I am a virulent free trader. I love commerce between nigh any peoples and nations with whom the exchanges are on equal footing – and as unfettered as possible by government intervention and imposition.
The problems arise – when we venture out into a world full of countries in love with government intervention and imposition.
Every nation on the planet has the inherent desire to tilt the commercial scales in their favor. I fully understand the aspiration – but we should demand it never become commercial policy.
Unfortunately, we have spent the last half century or so – allowing the world’s nations to do exactly that. Very much to our national detriment.
In no small part because – from all appearances – the United States’ Establishment does not share the rest of the world’s inherent desire to make our nation better. More