During a recent interview with the Financial Times, he correctly attacked Donald Trump’sprotectionist politics, arguing that as “the biggest beneficiary by far” of free trade was the US. would suffer from any move to hinder international trade.
“Who is the monster winner of all time in scale economic business — software, airplanes, pharmaceuticals, movies? Mmm. I wonder who that is?” he asked rhetorically.
“I haven’t watched many [Nigerian] Nollywood or [Indian] Bollywood movies recently, sorry. [The big winner is] the US,” he said. “We’re the big beneficiary of globalisation . . . It’s the biggest beneficiary by far.”
Asked specifically about the policies of Trump and Sanders, he argued that US economic strength was built on companies such as Boeing and Microsoft, which hire highly paid engineers and spend billions of dollars on research, since they focus on a global market of 7bn rather than a domestic one of 330m.
That meant that the country’s capacity for innovation in areas such as pharmaceuticals was linked to globalisation, he said.
“We’ve taken for granted too much that people understand that consumers being able to buy a variety of goods and having price competition on those goods and us being the big winner in these scale markets . . . is a huge thing,” he added.
“I wish for a week that we could shut down trade and then, you know, Boeing, Microsoft, Hollywood, pharma would resize their R&D departments for a couple of weeks for fun. And then two weeks later people would go ‘Holy smokes, that was not a very good deal’.”
Just because Gates is a criminal crony globalist, doesn't mean he can't make a sound free market argument when it is to his benefit.