indicate the forces of good may yet triumph over the evil of free trade. While trade is the surface theme throughout, however, the deeper argument reveals more about Buchanan's politics. But what is it? He claims to be writing about economic justice, "closing the divisions and easing the tensions in society that emanate from the economic order," but this claim is suspect. At best such concerns are addressed indirectly while carefully skirting genuinely redistributive policies. A more likely candidate is his distinction between nationalistsand globalists, ultimately a cultural and intellectual rather than an economic division. This seems to be the culture war Buchanan wants to fight and where he toys with moving beyond strong arguments to demagogic rhetoric. Inspiring and infuriating. (illustrations, not seen)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316115186
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.43 (d)

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    In-depth guide on why the American working class is becoming obsolete

    Even 10 years ago, political expert, media commentator and former two-time presidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan argued that free trade could undermine the United States' economic well-being. In this pivotal volume, he expressed particular concern about the loss of U.S. workers' industrial jobs to overseas countries, a trend he felt even then could threaten the middle class. He argued for a return to tariffs to protect U.S. industries and for an end to participation in multilateral trade pacts and international organizations that operate contrary to the interests of the U.S. Buchanan, long a well-known spokesman for the staunchly conservative position in American politics, speaks from experience and knowledge, though those from the liberal wing might disagree with his conclusions. His expertise is evident, even to the free traders he is vigorously disputing. Read with the perspective of time passing, getAbstract finds that his book offers thoughtful ideas and a powerful argument for a more independent and nationalistic United States.

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