Italy: Shock Treatment

Nowhere in the Western world, save Cuba, does a government own and run so many businesses as in Italy. The practice took hold during the Fascist corporate state days of Benito Mussolini, and has been kept alive by a strange coalition of left-leaning politicians and swashbuckling economic bureaucrats anxious to expand their empires. Almost every time an Italian rides a train, plane or ship, lights up a cigarette, salts his food or gasses up his car, he is patronizing a government monopoly. And pretty soon he will be doing so whenever he...

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