So Much For Trade Liberalization at the G20 Meeting

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 11, 2010


Maybe cramming all night is an effective way–sometimes–to prepare for a test, but it certainly isn’t an effective way to lay the groundwork for bilateral agreement on a free trade deal.

Of course, this is the natural consequence of having a party in power whose base is fundamentally protectionist, and whose idea of good economic policy is to instigate trade wars. You know what trade wars are, of course; they are the kind of wars in which governments take aim at their own citizens.

(Yes, certain Tea Partiers can be protectionists as well, but the Republican party, to its credit, is far more pro-free trade than are the Democrats.)

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