Peace and Free Trade
"Advocates of free trade and globalization have long argued that trade expansion means more efficiency, higher incomes, and reduced poverty. The welcome decline of armed conflicts in the past few decades indicates that free trade also comes with its own peace dividend."
Now, if only those on the left who are both anti-war and in favor of limits on free trade could see how the latter undermines the former...
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Anthony Gregory - 12/29/2005
Absolutely to both! Of course, these days, "free trade" is often used to described corporate-managed trade through horrific governmental institutions.
More and more, I think the right is getting worse on the issue while the left is coming around to being less protectionist. Many on the left realize that the United States is downright hypocritical on trade, telling other countries to lower their trade barriers while erecting its own tariffs or imposing sanctions on other nations, such as the murderous ones on Iraq throughout the 1990s. Supporting those sanctions alone belies any claim one might have to supporting free trade.
The US should also abandon its terrible farm subsidies. This is another issue where the left might be a little better.
The answer, always and anywhere, is unconditional, unilateral and immediate reduction and elimination of all trade restrictions as possible — not more centralized coercive gloablism through crooked institutions like the IMF. The US should drop all its trade restrictions, and stop cutting off trade with other countries, and thus encourage other nations to follow suit.
Free trade is indeed peace. Enemies of liberty on the left and right don't see this, so they favor one or the other, or make all too many exceptions.
Stephan Kinsella - 12/28/2005
And--if only those libertarians who are both pro-free trade and pro-war could see how the latter undermines the former...
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