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[–] lipids 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Trade reciprocity is not the whole story. We also need parity of labor laws. If a country allows sweat shops, it's products should have a high tariff to encourage making it at home. Preferably with high tech automation.


[–] irelandLost 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Nail on head. Same for countries with few or no regulations trying to sell into a market where domestic producers face a raft of regulations. Same for companies/industries that receive state support in their home markets selling into foreign markets. And even just to protect important, high employment industries in your own market in a display of good old fashioned protectionism. There are many, many variables in international trade that will always necessitate tariffs and trade barriers, the whole "free trade makes us all richer" is just more catchphrase politics from the hard of thinking.


[–] lipids 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

"Free trade makes us all richer" is neoliberal poison.