The Delusion That Openness Has Impoverished America

The Delusion That Openness Has Impoverished America
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Trade agreements have been central to U.S. politics for some years. The idea that renegotiating trade agreements will “make America great again” by substantially increasing job creation and economic growth swept Donald Trump into office.

More broadly, the idea that past trade agreements have damaged the American middle class and that the prospective Trans-Pacific Partnership would do further damage is now widely accepted in both major U.S. political parties.

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