Yugoslavia: Return of the Baker

Through all the years of Marshal Tito's Communist rule, a special niche has been provided for the small private businessman who was somehow able to supply products and services the state-controlled organization could not match. But a year or so ago, the profits of the barbers, blacksmiths, pastrymakers, cobblers and tailors began to get out of hand; they bought cars and rented summer homes on fashionable lakesides. Last May Tito's regime decided to wipe them out. Taxes on private business were raised sevenfold. A private tailor with one helper paid the same...

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