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Can We Make Some of Those Pacific Trade Deal Requirements Mandatory for US Businesses, Too?

The New York Times, April 17, 2015


The Trans-Pacific Partnership is one of those rare issues, like GMOs and nuclear power, that most liberals oppose but that actually has some good elements from a progressive point of view. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, an iconoclastic Democrat, seems to have worked hard to include labor, environmental, and human rights protections that many in the GOP and business world hate, and even weak U.S. standards would be far better for workers and the Earth than the alternative — Chinese dominance with no protections at all. So I think progressives should hold their noses, support the trade pact, and save their firepower for other, more clear-cut battles, like curbing carbon emissions and fair (yeah, “soak the rich”) tax reform. But I also wonder: Why can’t we have a 50-state partnership that would also require all companies doing business in the U.S. to have strong labor, environmental, and human rights protection?


From the other side: Check out my book reviews for The National at http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/search?searchKey=Fran+Hawthorne&choice=true&pageNumber=1 and The New York Journal of Books at http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/search/apachesolr_search/Fran%20HawthorneOne

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