Free Trade Quotes

Free Trade Quotes by Anne McLellan, Mark McKinnon, Paul Romer, Elaine Chao, Bret Stephens, Anita Roddick and many others.

The message is NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) is there. NAFTA has helped both our countries enormously. We live up to the terms of NAFTA. We ask you, our best friend and most important trading partner to do the same thing.
I am convinced that both markets and free trade are good, but the traditional answer that we give to students to explain why they are good, the one based on perfect competition and Pareto optimality, is becoming untenable. Something much more interesting and more complicated is going on here
We need fair and free trade.
business itself is now the most powerful force for change in the world today, richer and faster by far than most governments. And what is it doing with this power? It is using free trade, the most powerful weapon at its disposal, to tighten its grip on the globe.
If you interview world leaders, everybody will say they are for free trade. But what they mean by it and what they do when they say they are pro free trade, you have to watch and see.
It strikes me as very strange that whereas Tennyson could support most of Mr. Buckley’s propositions about free trade, and the private sector, and private enterprise, Tennyson found no difficulty also in lending intellectual support to the idea of Women’s Liberation.
The Turkish, Arab and Chinese nationalists who built new nation-states out of the ruins of old empires scorned their old, decrepit rulers as much as they did the foreign imperialists who imposed free trade through gunboats.
We have to work towards free trade because otherwise we will miss out on many opportunities for cooperation, and relations amongst countries will become much more difficult.
I believe in free trade. I don’t support regulating trade prices between different regions. Our point of view is we don’t want trade barriers between different countries.
My fellow economists and academics fail to understand the economics of trade in the real world. Traditional models of academia respect free trade without considering whether it is fair trade.
In the 1990’s, a time of corporate capital‘s global ascendancy, the mildest restraints on its prerogatives have been peremptorily rejected. Automatically, under this designation, measures to protect national cultural industries, for example, have been ruled unacceptable infringements of “free trade.”
Free Trade puts consumers at the centre of economic activity. It lowers the cost of imports, which gives people the opportunity to buy more with the same amount of money: domestic producers have to compete with the lowest global costs or invest in new business.
How can we have ‘freer‘ free trade? Let’s get real, for God‘s sake.
Too many countries that do not play by the free trade rules of the World Trade Organizationincluding, notably mercantilist China and monopolist Saudi Arabia – have been allowed in, to the detriment of both the WTO and the liberal trading environment it is supposed to sponsor.
I rise to oppose the Central American Free Trade Agreement, known as CAFTA, the latest expression of the disastrous trade policies of this administration which are, unfortunately, a continuation of the disastrous trade policies of previous administrations.
The free flow of people across borders is not to be confused with the free flow of goods across borders. Free trade is a positive-sum game. Contrary to illegal immigration, it is always invited, consensual and hence mutually beneficial to the parties involved.
Protectionism is a misnomer. The only people protected by tariffs, quotas and trade restrictions are those engaged in uneconomic and wasteful activity. Free trade is the only philosophy compatible with international peace and prosperity.
I debated free trade in college. I came out as a free trader. I’m a free markets guy. I’m an Adam Smith guy.
I love free trade. I love the concept of free trade. Everything about it is good. I went to the Wharton School of Finance. They say, Let’s go free trade.
I am neither a free-trade man, willing to collect all the money we have to raise by direct tax upon the people, nor am I willing to lay a tax simply for protection when the Government does not need the money.
Joseph E. Brown
We were able to sign free trade agreement with Europe at a time when people tend to be closing off.
Free trade with Colombia is something that’s a no-brainer.
I’m quite an advocate of free trade.
Free trade is the serial killer of American manufacturing and the Trojan Horse of world government. It is the primrose path to the loss of economic independence and national sovereignty. Free trade is a bright, shining lie.
We need to fight protectionism with everything that we have because when there’s a level playing field and when you have open markets and when free trade is flourishing, American workers, American farmers, Americans are going to benefit.
Not only must we fight to end disastrous unfettered free trade agreements with China, Mexico, and other low wage countries, we must fight to fundamentally rewrite our trade agreements so that American products, not jobs, are our number one export.
The biggest single thing that has lifted people out of poverty is free trade.
Mexico is a free trade partner of Canada. Despite that, for many Canadians, Mexico is even more foreign, unknown, and uninteresting than many countries in Africa.
We’ve been the foolish country for so long with this free trade, but it’s not free trade because it’s – you know, just doesn’t work. I mean, it’s not working. You look at the deficits we have.
Beneficial in theory, so-called free trade agreements far too often have been detrimental to the United States economy and the manufacturing sector that forms its central pillar.
Dan Kildee
It’s very hard to find things that rhyme with North American Free Trade Agreement.
I think that the important point is we’ve got to have a president who understands the benefits of free trade but also is going to enforce unfair trade agreements and is going to stand up to other countries.
Everyone asks for freedom for himself,
The man free love, the businessman free trade,
The writer and talker free speech and free press.
I love trade. I’m a free trader, 100 percent. But we [the USA] need smart people making the deals, and we don’t have smart people making the deals.
I am more interested in fair and balanced trade between nations than I am in free trade that encumbers us in a multinational pact that is refereed by the WTO.
Free Tibet before free trade.
When you’re in an economic downturn, what you want is to create jobs and economic growth. And the recipe isn’t Republican or Democrat. It’s low taxes, low spending, less regulation, free trade.
Nancy Pfotenhauer
The history of capitalism has been so totally re-written that many people in the rich world do not perceive the historical double standards involved in recommending free trade and free market to developing countries.
Basically, the myth is that America has been founded on the free market; the government has done very little; it has thrived under free trade. But actually, if you look at the history, this is actually the country that has succeeded most with protectionist policies.
[Donald Trump rhetoric]this is a common rhetorical line used by people who are against free trade that say, we’re in favor of trade; we just don’t like any of the free trade deals that America has actually signed onto.
The U.S. has dropped its role as the vanguard of free trade, they are looking for a new partner: the EU.
Sanctions are not diplomacy. They are a precursor to war and an embarrassment to a country that pays lip service to free trade.
I think it is one of the fundamentals, not only of the European Union but also of free trade, that competition is fair.
As it is, the grotesque distortions of the global market mean that for every dollar the West dispatches to Africa in the form of aid, two dollars are clawed back through subsidies and tariff barriers: a monumental rip-off by the rich as they instruct the poor to accept ‘free’ trade or else.
A free trade agreement can be a win-win for E.U. and India.
Uruguay is one of the biggest producers of software. We are breaking with the neoliberal model. We do not believe in free trade.
I have never worshipped at the altar of free trade, but I’ve always been an advocate of free trade.
This conviction brought me, in the summer of 1978, to the Free Trade Unionsformed by a group of courageous and dedicated people who came out in the defense of the workers’ rights and dignity.
Unfair trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement eviscerated good-paying manufacturing jobs, putting more than 3 million U.S. workers out of work.
There is a perfectly good alternative to the European Union – it is called the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960. Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are members. E.F.T.A. stands for friendship and cooperation through free trade.
I know something about trade agreements. I was proud to help President Clinton pass the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993 and create what is still the world’s largest free-trade area, linking 426 million people and more than $12 trillion of goods and services.
How will the exit affect thousands of British pensioners living in Portugal or Spain who will lose their access to the welfare and health systems? Fifty-three free-trade agreements, which were negotiated by the EU on behalf of all Member States, are also hanging in the balance for the UK.
We’ve advanced in the construction of a true free-trade area across South America… What’s needed now is less rhetoric and more action.
And you can’t have a prosperous economy when the government is way overspending, raising tax rates, printing too much money, over regulating and restricting free trade. It just can’t be done.
I believe in free markets. I believe in free trade. I believe in creating the conditions that will allow that to happen. And if we do that, American companies are going to be pretty darn competitive.
The progressive movement against the war of occupation in Iraq is a reason for hope, as is resistance to free trade agreements in Latin America. Those are moments that we have to celebrate: that people still find the resolve and energy to resist
The E.U., China, and Japan all talk free trade, and they all practice protectionism.
The whole idea of having a free trade area when you have gyrating exchange rates doesn’t make sense at all. It just spoils the effect of any kind of free trade agreement.
Liberal politicians, in celebrating the benefits of modernization, free trade, diverse families, and the rise of more women and minorities into political and economic prominence, have often glossed over the pain of white blue-collar communities.
I think bolstering free trade is a boon to the dollar.
We must recognise that in an integrated world, trade cannot be divorced from other concerns. We need to promote free trade and serious global efforts with respect to common problems even as we support every nation‘s right to chart its own course.
Twenty-seven member states cannot even organise a takeaway curry, let alone what they are going to do on free trade deals with the rest of the world.
When America closes its doors, so does everybody else. We are the primary engine of growth in the world and we are the only beacon of free trade left, and open markets.
Any time you read that your government is erecting tariff barriers, supporting threatened industries with subsidies, or interfering in any way with free trade between individuals or nations, you must realize that your standard of living is being lowered as a result.
There is this idea of history as something you make, as a meaningful narrative with a beginning and an end, the end being a utopia of happiness that we’ll reach through socialism or free trade or democracy, and then it will all be wonderful.
Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.
Most of the expressions we use in economics are relative terms. All of us are votaries of free trade.
Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular.
[Trade] was clearly a factor.That was a complete reversal of where things are normally at. Usually Republicans are all for free trade.
I dont want a Europe that is just a free-trade area attached to NATO. Even less do I want a Europe where its everyone against everyone, and social and fiscal dumping replaces solidarity.
Free trade and economic stability do not, by themselves, guarantee success.
Technological advance often thrives in sheltered and subsidized markets, which defy free trade.
China is our largest trading partner in Asia. The normalization of our relations will create major opportunities for Norwegian businesses and for job creation. We also hope to resume negotiations on a free trade agreement with China.
Chinese mercantilism is not free trade, but it is far better than American militarism.
We want free trade but we want free trade that is good. We want free trade that levels the playing field.
Modern free-traders… embrace their ideal with a passion that makes Robespierre seem prudent. They embrace unbridled free trade, even as it helps China become a superpower.
Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.
The US does not observe the free-trade principles. Those are for the weak. So agribusiness is highly subsidized and pours product into Mexico and drives out Mexican farmers. Maybe they have to go into the cities, and they don’t have jobs to support them, so they flee across the border.
President Obama has been admirably pro-trade in public remarks, but there has been no progress in moving any new free trade agreements to expand exports abroad and create jobs at home.
Like so many free trade deals before and since, Nafta was sold as a massive opportunity for working people and their prospects. Forecasts spoke of hundreds of thousands of new jobs in all three countries. The reality could not have been more different.
Technology is probably the single biggest driver of productivity gains for the developed countries. For example, I think it’s much more important than free trade.
If Boeing got a big head start on the 707 from multibillion-dollar military contracts to develop an air force transport, is that a sin against free trade?
By outlawing Solidarity, a free trade organization to which an overwhelming majority of Polish workers and farmers belong, they have made it clear that they never had any intention of restoring one of the most elemental human rights the right to belong to a free trade union.
Like all Canadians, I was deeply frustrated by the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Conservatives are the party of free trade, and numerous Conservative MPs, including our leader Andrew Scheer, have travelled to the United States to help make the case for Canada.
Erin O’Toole
Every Republican president starting with Lincoln – and for almost 100 years thereafter – generally supported tariffs, while Democrats tended to promote free trade.
I am for joining a free trade zone. The European Union is not such zone, but a zone of raging bureaucracy which stears every hectolitre of wine, and every tone of beef.
I support the view that free trade in goods and services is a win-win situation. I’m not so convinced that free flows of capital without restriction is a win-win situation.
A Trump presidencyneutral between dictatorships and democracies, opposed to free trade, skeptical of traditional U.S. defense alliances, hostile to immigration – would mark the collapse of the entire architecture of the U.S.-led post-World War II global order.
By all means, let’s have free trade and no trade barriers and a common market. But where did it all suddenly become about our own economic and political destiny being surrendered to Brussels with agendas that arguably have very little to do with the interests of the British people and British voters?
We have to be vigilant against protectionism and be constantly making the argument for free trade.
I love free trade, but we need great leadership to have real free trade. And we don’t have good leadership. We have leadership that doesn’t know what it’s doing.
I would like to believe that TPP will lead to more exports and jobs for the American people. But history shows that big trade agreements – from NAFTA to the Korea Free Trade Agreement – have resulted in fewer American jobs, lower wages, and a bigger trade deficit.
The case for open markets, free trade, private investment and technology has never been stronger in development. Over the decades, this combination has driven down poverty, helped to tackle disease, and created jobs across the globe.
Free trade creates jobs and prosperity in the Netherlands at the port of Rotterdam or the airport at Schiphol.
Free trade is not a principle, it is an expedient.
In response to a suggestion that total free trade would end in cheaper foreign products flooding the market and causing unemployment.
The Conservatives are a confusing lot. They first denied climate change was a serious issue and then suggested strengthening the nuclear industry as a solution to it. They oppose the European Union, but support joining North American Free Trade Agreement, despite its obvious failure.
In a word, the free trade system hastens the social revolution. It is in this revolutionary sense alone, gentlemen, that I vote in favor of free trade.
I want completing the single market to be our driving mission. I want us to be at the forefront of transformative trade deals with the US, Japan and India as part of the drive towards global free trade. And I want us to be pushing to exempt Europe’s smallest entrepreneurial companies from more EU directives.
If you want India to lower tariffs and facilitate more free trade, then I think Indian producers also have a right to enter the European market.
Public protests against globalization – protests that occur by and large in the prosperous West – denounce free trade and the mobility of capital as instruments of exploitation and oppression.
The recent blind faith some Republicans have shown toward free trade actually represents more of an aberration than a hallmark of true American conservatism. It’s an anomaly that may well demand re-examination.
As first lady, Hillary Clinton spent the early months of her husband‘s administration drafting healthcare-reform legislation, only to see it put on the back burner by the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Trump has said he will dismantle the North American Free Trade Agreement. This would be hugely harmful for Canada and the U.S. and for integration in the region.
In a system of free trade and free markets poor countries – and poor people – are not poor because others are rich. Indeed, if others became less rich the poor would in all probability become still poorer.
Brian Mulroney came to power in 1984 and privatized Petro-Canada, brought in the GST and signed the free trade agreement with the U.S. He was a great prime minister and made bold conservative changes. That’s all I want to do.
The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas [and] the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.
Negotiating sugar trade in bilateral free trade agreements is a recipe for disaster for the U.S. sugar industry, and it is unnecessary.
I’ve always considered making it legal for Americans to import their prescription drugs a free-trade issue. Imports create competition and keep domestic industry more responsive to consumers.
Most states, for all their rhetoric in favour of free trade, are adept at trying to manipulate markets to protect and advantage their own producers.
Our free trade plan is quite simple. We say that every [citizen] shall have the right to buy whatever he wants, wherever he wants, at his own good pleasure, without restriction or discouragement from the state.
Free trade is the way to bring jobs and prosperity.
I don’t know that free trade… is good for our country and good for Iowa and Iowa workers.
The ability to provide choices and the right to make choices that prove not detrimental, are the fundamental ingredients of free trade and independence.
John Truman Stoddert
We can restore E.U. growth through reducing regulation, strengthening governance, pushing ahead with free trade agreements and strengthening the single market.
I am all in favor of growing the American economy and engaging in trade with the world, but not at the expense of American workers. The North American Free Trade Agreement is a perfect example of this. Ask the textile workers of North Carolina how NAFTA worked out for them – if you can find any.
I do think, over the last years, a lot of Republicans have decided it’s not working, what the party believed in, free trade, global capitalism, open borders.
There is a phrase in trade theory; it’s called “kicking away the ladder.” First you violate the rules – the market rules – and then by the time you succeed in developing, you kick away the ladders so others can’t do it too, and you preach about “free trade.”
The progressive movement against the war of occupation in Iraq is a reason for hope, as is resistance to free trade agreements in Latin America. Those are moments that we have to celebrate: that people still find the resolve and energy to resist.
Globally, we need to make sure that markets are open… If we see that there are restrictions on free trade, then simple economic logic will demonstrate that this is not beneficial.
Britain, the first industrial nation, had offered the world a remarkable public experiment in liberal, capitalist democracy whose success was premised upon free trade and world peace. Tuesday, 4 August 1914 brought that experiment to an abrupt halt.
Kenneth O. Morgan
Free trade is an important component of our economy, but it also has to be fair. Too often, the needs of American workers are ignored while the interests of huge corporations are the focus of these trade deals.
Donald Trump became President of the United States because of a simple but potent combination of promises: draining the swamp, building the wall, correcting free trade imbalances, and making America great again.
I want us to move as quickly as we can towards a free trade deal between the U.K. and the U.S.A. that would be good for both of us. That would also send a signal to the European Union that there’s a bigger world outside of the European Union, and Britain can manage just nicely.
While free trade purists have always rejected regional and plurilateral trading arrangements, the WTO’s charter chose to be pragmatic and regarded RTAs and FTAs as building blocks of, rather than barriers to, the multilateral trading system.
In my experience over the past 30 years in business, investment decisions can be slowed or stopped due to unpredictability in laws and regulatory framework or if free trade and competition is hampered or access to capital restricted.
America is the primary engine of growth in the world and we are the only beacon of free trade left, and open markets.
The effect of Bill Clinton’s NAFTA and Hillary Clinton’s Colombian Free Trade Agreement has been devastating to Michigan and most of the rest of the country, and accounts for the appeal of Donald Trump.
The pact creating a North American free-trade zone was President Bill Clinton‘s signature accomplishment; but NAFTA is also the bugaboo of union leaders, grassroots activists and Midwesterners who blame free trade for the factory closings they see in their hometowns.
I think Brexit‘s going to be a wonderful thing for Britain. I think when it irons out, you’re gonna have your own identity and you’re going to have the people that you want in your country and you’re going to be able to make free trade deals without having somebody watching you and what you’re doing.
They [the Kochs] want free trade and cheap labour. They own the second-largest private company in America, which is a huge multinational corporation. So they are on a different wavelength.
Trade has suddenly become massively unpopular. I think that’s massively unjust. I think free trade has been wonderful for America on balance.
Unfortunately, the United States has entered into several free trade agreements that do not sufficiently protect and support our manufacturing industries and the millions of American workers they employ.
Dan Kildee
We have to change the kind of free trade deals we sign. We would have to change the absolutely central role of frenetic consumption in our culture. We would have to change the role of money in politics and our political system.
Let’s start getting some free trade agreements started as soon as we can. We need to get on with it; we need to get a grip and make progress.
This system, built on free markets, free trade and free peoples and American protection, that’s what got us from the end of World War II to the extraordinary events of the end of the Cold War and a system that was one of prosperity and peace for a lot of people, including for the United States.
Germany is very free-trade oriented.
I’m in favor of free trade, but I think if you had to make a choice between having technological progress versus free trade, you had one or the other, you should always pick technological progress. I think it’s an incredibly important variable for creating more prosperity.
The idea of explaining why free trade is good, why immigration is good, why the world is so connected, that we need to think in terms of humanity and being generous to each other, you know, that’s proving to be a challenge.
You ask, “Could we have an honest discussion about earnings insurance?” I think we could, if people understood that the alternative was to build up a backlash against global capital, against free trade, against technological change.
The advantage to Great Britain of a regular free trade in corn would, therefore, be more by raising the rest of the world to our standard and price, than by lowering the prices here to the standard of the Continent.
Free trade should not mean free labor.