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Free-Trade Thread

Jonah: The answer to your question, in two words (three? whatever), is:

Raison d’etat.

The precise nagging objection that so many conservatives have with

international free trade is that, taken to its logical conclusion, it seems

to require the abolition of the nation-state. This is indisputably true if

you throw free movement of peoples into the mix, as many modern free-traders


That may be a good thing, or it may be a bad thing, but a conservative

thing, it ain’t. Not unless I have conservatism all wrong.


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