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The Uneasy Case for Degressive Taxation: A Critique of Blum and Kalven

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07/30/2014Murray N. Rothbard

 

Volume 4, No. 1 (Spring 2001)

 

We must all be grateful to Professors Walter J. Blum and Harry J. KalvenJr. for providing in a brief space a cogent review and critique of the various arguments for progressive taxation, together with an extensive and valuable bibliography of the varying points of view.  We must also be grateful to discover a serious monograph that rejects progressive taxation as such, although it does support a form of such tax which the authors label "degressive."  Unfortunately, that is as far as one can go in granting this important article unqualified support.  For its argument is shot through with errors and omissions that need to be carefully sifted from its valuable contributions.

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Rothbard, Murray N. "The Uneasy Case for Degressive Taxation: A Critique of Blum and Kalven." The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 4, No. 1 (Spring 2001): 43-61.