Farmers in Latvia and Lithuania have captured headlines this summer by blocking roads and border crossings and making demands of their governments. Sadly, the learning curve for farmers weaned on the Soviet collective farms - and for a lot of Baltic lawmakers - is still pretty steep. Take Latvia. The progressive, market-oriented government says it's all for free trade. Consumers, they remind us, win through lower prices, and those who can't compete should not be propped up by the state. This isn't the Soviet Union, after all. But what happens when farmers demand protection from what they sa...
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