John Manzella

World-recognized speaker, author and international columnist on global business, trade policy, labor, and the latest economic trends.

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John Manzella is a world-recognized speaker (live and virtual), author of several books, and an international columnist on global business, trade policy, labor, and the latest economic trends.

His valuable insight, analysis and strategic direction have been vital to many of the world's largest corporations, trade associations and universities preparing for the business, economic and political challenges ahead.

John’s views have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg, NPR, Newsday, Houston Chronicle, Denver Post, and other publications in China, Singapore, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Japan, and the Middle East.

His books include Global America: Understanding Global and Economic Trends and How To Ensure Competitiveness, Grasping Globalization: It's Impact and Your Corporate Response, and Mexico and NAFTA: The Real Impact, among others.


John is founder of the, a premier source for global business and economic analysis, and Manzella Trade Communications, a public affairs, publishing and consulting firm.

Additionally, he is Chair of the Upstate New York District Export Council, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, former Executive Director of goTRADE New York, an advocacy coalition sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Business Roundtable, and former President and CEO of World Trade Center BN.

John Manzella discusses America’s relationship with China at a Trammell and Margaret Crow Foundation Trade Policy event with Dr. Elizabeth Economy and moderator Richard Fischer.

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Capitalism combined with democracy has created the highest quality of life ever achieved. Essential components are the extensive freedoms afforded to individuals to make choices. In addition to disturbing trends in the West, China’s brand of one-party state-controlled capitalism is now revealing severe deep-seated flaws. Unless corrected, its economic system will crash.

Latest Articles From John Manzella

Capitalism Depends on the Survival of Democracy
World | Tuesday, July 04, 2023

It’s no coincidence that democratic countries with capitalist systems typically have the highest quality of life, standard of living, economic productivity per capita, life expectancy and educational standards. Democratic systems also tend to have the lowest levels of corruption. In many countries, however, democracy is currently being challenged, which may have the potential to bring about harsh consequences. Democratic backsliding could, in turn, cripple our capitalist systems and reduce our standards of living. read more...

The Key to American Capitalism and its Survival
Economy | Saturday, November 26, 2022

The key to U.S. economic growth and job creation lies in our ability to innovate new products and services and deliver them to the world’s nearly 8 billion consumers. This requires tax policies that incentivize entrepreneurs to take risks and pro-globalization legislation that secures access to foreign markets.


America’s Critical Challenges Pose Serious Risks to Its...
U.S. | Saturday, September 10, 2022

Today’s most critical challenges are impacting every American. These include the direction of globalization and Chinese relations, shifting demographics and labor shortages, and rising inequality and threats to American capitalism. Understanding these challenges, the risks they pose, and how to adapt will be necessary to survive and thrive in the years ahead.


Russia, Ukraine and China: Economic Realities and Dangers...
Trade & Finance | Monday, May 09, 2022

There are several critical issues facing the United States today. These include the labor shortage and skills deficit, the disruption of supply chains, the new direction of globalization, fear of new Covid variants, and inflation, which is made worse by all these issues. In addition, there are many serious concerns caused by the Russia-Ukraine war and the fallout of China continuing to support Russia.


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Book John Manzella now for your next speaking engagement including keynotes, roundtable discussions and webinars. His most requested topics include:
Economic Trends, Global Trade, Labor and What’s Ahead
Pandemic-related realities and the fallout from the Russia-Ukraine war continue to impact the U.S. and global economy, while complexities with China add new risks. Combined with the energy revolution, shifting demographics, and challenges with the USMCA and Europe, these issues are shaping our future. What does this mean to you?

This invaluable program analyzes economic trends, examines trading relationships, reveals Chinese dangers, and explores critical issues involving labor, skills, automation, and immigration. Additionally, it offers survival strategies and provides insight on what's ahead.


This popular program covers—if desired—four important areas that impact each other: (1) Macroeconomics: GDP forecast, long term economic risks, factors impacting growth and inflation, energy, housing, global GDP, and country forecasts, etc. (2) Labor: unemployment forecasts, shifting demographics, worsening labor shortages, falling participation levels and reasons, strategies to attract and retain labor, automation, immigration, etc. (3) Trade and globalization: the direction of globalization, impact on industry and workers, USMCA, Europe and Brexit, emphasis on China’s direction, decoupling prospects, Chinese risks and challenges, etc. (4) Capitalism is being threatened: The need to maintain reasonable tax rates is necessary in order to incentivize entrepreneurs to take risk, while generating enough revenue to help stabilize or prevent the continued erosion of the U.S. middle class (similar situation around the globe). As the middle class erodes, voters tend to support populists on the far right and left. In both cases, capitalism is at risk.

American Realities, Critical Risks and Survival Strategies
Economic Trends, Globalization and the Need to Improve American Capitalism
International Trade, New Realities and Ripple Effects
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