Since Donald Trump’s presidency, both Democrats and Republicans have begun to openly criticize globalization. Although these concerns have often been combined with xenophobic nationalism, the Left should not cede the debate on trade policy to the Right.
Justin H. Vassallo is a freelance writer who specializes in political parties and coalitions, political economy, American development, and modern Europe.
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