Let's take a look at a Trump fanboy comment on trade from the post, Confusion About Trump and Trade Deals:
From Stuffed Pimento:
I covered TPP in 2013 after the documents were leaked and before anyone but union people were talking about it. I spoke with advisors to the US trade representative from CEI and CATO and union leaders. I read the leaked report on IP reform in 2013 and the Wikileaks from 2015 so I am somewhat familiar with the agreement.This is just confusion on the part of Stuffed Pimento. I have never said TPP was a free trade agreement. I have consistently said it was a crony deal, but a crony deal is better than no trade or less trade.
TPP does remove some 11,000 tariffs between the 12 countries. But here's the thing, the countries still carve out exemptions for their special interests. Congress is kept in the dark about negotiations, while big corporations are given access to the US Trade Rep to lobby and are kept up to date on what's in the agreement. The TPP includes enhanced copyright provisions for Big Pharma and Big Hollywood to delay generic drug production and force ISPs to crack down on pirated videos. That's protectionism. The TPP requires the lesser countries to give up some sovereignty to international courts and requires them to enforce stricter labor and environmental laws. That's protectionism and global government.
There were 29 chapters in the TPP and only 4 had to do with removing barriers to trade. This is corporatism, plain and simple. Corporatism indeed helps increase trade volume, but it comes at a high cost to the individual.
Sorry, but you cannot say that support for School Vouchers is ABL but support for TPP is not...
Trump is not increasing government power by killing TPP, he is continuing the status quo. Enacting TPP would be increasing government power and increasing global corporatism. Increased and freer trade is the carrot. Increased government and corporate power and control over the individual on a global scale is the stick.
There is NO reason for the US to enter TPP. The libertarian/free market position should be that trade treaties should not exist. Libertarian support for government managed trade agreements is taking the shortest view. It is absolutely ABL. Free trade should be unilateral.
I'll leave you with the great Murray Rothbard on NAFTA. I'm sure Rothbard would have hated TPP as well.
“The folks who have brought us NAFTA and presume to call it ‘free trade’ are the same people who call government spending ‘investment,’ taxes ‘contributions,’ and raising taxes ‘deficit reduction.'" - Murray Rothard.
Crony trade deals, as horrific as they are, have increased cross-border trade. That is an increase in freedom.
Here is a chart of US trade post-NAFTA with Canada and Mexico:
Here is a chart of NAFTA trade with Mexico that starts a couple of years before NAFTA:
Would total free trade likely be even greater and more fruitful than crony NAFTA? Of course!
\But crony NAFTA has improved trade dramatically.
If Trump wanted to ditch NAFTA and TPP to increase free trade that would be a great thing but that is not his goal. He is a protectionist who wants more impediments to free trade.
Thus, the argument should not be the absolute one, "Well, NAFTA and TPP are crony deals therefore it is great Trump is ditching them," but the directional one, "Trump by ditching NAFTA and TPP wants to get government more involved in trade. He wants even more protectionist barriers to trade ." which is bad.
Free market advocacy should always be in the direction of free trade. Trump is not going in that direction.