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A Protectionist is Someone Who…

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… when the inescapable logic of his arguments is revealed to him and to others either (a) typically fails to understand that which is revealed, or (b) on the relatively rare occasions when he does understand that which is revealed, descends to new depths of illogic and legerdemain in futile attempts to explain that that which is illogical really is logical, and that that which is logical really is illogical.

At the core of protectionist arguments are propositions that make no more sense than does the statement “I enjoy drawing circular triangles.” And if the political success of protectionism depended on widespread public belief in the reality of circular triangles – if the political success of the cronyist policies that plunder consumers and politically invisible producers in order to artificially enrich the relatively small handful of greedy, grasping, duplicitous, and predatory producers who insult intelligent-people’s intelligence by offering up what inevitably are incoherent arguments for protectionism depended on widespread public belief in the reality of circular triangles – protectionists would write tomes in which they not only try to explain the reality of circular triangles, but also insist that the real world is filled with such unimaginable spectacles.

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