Free Trade

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Wed Feb 22 10:36:08 MST 1995

At 10:08 PM 2/21/95, Scott Marshall wrote:

>I don't see any evidence that Marx either supported or rejected free trade
>in the abstract. He most often analysed it from the point of view of class
>interests involved at that particular moment - that is who was championing
>'free trade' and to what end. Mostly he wrote about free trade and
>protectionism issues as matters between capitalists and of little
>consequense of good or bad to workers.

Here, freshly retrieved from the Marx gopher site at
(under the psn directory), is the exact quote from the 1848 Brussels speech
on free trade:

But, in general, the protective system of our day is conservative, while
the free trade system is destructive.  It breaks up old nationalities
and pushes the antagonism of the proletariat and the bourgeoisie to the
extreme point.  In a word, the free trade system hastens the social
revolution.  It is in this revolutionary sense alone, gentlemen, that I
vote in favor of free trade.



Doug Henwood
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