May 11, 2009

David Visits a Maquiladora

I just had a teacher friend of mine ask me for a good "trade" article that she could have her students read. I can think of a few but I suggested this article that I found in Rolling Stone magazine a number of years ago. It was written by a blue collar worker from Indiana, giving his take on NAFTA.

You can talk to your students about the costs and benefits of free trade until you are blue in the face and they still might not get the true costs. Benefits are very obvious. More goods, lower costs, greater selection etc. After reading this article they will have a firsthand account from someone who felt some of the costs of free trade.

Put down steering wheel factory worker in the "Jobs I hope I never have to do" column.