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Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Death by Duties; Life with Meat

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Part of the focus on China pertains to the extent that the government controls the means of commerce. It is pervasive to be sure with more than a third of all business activity there estimated to be under such control. However, China is not alone. Western governments own airplane makers, trains, automobile companies, utilities, etc. State-owned broadcasting is common, and what isn’t owned outright can be tightly regulated. The one argument that recently prevented the abolishment of the U.S.-owned Export Import Bank was that it helped American companies compete against financing by foreign governments. If there is going to be a debate over state-owned enterprises, it should not be limited to China. &nbs...

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