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Subject:  Re: What annoys the Right more? Date:  10/14/2012  8:29 PM
Author:  MadCapitalist Number:  648842 of 744175

It's their stance against free trade.

I have a question? Why is free trade preferred or good?


Why is free trade within a country good but not when it crosses some arbitrary line around a "nation"?

The answer is that free trade is good due to the principle of comparative advantage. It makes no difference whether your trading partner is on the other side of an arbitrary line or on the same side. Taken to the extreme, we would have to produce *everything* by ourselves instead of specializing and trading with others if we weren't allowed to trade freely with others.

Here is a great video discussing the issue:
http://www.betweenthelines.us/rhetoric-merges/

Free trade is also a moral issue. I think it is immoral to initiate force against others which is what the government is doing when it restricts trade.

Next why is it the movement of "goods" is acceptable but not people?

I'm probably not the best person to ask because I'm in favor of free immigration (subject to a background check).
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