The last thing fervent advocates of free trade usually want is free trade free from government interference – at least not the kind of government interference that benefits them.  This is true from the British sending round soldiers to destroy hand looms India to stop the immensely skilled Indian weavers competing with cheap Lancashire machine-made cotton in the nineteenth century, to the IMF imposing  structural adjustment policies on poor countries in the eighties and nineties to the huge state bail outs of the banks in 2008.  Read How the Other Half Dies by Susan George, a former employee of the World Bank.  It opened my astonished eyes. 


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