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    • SK
    • 04.08.11 | 11:04 (IDT)

    You are correct in pointing out that Israel needs a greater degree of social solidarity than other countries. Yet you make an important error in thinking that the ills of the middle class in Israel are a result of the cruelty of the free market. There is no free market here. Cartels with the protection of the state that extort the consumer are not compatible with a free market. Neither is a real estate market where the state restricts land supply, driving up prices, and filling its own coffers. Nor is a central bank that inflates the money supply to create a false boom much as Greenspan did in the U.S.

    from the article: Netanyahu's anti-Churchillian policy weakens Israeli society
    First published 02:14 04.08.11 | Last updated 02:14 04.08.11
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