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originally posted by: latic
I've been looking around the last few months in regards to the problems in the EU, USA, Mexico etc.
The real problem seems to be very very obvious and it is the fact that free trade can only exist amoung countries of a similar stature.
Should Germany, UK, USA, Canada have free trade it would work well. The standard of living, the average wage etc. etc. is similar. When you start opening completely free trade with countries in the old eastern block, mexico, brazil etc. you open yourselves to de-stabilising the system as there is an influx of cheap labour, people who do not need to earn as much to have a good standard of living.
Rather than trying to allow countries to be part of a free market the effort should be made to bring them on par with the larger countries, so they can join free trade and have a fair tarrif system to not disadvantage either the free trade countries or the developing countries.
At the same time you'd have the developing countries at different stages with their own free trade agreements, which will help them to develop.
I'm not sure how it'd practically work, however surely this would be a better system.
originally posted by: alphabetaone
a reply to: eletheia
The short answer is that they don't NEED that extraneous disposable cash...BUT they did earn it or were simply in the right place at the right time to be able to cultivate all that cash.
Either way, you cant force someone to want to have compassion for their fellow man, they either do or they don't...is it sad? for sure. But I wouldn't let someone else tell me what I can do with my cash, as a result I wouldn't do it to someone else.
originally posted by: eletheiaWhat do you call someone that would eat a burger in front of someone they
knew was hungry and hadn't eaten for days, then throw away the other half
they didn't actually want to finish.
originally posted by: crazyewok
I have said this.
Trade would work well between all rich countrys with similiar standards of living.
Throw in poor countrys and the poor countrys act as a economic black hole.