Why Economic Nationalism Is Un‑American

In the name of “economic nationalism,” the Trump administration has called for “fair trade” and has launched a “trade war” on Chinese goods, seeking to impose a variety of tariffs to “protect” selected American industries.

But Harry Binswanger argues that the seemingly patriotic goal of protecting American industries and encouraging people to “buy American” is in fact profoundly un-American. It is “un-American in its goal and in the coercive means employed to achieve it.”

Why? What animates “economic nationalism”? What approach is consistent with America’s founding ideals?

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Asaf Romirowsky on How A Little-Known Movement Succeeds In Demonizing Israel

Unless you visit a college campus regularly, chances are that this may be the first time you’ve heard of the so-called boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to be pressure Israel to change its policies toward Palestinians. In this episode Elan Journo interviews Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, a scholar who tracks and writes about the BDS movement. He is a historian and analyst of the Middle East, and it just so happens that he is also an expert on one of the thornier issues within the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that the BDS crowd protest over: the issue of Palestinian refugees. In 2013, he co-authored the book, Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (Palgrave Macmillan). Finally, he also serves as executive director of an organization called Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.