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A Protectionist is Someone Who…

… believes that if Jones disapproves of Smith’s choice of suppliers – suppliers on whose outputs Smith spends his own money – then Jones is justified in hiring Jackson to threaten violence upon Smith until and unless Smith patronizes Jones’s preferred suppliers.  And to rub salt into the wound that Jones (and Jackson) inflict on Smith, Jones (and Jackson) insult Smith’s intelligence by assuring Smith that their coercion of him is for his own good – and that if he, Smith, resists, or even protests, he is a greedy cad, an enemy of the people, or (prepare for even greater irony) a corporate shill.