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Making America isolated again

Making America isolated again

Good luck to U.S. voters looking for a presidential contender who believes in free trade. Protectionist policies have come into fashion, and "globalization" is regarded as a dirty word by those seeking to be the country's next president. That's great for all those Smoot-Hawley fans out there who may have forgotten how 1930's trade restrictions worsened the Great Depression, but it's a sad state of affairs for those who still favor economic growth.

Take, for instance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the pro-business group that usually backs Republican candidates as reliably as "Game of Thrones" kills major characters. Their attack this week on Donald J. Trump, the...