Tuesday, June 28, 2005

CAFTA Roundup

I just find it amazing that neolib anti-globalists and their ultra-right nationalist counterparts are so terrified of the economic threat that Honduras poses to us, that they are opposed to free trade with our neighbors in the Western Hemisphere. I have been reading up on the subject, and here are some good places to start.

Cafe Hayek posts a tribute to a Larry "Adam Smith" Kudlow article. I am reading "The Wealth of Nations" right now, so I found this interesting. Only 1100 pages to go, long book...

Thomas Friedman, who has published two prominent books on globalization with "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" and "The World is Flat." adds his column "We Are All French Now?"

Ah, those French. How silly can they be? The European Union wants to consolidate its integration and France, trying to protect its own 35-hour workweek and other welfare benefits, rejects the E.U. constitution. What a bunch of antiglobalist Gaullist Luddites! Yo, Jacques, what world do you think you're livin' in, pal? Get with the program! It's called Anglo-American capitalism, mon ami.

And finally, one of the best pro-globalization articles written, by none other than Paul Krugman (yes, that Paul Krugman) "In Praise of Cheap Labor" is still available out there on the web. This was from the days before he gave into the dark side.