Protectionism and Free Trade

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Peaceful Market Exchange—Not Politics—Harnesses the Value of Diversity

Free MarketsMedia and CultureProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog01/22/2020

Whether diversity is a social benefit depends on whether it creates excuses to fight each other for special treatment. Politicizing our differences is far more likely to make diversity a source of conflict.

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The European Green Deal Is Every Bit as Bad as Expected

The EnvironmentGlobal EconomyProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog01/15/2020

While the legislation introduced in the US Congress remains fiction under a Republican executive and senate, the Brussels initiative will become law unless there is considerable opposition from EU member states.

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How Rent Seeking Impoverishes Nations

Corporate WelfareCronyism and CorporatismProtectionism and Free TradeTaxes and Spending

Blog01/08/2020

So long as governments exist, it is essential that we minimize the ability of groups and individuals to use the power of the state to enrich themselves.

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"Rules of Origin" Show Why Trade Agreements Aren't Free Trade

Global EconomyProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog12/31/2019

A “free trade agreement” in practice isn’t simply an index card declaring, “Tariffs on Country X are 0 percent, three cheers for Bastiat!” These are managed trade agreements, with hundreds of pages devoted to detailed regulations that smack of top-down Soviet planning.

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Is China a Better Trading Partner for Latin America Than the US?

Protectionism and Free Trade

Blog12/30/2019

Some Latin American policymakers seem to think China will offer easy terms for loans and trade agreements. They're wrong. China isn't as rich as many think.

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Embrace Unilateral Free Trade with the UK — Right Now

Protectionism and Free Trade

Blog12/13/2019

Americans ought to begin thinking of trade between the US and the UK as something comparable to trade between California and Idaho.

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The Benefits of Free Trade Are Canceled Out by Domestic Interventionism

Free MarketsGlobal EconomyProtectionism and Free Trade

Trade agreements have thus become obsolete tokens of negotiation in larger geopolitical disputes, protectionist tools for managing and interfering with global trade flows. 

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The EU's Protectionist Impulses Are Showing in Turkey Deal

Protectionism and Free Trade

Blog10/22/2019

EU politicians and technocrats like to present themselves as progressive and enlightened policymakers. But that virtuous mask slipped after German auto giant Volkswagen announced that its new facility would be located in Turkey instead of an EU member nation.

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Unions and Protectionism, Not Free Trade, Doomed the Rust Belt

Bureaucracy and RegulationLabor and WagesProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog10/18/2019

In the second half of the twentieth century, pro-union and anti-trade policies led to a Rust Belt that became uncompetitive, costly, and unable to cope with reality. More protectionism won't save the region now.

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