Free Trade Under Fire


THE chorus of pleas for higher tariffs and more import quotas on foreign goods always rises in volume when the roar of U.S. assembly lines slackens a bit. The current business slump is no exception. And now the chorus has swelled with the addition of some new voices: labor unions, long among the staunchest supporters of freer trade. For the first time, when the conservative, protectionist Nation-Wide Committee on Import-Export Policy met last week in Washington, some 20 labor unions were represented. Breaking away from basic A.F.L.-C.I.O. policy, which...

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