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Free Trade Agreements?

I am curious about the impact of FTAs. I am personally opposed because it seems to me like more government intervention into the market, however my libertarian side tells me that free trade world wide is a good thing. I am not totally sure what to make on such deals. Obviously I am opposed if it impedes on any countries soverignty but can anyone shed some more light on this subject for me?



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You are confused and torn because FTAs are NOT free trade. They

are government managed trade.

Free trade doesn't take 1000s of pages to accomplish.

It only takes one sentence: "we agree not to hinder trade between our two nations, and will repeal all laws which currently do so."

Sure, you can throw in a little here or there to make sure each side sticks to it, but that's all you need.

Also, we should NEVER conduct multilateral treaties. Those are fine for say, creating the United States of America. (á la the Articles of Confederation) But otherwise they lead to a mess. We should negotiate any and everything with other nations on a strictly bi-lateral basis.

Ideally, there should be free

Ideally, there should be free trade (real free trade, not NAFTA or other managed trade) with all people's, regardless of which nation they reside in.

"free trade agreeemnts" =/=

"free trade agreeemnts" =/= free trade

a real free trade agreement would be one sentence.

one example

North American Free Trade Agreement: Brittish Columbia began growing cannabis hemp crops in 1996. President Clinton banned ALL Cannabis, when he signed NAFTA. In 2003, Bush AG Ashcroft banned cannabis hemp sales in the USA. Canada sued over loss of income in NAFTA, and won. So today, the USA farmers do not grow cannabis hemp. The mills do not produce hemp paper, rope, board, fuel, fiber, instead, Americans buy billions of dollars worth of hemp annually from Canada. That is one example of why people don't like FTAs.

Nice, a fine example if I do

Nice, a fine example if I do say so.

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