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Why it’s so hard for most countries to be economically independent from the West

Why is it so difficult even for huge countries with large, diversified economies to maintain independence from the West?

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Conservative Commentator George Will Blasts Trump, Says China's Leader Is Now 'Most Powerful'

Conservative Washington Post columnist George Will released a startling video claiming that President Donald Trump has reduced the power of the American presidency, and in turn, changed the global order.

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Democrats Should Steal Trump's Thunder on Trade

By preferring the support of domestic to that of foreign industry, he [the entrepreneur] intends only his own security, and by directing that industry in such a manner as its produce may be of the greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention.

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Why Trump Is So Clumsy About Fighting 'Free Trade'

President Trump announced last week that he plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum. It’s important to note that any policy pronouncement from this president is done within the paradigm of a real estate wheeler-dealer who sees deals of any kind as a zero-sum game. I win, and you lose; there is no such thing as a good trade deal that works as a win-win for both sides.

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Labor Unions to Trump: No More Trickle-Down Trade Deals

Free trade be damned.

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Trump May Have Killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but Food Justice Advocates Shouldn't Be Celebrating

Donald Trump has killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The United States was to be the largest partner in a treaty that attempted to bring 40 percent of the world’s economy into one trading region. The decision is huge. The silence is deafening.

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What Does Donald Trump Actually Intend to Do About America's Trade Problems?

Shortly after Donald Trump enters the White House, we should get an answer to a key question from his campaign: What does he actually intend to do about trade? Trade was one of his main issues when he campaigned in the key industrial states that he won in November.

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In Not Opposing the TPP, Democratic Platform Committee Gives Trump a Big Gift

The Democratic Party’s elites must not think that trade and jobs will be big issues in the coming election. Apparently, they’ve never listened to a Donald Trump speech, and didn’t notice that working-class people in the United Kingdom just voted to “Brexit” from the European Union (EU) over these issues.

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Public Rage at Glaring Inequality and Mass Downward Mobility Are Fueling the Bernie and Trump Phenomena

Jack Nicholson dryly noted that his mother once called him a son of a bitch—and didn't comprehend the irony.

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Gutless Democrats Fear Fights: Why Triangulating Neoliberal Clintonites Back Big Business Over People

As the Democratic primary heated up to the boiling point, one particular line of attack on Bernie Sanders had the distinctively Karl Rove-ian stench of attacking Sanders’ strength. VoxSlate and AEI all bought the spin and struck the same theme: “If Bernie Sanders cares about poor people, how come he doesn’t want to trade with them?”

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Robert Reich on the Big Lie About Free Trade

I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains.

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