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Noam Chompsky once said People dont know whats happening and they dont even know that they dont know Mattern 1998 p5 These are very harsh words but they do provide insight about how much the general population of countries involved with globalization knows about the issues that are dominating humanitarian groups around the world Free trade one of the most controversial issues surrounding globalization has been getting the most attention lately as many treaties are being discussed Because most of the negotiations for these treaties are being done behind closed doors and the countries negotiating them do not want their discussions to be made public most of the general population has been kept unknowledgeable about the implications of the trade agreements currently being discussed Because the issues surrounding these treaties are immense discussion of the issues need to be analyzed through different perspectives Various International Relations theories come in play when talking about these issues but arguments will be analyzed through the liberal IR theory and institutionalism Through time trade between people and nations have become more important as economic specialization enables greater productivity This leads nations and countries to better produce certain goods and trade with nations that are more efficient at producing other goods With the advent of the industrial revolution and the mass production of goods trading became ever more important as increasingly large amounts of goods could be produced in the same area and be exported elsewhere for consumption In the early days of international exchange high tariffs and small quotas resulted in the inefficient use of resources After WWI and WWII with the creation of the League of Nations and latter the United Nations many international organizations were formed and it is in this period that early forms of the GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade were signed These led the way to regulating trade by lowering tariffs and trade barriers Irwin 1995 pp6 These treaties lead
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