La Riva/Puryear: Abolish NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA, WTO, IMF, World Bank

Gloria La Riva and Eugene Puryear are the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s nominees for president and vice president, respectively. The ticket’s take on neoliberal “free trade” agreements is something most members of the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian parties can agree with: They’re against them. However, the La Riva/Puryear position paper on free trade is uniquely socialist.

Gloria La Riva and Eugene Puryear say that so-called “free trade” agreements negotiated through the World Trade Organization are intended to benefit “the big capitalists” and not working people in industry and agriculture. They also say that Mexico’s experiment with “free trade” has caused millions of Mexicans to flee to the United States in the name of survival.

La Riva and Puryear characterize the Minutemen and Lou Dobbs as “racists” who use immigrants as scapegoats in order to hide what La Riva and Puryear say is the true cause of economic problems — capitalism itself.

However, the PSL candidates are not against all trade agreements. They point to the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas — the Chavez/Castro alternative to the U.S.-led NAFTA, CAFTA, and FTAA — as an example of a trade agreement that should be supported. They say the Bolivarian agreement “offers trade and investment on equal terms based on solidarity with the millions of poor and super-exploited Latin American masses, and the use of each country’s resources for real development.”

Gloria La Riva and Eugene Puryear call for the abolition of NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. Ironically, libertarian Republican Ron Paul ran on a similar platform, although for very different reasons.

9 thoughts on “La Riva/Puryear: Abolish NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA, WTO, IMF, World Bank

  1. Ross Levin

    It would be good if there was a bit more news on local candidates from IPR, especially for the really small parties like this. Not trying to sound too critical, but what does the presidential race even mean to the Socialist Party?

  2. G.E. Post author

    Notice we are covering John Murphy, who’s making an effort to be covered. Same with Alan Augustson, Scottie Boman, etc.

  3. Ross Levin

    Hey, that’s all me with the John Murphy stuff!

    But I understand. It’s just kind of frusturating that so much attention is given to the presidential race, and we ignore dozens or hundreds of races that we actually have a chance of winning.

  4. G.E. Post author

    Define “chance.”

    You can count on one hand the number of state legislators elected by the Green, Constitution, and Libertarian parties in the past decade or so.

    Presidential candidates advocate and advance philosophy. That’s why parties run them. No candidate running for Congress has a statistically significantly “better” chance of winning than does Gloria La Riva, or for that matter, Robert Milnes. And most are not even doing the minimal, such as release press releases, etc. In most cases, there’s just nothing to cover.

  5. G.E. Post author

    I wish Bob Barr would come out against NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA, the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank.

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