A Powerful Essay by Scott Lincicome in Response to a Fable Told by Carlson, Hammond, and Many Others

by Don Boudreaux on January 16, 2019

in Myths and Fallacies, Trade

This essay by Scott Lincicome is on the long side, but it is well worth reading carefully – including reading what’s at the generously supplied links. (HT my intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy)

Here Scott exposes as being a facile fabric of fallacies the narrative told by the likes of Tucker Carlson, Sam Hammond, and many others that selfish American “elites” sold ordinary Americans down the global drain by allowing Americans to trade more freely with the Chinese.

And just fyi, it’s through-the-looking-glass – and shockingly – absurd that, in the tale told by Carlson, et al., “elites” are accused of visiting an injustice on ordinary people when, specifically, what the “elites” are accused of doing is simply removing themselves and their agents from obstructing the economic choices of ordinary people.


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