A Protectionist is Someone Who…

by Don Boudreaux on March 16, 2019

in A Protectionist is..., Myths and Fallacies, Trade

… must be terribly confounded by the fact that so few people seek to live in isolation from humanity. After all, if the protectionist is correct in his belief that genuine wealth is the need to work, then maximum possible wealth is achievable only by an individual living in utter isolation. That self-sufficient individual would have to struggle mightily merely to avoid starving to death. With such an abundance of work, that isolated individual would be in protectionist nirvana!

Yet I am also among those who are terribly confounded, for I do not understand why no protectionist voluntarily lives in isolation from humanity. Any protectionist who really understands and believes what he says should at this very moment, in gleeful anticipation, be making tracks for his own desert island or remote and lonely cabin in the wild.


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