Hit & Run

Your Iraqi Shoe Czar

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The Ludwig von Mises Institute notes that the Coalition authority in Iraq has to pay all the workers at state-run enterprises -- like shoe factories -- in order to keep the workers off the streets.

Meanwhile, a close read of this account of a deadly riot at an Iraqi market reveals the precipitating cause to be a new market fee the local Iraqi government tried to impose.

Ah, the joys of nation-building.