Originally Posted By: logtroll
Let’s try a different subset of issues where I admit to not having a clear picture of the philosophy of Classical Liberalism - if I remember right you did say you are a Classical Liberal, right?

This thing of tariffs - are they an acceptable tool for governments to use to protect free markets?

Tariffs have been used for two purposes. 1) To protect emerging businesses, as was done in the early days of our country to help them grow and be able to compete. 2) As a source of revenue for our government. Prior to the income tax tariffs were the primary source of income for our government. Are tariffs acceptable? Yes and no. It depends on whether they are being used for, protection or for revenue. Most of the time they are unacceptable because they are a restriction on trade.
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