Government managed “free trade”

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Alvaro Vargas Llosa has a nice piece for the Independent Institute slamming these sham state-to-state “free trade” deals. He writes:

This nonsense is the child of the post-WWII trade ethos. After the war, world leaders committed the original sin of treating trade as peace treaties: through State-to-State negotiations. Since then, three so-called Rounds have gone by –the Kennedy Round (1967), the Tokyo Round (1979) and the Uruguay Round (1994)- and a fourth one is in progress. Half a century of trade talks has produced no free trade.

9:48 pm on October 28, 2003