Tuesday, September 9, 2003

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The state of play in world trade

My latest Tech Central Station column is up -- it's on the increased prominence of developing countries in the latest round of world trade talks, and what this means for the United States. There are lots of links, too. Go check it out.

And after that, go check out the Cato Institute's online globalization debate. It's between Cato and the Institute for Humane studies on the "pro" side, and the Nation and The America Prospect on the "anti" side. There's also also an ongoing email debate for the course of the WTO talks between Johan Norberg and Bob Kuttner.

posted by Dan on 09.09.03 at 10:13 AM


Isn't there a fundamental contradiction with the U.S. and, to a lesser degree, the EU's overall position in trade talks? It is not just agriculture.

Copyright and patents are state granted monopolies. They are not "property" other than in the sense an exclusive license to operate a bridge might be conceived to be property.

They are, however, like any state created monopoly, deeply inimical to free trade.

I suspect that this contradiction will become more and more of a sticking point as things progress.

posted by: John Lederer on 09.09.03 at 10:13 AM [permalink]

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