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Welcome the new NAFTA—Same as the old NAFTA?

Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press via AP

The new NAFTA is an advance over the old one, but it's still got problems.

C.J. Atkins, People's World   Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button - at the right -  to make a contribution and support our work.

October 2, 2018 | From Washington to Ottawa to Mexico City, it was all smiles and pats on the back yesterday for the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, replacement for the nearly quarter-century-old NAFTA.

President Trump called it a “terrific deal,” and seemed most excited that he gets credit for renaming the continental trade regime, repeatedly spelling out the acronym—“U-S-M-C-A”—at a press conference. That’s no surprise; form always takes precedent over substance in the sales pitches of con men.

C.J. Atkins is the managing editor at People's World. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from York University in Toronto and has a research and teaching background in political economy and the politics and ideas of the American left.

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