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NAFTA 2.0: Free Trade or Central Planning?

Ron Paul
October 9th, 2018
Ron Paul Institute
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This article was originally published by Ron Paul at the Ron Paul Institute

Last week the United States, Mexico, and Canada agreed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Sadly, instead of replacing NAFTA’s managed trade with true free trade, the new USMCA expands government’s control over trade.

For example, under the USMCA’s “rules of origin,” at least 75 percent of a car’s parts must be from the US, Canada, or Mexico in order to avoid tariffs. This is protectionism designed to raise prices of cars using materials from outside North America.

The USMCA also requires that 40 to 45 percent of an automobile’s content be made by workers earning at least 16 dollars per hour. Like all government-set wages, this requirement will increase prices and decrease employment.

The USMCA also requires Mexico to pass legislation recognizing the “right of collective bargaining.” In other words, this so-called free trade agreement forces Mexico to import US-style compulsory unionism. If the Mexican legislature does not comply, the US and Canada will impose tariffs on Mexican goods.

The USMCA also requires the three countries to abide by the International Labour Organization (ILO) standards for worker rights. So, if, for example, the bureaucrats at the ILO declared that Right to Work laws violate “international labor standards”’ because they weaken collective bargaining and give Right to Work states an unfair advantage over compulsory unionism states and countries, the federal government may have to nullify all state Right to Work laws.

The USMCA also obligates the three countries to work together to improve air quality. This sounds harmless but could be used as a backdoor way to impose costly new regulations and taxes, such as a cap-and-trade scheme, on America.

This agreement also forbids the use of currency devaluation as a means of attempting to gain a competitive advantage in international trade. Enforcement of this provision will be difficult if not impossible, as no central bank will ever admit it is devaluing currency to obtain a competitive advantage in international trade. Of course, given that the very act of creating money lowers its value, the only way to stop central banks from devaluing currency is to put them out of business. Sadly, I don’t think the drafters of the USMCA seek to restore free-market money.

The currency provision will likely be used to justify coordination of monetary policy between the Federal Reserve and the Mexican and Canadian central banks. This will lead to region-wide inflation and a global currency war as the US pressures Mexico and Canada to help the Fed counter other countries’ alleged currency manipulation and challenges to the dollar’s reserve currency status.

A true free trade deal would simply reduce or eliminate tariffs and other trade barriers. It would not dictate wages and labor standards, or require inter-governmental cooperation on environmental standards and monetary policy. A true free trade deal also would not, as the USMCA does, list acceptable names for types of cheeses.

Those of us who support real free trade must not let supporters of the USMCA get away with claiming the USMCA has anything to do with free trade. We must also fight the forces of protectionism that are threatening to start a destructive trade war. Also, we must work to stop the government from trying to control our economic activities through regulations, taxes, and (most importantly) control of the currency through central banking and legal tender laws.

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Author: Ron Paul
Views: Read by 664 people
Date: October 9th, 2018
Website: http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/

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  1. The best government is not one that does nothing, has no controls, exerts no restrictions; the best government acts in the best interests of the Country.

    While I would like to see an end to the Federal Reserve Banking Syndicate, it is a separate matter.

    This new version of NAFTA has some protections for the USA. It will help Mexico without necessarily taking US jobs. Overall, I am optimistic. But then again, I don’t know much of anything about trade.

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  2. aljamo says:

    I read another opinion somewhere that called this USMCA deal a big ripoff from the American peoples perspective, worse than NAFTA. I expected nothing less. Build the wall, lmao.

  3. The concept of the USA as the “richest country on earth” still lingers. When making treaties with the less developed countries we were supposed to make the further development of these countries a priority. Our economic problems have reached a point where we can no longer afford to be generous. The power to control events is something people want and that includes governments. In addition, they want the people just to “trust them”. Experience teaches that everyone misuses power regardless of their good intentions(if any). With unchecked power, you have a Venezuela.

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