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For too long, our nation’s trade and investment policies have reflected the influence of powerful corporate interests. They protect what’s important to corporate America but do little or nothing to safeguard the rights of workers and the environment here and around the world. They fuel a race to the bottom in living standards. That needs to change. We need policies that support good jobs at home and sustainable development abroad.  We need to enforce the laws already on the books and stop blatant abuses by some countries that stack the decks against U.S. workers.

Support Better Trade

Trade Up Conference Program

Joint Statement on the Granting of Market Economy Status to China

A Gold Standard for Workers? The State of Labor Rights in Trans-Pacific Partnership Countries

Report on the Impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership  by The Labor Advisory Committee on Trade

Ten Critical Problems with the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Read the letter from more than U.S. 75 organizations demanding more transparency in negotiations between the U.S. and the European Union for the TTIP trade deal.

Download a fact sheet explaining how corporate courts under TPP and TTIP undermines democracy.

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Memory and Myth in Economic Policymaking

William Spriggs
Memory and Myth in Economic Policymaking

The real world is quite complicated. We make sense of it for the purposes of assessing policies by using the shorthand incorporated in accepted myths and memories. For instance, James W. Loewen explains how the many “facts” that can be brought to bear to explain the Civil War have been condensed into a myth that the Confederacy was about protecting states’ rights and intersectional differences over policies from an overpowering federal government. This myth, or the sense of memory that most Americans have in understanding the Civil War, of course masks the racism inherent in most right-wing extremism in the United States today. That “memory” of the Civil War lets people look past the racism of Donald Trump, to interpret him as heir to that stream of Americana of someone who bravely battles the meddling federal government in Washington.

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