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Donald Trump is convinced that building walls and raising tariffs will bring back factory jobs.

We know, of course, that automation is a far more significant job killer than trade. By badly misdiagnosing the problem, Mr. Trump is doomed to fail.

So let’s assume automation – robots, artificial intelligence, data processing and the like – is destroying good-paying middle-class jobs, not trade.

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