America is hardly a bastion of free trade

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Andrew N Smith

“Rhetoric has recently trumped reality. It has become a misconceived bit of common ‘knowledge’ that the United States of America is a bastion of free trade. Little could be further from the truth. The ‘freest’ nation on earth, as we are taught to believe, imposes a staggering number of tariffs, import and export bans, sanctions and embargoes. Yet somehow ‘free trade’ is blamed for the financial ills of the unemployed in the formerly industrial Midwest.” (03/20/17)