I'm going to step aside for a couple days (well, unless anything really important happens in the trade world, in which case I'll jump back in) so that we can have a good, old-fashioned free trade versus protectionism debate. On the free trade side will be Dan Griswold of the Cato Institute, who has a recent book out called "Mad about Trade: Why Main Street America Should Embrace Globalization". On the protectionism side will be Ian Fletcher, whose book "Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace it and Why" I reviewed here.
Each of them will make a short opening statement tomorrow (Friday). Next week they will come up with a response to the other's opening statement, and subsequently a response to the response.
Feel free to add to the discussion through the comments.
As a technical point, it will be me doing the actual posting, but I will make clear in the post that the arguments are coming not from me but from Griswold or Fletcher.
(For a future debate, I'd love to get Lori Wallach and Pascal Lamy, talking about the financial services issues discussed here, but I'm not holding my breath.)
I'll list all the posts here:
- Griswold opening statement
- Fletcher opening statement
- Fletcher reply
- Griswold reply
- Fletcher reply #2
- Griswold reply #2
- Fletcher reply #3
- Griswold reply #3