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Why protectionists sometimes win: The narrative power of economic nationalism

As typical, in this article, free traders distort the pro-tariff (protectionist) point of view to make their fatally flawed logic look more sane. The article says: “Economists know that international integration creates winners and losers. But we do not fully understand why the ‘losers’ so often set the policy agenda. This column argues that economists are only now beginning to grasp the influence of nationalist ideas in shaping the policy narrative,” and “they represent special interests seeking to prevent free-trade policies with potentially general welfare benefits.”

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