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Fox on 15th (a.k.a. the Washington Post) Pushes Its Trade Agenda

Tuesday, 15 March 2011 04:49

The Washington Post is going into high gear pushing its trade agenda. It ran an editorial that included the term "free trade" in both the headline and the first sentence. While proponents of these deals like to call them "free" trade pacts, this is not accurate. They do little or nothing to reduce the barriers to trade in highly paid professional services, like those provided by physicians and lawyers, and they increase many forms of protectionism, most notably patent and copyright protection.

But the Post wants these deals to pass, so if calling them "free trade" pacts advances the cause, this is a small matter. After all, this is a newspaper that told readers that Mexico's GDP quadrupled between 1988 and 2007 to make its case that NAFTA was a huge success. The actual growth was 81 percent. Given the paper's willingness to ignore truth in the pursuit of its trade agenda, calling the pacts "free trade" deals is a relatively minor matter.

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Trade is Free Because It's Competitive
written by izzatzo, March 15, 2011 6:31
Any economist knows that free trade occurs between buyers and sellers - not between sellers and sellers, or buyers and buyers.

When sellers collude to restrict trade as monopolies or buyers collude to restrict trade as monoposonies - it's still free trade because the exchange between buyers and sellers is still free to maximize comparative advantage.

This also explains why competition and free trade mean the same thing, a remarkable insight from Obama that has been incorporated as the main plank of economic recovery from the supply side.

Monopolies and monopsonies preserve essential property rights and achieve economic efficiency far greater than the invasive communist competition sold by socialists like Whose Your Nanny Baker.

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