Conflict Theory, Marx and NAFTA Analytical Essay by cee-cee

Conflict Theory, Marx and NAFTA
An analysis of Karl Marx's perspective on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its promises of prosperity and equality for the inhabitants of the United States, Canada and Mexico.
# 115468 | 2,559 words | 13 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jul 21, 2009 in Economics (International) , Philosophy (General) , Economics (Globalization)

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The paper explains Marx's theory of social conflict and discusses the supposedly beneficial effects of globalization for the masses. The paper then relates how NAFTA establishes free movement of fiscal resources, natural resources, goods and people across the American, Canadian and Mexican borders and reveals that the effect of NAFTA, and of globalization in general, has been to the detriment of many American workers. The paper goes on to explains why Marx would have believed that in order to impose the global system that brings increased profits and prosperity to the small class of individuals that own the large multinational corporations, it is necessary to convince the public at large that NAFTA is universally beneficial. The paper therefore shows how the conflict theory of Marx seems applicable to today's conditions.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bentley, C. S. (2006, July 24). Immigration & Integration. The New American, 22, 44.
  • Bronner, S. E. (2001). Socialism Unbound (2nd ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
  • Bhagwati, J. (2004). In Defense of Globalization. New York: Oxford University Press.
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  • Eden, L., & Lenway, S. (2001). Introduction to the Symposium Multinationals: The Janus Face of Globalization [*]. Journal of International Business Studies, 32(3), 383.

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