>>332596 Are you trying defending free trade? Because I can't see anything fundamentally good about it. These days it sounds just like a tool for the rich to get richer marketed as a crazy moral ideal.
Free Trade is often toted as an asymptote that we should approach as closely as possible to because that purportedly will give us an ideal society. I'm not sold on that idea and there is an obvious possible ulterior motive driving people to claim that free trade is always the best course of action.
>>332474 Trade liberalization is a consequence of the Great Depression. Towards the ends of WWII the Allies decided that tariff barriers should be reduced or removed in order to prevent further depressions.
Actually, it is, as long as you accept the underlying principle that voluntary exchanges will generally increase net wealth.
>Free Trade is often toted as an asymptote that we should approach as closely as possible to because that purportedly will give us an ideal society.
Well, if you're an economic reductionist, yes. Even without that level of pseudoscience though, the underlying point is a good one: by reducing the number of barriers that extend across trade, you will increase wealth overall. And while it probably won't be evenly distributed, overall increases of wealth are generally considered good things.
on a serious note the state's intention through free trade was to create a economical darwinist system where only the most rational and efficient companies could expand. More resources and new disciplinary techniques always meant more power for the state. Assimilation of efficient techniques for its bureaucracy, emerging middle class and richer upper class growing the fiscal resources...
>>332705 But without such barriers countries would be more subject to unscrupulous market manipulations. The countries with the larger shares of the global marketplace would be able to use economics to pursue selfish goals by simple policy changes that wouldn't really conflict with the concept of free trade. You could go so far as to claim that the government shouldn't even be allowed to affect the economy in any way, shape, or form but I would say that is going much too far.
True international free trade would require a level of trust that seems unlikely.
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