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Alexis Espinoza
what's this mean? exceeded only by the pathological dread of imports that affects all nations is a pathological yearning for exports.

Can you figure it out?
Apr 24, 2019 11:39 PM
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It means: all countries are obsessed with avoiding imported products (as it damages their own economy for home-grown products), and this is the only thing that's more obsessive than how countries try so hard to export their own products into other countries.
April 25, 2019

The straight literal meaning of "pathology" is "sickness." Here, we understand it to mean "psychopathology," mental illness. 

"Dread" means "intense, deep fear."

The writer is saying that all countries have an intense fear of imports, and that this fear is "pathological," i.e. unjustified, insane, crazy.

"Yearning" means "an intense, deep desire or want."

The writer is saying that all countries have an intense desire for exports... and that this desire is also unjustified, insane, and crazy.

He is saying that not only is fear of imports crazy, it is the second-craziest thing nations fear. The only stronger emotion is their crazy desire for exports.

Very like, the writer is saying that trade benefits both nations, and that it is not a zero-sum game in which the exporter wins and the importer loses.

April 25, 2019
Or may be you could see it in this way.'only the imports effect nations, a yearning for exports will exceed.
'A yearning for' means 'eager to' 
April 25, 2019
' The growth in imports will caused the growth in  exports. '
Im a native chinese. So it may not very accurate. hope it will help you 
April 25, 2019
Alexis Espinoza
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