The mainstream media (MSM) tell us that free trade agreements are good for everyone, especially consumers.
Sadly, they are not. I quote part of this article by Jon Rappoport that “gets it”:
For the moment, to avoid ad hominem arguments, let’s forget that Trump made the remark; and let’s also forget that truly free markets don’t exist on a macro scale.
Here is the obvious knock-you-in-the-face truth: you can’t have a level playing field if you allow US companies to go abroad, set up factories in places where their costs are minimal, and export those products back to the US. That kind of operation destroys companies who are making the same products in America, at much higher costs.
This isn’t economics. You don’t need algorithms to figure it out. You don’t need experts to weigh in with their fatuous bloviations. Anybody with three active brain cells can see the truth.
Here is the bottom line: free markets, to the degree they exist, were never designed for international trade. They were designed for national economies.
In order to make international trade work, you have (you had) tariffs. A company abroad, no matter who owns it, can only ship goods into the US for sale if it pays a big fat tax to level the field.
But then it all changed: no-tariff free trade entered the scene. This was the invention of Globalists, whose ambition was to “liberate mega-corporations” from any and all reasonable obligations, so they could roam the world minus any allegiance to their home countries, and basically act as predators.
This is GATT, the WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA, the upcoming TPP, and so on. Treaties.
Let’s say there are 50 companies in the US who make sneakers here. The average cost of a pair is $2. That’s the manufacturing cost. Four of these companies shut their plants in the US and go to China, where they make a pair for 16 cents. They bring all those sneakers back here for sale. What happens to the other 46 American companies who are still making their sneakers here? Get the correct answer and you earn an A in Globalism 101.
The free market wasn’t designed for this kind of commerce.
If you’re a double-talking scuzz-bucket Globalist, you argue: “But you see, people in the US can now buy cheaper sneakers. This is wonderful. It offsets the fact that lots of workers in the US who used to make sneakers are out of work. Those people can be retrained for other jobs…”
If that were true, we would see, on balance, a prospering US economy. But despite Obama’s assurances, we don’t. We see more and more people out of work, or working at part-time low paying jobs. We see more people on digital food stamps (SNAP, EBT). We see some of the 1.5 million Mexican corn farmers, who were bankrupted by NAFTA, which allowed cheap US corn to flood the Mexican market, coming across the border into the US.
Remember, Globalism doesn’t recognize the existence of separate nations. Here is what Zbigniew Brzezinski, David Rockefeller’s chief butler, and Obama’s foreign policy mentor, wrote on that subject in 1969:
“The nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.”
Yes, “far in advance,” if by that you mean “in order to destroy separate nations.”
Replacing nations, you have elite banks with their invented money, you have financiers, you have mega-corporations— moving in and out of places all over the world, setting up shop, and exporting goods anywhere they choose to, minus tariffs. Nice work if you can get it, and they can. Calling this capitalism or free market is more than a misnomer. It’s a purposeful deception. It’s a long con. It’s a betrayal.
And when the same Globalists talk about planned economies, constructed to make the world a fairer and more equitable place, they’re lying again—because their beloved mega-corporations are the leading edge, the prow of that ship. It’s part of the hustle.
Imagine a guy on a street corner with a little folding table and three shells and one pea. For a few bucks, you can guess which shell has the pea under it, after he quickly moves the shells around. Except the “you” in this equation is the world population, and the fee for guessing is mega-trillions of dollars. Of course, the guess is always wrong, and the guy with the shells and the pea is Mr. Global, and he always wins. This is called Peace, Tranquility, Equality, Greatest Good for the Greatest Number.
Of course, I’m just using the US as an example. The same facts apply to any industrialized nation. The same facts apply to any Third World nation where mega-corporations set up shop.
As long as you have nations who have a semblance of concern about their survival, you don’t have Globalism. Any claim that international trade, minus tariffs, is proper and good and just is a bald faced lie.
It’s setting lions loose to hunt mice in a sealed cage.
Free-market capitalism (aka the open exchange of goods and services for money) was never designed to work on a global scale. Most free-market advocates will never admit that.
You must have tariffs.
Globalists assure us that tariffs are pernicious obstructions to a free and open economy. Translation: tariffs obstruct a world-slave economy they want to control.
Yes, there is a downside in all this. If cell phones and computers for Americans were only made in America, or if they were exported here with added tariffs, they would be more expensive. But you have to weigh that against the overall effect of Globalism: the ripping apart of the American economy, with all its implications.
A few readers will see beyond what I’ve said so far. They’ll realize that Globalism is actually designed to torpedo the very corporations it’s supposed to be favoring. Through created unemployment, it’s purposefully shrinking the worldwide consumer base. This means, as time passes, that these corporations will experience a vast crunch. To whom will they sell their products?
The corporations don’t want to realize this. They’re in denial about where Globalism is heading. And where is it heading? The Globalists are planning to take us back in time, to far more primitive conditions. That’s their end game. They envision a depopulated future in which the remaining people of Earth, swimming in poverty, will be easier to control.
—Armed to the teeth and protected by robotic armies, possessing the most advanced technologies, feudal princes live high on the hills. Down below, privileged artisans assemble beautiful goods and artifacts for their masters. The poorest of the poor, the untouchables, live far away, in remote areas. Their numbers are diminishing.
The natural landscape of Earth is pristine and pure.
Joy to the “environmentalists.”