Of mad men

. . . is the topic of my latest Trade Tripper column in this Friday-Saturday issue of BusinessWorld. Excerpt:

"But that is the point. Although praying often (as we all well should), saints were never weak or passive individuals that avoided confrontation for a superficial peace. They were not — ultimately — cowardly or cynical or disloyal. Also, they were normal people who went to work, needed toilet breaks, got stuck in traffic, were betrayed by friends, suffered setbacks, followed the law, and juggled paying bills. And remember there are only two persons who walked this earth that never sinned: Jesus and Mother Mary. The rest, you and me (I’m an expert), including the saints, are vulnerable to sin. Temptations, failures, self-doubt, and difficulties come to us all. Even for the saints, life was always a daily struggle."

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Imports fell by a record 37.4%. No need for raising tariffs or protectionist policies then.