Considering recent world political events Im curious if anyone has any thoughts about economic protectionism...as an economic policy and inevitably with its relation to nationalism. Seems to me its a policy that divides both the left and the right: On the one hand some parts of 'the right' see the free market as a leftist way of dissolving borders and national identity and gravitate towards protectionism as a result. And of course by contrast the consensus of the majority of the right has been the opposite over the last however many decades. This Socialist Party link Trade wars and protectionism describes the split amongst Labour left in the 70s on the issue (supposedly Tribunite Left advanced by Tony Benn and most trade union leaders were for protectionism - Militant supporters argued against) That SP article concludes ..which i agree with, but considering the point "For socialists it does not matter so much" either way, which is preferable of the two? It seems to me that at least non-protectionism doesn't pander to and reinforce nationalism.