The Bicycle Metaphor
A propos of the launch of the Canada – India trade talks, Bill Robson resorted to the tired old bicycle metaphor on CBCs Power andÂ Politics. He is not alone. This cliche gets voiced all the time. Like a cyclist who will topple if she or he slows down, the momentum of trade liberalization must be maintained, we are told, Â orÂ we will fall into the abyss of protectionism.
I don’t get it. I cycle a lot (winter excepted.) I often stop without incident. I change direction, sometimes at random. I reflect on where I am going. I sometimes change destinations. I rarely fall down.Â Cycling is freedom.
Come to think of it, maybe trade liberalization is like cycling after all. We can do what we want.