Christopher S. Bentley / JBS | April 11, 2008

“It’s time to call BS on the idea of a mythical North American Union,” stated the progressives at Alternet.

Follow this link to the original source: "Busting Paranoid Right-Wing Fantasies of Dissolving Mexico-U.S.-Canada Borders"

Authors Rocha and Anderson, from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), must have worn their thesaurus out in writing this latest hit piece.

Not only do they call “BS” “the idea of a mythical North American,” but they also employ such terms as “ranting and raving,” “xenophobes,” “paranoid fantasies,” “screeds,” “xenophobes” (that’s their fave), “anti-SPP xenophobes” (ooh, there it is again), “hysteria,” and “racist movement,” resorting to ridicule and name-calling, rather than a reasoned discussion based on principles.

We do agree with the authors that some (if not much) of what circulates on the Internet regarding the subject dabbles too much in speculation and hyperbole, while other information is outright inaccurate.

But other than decrying private corporations partnering with government for their own interests — which, by the way, is technically called fascism — the rest of their editorial is an anemic attempt to explain away the NAU as a myth, with absolutely no examination of the evidence, or any factual refutation of it.

Rather than engage in name-calling, why not have a rational dialogue on the subject?

The John Birch Society is opposed to NAFTA because a similar process was started 50 years ago in Europe and has turned into now what is the European Union.

That process is called “regional integration.” It’s a basic concept taught in undergraduate courses in international business these days.

Regional integration exists on five levels:

1) free trade agreement
2) customs union
3) common market
4) economic union
5) political union

A free trade agreement, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s website, is to

help level the international playing field and encourage foreign governments to adopt open and transparent rulemaking procedures, as well as non-discriminatory laws and regulations… [and to] strengthen business climates by eliminating or reducing tariff rates, [etc., etc., ].

After Bill Clinton signed NAFTA into law in 1993, the U.S. formally entered into level one. That’s what Americans who favored it thought they were getting with NAFTA.

Many Americans thought it sounded good, but few were told about the rest.

Full article here.

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