On free trade.. (Answering Mohanned)
I started writing a comment-response but it was starting to become so long that I decided to wrap it up in it's own article..
In the face of growing anti-globalization sentiments (just negative way to present people who place people first, not economy) there are huge supporters on both sides. There are heroes on both sides. There are also fools on both sides many that follow what ever new trend in the name of modernization sometimes and as an answer to their miserable economic position in the other.
I'm just one of those fools with tools, and the ability to think ... sometimes ...
Government should (MUST) protect it's local economy and products. Give their micro and start ups a chance to EXIST let alone compete. Baqqalet abul Abed needs to be able to provide for Abul Abed since Walmart, and 7-11 will only care about their bottom line and want to kill ALL competition First then jack up the prices.
So governments need to protect it's local economies not by opening the doors completely to the foreign investor while they sit on the side watching while their home grown economy goes extinct. Because once that happen, the foreign companies want to make up for their losses. In other words, milk that market after they transformed the micro-business-owners to employees (at best) and homeless people otherwise
The way countries protect their local economy is simple. They can free trade as they like but these HUGE mega corporations SHOULD pay taxes (to give the local a competing advantage) that's one. Second a STRONG executive local economy watch dog must investigate AND take action on ANY monopolistic actions by the mega corporations. (for example all the fortune 500 have special offices in the IRS for each one. And another IRS on sight to watch over their tax flaw) It would be the same but does, Customs and legal tradings
The same needs to apply to the Employees. If they're going to hire employees. They must at least match their homeland's employee rates and readjust for inflation. All the other safety, vacation, benefits, bonuses, compensation should also be provided. They need to provide equal opportunities in their new locals and make sure they abide by fairness. In other words, no exploitation, no forcing, no retribution and no child labor. Humans are not "cheaper" elsewhere. Labor might be, but not humans!
The environment must also be protected. Not because your own country has issued a ban on dealing with Lead in the industry you take that poison and dump it on some other poor nation because YOU CAN! and it's free trade. It's more like free "slave trade" than anything else
I might be waring an amiable hat, but this is how I feel on this matter. I am only with such cartels if they REALLY benefit local economies and themselves in the process. Not crush them
Free trade is in the eye of the beholder. It has been for thousands of yours the movement of goods from one side to the other. Taxes and customs have always been there also. The Nabatian created their whole economy on that. Pay 1/10 of what you're carrying for safe passage. So did the Mamluks, and present day Egypt in Suez canal. But the fees have been modified
Therefore I say, Trade to your heart's content. But don't invade the people's homes to do it. Benefiting from cheaper labor and foreign capital and experience to crush local merchants and industry must not be allowed
Local economy MUST be free and protected. Free and protected from evil mega-corporations that will never coexist.