If Punjabi farmers had been portrayed as affluent, the media would view them as greedy entrepreneurs. But leveraging the political capital of perceived powerlessness has allowed them to obscure their true status as rent seekers.
Protectionists are always wrong, but they're obviously wrong when it comes to "protecting" US goods from Anglosphere competition. Neither geopolitcal concerns nor fears of capital flight to "cheap labor" apply in this case.
With the Caribbean trade bloc Caricom, we find an international "free" trade agreement being used by a Dominica-based company to demand more limits on trade between Jamaica and a country outside the bloc. This isn't about free trade.