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Trump’s foreign policy

Posted in For Free Trade on June 3, 2018 by cavalier973

Described here.


Trump and Trade

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , on April 5, 2018 by cavalier973

This article discusses the problems with Trump’s attempt to spark a “trade war” with China (the term “trade war” is nonsensical; it is like saying “pedestrian motorist”). The author echoes a position I have, which is that Trump is undermining the foundation for economic success he is building by his deregulation efforts and the Tax Cut enacted last December.

Perhaps he is only playing the part of the dealmaker, where he takes a tougher stance initially, in order to get the party of the second part to acquiesce to something, but it is unnecessary for government to wheel’n’deal when it comes to trade, because the private entities that engage in trade are already doing the deals.

There should be no NAFTA. There should be no CAFTA, or GATT or TPP. There should be no government, negotiated trade treaties at all. Government just needs to remove itself from the trade arena altogether, and allow the interested parties do what they do.

Something is happening

Posted in For Free Trade, For God on April 5, 2018 by cavalier973

One could not really comprehend the weird news these days, if one only watched or read mainstream news sources–including presumed “conservative” news sources like Fox News or a magazine like National Review.

There was a shooting in Las Vegas, but the story has disappeared. The Clive Bundy story, which was supposed to get Americans scared about “crazy, anti-government nuts”, eventually resulted in the Bundy’s having their names cleared. There is this unending “investigation” into President Trump’s purported collusion with Russians to cheat in the 2016 election. He is a target, then he isn’t, then maybe he is then he definitely isn’t…people who hate Trump are as confident that he is going to be impeached as they are that the sun is going to rise, and it is bizarre, considering there is no evidence of any such collusion.

There was a giant group of people (Hondurans, I think I heard) who,were marching through Mexico on the way to the U.S., but they decided to disband in Mexico City after Trump announced he was going to use the military to repel them.

North Korea was going to threaten the U.S. using nuclear weapons that could reach the continental U.S., and now they want to talk peace.

There are some things that are even weirder than that. It seems that former President Barak Obama has been shadowing President Trump,when the latter takes trips to foreign countries. That is extremely strange.

If you haven’t heard of “Q”, or “qanon”, then you are probably in the company of most Americans. At least, until recently, when Roseanne Barr started talking about Q, and was ridiculed in the regular press for it.

Check out this blog.  It is written by a guy who has a theory that some types of people are like rabbits: they rut with abandon, have little regard for the welfare of any children they might have, and rely on periods and places with a relatively large amount of resources that allows such a lifestyle to flourish. There is no need to plan and save and invest in the future. Such people are also devoted to recreational sex, instead of procreational sex. They have an intense dislike for adversity, and will leave if a situation becomes too difficult. He calls these people “r selected”.

Opposed to these are the “K-selected” folk, who, like wolves, are used to adversity that comes from times of scarcity, and tend to put a lot of effort into their children’s upbringing. They tend to save and invest for the future. They tend to deal well with adversity, even seeking it out.

The linked blog has more info than the author’s theory. Be warned that going there will give you messages that it is a dangerous site (malware, viruses, and the like), which messages seem to happen more often with the sites of  independent conservative bloggers.

Anyway, there seems to be something going on behind the scenes, and this other fellow I mentioned, “Q”, claims to be working for President Trump, and that the Trump team is working secretly behind the scenes to eliminate the “Deep State” (bureaucrats who have arranged laws and institutions to control the American people and steal their liberty).

Here are two more sites I recommend:



Yout might need a Twitter account to access these two sites, since they are the “unrolled” (meaning, set up to easily read) threads these folk put on Twitter.

Two other, less “spooky”, news sources I recommend are the Last Refuge, and Dan Bongino’ podcast. Neither has, to my knowledge, referenced “Q”, but both have good insight into the news of the day.



So; what are the Chinese up to?

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2018 by cavalier973

China is quietly establishing the Indian Ocean as its primary trade area.

An excerpt:

“The move away from depending on cheap exports to America and elsewhere is likely to gain momentum, reducing the relative importance of Trump’s tariffs. Instead, China is creating what amounts to a large free trade area throughout Asia with her partners in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. This is the opportunity offered to other foreign suppliers to the region, such as the UK, assuming she has the gumption to become involved after Brexit.”


New Zealand and trade

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , on March 23, 2018 by cavalier973

An article at

FEE Article from 1994

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2018 by cavalier973

An excerpt:

The experience of the most free-trading nation on earth, Hong Kong, clearly illustrates this point. With no natural resources, except its people and one of the world’s finest natural harbors, but with complete free trade, Hong Kong has witnessed an increase in its per capita income over twenty-five fold and an increase in employment of over twenty times within a short span of forty years. Today, its per capita income is greater than that of the United Kingdom, of which it is still a colony. This stellar economic performance has been achieved while the population of this largely barren island-peninsula colony increased from around 300,000 to six million over this period.”

Another excerpt, more relevant to today’s environment:

“Restricting steel imports destroyed jobs. It is estimated that in the 1980s, steel restraints protected 17,000 jobs in the whole industry, while they cost 54,400 jobs in steel-related industries, for a net loss of over 35,000 jobs. Higher steel costs added to the burden of steel-using industries that were trying to compete against foreign manufacturers. Thus, for example, expensive steel raised the cost of building cars in Detroit and promoted Japanese auto imports.”

The effects of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , on March 22, 2018 by cavalier973

Some have asserted that the Smoot-Hawley Tariff had significantly less adverse impact on the U.S. economy during the Great Depression than conventional wisdom claims.

Mario Crucini and James Kahn have tried to correct systematic underestimates of the harm of Smoot-Hawley found in a variety of macro studies that ignored the effect of tariff retaliation on the rate of capital accumulation. Using a general-equilibrium model, they calculate that the microeconomic distortion effects reduced U.S. GNP by only 2 percent in the early 1930s. Likewise economist Douglas Irwin computed the general-equilibrium inefficiencies caused by the tariff at nearly 2 percent of GNP.”

2%? That doesn’t sound so bad. The article discusses the issue in more depth.