Arguments against free trade that seem the most legitimate to me hinge on the idea that the playing field isn’t particularly level, with one party not enforcing things like environmental regulations or something. I note too that the TPP agreement seems to contain language that would let a company sue if a party to the agreement enacts regulation against it (or at least that’s how it was explained to me), e.g. Phillip Morris suing the government of X because it’s running an anti-smoking campaign.
However, these arguments are against the details of particular agreements, rather than systemic problems with free trade. I feel that anti-free trade rhetoric is economically naive at best and xenophobic and racist at worst.
Am I wrong?