From David Holcberg at the Ayn Rand Institute:



The Senate did well to approve the Central American Free Trade Pact.


The government should eliminate all tariffs and quotas on imported products because Americans have the moral right to pursue their self-interest and buy cheaper goods from abroad, without government interference.


The proper purpose of government is to protect the rights of its citizens, not to protect the market share of domestic producers.


The right to trade is part of the right to life and liberty, and is essential to the survival and prosperity of all individuals. An individual’s right to trade is based on his right to the use and disposal of his property, and is a basic human right.


Government’s role in trade should be to protect it, not to forbid or obstruct it. As long as trade is done voluntarily, there should be no legal impediments to block it.

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