Debate - question Our country is based on the idea that all...

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question Our country is based on the idea that all men are created equal. If we are taking people's goods without paying the producers enough for them, how is this upholding our nation's ideal? Allison says free trade inspires competition and development of new technology, but it can actually decrease the amount of competition because workers who aren't getting paid for their goods wont be inspired to sell them or be innovative with new technologies. With fair trade, farmers and farm workers are able to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace. Yes, free trade promotes a higher standard of living, but is it really worth it when it is achieved by making people who produce the goods live in poverty? It seems unethical to continue free trade with the knowledge that the products we are buying aren’t helping the farmers and producers of these goods make a living. It’s true that fair trade taxes more, but what you’re really
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course HIS 306k taught by Professor Spellberg during the Spring '12 term at University of Texas.

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