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Brian Balfour

Brian Balfour is Executive Vice President for the Civitas Institute, a free market advocacy organization in Raleigh, North Carolina

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"Ability to Pay" Is a Lousy Way to Judge Tax Policy

Taxes and Spending

Blog04/11/2018

The ability-to-pay doctrine falls short of providing a logical or ethical justification for progressive tax rates, for multiple reasons.

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Politicians Are Rushing to Ink Cronyist Deal with Amazon

Taxes and Spending

Blog03/15/2018

The massive tax breaks and subsidies being offered to Amazon for their second headquarters has taken crony capitalism to dizzying heights.

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Why Camping Out To Buy Stuff Is a Rarity in a Market Economy

Value and Exchange

Blog02/28/2018

Forcing people to wait days in a line to buy your product may not be the most efficient way to distribute goods.

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