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Who Said It?
Posted By Don Boudreaux On May 13, 2007 @ 3:36 pm In Trade | Comments Disabled
Frederic Bastiat  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  (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  (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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 Frederic Bastiat: http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/bios/Bastiat.html
 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
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