Protectionism has always been everywhere while free market has always seemed to be an ideal out of reach. Though I might admit the market is somewhat free, protectionism is gaining ground nowadays and its claws are spreading over the world.
Protectionism or Free Market : The Existential Issue
G Msame

It seems to give a excessive weight to political announcements and to short-term revolutions.

Protectionism was the norm until the XIXth century. Then, the large evolution has been toward liberalism with almost non-existent rates in several parts of the world.

For instance, in USA:

Then, I don’t have the feeling that free-market is attacked everywhere. It is still in the mainstream politic and academic discourses.

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