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Political Mislabels

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Hypocrisy, false labels, can create slogans, but no poems; propaganda, but not life: there are no roots, there are no realities to nurture creative work Pablo Antonio Cuadra (1912-2002) Nicaraguan poet, essayist and critic The Left hijacked the label “Liberal.” Yet they favor an empowered government and diminished rights for individuals. Is it liberal to hamper free speech on…

Taxation horrors and Europe’s frustration

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At their meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, in mid-September, European Union Finance Ministers discussed new measures for taxing internet-based companies. They want to establish a system that could be brought to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which would adapt these measures to global standards. Whew! Finally, wealthy companies like Google, Facebook and Apple will…

Homeschooling: A Right to Choose

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Homeschooling: A Right to Choose

There are countries around the world where people are allowed to choose an alternative to the traditional educational system for their children. This includes the concept of homeschooling. The country perhaps best known for this is the USA. And here, it seems that colleges are quite eager to accept homeschoolers. In fact, some of the best schools in the US are very much seeking students of such…

Tech taxes are being used to stop business renewal

Tech taxes are being used to stop business renewal

Austria, France and Germany together with other EU-countries made a proposal earlier this month to introduce an “equalization tax” on foreign internet companies. The justification for this tech tax is that companies such as Google, Facebook and Airbnb are not paying their fair share of taxes, and especially not in France and Germany.   The tech tax is meant to “reflect…

Opinion: The perfect tax (other than zero) Part III

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Opinion: The perfect tax (other than zero) Part III

Refined regime Even if one accepts that radical tax reform is a political nonstarter, it is still important to put forward such projects as forcefully as possible. The reason is that they can serve as a benchmark for evaluating our current dysfunctional tax systems. In addition, these reform proposals can be refined and sharpened in three respects. First, it helps to be explicit about the…

Essay from Essex: "Getting Older"

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“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”…

Opinion: The perfect tax (other than zero) Part II

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Opinion: The perfect tax (other than zero) Part II

Modest proposals Free-market proposals suggest eliminating personal and corporate income taxes, replacing them with value-added tax (VAT) or a tax on consumption. Progressivity could be maintained by giving all taxpayers a guaranteed, fixed-sum subsidy. In the U.S. context, a VAT rate of about 20 percent would be sufficient to replace revenue from federal income tax. Governments do not like…

Opinion: The perfect tax (other than zero) Part I

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Opinion: The perfect tax (other than zero) Part I

Tax systems are under scrutiny in many Western countries. Taxpayers complain because tax pressure is high and governments squander their money. Moreover, they deplore the system’s complexity and lack of transparency. For example, nobody really knows what share of the revenue goes to finance the goods and services produced by government agencies, and how much is used to provide relief to…

There’s No Such Thing As Settled Science

There’s No Such Thing As Settled Science

by Federico N. Fernández In the book Darwin’s legacy, philosopher John Dupré makes an interesting remark: “I… do maintain that science can accumulate enough evidence for its claims to make them almost [1] impossible to reject, and I believe that certain broad evolutionary theses have earned this level of credibility.” Due to the ‘almost’,…

The Right to Rock the Cradle: A Lesson in Stability

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The Right to Rock the Cradle:  A Lesson in Stability

  “Blessings on the hand of women!     Fathers, sons, and daughters cry, And the sacred song is mingled     With the worship in the sky — Mingles where no tempest darkens,     Rainbows evermore are hurled; For the hand that rocks the cradle     Is the hand that rules the world.” William Ross…

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