Free Trade in 54 Words (The U.S. Constitution)

Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution discusses limits of the powers of Congress. Within it are 54 words that established a nationwide free trade zone:

No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.

We point this out in part to show the thousand-page (or more) international treaties being advanced under the guise of “free trade” are advertised falsely.

Establishing free trade requires few words. In fact, the treaties marketed as trade agreements typically prevent free trade where such commerce would limit profits for the transnational corporations that draft key language.

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