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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Commies

East Berlin
"Ever wondered how the Communist countries first became Communist? It's not the secret police who do the deed, it's the tax collectors. That's how the Communists wiped out private companies: they increased the tax rate steeply according to the number of employees. Only firms with less than a dozen employees had a chance of surviving."  - Len Deighton in Berlin Game, midway through Chapter 4.
Berlin Game is a spy novel set in the early 1980s, long before the Berlin Wall came down. I ordered it from Amazon because of a character mentioned by Roberta X. The book was shipped to me from the UK.


2 comments:

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Chuck Pergiel said...

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