Why Carrier Jobs Can Be Saved, But Boeing’s Can’t

I had a column go up on Roosevelt Forward last week on Trump’s scuffles with major manufacturing firms. Here’s a teaser.

Last week saw the spectacle of a president-elect effectively using his bully pulpit to keep a single company from offshoring jobs. Simultaneously, another U.S. company was told by a Geneva trading group that job preservation efforts there were illegal under international law.

Why was the first case (Donald Trump’s promising of tax breaks to keep Carrier jobs in Indiana) okay, and the second (Washington state’s tax breaks to do the same for Boeing jobs) a violation of World Trade Organization rules?

The answer lies in how generations of policymakers have put one vision of globalization on a pedestal, while sidelining others.

Read the whole thing here.

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