A Protectionist is Someone Who…

by Don Boudreaux on March 12, 2018

in A Protectionist is..., Trade

… upon learning that god dispensed manna from heaven to the Israelites (as they wandered in the desert after their exodus from Egypt), concludes that god must have been mighty angry at his chosen people.  After all, only a god furious at his people would punish them by “dumping” on them nutritious and tasty food at a price – zero! – far below that at which Israelite hunters, gatherers, or farmers could profitably compete.  A kind and loving god would have not exported any manna at all to his people – or, if he did for some mysterious reason export this valuable good to his people, he at least would have done the godly thing and charged for it an exorbitant price!

(I thank David Hart for the idea of this post.)


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