Protectionists are out in e-droves today! My e-mail box is full of too many missives to reply to individually. (I suspect that I should thank Ian Fletcher for bringing notice of my support for free trade to the attention of readers of the Huffington Post . Judging from some – although certainly not all – of their e-mails, many of these persons seem never before to have encountered any arguments for free trade beyond  the mistaken one that free trade increases the overall number of jobs in the domestic economy, and  the nutty one that free trade is a policy pushed by oligarchs to enable multinational corporations to dominate the world and enslave the masses.)
Anyway, as these – what shall we call them? Huffers? – apparently come to the Cafe to find free-trade arguments that they enjoy attacking, I here offer a link to my April 25, 2009, column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review entitled “Ask the Protectionist. ”
There are other questions that I will likely will soon add to the list of questions for protectionists that I pose in that column.