By Fred Rosen
January 4, 2008
[Editor's Note: For further analysis, see Dani Rodrik's post, "The NYT doesn't get it on trade."]
Margaret Thatcher once admonished her critics with the assertion that, like it or not, "there is no alternative" to free markets and free trade. The great economists, she argued, had long taught us that such trade regimes are superior to all others. The New York Times has taken the same position in its coverage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). And like Thatcher, the paper's reporters invariably support this position by reference to scripture, that is, to the opinion of "most economists."
Economists have become the keepers of the hegemonic faith,...
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RLCC: Economists fail to consider the giving-and-sharing economy. They are paid by the Plutocrats to avoid it.