Magazine September 26, 2016, Issue

Trade Winds Shift

Public opinion is moving toward protectionism, and politicians are following

For the first time in recent memory, both major-party presidential nominees are positioning themselves against free trade. It’s perhaps the lone issue on which Donald Trump has maintained some consistency — he has long been hostile to it, and he is opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal President Obama struck with eleven other nations along the Pacific Rim. Few believe Hillary Clinton when she says she opposes the deal, which she once praised as the “gold standard in trade agreements,” but, as in many other instances, political necessity called for some dissembling.

More interesting than Clinton’s two-step, however, are

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