Protection is Monopoly Privilege

Even though protectionist policies are supported through populist rhetoric, they are always about giving a particular group monopoly privileges, whether that group is farmers, steel workers, IT professionals, or autoworkers. An article in Wired shows another group benefitting from the same type of practice, this time from interstate, rather than international, protectionism - wholesale liquor distributors. The losers are independent wineries, who cannot compete freely and consumers, who are affected with higher prices.

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