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A Protectionist is Someone Who…

… if he or his company isn’t making as much money as he believes that he or his company is entitled to make, finds excuses to support government coercion of his fellow citizens – coercion designed to restrict their options in the hope that his fellow citizens will thereby spend more money on his or his company’s offerings.  Again, a protectionist is someone who believes that he is entitled not only to money that he earns, but also to some portion of money that other people earn.  The ethics of a protectionist differ in no essential way from those of a thief.