Robert Higgs, Independent Institute Senior Fellow, economist, and author of the book Depression, War, and Cold War, discusses war, taxes and economic crises.
In 1954, Frank Chodorov wrote the classic book of freedom, “The Income Tax: Root of all Evil.” Here’s an excerpt: THE SUBTITLE of this book is “Root of All Evil.” If there is an “evil” there must be a “good”-for the one is the opposite of the other. Hence, we must define “good” in order…Details
Thomas DiLorenzo discusses Taxes in American History at the The Trouble with Taxation Seminar in January 2005.
Constitutionally, the controversy that resulted in the adoption of the Sixteenth Amendment had nothing to do with the federal government’s power to impose so-called “income taxes.” The issue was a class of tax controversy―not a power to tax controversy. In order to understand this issue, it is important to review the taxing clauses of the…Details
Based on ideas from Cokie Roberts’ recent article found here, it is hard to draw any conclusion other than she prefers a dictatorship of the federal government to the balance of power guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Obamacare has been signed into law. However, there are a number of other checks and balances built into…Details
The Classical Liberal States’ Rights Tradition
The fourth of ten lectures from the 2006 Steven Berger Seminar: Thomas DiLorenzo on Liberty and American Civilization, recorded at the Mises Institute, 06-06-2006.
A lot of talk went on early in Obama’s presidency, calling him alternately- fascist, communist/socialist, or liberal. But what do these terms really mean? It’s easy to simply name call, but in reality these terms have meaning beyond what people realize. Some of them are correctly attributed, but the truth is more complicated to discern.…Details
Have you ever read the entire U.S Constitution? Do you believe the constitution is still relevant today? Why is it OK for the government to take one families hard earned labor to give to someone else? How much money is too much? Who should decide how much is too much? What level of federal taxation…Details
In addition to the health care and free enterprise legislation going before the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday, there are several other important bills that need our support this week. The issuance of a state attorney general opinion that leaves out the most important part of the Constitution’s supremacy clause and then proceeds to completely…Details