Progressive Protectionism – Finding Common Ground

Reprinted with Permission of Progressives For Immigration Reform The term protectionism as it is generally accepted these days tends to conjure up associations with nativism and reactionaryism. Last week, I read a book by Colin Hines in which he introduced the concept of “Progressive Protectionism” (PP). PP is a counterbalance to practices such as neoliberalism, in which the pursuit of price and profit are aggressively pursued around the globe with little thought to the nations and families that remain in its wake. PP speaks to a movement where, “nation states and communities join together and reintroduce border controls to protect and...

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