Free Trade & Mutual Cooperation

Henry George,

Protection or Free Trade

Trade is not invasion. It does  not involve aggression on one  side and resistance on the  other, but mutual consent and  gratification. There cannot be  a trade unless the parties to it  agree, any more than there can  be a quarrel unless the parties  to it differ. England, we say,  forced trade with the outside  world upon China, and the  United States upon Japan.  But, in both cases, what was  done was not to force the  people to trade, but to force  their governments to let them.

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