• I am for balanced trade. Encourage other nations to stimulate demand at home.

    Free trade agreements are job killers. It's tearing America apart and could cause civil unrest soon. I am deeply concerned about the number of young, well-educated, but unemployed Americans. It's just not true that the unemployed, or underemployed just need better educations, or better work ethics. What they need is opportunity.

  • Fair trade is more important than free trade.

    Fair trade is definitely more important than free trade.Fair trade means that all trade is made on an equal basis without any evident of labor exploitative.This makes sure that one side does not have an advantage over the other.In the end free trade can not really be free without fair trade.

  • yes

    Fair trade is more important than free trade. I think if something is fair such as trade it doesn't need to be free. If it was free sides could conflict over quality. If you are in the trade business with another country trade should be fair. It should not be conflicted by sides confussing fair trade with free trade.

  • Fair Trade is Essential

    Fair trade enables everybody to operate on an even playing field. International trade laws are necessary to provide opportunity to all countries and prevent certain trade entities from being exploited. If we are all playing on the same level, then everybody gets a fair share. Otherwise, certain countries with more wealth and distort the trade system.

  • Yes

    Fair trade is a better option because fair trading can lead to better deals, often resulting in free trade, whereas free trade does not always work with fair practices, so free trade cannot lead to fair trade. Having the choice to deal with whomever you choose can lead to free trade agreements. Unfortunately, the other way around cannot because giant corporations have higher authority, which means trade can be free but not necessarily fair, leading to the rich becoming richer and the poor becoming poorer.

  • Fair trade can lead to free trade.

    Fair trade is more important than free trade because it can lead to free trade-- after all, being able to choose one's trading partners freely is naturally part of getting a fair deal. On the other hand, free trade does not naturally lead to fair trade. Businesses with a lot of clout can do what they want if trade is free but not fair. The freedom to exploit people is not a vital one for free trade, so fair trade is more important.

  • No

    As the guy before me said, free trade is fair trade, because the exchange of goods only happens if both parties voluntarily and mutually agree — so both sides are better off. "Fair trade" is open to distortions and reduces the benefits of trade -- for example GM blocked trade in the 1970s, and this prevented GM from being exposed to competition and thus prevented them from improving the quality of their vehicles, harming them later on. America is only 5% of the world's population, with free trade and a competitive business environment, America can win the competition, open up 95% of the world's markets and flourish.

  • No, fair trade is not more important than free trade.

    This is a loaded question. Free trade is fair trade. When two parties are willingly trading items they wouldn't be making the trade if they both didn't believe that they were each getting something of greater value. Most other definitions of "fair trade" require one to believe that items have an equal value to everyone, which simply doesn't accommodate the inherent differences in taste and needs across different cultures, geographies, and situations.

  • Efficient trade produces more societal welfare than a manipulated trade.

    Following from what the above comments have states, free trade is fair in the sense that both parties always benefit. The playing field is even, and any subsidy or tariff creates the advantage. People like to talk about the big bad corporation, exploiting the worker. But are there any coherent arguments for how workers are exploited? Wages will of course be different, that is now real exchange rates work. But a lower nominal wage does not equal lower purchasing power. And purchasing power, of course, only rises as trade develops and goods compete at lower prices. Free trade is the default form of trade, and is always a Win-Win for the involved parties.

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