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Charles Adams

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Charles Adams (1930-2013) was an attorney in private practice and a specialist in international taxation. He wrote extensively on taxes and their impact on civilization, for outlets including the New York TimesWashington Post, and Wall Street Journal. He was also an adjunct scholar at the Mises Institute and the Cato Institute. Among other books he was the author of For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization.

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4. The Middle Ages

Taxes and SpendingWorld History

09/06/2004Mises Media
Lady Godiva’s naked ride on her horse was a protest over taxes. Ship money for war ships was collected in Britain even though there was then no war.
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5. The Swiss: From William Tell to No Tell

Taxes and SpendingWorld History

09/06/2004Mises Media
Note:The Swiss are not mentioned in this lecture. King Solomon, king of Israel from 970 to 931 BC, lusted after women as he grew older. He had a thousand wives and concubines. Solomon spent tax moneys for luxurious palaces and his harem. His treasury was soon empty, so he found new ways to drain...
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6. Tax Revolt in the Netherlands

Taxes and SpendingWorld History

09/06/2004Mises Media
In this lecture Adams talks about the Enlightenment which was the philosophy of the eighteenth century. It was the high water mark of man’s thinking on taxes. They were wise; we’re not. These thinkers used the past as a guide.
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7. After the Magna Carta

Legal SystemTaxes and SpendingWorld History

09/06/2004Mises Media
Does liberty sow the seeds of its own destruction? Yes, by consenting to excessive taxes. Government will not want to give up the power. Taxes were to be only for common defense, not offensive wars.
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8. The Civil War

Taxes and SpendingU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

09/06/2004Mises Media
A tariff set the stage for the American Civil War. The quarrel between the North and the South was a fiscal quarrel, not a war over slavery. The tariff of 1828 was called the tariff of abomination. Nullification was a strong argument to void unconstitutional federal laws.
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