Before you form an opinion about global trade
July 28, 2008 2 Comments
An excersise for pundits: I want you to make a prioritized list of the parties that are affected by the current WTO negotiations, including (but not limited to) a) Consumers in rich countries, b) farmers in rich countries, and c) developing countries (feel free to split this group into several). You may believe that some of these groups have common interests, (free trade / trade barriers are good for everyone, yay! and there’ll be free ponies too!), but assuming that they don’t, who comes first, second, last? Make the list (or distribute percentages), publish, and discuss. As an advanced followup excersise, (warning: very difficult), keep your priorities in mind whenever you write about global trade. Don’t be a hypocrite. And please don’t take the easy way out by rationalizing a “perfect for everyone” solution that does not exist. World’s usually not like that, why should this be any different?