Nobody in recent months has expressed more public opposition to free trade than Ian Fletcher, see "Ten Problems With Free Trade
" and "The Social Snobbery of Free Trade
" for some examples of his anti-free trade vitriol. In the last link, he accuses President Obama of being a "free trader," and that accusation alone should give you a good idea how much an "anti free-trader" Fletcher really is.
Given his stated opposition to free trade, I was surprised to receive the email invitation below from Ian Fletcher inviting me to engage in free trade and incur a household trade deficit by buying his book "Free Trade Doesn't Work."
The 2011 edition of my book Free Trade Doesn’t Work is now available! Thiis edition has updated statistics, political analysis revised to include the events of 2010, and a few minor sharpenings of its economics.
The book is on Amazon, but you can get it at a 60 percent discount if you go to this page
and enter discount code UU2N84E6. If you want to help without buying anything, please go to the book’s Amazon page
and give it a favorable review, as the reviews from the original edition do not automatically carry over.
Coalition for a Prosperous America
225 Bush St., 16th Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94104 USA
Well, now I'm really confused. How could a guy who believes free trade doesn't work be asking me to engage in free trade and "import" his book from California into my household, and subject my household to a trade deficit
with him? After all, the inevitable conclusion of the philosophy that free trade doesn't work is total self-sufficiency at the household level. In a letter to Ian Fletcher in January Don Boudreaux pointed this out
by reminding Fletcher that his anti-trade position would mean that "The path to riches is for each household to write and print its own books!" .... and NOT purchase or "import" Fletcher's book.
And Fletcher is not just engaging in free trade by trying to sell his books, isn't he also engaging in the predatory, cutthroat and unfair trade practice of "dumping" his books on the American market by offering a 60% discount?