Long admired as one of the most principled conservatives in the movement, Patrick Buchanan nevertheless drew some flack when he turned against the GOP’s “free trade” stance during the 1996 presidential campaign. Some predicted that Buchanan would back off his controversial position the next time around. They were wrong.
In “The Great Betrayal,” Buchanan digs deep into history – especially the ideas and policies of the Founding Fathers, past Republican presidents, and such conservative economists as Adam Smith – to refute the notion that unfettered free trade is a bedrock principle of conservative economic theory, or of hallowed American policy. Quite the contrary.
Buchanan demonstrates that:
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