Item description for Freedom From Want: American Liberalism and the Global Economy by Edward Gresser...
In this provocative new book, Gresser shows how American liberals who look to put the brakes on globalization have unwittingly turned their backs on the poor in abandoning a tradition heralded by Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Clinton. Freedom From Want claims that American liberals have forgotten where they came from and have little idea how to move forward. Gresser's book restores the traditional, liberal vision of the global economy and prepares it for the future. Firstly, Gresser traces back the American tradition of liberal internationalism, and explains how and why it got off track. Secondly, Gresser reaches into the depths of trade policy for clear examples of how today's liberals are perpetuating policies that hurt the poor by leaving American jobs unprotected. Thirdly, the book explores how the same policies bring about suffering and instability in the world's poorest countries. Finally, Gresser looks to the future with liberal ideas to reform America's trade system, eliminate its bias against the poor, and promote stability and prosperity abroad.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2007
Publisher Soft Skull Press
ISBN 1933368624 ISBN13 9781933368627
Reviews - What do customers think about Freedom From Want: American Liberalism and the Global Economy?
America's Liberals should heed this call!! Sep 8, 2008
Ed Gresser is a loyal Democrat that recognizes the value of trade to the economy of the USA. His well reasoned book in suppoert of international trade is clear in presenting a guide for future action that is less selfish than the recent positions taken by the Democratic party in regard to trade.
A left-wing defense of free trade Jan 11, 2008
Edward Glesser is a former Clinton Administration economist who is dismayed by the attraction of protectionism to those on the political left. His historical description of trade politics in the U.S. makes it clear that trade protectionism has traditionally been a tenet of the right, championed by Alexander Hamilton in the 18th century, Henry Clay and William McKinley in the 19th century and Herbert Hoover in the 20th, among others.
Glesser does an excellent job exposing shallow protectionist rhetoric that pines for a utopia that never was prior to trade liberalization in the latter half of the 20th century. While acknowledging that trade causes job loss in some industries, he proves that it is a tiny fraction of overall job loss and losses of all kinds have been swamped by overall employment growth.
Glesser also gives powerful examples of benefits from trade to workers in the third world and, perhaps most importantly from a left-wing point of view, he notes the protectionists really offer no alternatives to these workers should such trade be curtailed.
Much of the book shies away from political sloganeering, although Glesser's suggested changes make it clear that he endorses many left-wing policy proposals outside of trade. People who want to learn some facts and see the big picture would be far better off listening to people such as Glesser rather than populist simpletons such as Lou Dobbs.