Perhaps the best proof of the current divorce between theory and reality in international economics is the economists who declare themselves in favor of free trade while also opposing the removal of all tariffs and customs.
The effort to extend the scope of practice of nurse practitioners and physician assistants worries many doctors, who are concerned that patients are getting short-changed in the process. Are these concerns simply motivated by protectionist interests? Dr. Rebekah Bernard discusses this massive push.
Small businesses are essential in providing employment for workers who might otherwise be locked out of the mainstream economy. Small firms also drive large firms to compete for workers, thus driving up wages.