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Eschaton: Comments on Free Trade
I'll repost what I had to say there. Its less formal because its a "comment" but I'll bring it up here for your digestion.
Its so refreshing to see so many people finally getting it. Thank you thank you thank you, it was a long hard slog (to borrow a phrase) and requireed lots of repetition.
Its funny that only now, the so called "left" as represented by Eschaton readers, namely the more affluent liberal variety are just now coming around the realities of what this whole anti-globalization thing was all about. For years we heard this same crowd poo-pooing the anti-G movement because they bought into the terms dictated by the economic puppetmasters (even the term anti-globalization!). They were perfectly happy to reap the short term benefits of selling out manufacturing because it fit with their whole Democratic-President-Saves-the-World mythology. While the grubby people that work with their hands were "rightfully" losing their jobs to "free trade" they fiddled and bought old Commodore 64's on Ebay. Now of course we see the price of their complacence. The main damage was done under Clinton and not Bush. Bush just happens to be an extraordinary asshole on top of it all. The anti-G movement grew under Clinton for a good reason. We all knew that trade policies would have the predictable results. What passed for media discussion of the issue was a combination of a thumbed through version of Economics For Dummies and corporate talking points.
It pains me to see the current crop of Democratic candidates trying to capture the Clinton aura while at the same time trying to pretend the free trade disaster was not all his fault. I've always suspected that Clinton's greatest crime against the GOP was not his liberalism but his blatent attempt to take over the corporatist arm of the Republicans and claim it for the Democrats. Isn't that what the DLC is all about, a pro-corporate arm of the Democrats?
There was good reason to believe that Gore would continue these corporate friendly policies. THIS more than anything fueled the mass defection to the Greens in the 2000 race. I still maintain (though you dare not mutter such blasphemy at DalyKos) that the dems strayed into GOP territory to shore up their funding, thus disaffecting their base. Nader was a symptom people, get over it!
With any luck, and its seems likely, the dems have rediscovered their roots and realized that unless they represent the working people of America they don't have squat.
Good night and my God continue to bless this blog!
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