How the EU’s protectionism is hurting the third world
Like the EU or not it is an indisputable fact that its protectionist attitude has hurt the wealth and freedom of those residing in the third world. It is commonly accepted (or at least it was before the current wave of protectionism arrived) that free trade is at the end of the day not only mutually beneficial (any job losses are almost always matched if not smaller than the job gains) but spreads peace. On top of all of this the effect of national prosperity on the rights of a nations citizens is massive and without national prosperity the prospect for the increase in rights of citizens is negligible. For all of its many many many faults when the United States was at its best it understood this fact and knew that the opening of free trade between America and the rest of the world would spread freedom but unfortunately attempts to carry out this idea were constantly being stifled by Republicans in congress and most crucially in the White House (I don’t think I need to say how Bush preferred to spread “freedom”). The EU has and had the potential to carry on where the US left off and reach out to Africa which no one has done since the fall of Empire, often seeing Asia and South America as the areas with the greatest commercial potential. The thing is though that the EU has never and likely will never do it because the EU isn’t really interested in the many positives that come from free trade unless it benefits Europeans and Europeans alone (an attitude that carries over into practically all EU policy). Despite the fact that the EU can directly benefit the lives of hundreds of millions of people and can more than likely make a profit in the process with the huge amount of industrial machinery that EU countries like Germany produce being sold to the African companies aiming to expand into new markets. And sure there is the absolute potential of the EU losing out in the agricultural industry but that is an industry that really needs to modernise to become more efficient anyway and the EU would in no doubt make sure that the agricultural goods on the European markets had to meet regulations enough to likely make little impact, but let’s be honest with ourselves the EU doesn’t want to do it for any logical reason it’s because it’s just an imperialist bloc that is great if you’re a European but couldn’t care less if you live in the developing world.