Living with NAFTA

Ports up and down the west coast were forced to close due to a multi-city action sponsored by a faction of the Occupy movement on Monday, December 12th, raising the question: What are the protesters protesting? Answers are complex, of course, and cannot be reduced to one simple root problem. In Longview, Washington, for instance, protests and anger were raging for months before the Occupy movement began in earnest, due to a large grain exporter’s insistence on hiring plant operation labor from a non-local union. However, international trade policies like the North American Free Trade Agreement, approaching its 20th...

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