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Shafted: Free Trade and America's Working Poor
     

Shafted: Free Trade and America's Working Poor

by Christine Ahn (Editor), Anuradha Mittal (Introduction), Dennis Kucinich (Foreword by)
 

NAFTA. The WTO. Trade agreements are supposed to benefit us all. Instead, in the decade since they've been in effect, life has become much worse for millions of ordinary Americans. Hundreds of thousands of people are out of work. Farmers earn less than it costs to grow their crops, but consumer prices are still rising.

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NAFTA. The WTO. Trade agreements are supposed to benefit us all. Instead, in the decade since they've been in effect, life has become much worse for millions of ordinary Americans. Hundreds of thousands of people are out of work. Farmers earn less than it costs to grow their crops, but consumer prices are still rising. White-collar jobs are following factory jobs out of the country-forever. Taxpayers foot the bill for the social, economic, and environmental wreckage. And our government pushes more and more free trade as the answer to problems created by...free trade.

In Shafted, working people-family farmers and farm workers, fishermen and seamstresses-describe the ruin free trade has brought to them, their families, and their towns. These aren't theorists; these are the voices of experience. And they're telling us, clearly and eloquently, that it's time to stop the madness that enriches a few companies at the cost of things so many Americans hold dear: justice, human rights, community, family, and the dignity of work and of workers.

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, calls Shafted "A moving testimony to the damage "free trade" wreaks on ordinary Americans. The people have spoken. Will the powerful deign to listen?" Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, says "Before our politicians sign one more disastrous deal, they should all be tied down and forced to read this extraordinary and important book."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780935028928
Publisher:
Food First / Institute For Food & Development Policy
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.32(d)

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