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Tag: protectionism
  • Protectionists: Today’s Luddites

    The Luddite fallacy is an economic idea which has been around at least since the late 1700s. The belief is that mechanization displaces labor and causes unemployment, and the conclusion is that we shouldn’t mechanize labor. Those who fear technological developments are often called “Luddites,” named for a young man, Ned Ludd, who supposedly broke …

  • How the Jones Act hurts Hawai’i

    Young Americans for Liberty at University of Hawai’i-Manoa has teamed up with former State Senator John Carroll to bring awareness to his class action lawsuit against the Jones Act, and educate the public on how the Jones Act hinders the economy in Hawai’i. The Jones Act has created an oligopoly which controls 99% of merchant …

  • Tom Palmer Schools Lou Dobbs

    Below, Tom Palmer reminds hyper-nativist Lou Dobbs that protectionist policies always undermine American liberty, prosperity, and national security. Tom is an excellent debater, so it’s always fun to watch him in action.  But seeing the irascible Dobbs blow a few gaskets may be the most entertaining part of the clip. (Next time, let’s hope Lou combusts!)

  • Obama’s Isolationist Chinese Tariff: Repeating the Mistakes of the Great Depression

    Dr. Paul discussed President Obama’s recent decision to enact steep tariffs on Chinese imported tires during his weekly ‘Texas Straight Talk’ broadcast Monday night. This sort of double speak demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of free trade, economics and world history. Yet these are the same people the country trusts to solve our problems. This sort …

  • Smoot-Hawley Part Deux?

    The economic genius of the Obama Administration is beautifully showcased again as it imposes harsh tariffs on Chinese tire imports. The main reason for doing so is to appease Obama’s cronies in the Steelworkers Union, who cited a dramatic rise in Chinese tire imports. The new tariff is an additional 35% on top of an …