I have occasionally seen here in the comments at EPJ the argument made that free trade is all well and good but that other countries are manipulating their trade practices and we must battle these countries back.
This thinking needs to be examined.
Bilateral free trade is good, but if the U.S. must move ahead with unilateral free trade there is nothing negative about this for the U.S.
To the degree that U.S. citizens are buying foreign goods (even if foreigners prevent U.S. operators from selling foreign goods in those countries), it is a net gain for the U.S. since no one is going to give up dollars unless they believe they are gaining by the trade.
If in the U.S. we can buy Russian caviar, French champagne and Italian suits, We gain regardless of whether Russia, France and Italy allow U.S. products into their countries.
Further, this has nothing to do with climbing unemployment in the U.S. As long as we do not end up back in the Garden of Eden, there will always be demand for workers somewhere in the economy.
Free trade is always good.
Here's Milton Friedman take from a slightly different angle on the same topic.
Friedman was terrible on monetary theory and methodology but generally solid on general free market theory.