U.S. President Barack Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes once described the U.S. media, think tanks and other establishment critics trying to dominate the crafting of foreign policy as the “Blob.” They still exist. So while the anti-Donald Trump variety are still wiping the post-election egg off their faces, let’s take a closer look at some of the Trump policies they condemned so vehemently.

Take the Trump dislike of free trade blocs as one example. In the years before the Blob people embraced free trade as an academic fashion, it was taken for granted that developing nations should protect industries crucial to their industrial base and that developed nations should protect industries unfairly hit by the devalued currencies of many developing nations.

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