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By Henry G. Cisneros (auth.), Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr. (eds.)

s international locations world wide have been rediscovering political freedom, audio system on the Federal Reserve financial institution of Dallas' fourth annual South­ A west convention known as for larger monetary freedom-free alternate in markets freed from synthetic obstacles and erroneous rules, unfastened alternate via­ out a continent (perhaps a hemisphere) that has discarded pointless restraints and is poised to come to be a preeminent aggressive strength within the twenty first century. The Dallas Fed convention, titled "Beyond the Border: increasing exchange for Prosperity" and held October 24-25, 1992, introduced jointly numerous hundred contributors attracted to the opportunity of unfastened exchange all through North the United States and past. "How some distance south will we go?" convention speaker Javier Murcio requested. His resolution: "As a long way as fiscal reform takes carry. " worldwide, international locations have been changing into engulfed in what Henry an "absolute prairie hearth of democracy. " And one of many fIrst Cisneros known as locations many countries have been trying to workout this new-found political freedom used to be available to buy. As Richard Fisher positioned it: " . . . industry capitalism is a universally authorised dogma. " "This global . . . is changing into one interdependent market. country and nationwide limitations became meaningless. now not are there things like family or international businesses. Decisionmakers will be anyplace they need to be simply because computerization and telecommunications permit humans to be each­ the place at once," Fisher said.

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Fewer than half of Honda's employees are so-called "home-based citizens," and more than half the company's auto production takes place in the United States. Is HondaJapanese, American or what? Smith Corona, as another example, designs its typewriters in Cortland, New York, but assembles half of them in Singapore. Forty-eight percent of Smith Corona is owned by Hanson PLC of England. Is Smith Corona American, Singaporian or British? 27 28 Richard W Fisher In the case of IBM, 55 percent of IBM's employees are not American.

The mercantilist legacy is still with us. Following the mercantilist lead, we have learned to view trade as zero-sum competition, with winners and losers, rather than positive-sum cooperation, in which both sides win. Our very language is biased with mercantilist judgments. Viewing trade issues from the perspective of the producer rather than the consumer, we think of exports as what we gain from trade and imports as what we give up, rather than the other way around. Thus, we refer to an excess of exports over imports as a "favorable" trade balance and an excess of imports over exports as an "unfavorable" trade balance.

You know the story about the farmer who had to go West to fmd work. He needed to board his horse for a few months until he could send for it. He approached one fellow and asked how much it would cost to board the horse. " The farmer said $25 was too much money, and he walked on down the road. He came to the next farm and asked the next fellow the same question. " They shook hands. As our farmer was walking away, something struck him. " In striking deals on trade adjustment policies, we cannot afford to sacrifice the livelihoods of good men and women on the altar of principle, in this case, the principle of free trade.

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