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A Protectionist is Someone Who…

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… believes that adding together numbers all of which are positive yields a sum that is negative.

How else do protectionists reach the conclusion that domestic citizens as a whole are made worse off as a result of a series of trades in which each domestic citizen who is party to any of these trades is made better off with each of these trades?

(Protectionists who know economic jargon, but who do not really know economics, will respond by shouting “negative externalities!” This shout reveals only that the protectionists who emit it don’t know what externalities are.)

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