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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. 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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Cato Trade

@CatoTrade 21 hours ago

It is difficult to imagine two countries better suited for a truly liberalizing trade agreement than the US & Brita… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Philip Stevens

@genevanetwork 2 days ago

Free trade helps health by growing the economy & spreading knowledge. Read our latest paper with @IFTtweets and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Simon Lester

@snlester yesterday

Thread by @SamuelMarcLowe reviewing our UK-US FTA proposal. (The good, the interesting, the fantastical, the bad,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

CapX

@CapX yesterday

The US-UK trade plans shows there is a simple way to integrate markets without top-down edicts capx.co/zCvmU

Daniel Griswold

@DanielGriswold yesterday

We @mercatus are happy to team with free-trade allies at 10 other research centers in the USA and Britain to unveil… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Sam Lowe

@SamuelMarcLowe yesterday

So I’ve read the full CATO/IFT report on a future “ideal” UK-US free trade agreement and have some thoughts. ifreetrade.org/pdfs/US-UK-FTA…

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