Title

True Free Trade Is Still True

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Document Type

Article

Department

Economics

Publication Title

American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Volume

79

Issue

1

DOI

10.1111/ajes.12308

First Page

73

Last Page

86

Abstract

Protection or Free Trade (1886) by Henry George remains the classic argument for complete free trade. The arguments against free trade were either anticipated and refuted by George, or they are unanticipated arguments that claim changed or overlooked circumstances have altered the case for free trade. This article refutes these unanticipated arguments by restating the classic economic case for free trade, analyzing counterarguments to free trade, and examining the continuing relevance of George’s theory of the distribution of the benefits of free trade.

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