La batalla contra el libre comercio

Frédéric Bastiat once wrote a satirical petition to the French parliament on behalf of candlemakers and related industries. He was "seeking relief from ruinous competition of a foreign rival who works under conditions so far superior to our own for the production of light that he is flooding the domestic market with it at an incredibly low price." The "foreign rival" he was speaking of was the sun, which was unfairly giving away light for free. The relief sought was a law requiring the closing of all blinds to shut out the sunlight and thereby stimulate the domestic candle industry. That is what so many fallacious arguments against free trade amount to.

Ron Paul en The Revolution.

Me ha parecido particularmente cómica la sátira de Bastiat. Es probable que sea un poco exagerada -a veces el exceso de veracidad no es tan bueno-, pero si puede, como dice Ron Paul, ilustrar a lo que se reducen muchos argumentos contra el libre comercio.

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