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Dear Schmidt and the D-Hub,
We've had a lot of discussions about trade as of late, particularly with respect to Bernie's views and the President's TPP and TTIP.
I think Mathew Yglesias, who has repeatedly written things that make me want to strangle him, gets a lot right in this article. Trade deals are about rules, not trade. I want to repeat that. Trade deals are about rules, not trade. They are about a particular set of rules, typically that which benefits powerful interests.
Globalization is driven more so by technology and American penetration into foreign markets than trade deals; trade happens without trade deals in place, markets evolve, business takes flight, etc. then the trade deals happen.