Government is a destroyer, but it doesn’t just destroy physical and tangible things. It also destroys intangible things like language and the meaning of words. For example, did you know that originally “liberals” were individuals that believed in liberty and were against government intervention? Today, the word “liberal” means the exact opposite.
Today, we read in the government-licensed press that President Trump has signed an executive order removing the U.S. from a “free trade agreement” known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
A Republican president signed an executive order getting rid of a free trade deal on Monday.
That is a sentence that seemed hugely unlikely just two short years ago. Free trade, after all, has been a hallmark of the pro-free market and pro-business Republican Party. When these free trade agreements have drawn opposition, it’s generally been Democrats leading the charge.
President Trump did not get rid of a free trade deal. The TPP was a secretive, 5,000 page deal between governments and the crony corporations that tango with them. Free trade was nowhere to be found.
This is just one more example of government and its media destroying the meaning of words.
The real meaning of free trade is no government interference, involvement, regulation, or meddling. That’s why the word “free” is there. “Free” of the government.
So what does free trade look like?
Let’s say that you put your futon up on Craigslist for $50. Someone contacts you, agrees to to the terms of the deal, meets you at a specified location, and trades his $50 for your couch.
That’s free trade.
No government involvement in the transaction. Both individuals are “free” of the government’s forceful intrusions.
That’s how all trade should be conducted. The only role that government should play (if free trade were to exist) is in settling disputes were someone to be defrauded or if a contract is not honored. Other than that, government should stay completely out. It only causes trouble and distortions.
Ironically, in the “land of the free” there is very little free trade. Government has inserted itself almost everywhere.