It would seem to those applying common sense that if one fully wished to capitalize upon the markets, free trade would be the epitome of an awesome idea.
Isolationist and xenophobic approaches to social policy is contradictory to good business sense and extreme protectionism is detrimental to the progression in evolution of our species and development of all nation states.
Pardon the digression, but on this tangent, this is why I’ve had such a difficult time understanding the choice to embrace Donald Trump for American President. I’ve never endorsed Trump and I still won’t, but I do hope he wins over that criminal Hillary Clinton. And if becoming President, I hope Trump changes gears from the grandstanding misogynistic narcissistic xenophobic protectionist showboating of the campaign trail to leader of the free world — more importantly, I hope he remembers that isolating the USA from the rest of North America is counter intuitive. I find Trump’s current statements to be inconsistent with his position as a well-respected business leader. Sure NAFTA is by no means perfect but on the whole, the net benefit to both the Canadian and American economies has and continues to outweigh any negative impact otherwise observed or noted (the same can be said for NATO). The ‘Trump Stance’ is remarkably short-sighted — American sovereignty is NOT sacrificed by working within a global economy.
Back to the topic at hand, globalization is the end-game of Agenda 2030; free trade is not an agent of socialization or globalization; it is merely an agreement between two (or more) different countries.
Globalization refers to the ideologue of one world government or a ‘New World Order’. It refers to anointing an unelected, and therefore unaccountable, political body to oversee the affairs of the world (the United Nations currently serves as the best example to illustrate this point, especially through their proposed Agenda and the various spin-offs that have emerged). To fully understand this concept, it directly depends upon how one defines “globalization”. Nick Vandergragt eloquently clarifies this concept, “if by [globalization] you mean easier access to foreign markets [for free trade], you are right. But if by [globalization] you mean an end to the nation state, and a surrender to some faceless unaccountable body to Lord and rule over us, thanks but I’ll pass. […]”
Globalization through mandated policy by unelected bureaucrats detracts from the rights and individual freedoms of each nation state — whereas free trade is merely a tool utilized by those same nation states as a means to work and grow together; while simultaneously protecting individual countries through negotiated compromise. Each state/country gets an equal seat at the bargaining table.
The concept of free trade could be (and unfortunately often is) perverted into accusations that free trade is actually an agent or mechanism supporting a globalization agenda; this accusation is not accurate. Open markets and less government regulation are beneficial to everyone from the massive conglomerates to the small business owner to the average consumer like you and me; this acceptance does not lend credence to allowing a group of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to manipulate the social agenda — regardless of how badly the socialist crowd tries to convince you otherwise.
You wanna know why free trade is so great? Okay, here it is: free trade benefits both corporations and individuals. Food is cheaper, clothes are cheaper, steel is cheaper, cars are cheaper, phone service is cheaper. Free trade lowers prices and raises income; free trade stops wars. We’ll figure out a way to fix the few imperfections that do still exist later.
Let free markets be free. Stand against unilateral globalization but recognize that free trade agreements have been overall fundamentally a good thing for Canada, the Canadian Economy and for all of our various trading partners.
While each country remains its own, we do have to coexist on this planet. We do have to still trade — I’d prefer individual nation states calling their own shots over a group of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats any day of the week.
I freely recognize that there are pros and cons to any free trade arrangement, and I do recognize that some elements of a particular population may stand to lose from some aspect of a given trade deal; however, I think the positives of free trade outweigh the negatives. That being said, I am open minded for a re-negotiation of the NAFTA, TPP, et all agreements, but I still stand by my assertion that free trade is fundamentally critical to the success of our nation and indeed the planet.
What do you think?