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By geoff's two cents (anonymous) | Posted November 05, 2008 at 02:40:36

Ben Bull, thanks for taking the time to craft this response to A. Smith. Although I rarely agree with his positions, I find that discussion of the issues he raises helps to clarify my own positions. In particular, I've found that he's quite good at suggesting/asserting things that seem downright abominable, but are surprisingly difficult to counter with logical argument.

I'm no free-market fundamentalist, but I would suggest that out-and-out protectionism is risky - and potentially nasty - business as well. For one, if people in these countries actually want their jobs, it seems a little condescending for us to assume that we know what is better for them, doesn't it?

Lots to comment on here, of course. Owing to time constraints, I'll do a lot more reading than blogging on this issue. Looking forward to the responses.

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