By Ian Fletcher, The Huffington Post
Skepticism about free trade is often stigmatized with ad hominem attacks. These mostly come down to variations on the following:
"Protectionists are dummies, losers, incompetents, hippies, rednecks, dinosaurs, closet socialists, or crypto-fascists."
Thomas Friedman's version in The World is Flat (the Das Kapital of Globalism) runs thus:
Let's face it: Republican cultural conservatives have much more in common with the steelworkers of Youngstown, Ohio, the farmers of rural China, and the mullahs of central Saudi Arabia, who would also like more walls, than they do with investment bankers on Wall Street or service workers linked to the global economy in Palo Alto, who have been enriched by the flattening of the world.