Protectionism

Protectionism

Protectionism

The main goal of free trade is to make trade between nations easier and

less costly. The way it achieves this goal is by removing barriers such as tariffs,

eliminating regulations and dismissing certain standards, which allows the market

to balance itself through the pressures of market demands. The free trade

system has existed now for just over two-hundred years, beginning just after the

industrial revolution. It has been successful in promoting independent action,

advancing technology and thus in turn creating wealth. While free trade

economics is a major contributor to economic growth, economic growth is also a

major contributor to the destruction of our planet. ?Due to over consumption and

the throw away model of most developed nations, free trade does not allow for

very much sustainable development.?(Chomsky,N:www.oneworld.org)

Many critics of free market capitalism feel that the root of our problem is too

many environmental resources are considered common goods or common to all.

Common resources are available free of charge to anyone who wishes to use

them. The text defines common resources as ?Goods that are rival, but not

excludable.?( Chomsky,N) Because common goods are rival, one person?s use of

the resource takes away from other people?s enjoyment

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