From Publishers Weekly
Brown, a Democratic congressman from northeastern Ohios steel belt, is a veteran of legislative battlesdescribed here in gory, arm-twisting detailover NAFTA, GATT and other trade agreements, and in this impassioned polemic, he rebuts the usual rationales offered by free traders. Our current free trade agenda, Brown insists, is an un-American departure from a history of tariffs and government intervention aimed at developing the nations economy and protecting workers and the environment from the excesses of the market. He contends that free trade doesnt promote growth in either developed or developing countries, but simply shifts well-paying American jobs to Third World sweatshops. There, miserably underpaid workers, denied workplace safety regulations or the right to unionize, cant buy the products they make, which creates imbalances of supply over demand and thus contributes to global economic stagnation. Rather than spreading American values around the globe, he argues, free trade buttresses the power of authoritarian regimes like Chinas. Indeed, in Browns view, no one benefits from unregulated trade except corporations and rich investors, eager to deploy their assets wherever labor and the environment are most profitably exploited. Although not systematically developed, Browns fact-filled argument is a cogent critique of American trade policies in a punchy left-populist style that is rarely heard in Washington these days.
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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
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"Sherrod Brown reveals the power, corruption, and lies behind U.S. trade policy." —Eric Schlosser