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Unformatted text preview: ; As the French economist Frederic Bastiat put it, "When goods don't cross
borders, soldiers will." Palmer offered another way to think about trade: as a machine — "a machine that allows
Florida farmers to turn oranges into (phones). They can't grow cell phones on their trees in Florida. They grow
oranges really well. What they can do is take those oranges and trade them for cell phones." And when people do
this worldwide, they get richer. "Just like the case of you buying some coffee at the Starbucks. You could have made your own coffee.
But your time might have been better spent doing something else. So you outsourced your coffee production. You made yourself better off. And
that young lady who sold you the coffee made herself better off." Palmer points out that China was once the most advanced society in the world. It had developed the clock, printing, the compass and more. Not coincidentally, while it was
advancing technology and science, it was a major world trader. "And it crumbled because they destroyed their trade.
They made it illegal t...
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