Magazine December 18, 2017, Issue

Letters

Kenneth Smith, Mexico’s Chief NAFTA negotiator, participates in talks involving the United States, Mexico and Canada, in Mexico City, Mexico, November 21, 2017. (Ginnette Riquelme/Reuters)

What Does NAFTA Do?

Kevin D. Williamson’s fulsome praise of NAFTA (“What NAFTA Does,” November 13) notwithstanding, the primary goal of NAFTA is to provide American manufacturers with unfettered access to low-cost Mexican labor. The “continental supply chain” engendered by NAFTA allows parts and subassemblies to be shipped to Mexico duty-free, where they can be assembled into finished products by workers making $2.50 per hour. This is the “Free Trade” part of the agreement; if tariffs were imposed on incoming or outgoing goods, the low-wage advantage would be negated and the manufacturers would set up shop elsewhere.

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Rise to Global Power

Robert Merry sets out to revive William McKinley’s middling reputation by recognizing the 25th president as the shrewd, unheralded father of the military-commercial expansionism that underwrote America’s global ...

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Letters

What Does NAFTA Do? Kevin D. Williamson’s fulsome praise of NAFTA (“What NAFTA Does,” November 13) notwithstanding, the primary goal of NAFTA is to provide American manufacturers with unfettered access to ...
The Week

The Week

‐ “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggone it, women want me to feel them up while they’re sleeping on airplanes.” ‐ Roy Moore, Republican candidate in a special election ...
Poetry

Poetry

THE ‘F’ WORD My mother would withhold from me most news, Because my constant questions — like a plague Of locusts — flew at her, till she would lose Her patience, as I lost ...
Happy Warrior

The Bed Menace

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