The Fair Trade Fraud: How Congress Pillages the Consumer and Decimates American Competitiveness / Edition 1

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The Fair Trade Fraud is a direct attack on US trade policies and on the principle of political control of trade. James Bovard exposed the political and moral core of protectionism, demonstrating that politicians cannot make trade more fair by making it less free.

Bovard offers a smashing condemnation of American trade policy and exposes the corrupt core of protectionism and the absurdity of Congress making trade more "fair" by making it less free." . . . (shows) how arbitrary and ultimately counterproductive and restrictive our trade practices are."--The Wall Street Journal.

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"A disturbing work on a timely topic." —Library Journal

"Bovard offers a smashing condemnation of American trade policy and exposes the corrupt core of protectionism and the absurdity of Congress making trade more 'fair' by making it less 'free'. . . . (shows) how arbitrary and ultimately counterproductive and restrictive our trade practices are."—The Wall Street Journal

Library Journal
Unlike other books that discuss America's foreign trade policies, Bovard's work looks critically at these policies and how they directly and adversely affect U.S. consumers. Stating that ``fair trade consists largely of the U.S. government devising new ways to protect American consumers against the scourge of low prices,'' Bovard gives specific examples that illustrate his claim that U.S. consumers are forced to pay higher prices for many goods because of our protectionist foreign trade policy. Writing from the viewpoint of one who has investigated and reported on the inconsistencies and hypocrisies in government practices, he makes his position quite clear--the government decides what consumers may buy by levying stiff tariffs on and restricting imports of many foreign goods. A disturbing work on a timely topic. Recommended for public and college libraries for existing foreign policy collections.-- Lisa K. Miller, American Graduate Sch. of International Management Lib., Glendale, Ariz.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312061937
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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