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Redistribution: Voluntary and Forced

January 19, 2004

Mr. Roberts  states that he is amazed that libertarians defend the international free trade in the face of mobility of factors.  As he says, "If libertarians favor the international redistribution of income, why do they oppose the domestic redistribution of income?"

The difference between the two isn't a matter of favoring it internationally and not domestically.  It's a matter of favoring it when it's a byproduct of the free market, and not favoring it when it's a byproduct of government intervention.

 

Posted by David Boyer

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