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Free traders may be losing the political fight

An economic nationalist occupies the White House, and two - Sanders and Warren - in the Democratic Party's anti-free-trade wing are having a shot at the party's nomination for president

It is a puzzle why - given that most Republican law-makers and the Democratic Party's educated urban professionals support free trade and globalisation - anti-free trade progressive presidential candidates are doing well.

NOT so long ago in America, when a US president and/or protectionist law-makers on Capitol Hill were about to launch a new campaign to contain an alleged threat to the nation's economic security from this or that trade partner, you could predict that those moves would be followed by a powerful...