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It’s the Small Things, Like Hershey’s Kisses, that Matter

– February 3, 2019

Want to become a champion of liberty? Eschew historicism. Be suspicious of grand millenarian eschatologies. Learn to love the little things in life. Celebrate every individual’s right to choose how they live their lives. Smile when you think of every box of chocolate given and received this February 14th.

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Trade Agreements are Better than Protectionism

– January 30, 2019

My ideal is for each government to immediately abolish all tariffs and other trade restrictions, regardless of what any other government does or doesn’t do. That is, I fully support a policy of unilateral free trade.

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How the Shutdown Has Affected Tariff Exemptions

– January 16, 2019

The government shutdown should serve as a reminder of the dangers of all government regulation, especially when the regulators block the freedom to trade, promise to make exceptions, and then fail to perform at all.

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Father of Protectionism: The Baneful but Lasting Influence of Friedrich List

– January 13, 2019

List posited a conflict between the interests of commercial society and the interests of the nation as a whole.

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Is Protectionism Justified If Trade Liberalization Causes the Wages of Low-Skilled Workers to Fall?

– January 8, 2019

No country grows prosperous by dampening its citizens’ incentives to improve their skills as workers.

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Apple’s Woes Show that the Trade War Has Failed Miserably

– January 4, 2019

Tragically, too few Republicans and market defenders have called out the Trump administration for itsterrible trade policies.

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Trade’s Costs Are Not Losses

– January 2, 2019

But because no one in a market economy is entitled to his or her particular source of income, whenever competition obliges producers to adjust to the demands of consumers, producers — while paying the costs of participating in a market economy — suffer nothing that ought to be described as losses.

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No, These Tariffs Have Not Been Good for America

– December 24, 2018

It’s been a rough 2018 for those who support free trade across borders, but the Economic Policy Institute has unwittingly given us a lovely Christmas gift. While attempting to show how much the U.S. aluminum industry has benefited from the ten percent tariff imposed in March, it ends up demonstrating that even from an “American first” perspective, tariffs are money horribly spent.

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Trade Has No Losers

– December 24, 2018

Saying that trade has losers suggests that stopping trade would eliminate such losses. Wrong. 

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Tariffs Successfully Raised the Trade Deficit

– December 17, 2018

For one thing, contrary to the administration’s promise, unilaterally raising tariffs hasn’t resulted in reduced foreign tariffs and better access to foreign markets for U.S. exporters. Instead, foreign tariffs have gone up, and threats of retaliation continue. That explains some of the drop in exports to China. But that’s not all that is at play here.

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What You Need to Know about the Great IP Dispute Between the US and China

– December 17, 2018

For China to crack down on its supposed violators of IP, import US law as its own, permit US courts to enforce it, and acquiesce to every other point demanded by the US, even if these impossibilities were possible, would end in making its economy less free, less productive, and more dangerous for free enterprise.

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Make the Trade Truce Permanent

– December 3, 2018

Do you desire the well-being of all peoples in the world? Free trade is a wonderful way to see this realized. Tariffs only end in spreading misery, a classic case of man’s inhumanity to man. The sooner the U.S. administration realizes this, the better off everyone will be.

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