Anger over the impact of international trade on jobs, wages, and opportunities was a major cause of Donald Trump’s election. As the Democratic Party’s politicians and pundits search through the rubble of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for clues to her stunning loss, they need to take an honest look at their own contribution.
This blog was first posted at The Globalist.
During the 1993 U.S. congressional debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, a Democratic Congressman with a solid pro-labor voting record asked me why I thought NAFTA would be bad for working people.
U.S. trade policy of the last 20 years, if not dead, is on life- support.
On June 23, British voters will accept or reject a proposal that Britain leave the European Union. The latest polls show the vote in favor of the British exit, or “Brexit,” narrowly ahead.
This post originally appeared in The Globalist.
The presidential primary campaigns of both political parties have exposed widespread voter anger over U.S.
This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post.
After forty years of rising income and wealth inequality, some of America’s rich seem worried that maybe things have gone too far.
Stung by the sudden derailment in the House of Representatives of their rush to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Washington establishment has wasted no time in warning us of the terrifying menace of a rising China, should the trade deal not be put back on track next week.
This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.
Barack Obama’s petulant criticism last Friday of Democrats who do not support his proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership reminds me of the old tongue-in-cheek advice to young lawyers: “If the facts are on your side, pound the facts.
Brad DeLong recently criticized an op-ed I wrote about the negative impact of the twenty-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement on American workers.
The media buzz surrounding the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s May 1964 speech announcing his Great Society has focused on the question, did it “work?” In other words, did the 200-odd pieces of legislation passed over the following two years succeed in their goals of reducing poverty, improving education, providing health care for the elderly, etc.
Lynn Williams—president of the United Steelworkers of America from 1983 to 1994—died on May 5 at the age of 89.
Lynn was an extraordinary union leader—smart, compassionate, and a visionary.
Not only does capitalist growth not reduce inequality; it increases it.
This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post.
The recent defeat of its effort to unionize workers at Volkwagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee factory was a crushing blow to the United Auto Workers, and a setback to the embattled U.S.
This post originally appeared on The American Prospect.
The Vice-President for Governmental Affairs has just finished his report to the corporate board of directors.
The post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.
New Year’s Day, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NATFA) was the door through which American workers were shoved into the neoliberal global labor market.
In his New York Times column this morning, David Brooks uses a garden metaphor to instruct us on the different functions of the public and private sector.
The post originally appeared on the Huffington Post.
The deeper you are in the inner sanctums of power, the slower you are to get disturbing news from the rest of the world.
The core argument of the hysterical Republican diatribe against Obamacare is that it will push Americans down a slippery slope into the nightmare of, gasp, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE!!
The March on Washington fifty years ago was the first of many marches I would make: for civil rights; against one war, then another; against poverty; for women’s rights; for gun control; for the environment; and now back to celebrate the first.
This piece originally ran in the Huffington Post.
Within the next few years, China will surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy.
The protests that have rocked Brazil these past two weeks suggest that treating the people like children has its limits.
A version of this commentary originally appeared at The American Prospect.
The Democratic Party’s long-term prospects have dramatically improved since the November election.
November 15, 2012 | By Jeff Faux
We've now dodged the bullet of a Mitt Romney White House, so let's get back to reality. Despite his campaign-trail populism, President Obama will continue the politics of accommodation to conservatives. Two of the three priorities he has set out for his next term are at the top of the GOP agenda.
October 1, 2012 | By Jeff Faux
| Analysis and Opinion
The end of the Chicago teachers' strike was but a temporary regional truce in the civil war that plagues the nation's public schools. There is no end in sight, in part because—as often happens in wartime—the conflict is increasingly being driven by profiteers.
September 5, 2012 | By Jeff Faux
| Analysis and Opinion
At the Republican convention, Ryan lavished praise on Medicare, claiming to be especially grateful for the help it provided to his sick mother and grandmother. In effect, although you couldn't see it, Ryan's praise came with a wink.
Jeff Faux, Founding President and Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute discusses his new book, The Servant Economy: Where America’s Elite is Sending the Middle Class.
It may barely make a blip on our political radar screen, but on July 1 Mexico is slated to elect a new president for the next six years. Plagued by out-of control violence and chronic poverty, the country is in desperate need of new leadership.
May 30, 2012 | By Jeff Faux
| Analysis and Opinion
In the eyes of most of the world and in our own, to be an American is to be an optimist—entrepreneurial, positive-thinking, and future-oriented. It is not surprising, then, that our politics has not come to grips with the question of national decline.
The Commerce Department released another depressing report on the U.S. trade deficit this morning, our monthly reminder of the huge gap between globalization’s economic reality and American economic policymaking.