The Poverty of Protectionism
Pierre Lemieux, EconLib
A free trader is tempted to support such agreements for the good they do, not for their bad justifications. But this imbroglio risks entrenching the idea that free trade is a privilege of domestic producers instead of the liberty of both domestic consumers and producers (or their intermediaries) to individually make the best deals they can find.
The Trouble with ‘Free’: Why Treating the Poor as Customers Works Better than Charity
Philip Wilson, Next Billion
The combination of a transactional approach that sees the poor as real customers, combined with attractive low-cost filters with a great value proposition seems to be a winning strategy
Trump’s trade policies could bring recession by 2020, economists predict
Summer Meza, The Week
The economic growth party’s gotta end at some point. Two-thirds of business economists say that point will arrive by 2020, Bloomberg reported Monday, when they expect a recession to begin as a result of current U.S. trade policies.
No Refuge: Persecuted Christians Entering US Dwindle to a Record Low
Griffin Paul Jackson, Christianity Today
The country took in 100 times fewer Middle Eastern refugees than just two years ago.