The term itself is a trap
– a brilliant framing device that neatly neutralises opposition.
If you take a stand against free trade you appear to be taking a stand against freedom itself,
which is clearly not a tenable position.
in recent decades the term “free trade” has become very closely associated with “democracy”,
owing in no small part to the efforts of right-wing think tanks like the Heritage Foundation,
the Business Roundtable,
and the Cato Institute,
which have built up a powerful PR campaign
to establish this spurious connection in the minds of the public.
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