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During the Clinton administration, nearly all conservatives and libertarians belittled a federal scheme to fund midnight basketball as just another paternalistic boondoggle and waste of taxpayers’ money.

That was then. Over at the libertarian-conservative Volokh Conspirac)T, a blog that generally skirts the Iraq issue, David Post puts forward a revised version of the same concept: “A hundred million dollars

to build up Iraq’s soccer team would do more for nation-building than any other damned thing we could possibly do – why nobody sees this is totally beyond me.”

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