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Who Said It?

Posted By Don Boudreaux On May 13, 2007 @ 3:36 pm In Trade | Comments Disabled

Frederic Bastiat [1] is often credited with having said something like "If goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will."  Bastiat almost certainly believed these words to be true, but I can find no evidence that Bastiat really did write such a thing.  (I’m happy to be corrected.)

But on page 255 of Jeffry Frieden’s Global Capitalism [2] (2006) I find the following: "As one of [FDR's Secretary of State Cordell] Hull’s supporters put it, ‘If soldiers are not to cross international borders, goods must do so.’"

Frieden’s footnote to the above sentence attributes these words to one Otto Maller, and gives a citation to page 37 of Alfred E. Eckes, A Search for Solvency: Bretton Woods and the International Monetary System, 1941-1971 [3] (1975).

I can find nothing about this Otto Maller; Googling that name produces a mere five hits, none of which seem to point to the person referred to above.

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[1] Frederic Bastiat: http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/bios/Bastiat.html

[2] Global Capitalism: http://www.amazon.com/Global-Capitalism-Fall-Twentieth-Century/dp/039332981X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-6179968-2426214?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1179084740&sr=1-1

[3] A Search for Solvency: Bretton Woods and the International Monetary System, 1941-1971: http://www.amazon.com/Search-Solvency-Alfred-Eckes-Jr/dp/B000ORPZWW/ref=sr_1_11/103-6179968-2426214?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1179084791&sr=1-11

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