When we talk about quotas, we also talk about trade. Governments impose them in order to limit trade. In a statist point of view, this is made to help protect the domestic production from foreign competition. Since this is government invented, then the government makes sure to teach the public this is the way to go.
As I have mentioned before, people are egocentric. In my essay Love Defeats Ego, I explain that humans try to feel part of something important, and therefore with an identity. When it comes to nations, this doesn´t change. I believe that no matter in which nation you were born, every nation tries to implement and fill its people with the pride of being “American”, or “Russian”, or “Chinese”, or “Mexican”, or “Canadian”, etc. Being born in a certain country, and acquiring those teachings since childhood creates racism in the heart, whether we want to accept it or not. The opinion of believing that my race is better than yours, because we have such things that you don´t is nothing but racism, ego, pride, and arrogance. It is the same rejection of hating each other, or keeping our distance. That is why we have borders.
What happens when a state from your country wants to trade with another state of your country? People don´t care. This is because they feel it is part of themselves. They say, “It´s my country, therefore my country, and I benefit”. When we understand that a trade is made in order for both sides to benefit, then we have no problem with the trade. However, when it comes down to trading internationally, people begin to worry. Like I said before, quotas are government invented, and therefore the government makes sure the public believes in that system. If we live in an egocentric world, don´t you think the government would also be self-interested? Governments were made to help, and look for the public. The problem begins when the heart of the politicians and bureaucrats begin to look at the money.
Let me explain how a trade is done from your side of the street, to the other side of the street. You have money, and you are willing to pay for what your neighbor is willing to sell you. You come to an agreement, you trade, and both of you are now happy. Not only this, but there was economic growth. Your neighbor is now richer with money, and you are richer with goods. Both sides benefit. Now, let´s bring it to a larger scale. You want to buy a good from another nation, and that nation is willing to sell it to you. You have seen the product, and it´s better than the one they are producing in your nation. This means that you will save money, it will work better, and last longer. Does it benefit you to make the trade? Yes. Does it benefit your country? Yes. Let me explain why. When the people on your country find that there is a certain production on another country that is better than the one where you live in, the people on your country will prefer the goods of the other nation. This is because it will save them money, and make them richer in goods. Both sides now benefit. This would happen if certain elite groups, and the government wouldn´t interfere. So, is free trade across a country border economically different from free trade across a national border? No. Notwithstanding, now that the companies have seen the public is buying more from the other nation, they are not liking it. The company on your country will now have three options. Compete, and better its production, or bribe the bureaucrats and politicians to pass down laws that restrict trade by imposing import quotas making it harder, and more expensive for you to buy the foreign product, and almost making certain that you will most likely buy the product from your country, or go out of business. A reasonable answer according to the twisted logic of man would be choosing the second option.
Do you see the picture? It is a pity to see how governments make sure to give children teachings that make them not think for themsleves, and believe eveything the govenrment tells them without a single doubt. Governments pass the laws, because of the bribe money they recieved from the banks and companies, but at the same time lie to the public and children telling them it is to benefit you.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
This is why I go back to telling you about ego. It is selfishness that moves the companies, banks, and governments from your and my country. When you realize that it is ego that moves them, do you think it benefits you or them?
Do import quotas benefit most voters economically? No. Even so, how can anyone be trusted when the force that is pushing them is ego and not love? It is the love for oneself, and the love for money that injures and kills.
He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.