Parker Mitchell is an associate editor and economics correspondent here at The EC Journal. His work focuses on the economics and politics of globalization, including immigration, trade, integration, and global poverty reduction. Frequently derided as a neoliberal, he embraces the term and openly identifies as such. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @PMitchellECJ, and send tips, comments, and hate mail to him at
Whether the birthplace of the enlightenment goes down the path of the far right or is enthralled in the pits of communism, is now up to the citizens of France. In a few days time, they will be faced with the stark decision of the future of not just their country, but of the future of the western-backed neoliberal order.
Instead of having to choose between condemning people to poverty, and forcing future generations to pick up a potentially devastating fiscal tab, let's reform welfare and create a program that solves our needs now, and the needs of our progeny.
The movement of trade has facilitated the flow of democratic ideals and economic neoliberalism to the betterment of humanity at large. All of this begs the question: If the free flow of trade in the form capital, goods, and services has led to such advancement, then why do we still heavily restrict the movement of people?