Flashback Tuesday: “Clause and Effect”

This week’s flashback continues on the free trade theme as Mel Watkins lays the lie to NAFTA. Penned at a time when NAFTA still loomed ominously on the horizon, Watkins’ piece argues that so-called “free” trade really constitutes a new kind of protectionism that serves corporate interests while screwing workers and consumers. Looking back from 2012, when thousands of maquiladoras have turned the Mexican borderlands into a living nightmare and (mostly American) corporations have prospered at the expense of unions, the environment, and the common good, one can’t help but marvel at Watkins’ predictive power. Read on and be astounded (and depressed)…

 

 

 

 

Mel Watkins, "Clause and Effect," This Magazine