A Protectionist is Someone Who…

by Don Boudreaux on October 3, 2018

in A Protectionist is..., Crony Capitalism, Trade

… believes that if he suffers collateral harm caused by A’s abuse of B, then he is ethically justified in calling upon C to abuse D if C’s abuse of D has a greater-than-zero chance of reducing the collateral damage that he, the protectionist, suffers as a result of A’s abuse of B.

In other words, the protectionist arrogantly presumes that D is inferior to him, the protectionist. The protectionist believes that it is just and right to forcibly diminish D’s well-being if doing so might increase the protectionist’s well-being.

The protectionist doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself.

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