The “anti-free trade” label is these days blithely thrown around a lot. Mostly at President Donald Trump – and people who agree with him and his desire to revamp how we’ve long done trade.
Mostly by people who blithely accept getting royally ripped off in the one-sided “free” trade deals we’ve long been cutting.
We objectors actually very much like actual free trade. Where each party treats all other parties equally – with less government and justice for all. However, in very few instances are those the types of trade deals to which we’ve agreed.
We get our government out of the way of other nations’ products. While allowing other nations to tax and other wise impede our products. We (mostly) keep the government out of our internal production for export. While other nations subsidize the daylight out of theirs – which obviously affords them a gross, distorted advantage on the world market.
Allowing any of this at all was stupid. Allowing all of this repeatedly, serially for decades – was titanically so. What it wasn’t – was free trade. More