Cleveland, Ohio (PressExposure) April 27, 2008 -- What is this thing called Free Trade?
We searched history books and dictionaries for the answer.
The best descriptive word that pops out is "exchange".
The dictionaries and history books define trade as an exchange of goods and commodities. Free Trade is defined as the unrestricted international exchange of goods and commodities.
However, the Free Trade we know today is primarily about moving production and factories from place to place for the sake of cheaper labor. From that it evolved into the outsourcing and in sourcing for the sake of cheaper labor.
Thus the value of labor has become the major commodity being traded. And labor is about workers who are human beings. Therefore human beings end up as human commodities in Free Trade. What we call Free Trade today is primarily base on the value of labor and not the exchange of goods and commodities. And it is a downward devaluation of workers wages.
The history books tell us about this kind of trade. It was called the slave trade which was defined as the buying and selling of them for a profit. Free Trade today is very close to this practice with it seeking the lowest levels of labor down to wage slave and even child labor. Thus , Free Trade is all about putting workers on a global block to compete with each other for the same jobs to the advantage of corporate profits.
So Free Trade is not trade as historically practiced and defined but it is closer to the definition of the Slave Trade than any other kind of trade.
The first question that follows is this.
1. Did we have to compete like this in a global arena. Our older economic models were based on local value added economies where the value of work was pretty much in balance with the value of goods. There was a surplus value. There was enough value left to help restart the Europe and Japanese economies with the examples of Lend Lease, the Marshall Plan and other assistance programs. The U.S. led the way in humanitarian efforts in the world. The idea was to duplicate success and not isolate it to a few. It was working until something chose to radically altered it.
2. Was there a conspiracy involved. Most likely there was but we do not need conspiracy theories to know that Free Trade and Globalization did not evolve in any natural economic fashion but were driven and managed by external powers outside the will of the people and it is obvious workers had no voice in the process.
3. How old is Free Trade? Free Trade did not start with the passing of NAFTA, GATT and the WTO. The U.S. Federal Government sponsored the moving of production and factories outside the USA starting in 1956. This supposedly temporary program evolved into the Maquilador Factory program in Mexico. In the 1980s while Hillary Clinton was on the Board of Directors for Wal-Mart about 1000 U.S. factories were moved to Mexico. By 1992, there were 2000 U.S. factories in Mexico prior to the passing of NAFTA. After President Clinton forced the passage of NAFTA, the number quickly doubled to 4000. Politicians usually use the passing of NAFTA in 1994 as their reference point for Free Trade but It was set in place much earlier than this.
Free Trade is truly a Hoax which made victims out of the American workers and workers throughout the world. As noted above - it is not real trade based on exchange but it is all about the discounting of the value of labor for the sake of profits.
Resources: Any dictionary and most history books and see Tapart News and Art that Talks or Explore the lost worlds in the Globalist Free Trade Flat World of Thomas Friedman from the New York Times, the Clintons, the Bush family and Alan Greenspan from The Age of Turbulence - (see many posts here at Bizarre Politics.COM at [http://www.bizarrepolitics.com/confessions-for-history])