Tag: Trade

  • What’s Behind the Trade War?

    Trump’s burgeoning trade war is more about asserting U.S. dominance in the world than helping American workers – writes David Kotz. Keep reading »

  • What’s Driving Trade Tensions Between the U.S. and China

    There is a lot of concern over the possibility of a trade war between China and the USA. In early April, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his administration was considering levying $100-billion of additional tariffs on Chinese exports, after the Chinese government responded to a previously proposed U.S. tariff hike on Chinese goods of … Keep reading »

  • Workers Need an Industrial Policy Not Tariffs

    Meeting in Chicago on Friday, March 9, the UE General Executive Board issued the following statement on President Trump’s announcement about steel and aluminum tariffs. Keep reading »

  • Trumping NAFTA: Free Trade versus Democratic Planning

    Opposition to ‘free trade’ is in the air again, though not in the way most of us expected or hoped. Three decades ago, the move to guarantee, extend and deepen Canada’s economic integration with the United States by way of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two states mobilized an impressive though ultimately … Keep reading »

  • Trump’s Trade Policy Agenda: More Liberalization

    President Donald Trump has been portrayed as a protectionist. His immediate cancellation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) upon assuming the presidency, as well as his support for the border adjustment tax proposed by the Republican leadership in Congress, seems to confirm this portrayal of his foreign economic policy leanings. However, a different conclusion emerges from … Keep reading »

  • NAFTA Redux

    The new Trump administration has made the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico and the United States, a major issue in its relations with its two neighbours. Recently, Trump has threatened to tear it up. With his standard nationalist demagogy, he claims “previous bad trade deals,” have cost the United States many … Keep reading »

  • Trump’s Economic Policies Are No Answer To Our Problems

    President Trump has singled out unfair international trading relationships as a major cause of US worker hardship. And he has promised to take decisive action to change those relationships by pressuring foreign governments to rework their trade agreements with the US and change their economic policies. While international economic dynamics have indeed worked to the … Keep reading »

  • Unpacking CETA

    “The Parties hereby establish a free trade area…” — CETA Article 1.4 “Trade, like Religion, is what every Body talks of, but few understand: the very Term is dubious, and in its ordinary Acceptation, not sufficiently explain’d.” — Daniel Defoe, A Plan of the English Commerce (1728) The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement … Keep reading »