Global free trade, an essential element of economic freedom, is under threat

It’s a “Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” to quote the title of a 1960s movie, when someone like Xi Jinping (pictured above), the despotic leader of a communist country that follows a “beggar-thy-neighbour” trade policy, declares himself the champion of free trade. Things don’t get much saner when the leader of a country, which voted itself out of the world’s deepest and largest common market, declares herself “one of the firmest advocates for free trade anywhere in the world.”Free trade is essential to economic freedom—individuals should have the right to buy from and sell to anyone anywhere. Yet, it’s under

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