Monthly Archives: November 2003

The mercantilism of WTO

Tak­ing a swing at the WTO has become a sort of sport that any ama­teur can join. Since the Canuún deba­cle, dozens of researchers have tried to make a few wild punch­es look like telling blows. Grant Nülle, a Research Fel­low at the “Coun­cil on Hemi­spher­ic Affairs”: in Wash­ing­ton has now joined the crew. He […]

China Anti-dumping bill amended

It seems that the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment has had a last-minute change of plans for it’s pro­posed laws[⇒ relat­ed sto­ry] imple­ment­ing *non-mar­ket econ­o­my anti-dump­ing* against Chi­na. The bill tabled yes­ter­day in the Senate—_Customs Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment Bill No 2 (2002)_—is a *major revi­sion* of its first pro­pos­als (see this ear­li­er sto­ry[⇒ relat­ed sto­ry]). The Labor Par­ty oppo­si­tion, […]

A model for what?

The “BBC says”: that this agree­ment could be a ‘mod­el’ for oth­er tri­als of the cit­i­zens of US allies held in the US con­cen­tra­tion camp at Guan­tanamo Bay. bq. The Amer­i­cans have agreed that the two men will not face the death penal­ty, but they could face a mil­i­tary tri­bunal at the US base in […]

What the textile quotas mean

The US deci­sion to impose new ‘safe­guard’ quo­tas on imports of some Chi­nese tex­tiles can only be described as a *dumb move* by an Admin­is­tra­tion that has appar­ent­ly not learned the les­son of the steel ‘safe­guard’ tar­iffs: they don’t pro­tect jobs or pro­mote adjust­ment. They hike costs, hurt pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and reward lazy cap­i­tal. It’s not […]

Cultural protectionists

The cul­tur­al pro­tec­tion­ists of the Aus­tralian film and tele­vi­sion indus­try are com­plete *block­heads*. If they received the “pro­tec­tion from competition”:,5744,7926756%255E2702,00.html that they seek, it would cut them off from inte­gra­tion with­US media indus­tries that are glob­al­ly more sucess­ful and on which they depend for fund­ing, dis­tri­b­u­tion, tech­nol­o­gy and …jobs. But their van­i­ty and arro­gance is […]

Distant echo

On the day he was assas­si­nat­ed, 40 years ago, John Fitzger­ald Kennedy was on his way to the Dal­las Trade Mart to give a speech. A reporter assigned to cov­er the event “recalls(link to Opin­ion Journal)”: what Kennedy would have said, in part. bq. “We in this coun­try, in this gen­er­a­tion,” he would have said, […]

Grand Strategies

meta-cre­a­tion_­­date: 21 Novem­ber, 2003 The French and Ger­man gov­ern­ments have noth­ing bet­ter to do, it “appears(link to IHT story)”:, than to indulge them­selves in the cre­ation of “ide­al cities(link to the Milan Nation­al Sci­ence Muse­um exhi­bi­tion of Leonardo’s Ide­al city)”: bq. “…a mist­i­ly defined polit­i­cal fusion that For­eign Min­is­ter Dominique de Villepin nonethe­less described as […]