Since the 2016 Presidential elections, protectionist fervor has gripped those on both the left and right. From Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, free trade is under fire and the lure of protectionist policies is on the rise.
Politicians on both the left and right have demonized free trade in recent years. Many have ridden a populist surge animated by nationalism and a push back against economic globalization. Acton experts explain how free trade is a powerful driver of wealth creation, poverty alleviation and human flourishing.