When free men engage freely in free trade everybody (involved in the trade) benefits; there is no coercion; there are no monopolies; there is no possibility of corruption. Free trade makes the world a better place.

If you want graft, bribery, back room deals, cronyism then you enact laws against free trade and you put yourself in the position of being able to be bribed or of being able to bribe someone to tailor the law in your favor. Michael Brannigan is a master of this.

So, it should come as no surprise that the sub-headline for a WaPo article on opening up the trade embargo in Afghanistan is this:

“U.S. military, black-marketeers, Islamabad and ”even the Taliban” would profit from impending decision after six-month closure.”

This is just obvious: trade benefits everybody, even those that you might not want to receive benefit. Why is it obvious? Because trade does not happen (amongst free men exchanging freely) unless both parties have something to gain. Trade is, by definition, advantageous to everybody involve; it ought to happen if allowed to.

-JD Cross