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Monday, December 5, 2016

What President Jed Bartlet Knew that Our Actual President-Elect Doesn’t

Global economic forces are unstoppable, just like technology itself.


My son, Thomas, reminded me this morning of this great clip from The West Wing in which Pres. Jed Bartlet (who is a Nobel laureate in Economics) does an excellent job making the case for free trade and creative destruction. Pres. Bartlet even mentions, by name, Joseph Schumpeter. It’s distressing that Aaron Sorkin (or whoever wrote the script for this episode) has a better understanding of trade than most of the political class or media talking heads.

Republished from Cafe Hayek.


  • Donald J. Boudreaux is a senior fellow with the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a Mercatus Center Board Member, and a professor of economics and former economics-department chair at George Mason University.