Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 7, 2005

How Not to Complain About Taxes

Neil H. Buchanan (guest blogger): During the first half of this year, Elizabeth Anderson (Dept. of Philosophy, University of Michigan) has posted a fascinating series of seven essays, over on the Left2Right blog, discussing the philosophy and purposes of taxation.  Anderson belies all stereotypes about philosophers who are too lost in the clouds to make constructive contributions to public debate.  The first four essays critique familiar arguments against taxation, while the latter three essays make "a positive case for social insurance and the taxation needed to support it."  Agree with Anderson or not, these are extremely useful explorations of public debates over the nature and purpose of taxation.  Here are the links to all seven essays:

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