May 6, 2020 4:27PM

Senator Hawley’s Case for Nationalism Is Strong on the Propaganda but Weak on the Facts

Over at Forbes, I follow up on Simon Lester’s insightful analysis of what Senator Hawley gets wrong about the World Trade Organization. Here are the first couple of paragraph:

On the opinion page of the New York Times yesterday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) proposed the abolition of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Fair enough. For those concerned about the United States, its future, and the nature of its relationship with the wider world, Hawley’s idea is worth considering. After all, nowhere is it set in stone that the post‐​war economic institutions established under U.S. tutelage would or should endure forever, impervious to evolving politics, geopolitics, and economic conditions.

But if we are going to have an honest debate about this important issue, those offering their views should rely on facts and truth, not on propaganda and dog whistles. Senator Hawley violates those conventions in his op‐​ed, which amounts mostly to a string of slogans intended more to inflame than inform.

If you’re so inclined, you can read it in full right here.