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The Acton Institute affirms the moral and practical necessity of free trade across open borders. The freedom to engage in mutually beneficial exchange is an essential component of a just social order. Isolating countries from the global economy only strengthens the immoral regimes that govern them, harms the material well being of their citizens, and heightens international tension. Therefore, we oppose trade sanctions on moral grounds.

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PDF: “Compassion more than a Band-aid”
by Gerald Zandstra