Required Reading

Free-traders — and even those more interested in fool’s schemes like “fair trade” — must take a look at today’s Nick Kristof column. Here’s a taste:


While Mr. Gephardt calls for an international minimum wage, Mr. Dean was quoted in USA Today in October as saying, “I believe that trade also requires human rights and labor standards and environmental standards that are concurrent around the world.”

Perhaps the candidates are simply pandering to unions, or bashing President Bush. But my guess is that they sincerely believe that such trade policies would help poor people abroad


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