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“Free Trade” Coffee

I know what “fair trade” coffee is, or at least is supposed to be. “Fair trade” goods are over-priced items purchased at a “fair” price by wealthy liberals to assuage their consciences and to “humanize” globalization. Yet here in Bozeman, Montana, there is a coffee shop emblazoned with the sign “Free Trade Coffee.” What’s that? Coffee that supports market-driven economic development in impoversihed countries? If so, the coffee shop will have my business all summer. Alas, I suspect the sign might just be a big mistake.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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