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Mad About Trade: Why Main Street America should Embrace Globalization

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Mad about Trade is the much-needed antidote to a rising tide of protectionist sentiment in the United States. The book explains the benefits of free trade and globalization for middle-class, Main Street Americans exposed to a barrage of negative claims from politicians and commentators such as Lou Dobbs. It offers a spirited defense of free trade and globalization that eng ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 16th 2009 by Cato Institute (first published August 1st 2009)
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Michelle
Too bad I can't give this one more stars. Very well done and thorough effort showing clearly WHY international trade is so vital. Can we make it required reading for all politicians, union leaders and journalists???
Calmly and competently demolishes the protectionist myths, one by one, then clearly shows the benefits to U.S. consumers AND the poor around the world of lowering barriers to trade, and then, as frosting on the cake, points out exactly how much our stupid, nonsensical tariff and quota
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Ralph Orr
Outstanding defense of free trade and the follies of protectionism. Argues from an economic, political and moral perspective. Castigates policitians and media demagogues of all persuasions. A must read for those interested in the subject. My only concerns is that he seems calously unconcerned about finding solutions for those displaced by competition. I also began to think he thought that free trade would usher in Utopia. Perhaps a little too enthusiastic. Nonetheless, an excellent presentation.
DrewB
It can be dry at times, but overall there is a lot of great information here. Obviously, this book leans more libertarian, but that is because of the strong evidence (numbers) that are provided. It helped a lot to inform me on big debates that are happening in our country right now, and led me to think that a lot of it is (unfortunately) run by emotion more than reason. Very informative - a good read for being actually about trade.
Jason
Weak premise and full of right wing blather. The basic point is that who cares where the job is as long as we can have cheap products here. Work a crummy job at some burger joint so you can afford the disposable products imported from Mexico, east Asia, or other low market areas.

Be happy that their standard of living is higher.

Be happy that someone beside you is getting rich.
Joe
Great writing on the importance of free trade & low tarrifs. Can't wait to see what he writes next!
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DANIEL GRISWOLD is director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. Since joining Cato in 1997, Mr. Griswold has authored or co-authored major studies on globalization, trade, and immigration, including the upcoming Cato book, Mad about Trade: Why Main Street America Should Embrace Globalization. He has authored articles for major newspapers and has appeare ...more
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