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[afro-nets] Food for a not fairly treated thought (4)

  • From: Claudio Schuftan <claudio@hcmc.netnam.vn>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 00:14:21 +0700

Food for a not fairly treated thought (4)
From: Vicente Navarro


The statement you send Human Rights and World Trade Organization
was wrong on several accounts. The worst enemy of developing
countries is neo-liberalism which means the complete elimination
of protectionism.

It is completely inaccurate to say that if "All global trade
barriers to poor countries is eliminated, 500 million people
could be lifted out of hunger". It is an illusion to think that
the problems of underdevelopment are due to trade barriers. Poor
countries need protectionism as the air they breath, in the de-
veloped countries, the ones who suffer most from free trade are
the unskilled working classes. The roots of poverty and exploi-
tation are based on the power relations in that country, rather
than on the world trade.

At the risk of sounding as a salesman, I suggest you read the
collection The Political Economy of Social Inequalities that I
put together.


Vicente Navarro