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John Attarian

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John Attarian, economist and journalist, and one of the leading experts on the history and economics of Social Security, died suddenly, December 31, 2004, at the age of 48. He was born November 25, 1956, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Economics in 1985. He worked as an independent writer, author, and novelist. His book Social Security: False Consciousness and Crisis (Transaction, 2003) is the most comprehensive treatment on the subject to appear yet, and makes a strong case against the program and against attempts to employ the language of privatization in an attempt to shore up it up.

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Roots of the Social Security Myth

Big GovernmentTaxes and Spending

05/28/2009Essays in Political Economy
This is a concise critical history of the federal program of Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance ( OASDI ), popularly known as Social Security .
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Another Greenspan Social-Security Reform?

The FedTaxes and SpendingFiscal TheoryMonetary Theory

03/04/2003Mises Daily Articles
Almost exactly ten years ago, a National Commission on Social Security Reform headed by Greenspan proposed a package of benefit cuts and tax increases, which Congress enacted with little change, and which turned out to be one of the most oppressive—and underhanded—things Congress ever did to...
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The Roots of the Social Security Myth

Taxes and SpendingU.S. EconomyFiscal Theory

John Attarian shows that the Social Security program is not an insurance program at all but rather a pure transfer scam designed to make the elderly dependent on the tax take from younger workers.
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