Richard Epstein on Trump and Free Trade

What Trump Doesn't Get About Free Trade. Most Everything

In the midst of the din over Charlottesville, let’s not overlook the Trump administration’s controversial stance on free trade.

This smoldering problem has risen to the surface in the delicate negotiations that the United States now is undertaking with China over the status of American intellectual property rights, and with Mexico and Canada over the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Before looking at the particulars of these two disputes, it is instructive to set out the intellectual case for free trade, which Trump has consistently misunderstood.

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