Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the so-called “Battle in Seattle,” which launched a global protest movement about the rules by which the global economy is run. Last week we also heard President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE threaten to put a 100 percent tariff on French wine and camembert cheese and reinstate steel tariffs on Argentina and Brazil. Additional tariffs, we’ve been reminded, are scheduled to go into effect on December 15 against China.The anniversary of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests is the perfect time to reopen a debate on the value of tariffs. Those protests first raised the idea of tariffs as an important enforcement mechanism, not for zero-sum nationalism but for universal labor, human rights and environmental standards. We may have a president who claims he’s “a tariff man.” But not a single one of the tariffs imposed by the current administration has been designed to strengthen American workers’ rights to join a union, engage in collective bargaining or punish companies that engage in human rights violations in other countries. ADVERTISEMENTNor… Read full this story
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