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  •  In some hypothetical long-term future. (14+ / 0-)

    Redefining the national interest and establishing an actual trade policy would solve it much sooner.

    If goods and services were indexed to labor (including wage & benefit) and environmental standards, then trading could involve tariffs and put countries on equal footing. If we did this, we could certainly put together a coalition of leading economic powers to buy in and help enforce the terms globally.

    Then and only then can we end this lie that "free" global markets require  head to head competition in a race to the bottom. Markets aren't free. Period. They may be unregulated, in which case the plutocrats commandeer them without restraint. Or they are regulated, in which case some efforts are actually made to provide for competition. In the latter case, there is no reason why the regulations could or shouldn't also provide for reasonable labor and environmental standards around the globe.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries.

    by Words In Action on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:16:44 AM PST

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