Trump’s anti-China protectionism and “free trade” neoliberalism are both dead ends. To confront multinational corporate power, the answer is global solidarity.
The guiding principle of a left internationalist approach is the same as that of left anti-racism – “an injury to one is an injury to all” – but extended across borders. This is a founding slogan of the left – “Workers of the world, unite!” The potential to live out this imperative is greater today than it has been at any point since WWII. As both right and left critics of globalization note, the development of global supply chains has served to create a “race to the bottom” across borders, which often provokes a protectionist reaction, on both the left and the right. It is true that the days of neoliberal “free trade” are likely numbered. But nationalism is not the only alternative, nor is it the progressive alternative.
A true living wage would take into account the needs not just of workers but of society as a whole.
[P]rogressives now have a historic opportunity to rewrite the rules of global trade to put people and the planet first. Above all, we must end the corporate court system “free trade” relies on, which tilts the playing field in favor of multinational capital, and replace it will strong standards that protect workers and the environment, backed by enforcement mechanisms with real teeth.
Today, many trade agreements compel developing countries to restrict unions and worker protections. And because globalization allows companies to move easily across borders, employers can chill their workers’ wage demands by threatening to pull up stakes and move somewhere cheaper... The point is that wages are not somehow naturally low in the south – they have been made low by design. Wages are an effect of power... There’s an obvious solution: a global minimum wage. If capitalism is going to be globalized, it makes sense that we should globalize the rules and standards that protect people from it as well.
Hundreds of people turned up for demonstrations to denounce President Donald Trump and several of his administration’s key policies in Federal Plaza Tuesday evening, including the recent updated travel ban, policing policies, and the treatment of women.
Erin Coleman, representante de Fair Economy Illinois, manifestó que antes del Día de la Mujer quieren expresar su solidaridad con quienes están en condiciones vulnerables.
The question before us is, what is the progressive alternative, if we reject both the TPP and Trump’s agenda? What we need is what is sometimes called progressive internationalism: an agenda to pursue a progressive agenda across borders to create a more just and sustainable global society. And since, as progressives, we understand that the labor movement is central to all our struggles, this means...
Without a real plan for imposing democratic accountability on a smaller banking system, we would get the same kind of short-term, dysfunctional financial markets that we currently have, just on a much smaller scale. A bunch of smaller banks that aren’t subject to democratic control would actually act much like the big banks.