A Short History of American Empire

Review of The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the birth of American Empire, by Stephen Kinzer   Toward the end of this history of the domestic conflict over U.S. overseas expansion at the close of the nineteenth century, Stephen…

Trump’s Nafta Trap

Donald Trump’s promise to renegotiate or tear-up the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement was a major reason why he won the support of working class voters in the Midwestern states that were crucial to his election. It’s also a…

Lesson for Democrats: Back to Class

According to President Obama, the election that gave Donald Trump and the Republicans full control of the federal government and their greatest dominance at the state level since the Civil War had nothing to do with his policies. We Democrats…

U.S. Trade Policy – Time to Start All Over

Anger over the impact of international trade on jobs, wages, and opportunities was a major cause of Donald Trump’s election. As the Democratic Party’s politicians and pundits search through the rubble of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for clues to her stunning…

TPP: The “National Security” Sales Pitch

During the 1993 congressional debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, a Democratic Congressman with a solid pro-labor voting record asked me why I thought NAFTA would be bad for working people. “Well, you may be right about the…

Free Trade in Moral Hypocrisy

U.S. trade policy of the last 20 years, if not dead, is on life- support. The economic case for the series of neoliberal trade deals since the North American Free Trade Agreement has collapsed in the wake of job losses,…

Orlando and the War

The first casualty of War is Truth -Aeschylus     The massacre in Orlando triggered a predictable sandstorm of political and pundit opinion on the causes and prevention of these horrible events. Among other things, Trump blamed Obama, Clinton blamed guns,…

Why Is Iran Our Enemy?

“Where are you from?” the elderly man asked politely, as my wife and I strolled through his small Iranian village in early May. “America,” I answered. “Wonderful,” he said, grabbing my shoulders and giving me the traditional three kisses on…

Brexit: The Unintended Consequences

On June 23, British voters will go to the polls to accept or reject a proposal that Britain leave the European Union. The latest polls show the vote in favor the British exit, or “Brexit”, narrowly ahead.   The case…

Trade “Experts” Don’t Follow Their Own Dots

The presidential primary campaigns of both parties have exposed widespread voter anger over US global trade policies. The candidate have responded: Trump, Clinton and Cruz have joined Bernie Sanders in opposition to the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership, which the Obama…