Why aren't tariffs used to protect small businesses?

Big Business has been using tariffs from even before the Civil War to protect themselves from global competition. They probably don't work today b/c of globalization but why hasn't anyone thought of using tariffs to protect the little guy? The apple from your neighborhood farm is probably more expensive... show more Big Business has been using tariffs from even before the Civil War to protect themselves from global competition. They probably don't work today b/c of globalization but why hasn't anyone thought of using tariffs to protect the little guy? The apple from your neighborhood farm is probably more expensive than the one from Chile. Only the big companies can afford to import stuff and produce stuff in bulk. Local fruits/veggies are better because they're fresher and they take less greenhouse gas(carbon dioxide) to move around than imports.
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