Our Threatened Freedom
Who Gets Hurt By Trade Controls? (03:15)
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:00 Who gets hurt with Trade Controls. This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:08 In 1982 an interesting protest took place in Japan and the United States was the target. Japan’s dozen top
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:46 This sounds very familiar doesn’t it. Some American companies complain about
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:08 There’s another factor that needs consideration before we answer that question. The consumer. If you and I, or the man in Japan can get something from abroad at half the price we save money, and it gives us more funds to spend on something else. This means that besides the American and Japanese corporations and their workers, our own personal economic well-being is at stake. If Japan taxes American imports heavily to make them closer in price to Japanese products, and if we similarly tax Japanese goods, the consumer is the loser. Economic freedom in international trade benefits the consumers who are the majority over any other group. And certainly the majority over the industries.
R.J. Rushdoony: 02:06 If our automobile industry cannot compete with foreign imports, all the protection we give it will only postpone the day of reckoning. On top of
R.J. Rushdoony: 02:35 It is a mistake to think therefore that foreign goods are a threat to us. They usually free us from one kind of production to a newer one. Some very able experts predict that we are on the verge of the greatest of industrial revolutions. And it is happening in Silicon Valley in California and it will change the face of American industry and vastly improve the standard of living.
R.J. Rushdoony: 03:02 Economic freedom promises us some dramatic changes and improvements in our material advantages. This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.
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