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List's recommendations of protecting manufacturing as a first step toward industrialization /and presumably then-British-level economic power/dynamism/ are meant for a relatively agrarian or commercial national audience, right? So he wouldn't suggest as much for a country with an already massive stock of industrial and human capital?
And am I right in thinking that List was the first economist to propose an optimal path to free trade? I can make some guesses as to why he wouldn't strongly consider public choice arguments /Germany's own political system, the disposition of media that would inform a body politic, lobbying as a percentage of GDP, the magnitude of economies of scale in particular industries, whether unions or corporate lobbies are more potent in aggregate, etc/, but I haven't yet read much on his contemporary political situation.