Friday Movie Night - Trade and The WTO

hot buttered popcorn It's Friday Night! Party Time!   Time to relax, put your feet up on the couch, lay back, and watch some detailed videos on economic policy!


Today we are hearing how Buy American is this awful thing, lobbyists screaming threats of boogie man trade war, retribution from the biggest bad ass on the global stage, The World Trade Organization, and other fear mongering things that go bump in the night when the United States tries to stimulate it's own domestic economy in any method that might actually....stimulate the economy.

So, with that, today's videos are a lassoed roundup describing the history of trade, some facts about the WTO and US trade policy.

First up in a more layman's documentary describing what the WTO really is:

What is the WTO?



This is a talk by Dr. Ha-Joon Chang on the history of trade and how nationalism was actually the method of the United States growth. He describes how many current first world economies grew their economies to be the strongest in the world. (This is an Academic talk...but he's funny as hell! Not boring approved!)

Why The World is Not Flat



This is a talk by Clyde V. Prestowitz Jr. on how the United States is screwing the pooch on Trade policy. (if you watch the video you will get a much more Academic assessment, so I might as well sum it up now!)

The World Turned Upside Down: The Impact of the Return of India and China to their Historical Global Weight



Alan Tonelson is an economist who speaks very plain truth on US trade policy. This is a 4 part CSPAN series where Tonelson describes United States current trade policy (CSPAN also has another guest who appears to be representing a corporate lobbyist group).