Myths of Free Trade: Why American Trade Policy Has Failed

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"U.S. Representative Sherrod Brown - a leading progressive voice in Congress - takes apart free-trade dogma, myth by myth." Ten years after NAFTA, free-trade policies have not brought prosperity to Mexican workers, and more than one million American jobs have been lost as a result of the agreement. Do free-trade pacts foster democracy? Brown examines the facts. Are fast-track agreements necessary to fight the war on terrorism? Brown dissects the arguments and the evidence.
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Overview

"U.S. Representative Sherrod Brown - a leading progressive voice in Congress - takes apart free-trade dogma, myth by myth." Ten years after NAFTA, free-trade policies have not brought prosperity to Mexican workers, and more than one million American jobs have been lost as a result of the agreement. Do free-trade pacts foster democracy? Brown examines the facts. Are fast-track agreements necessary to fight the war on terrorism? Brown dissects the arguments and the evidence.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Sherrod Brown demolishes the seven myths of NAFTA, and the ‘wonders’ of free-trade. . . . In Brown we have an eloquent public servant—rather than a go-along private one." —Studs Terkel

"Sherrod Brown reveals the power, corruption, and lies behind U.S. trade policy." —Eric Schlosser

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595581242
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/19/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author


United States Senator Sherrod Brown serves on the Senate Committee on Finance, the Senate Committee on Banking, the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, and the Veterans Affairs Committee. Previously, he represented Ohio’s 13th Congressional District and served on the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. Brown has also taught in Ohio public schools and at the Ohio State University. He is the author of Congress from the Inside. He lives in Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : mythmaking 1
Ch. 1 Myth 1 : Americans believe in free trade 7
Ch. 2 Myth 2 : free-trade agreements are necesaary to fight the war on terrorism 27
Ch. 3 Myth 3 : free trade is an extension of American values abroad 49
Ch. 4 Myth 4 : free trade leaves most people better off - in rich and poor nations alike 69
Ch. 5 Myth 5 : free trade will bring democracy , human rights, and freedom to authoritarian nations 97
Ch. 6 Myth 6 : the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a success 137
Ch. 7 Myth 7 : free trade is a great American tradition 175
Ch. 8 A model for fair trade and a call to action 201
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