Ian Fletcher - The Case Against "Free" Trade





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Published on Jan 20, 2013

Karl Marx came out in 1848 in support of free trade because he viewed a high-wage economy via protectionism as a mortal threat to communism. As economist Ian Fletcher explains, the founding fathers set up a protectionism economic system that we had until WWII. However back in the 1800'ds there was a group that wanted a free trade economic system, we had a big war over that.

Ian Fletcher, Coalition for a Prosperous America, author of "Free Trade Doesn't Work", discusses free trade in the context of American history. Fletcher points out that US trade deficit has been reasonably stable from 1960 until the mid 1990s, at which point it increased dramatically. Trade deficits are real money, not simply accounting balances.

Our increasing trade deficit correlates with the loss of major manufacturing industries in the United States. Contrary to industry hype, manufacturing is not a primitive part of the economy; manufacturing is now sophisticated and is based upon high levels of technology.

Historically, our country was not based on Laissez-faire capitalism. Tariffs were used as an integral component of trade from 1820 but they were gradually lowered over the last half century.

While the United States allocates capital investment through the free market mechanisms of Wall Street, countries like China and Japan allocate capital via large institutions responsible for central planning with apparent great success.

This presentation was given at the 2012 Social Contract Writers Workshop in Washington, DC.

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