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Free trade has lifted mankind to a level of wealth that was recently unimaginable. In 1990, 38 percent of human beings lived in extreme poverty; today, that figure has fallen to 8 per cent, as previously closed African and Asian economies have joined the global market.

Yet, paradoxically, free trade has never been so out of fashion. Across the world, idealistic people march against trade deals, protest G20 summits, occupy stock exchanges, sincerely believing that, in doing so, they are standing up for the poor against multinational corporations – when, in reality, they are doing the opposite.

Politicians naturally respond to public opinion. We are witnessing a trade war between the world’s largest and second-largest economies. The Uruguay Round, concluded in 1994, was the last successful comprehensive multilateral trade negotiation. Until CPTPP, the last major regional trade deals were ASEAN and NAFTA, agreed in the early 1990s.

We need to recapture the moral case for open commerce. Free trade is not simply a way to buy cheaper iPhones. It is the ultimate instrument of poverty alleviation, conflict resolution and social justice.

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Ryan Bourne

@MrRBourne 4 hours ago

Sanders’ economic platform is, in many respects, even more extreme than Corbyn’s right now, of course: capx.co/bernie-sanders…

Heritage Foundation

@Heritage 8 hours ago

There’s one reason Democratic Socialists can’t legitimately claim countries like Sweden and Denmark as socialist su… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Carl Bildt

@carlbildt yesterday

Those were the days. pic.twitter.com/yFOJEYVA7C

Dr David Jeffery

@DrDavidJeffery yesterday

👏 We 👏 don't 👏 care 👏 where 👏 the 👏 passports 👏 were 👏 made 👏 because 👏 we're 👏 not 👏 the 👏 racists 👏 you 👏 think 👏… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

John Alty

@JohnAlty1 2 days ago

Add your voice to the hundreds of contributions we’ve already had @tradegovuk twitter.com/tradegovuk/sta…

Initiative for Free Trade

@IFTtweets yesterday

This is true both indirectly and directly. Reminder: tariffs are paid by the importer. twitter.com/kairyssdal/sta…

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