Protectionism = Freedom?

In the comments below, "Info Tech Guy" writes:

The people at Rescue American Jobs *are* freedom-loving patriotic Americans. They are the loyal opposition to the multinational corporate oligarchy now in control of most allegedly representative government. Oh, I left out that they are also "community preserving". If you support outsourcing and importation of low wage "guest workers" you are aligned with the multinational corporatations against the interests of the middle class.

Is it called "freedom" if I cannot exchange my own money to buy a pair of shoes made by Chinese workers?

Is it called "freedom" if I, as a businessman, cannot exchange my own money for the services of software engineers from India?

Is it called "freedom" if I, as a middle class American, have to pay a higher price for the home I buy because of tariffs on lumber?

America was founded on freedom of association, which is direct a consequence of the rights to life, liberty, and property. The people at Rescue American Jobs have a strange idea of "freedom". I do not consider it "freedom" if a group of peolple use physical force to prevent me from engaging in mutually beneficial exchange with my fellow man.

Rather, I consider it tyranny.

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When I mentioned to them

When I mentioned to them that enforcing protectionism in defense of "American jobs" really amounts to telling IBM that they can't dispose of their resources as they see fit, i.e. a denial of private property rights, they had no comment.

Good reply. I also like

Good reply. I also like Maddox's take on outsourcing.