The Ipod used by an American has 451 parts that are made in dozens of nations, and creating the little doodads employs thousands of foreigners. And its final assembly is done in China-a country that right-wingers and left-wingers alike fear to be an economic threat to the U.S. Therefore, opponents of free trade argue that government should implement policies protecting the American industries and American people who care about their country should Buy American. Economist Boudreaux argues that Americans should buy whatever products they choose; neither guilt nor laws should push them to buy American. “The thing that is most distinctively American is freedom. To insist that Americans should not be free to buy good from foreigners that’s very anti-American.“
Learn more about how to make a case for free trade against patriotic protectionisms.