Protectionism and Free Trade

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The US Chip Blockade against China Is Creating Unplanned Consequences

Protectionism and Free TradeStrategyWar and Foreign Policy

Blog11/25/2022

Supporters of US microchip policy against China claim the policy is "strategic," but in reality, it is old-fashioned protectionism with all the usual economic damage.

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American Chip "Independence": Protectionism by Another Name

Cronyism and CorporatismProgressivismProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog11/10/2022

While both the Left and Right celebrate the government's new drive to subsidize American microchip manufacturing, we should remember that political "investments" always result in crony capitalist disasters.

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Do Tariffs Create Prosperity? Challenging the Populist Right on Trade

Protectionism and Free TradeU.S. Economy

Blog08/05/2022

Populists on the right (and left) are claiming that American prosperity came about because of high protective tariffs. But political rhetoric can't replace sound economics.

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The British Agricultural Revolution Gets No Respect

BiographiesEconomic FreedomProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog07/22/2022

Most people think the Industrial Revolution catapulted humanity into modern comfort, but this narrative leaves out the agricultural revolution that had to come first.

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Will Argentina's Next President Be a Rothbardian?

AntipoliticsDemocracyProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog07/04/2022

Since the 1940s, failed statist schemes have dragged Argentina into poverty. Javier Milei, who is gaining popularity there, hopes to change his nation's sad history.

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Bastiat Predicted the Baby Formula Crisis 170 Years before It Happened

Economic PolicyPrice ControlsProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog06/04/2022

Although Biden presented the formula shortage as caused by "forces" outside the USA, the shortage is homegrown. Bastiat could have explained why.

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Instead of Uniting the World, Globalization Has Set Nation against Nation

AntipoliticsCronyism and CorporatismProtectionism and Free TradeWar and Foreign Policy

Blog06/04/2022

The Davos crowd sold globalization as a way to bring nations together. Unfortunately, by insisting on political conformity, the globalists have set the world on fire.

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To Succeed, the AfCFTA Must Be about Actual Free Trade, Not Government-Managed "Free Trade"

Free MarketsProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog05/28/2022

The African Continent Free Trade Area has the potential to serve Africans and bring about better living standards. However, it is threatened by government attempts to "manage" trade.

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What Krugman Gets Right and Wrong on Trade Surpluses

Protectionism and Free TradeOther Schools of Thought

Blog05/25/2022

Krugman’s recent NYT column on Russia features commentary on trade surpluses that is at best very misleading.

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And Now for a Really Bad Response to Political Calamity: Autarky

Economic PolicyProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog04/06/2022

The world is in chaos, so politicians MUST do something. Hence, they demand autarky, which is like attempting to put out a fire by pouring gasoline on it.

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