"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.