A Protectionist America Isn't America at Her Best

Our history shows that closedness to the world's people and products is not a healthy extreme to pursue.

America is not at her best when she is protectionist or isolationist. She is not at her best when she is hyper-globalist…

Prudent politicians should recognize the inexorable reaction to globalization that is too consistent across the Western World to be a coincidence. Brexit, the rise of Marine Le Pen in France, and AfD in Germany, are obvious examples from a longer list of protectionist backlashes against openness to other countries. There are reasons, to be found in similar movements in the past, to believe that this not just a consistent current transatlantic phenomenon, but also one that recurs semi-regularly in the modern world. That said, closing the doors is likely to be at least, if not more, harmful.

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