Why do Marxists favor free trade?

Karl Marx
Free Trade Advocate

Tyranny Unmasked, Karl Marx

Why do Marxists favor free trade? Because, taken to its extreme, free trade will reduce America to a third world economy and hasten the socialist revolution. Here is Karl Marx himself:

But, in general, the protective system of our day is conservative, while the free trade system is destructive. It breaks up old nationalities and pushes the antagonism of the proletariat and the bourgeoisie to the extreme point. In a word, the free trade system hastens the social revolution. It is in this revolutionary sense alone, gentlemen, that I vote in favor of free trade.

Source: Karl Marx, On the Question of Free Trade, January 9, 1848, Marx-Engels Collected Works, Volume 6, pg. 450. Karl Heinrich Marx,( 5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. His ideas played a significant role in the development of social science and the socialist movement. He published various books during his lifetime, with the most notable being The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Capital (1867–1894); some of his works were co-written with his friend and fellow German revolutionary socialist, Friedrich Engels.

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