Part of the "Critiques of Libertarianism" site.

Last updated 02/26/08.

Most libertarians are opposed to taxes, and make various arguments why they should be "equal" and not progressive.


Tax Protester FAQ
Dan Evans' outstanding set of responses to the amazingly lengthy and looney claims of tax protesters.
Progressive and Regressive Taxes and Taxation Explained.
Doug Bashford explains some of the rudiments of why unequal taxation can be considered just.
Seven Nobel Prize Winners Endorse Land Value Taxation
Libertarians who like quoting their own Nobel Prize winners might find it hard to reconcile these brief economic statements with their ideology.
An Analysis Of The Cato Institute's "The Case Against a Tennessee Income Tax"
Senate finance panel examines Cato report, recognizes propaganda
Citizens For Tax Justice lay open the shoddy errors behind this typical example of the claims Cato makes. The Tennessee Senate finance panel also identified a large number of other errors.
A Geolibertarian FAQ
Todd Altman's rebuts common libertarian arguments against land value taxes, including some really pathetic ones by Murray Rothbard.
Question 1: Eliminate the State Income Tax? The Real Facts.
Carla Howell and Michael Cloud hav gotten a proposition onto the 2002 ballot in Massachussetts. This refutes their outrageous claims.
A Review of The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice by Liam Murphy and Thomas Nagel
A terse summary of the argument that property rights are a government creation, and taxation is a part of property rights.
Myth: Taxes are theft.
Part of Steve Kangas' excellent Liberalism Resurgent: A Response to the Right. Taxes are payments for the public goods and services you consume.
NEW 10/06: The Social Welfare State, beyond Ideology
Jeffry Sachs' Scientific American article on how social welfare states do as well as or better than low-tax, high-income countries. The punch line is that Friedrich Von Hayek was wrong.
NEW 2/08: CFP's Laffer Curve Video
Law Professor Linda Beale debunks the latest Laffer Curve propaganda video from the "Center for Freedom and Prosperity" and CATO's Dan Mitchell.

Print References

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Stephen Holmes, Cass Sunstein "The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes"
W. W. Norton 1999. Legally enforceable rights cost money, a fact ignored by libertarian ideologues.
Harold Kyriazi "Libertarian Party at Sea on Land"
Robert Schalkenbach Foundation 2000. A libertarian criticizes the Libertarian Party positions regarding ownership of natural resources for inconsistency with its own principles.
Liam Murphy and Thomas Nagel "The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice"
Explains property rights as government creations, and taxes as part of property.

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