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  •  Again, I don't really remember (1+ / 0-)
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    but my sense is that northern liberals often voted for lower tariffs as well.  For example, this vote on eliminating hemp duties was nearly party line, with Northern and Southern Democrats voting together.  And I think an article I read used "lower tarrif" votes as a proxy for overall liberalism.  Whatever the actual effects of tarrifs, lower tarrifs might still have been regarded as a liberal position at the time (like prohibition).  But I'm certainly no expert in either regard.

    27, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-10 (formerly PA-02/NY-12, then PA-02/NY-14).

    by Xenocrypt on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:56:10 PM PST

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    •  That's a bit later than the period I was thinking (2+ / 0-)
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      Once domestic industry was well established and by that time it was, lowering the tariff wouldn't kill it so yes, lower tariffs were the more left-wing position.

      But I'm thinking back to the 2nd party system where the Whigs were for the tariff and Democrats were against it and the period after the initial 2nd stage industrial revolution sparked by the civil war where a lot of nascent manufacturing would have been vulnerable to British competition.  From a domestic viewpoint, a policy that encouraged the greater amount of total development and prevented rents from accruing to an aristocratic elite seems hands down the more progressive of the realistic options.

      Don't get me wrong, not everything about that development strategy was perfect, but if you compare our experience with that of Latin America and Russia (and later Africa) on the one hand and Japan (and later South Korea and Taiwan) on the other, it doesn't take a genius to see which one we were closer to and that we are a lot more developed as a result.  Especially since the baseline wasn't all that different from Latin America in the 1800s, particularly countries like Argentina.

      NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

      by sawolf on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:04:41 PM PST

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