There is something about an election year that causes otherwise rational people to lose all economic sense. Take, for example, the issue of free trade. The opposition to free trade on both sides of the politial spectrum is baffling. Yet progressives seem particularly confused, seeming to hold two opposing views on trade at the same time.
“Have you ever wondered if you are a progressive?” asks economist Scot Sumner. “I’ve come up with a two-part test. If you believe in both of the following propositions, then you qualify as a American progressive, circa 2016.” His propositions are: