About the Book

Freedom From Want

Freedom From Want

American Liberalism and the Global Economy
April 2007
Trade Paperback · 304 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781933368627
Soft Skull Press



In this provocative new book, Gresser shows how American liberals who look to put the brakes on globalization have unwittingly turned their backs on the poor in abandoning a tradition heralded by Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Clinton. Freedom From Want claims that American liberals have forgotten where they came from and have little idea how to move forward. Gresser’s book restores the traditional, liberal vision of the global economy and prepares it for the future. Firstly, Gresser traces back the American tradition of liberal internationalism, and explains how and why it got off track. Secondly, Gresser reaches into the depths of trade policy for clear examples of how today’s liberals are perpetuating policies that hurt the poor by leaving American jobs unprotected. Thirdly, the book explores how the same policies bring about suffering and instability in the world’s poorest countries. Finally, Gresser looks to the future with liberal ideas to reform America’s trade system, eliminate its bias against the poor, and promote stability and prosperity abroad.

About the Author

Ed Gresser has served as Director of the Progressive Policy Institute's (PPI) Project on Trade and Global Markets since February, 2001. In this capacity, he writes and speaks on the value of open markets, internationalism and social responsibility in the global economy. Mr. Gresser's major focuses have included investigation of the American tariff system, Trade Promotion Authority and the future U.S. trade negotiating agenda, hemispheric integration, economic relations with China in the wake of WTO membership and Asian affairs, as well as international finance and labor issues. He also developed and oversees PPI's widely praised "Trade Fact of the Week" electronic information service. His research has been covered by such publications as the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, the Far Eastern Economic Review and others, and been cited by the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the IMF and other institutions.

Mr. Gresser joined PPI after ten years of service in the Clinton Administration and as a senior Congressional staffer. As Policy Advisor to U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky from April 1998 through the close of the Clinton Administration, he was the USTR's principal policy advisor, speechwriter and research aide. In a span of three years, Mr. Gresser twice received USTR's prestigious "Special Achievement Award," for first for contribution to the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and Caribbean Basin Initiative enhancement, and second for accomplishment "far above and beyond the call of duty" in the negotiation of China's WTO accession agreement and passage of permanent Normal Trade Relations.

Earlier, as Legislative Assistant and then Policy Director for Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), he played a central role in developing and building broad consensus for a policy of engagement in China which keeps the peace and advances U.S. interests and values by balancing security concerns, open trade, human rights and environmental protection in the volatile U.S. relationship with the world's largest nation. Before joining Baucus' staff, Mr. Gresser worked for the consulting firm Podesta Associates, and as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Silvio Conte of Massachusetts.

Mr. Gresser graduated from Stanford University with Distinction in Political Science in 1984. He earned a Master's Degree from Columbia University and a Certificate from the Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union in 1987. He is married to Siriporn Gresser; they have one son.