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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
Socialism for American farms divides the body politic into four camps
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By Pat Cunningham
June 21, 2013 5:15 p.m.



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Jonathan Chait EXPLAINS the peculiar politics involved in maintaining a program of agri-socialism:



The right-wing critique of Big Government — bloated, wasteful spending with no real purpose that imposes huge costs on the market — is basically wrong, but there’s one major piece of the government in which it’s completely right: agriculture policy. The farm sector is a vast archipelago of socialism sitting amid a free-market economy. Agri-socialism commands essentially zero intellectual support. Conservatives hate it. Liberals hate it. Experts or academics who study it tend to say things like, “It’s so astonishingly irrational, it just takes your breath away.” ...

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