Free Trade Ethics

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The debate for many years has been whether or not trade agreements help American workers or cause the loss of jobs to foreign workers and lower wages. Corporations are in business to generate a profit, but at what cost to Americans and the economy? What is the ethical choice when it comes to offshoring and outsourcing jobs and how honest should a corporation be about the use of this practice? Some of the businesses that have moved jobs to foreign countries are heralded as being innovative and get praise and recognition all the while the unemployed American workers lives are being shipwrecked and their futures throw into turmoil.
Adam Smith published his book The Wealth of Nations in 1776 and argued for free trade and better lives for all citizens.
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