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Laurence M. Vance

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Laurence M. Vance is an Associated Scholar of the Mises Institute, columnist and policy adviser for the Future of Freedom Foundation, and a columnist, blogger, and book reviewer at He is also the author of Gun Control and the Second AmendmentThe War on Drugs Is a War on Freedom, and War, Empire and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign Policy. His newest books are Free Trade or Protectionism? and The Free Society. Visit his website:

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The Myth of the Just Price

War and Foreign Policy

The Lou Church Memorial Lecture in Religion and Economics. From the 2008 Austrian Scholars Conference at the Ludwig von Mises Institute; Auburn, Alabama.
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Christianity and War

Media and CultureWar and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

In Christianity and War , Laurence Vance examines the moral responsibilities of religious people in times of war. He points out that to sign on to war means endorsing the most grim aspect of the state, including its lies and theft and mass death.
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Real Tax Reform

Taxes and SpendingU.S. EconomyFiscal Theory

04/16/2007Mises Daily Articles
It is only because we have a monstrous welfare/warfare state that the government "needs" to collect an income tax. The beginning of Clinton's presidency was not that long ago. The income tax can be abolished. It can be done quickly; it can be done painlessly — and it can be done for the benefit of...
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Francis Wayland: Preacher-Economist

Free MarketsU.S. HistoryPrivate Property

02/08/2007Mises Daily Articles
His emphasis on property, capital, entrepreneurship, and above all, his commitment to human action and not government action, makes his long-forgotten work on economics worthy of a revival.
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The Fraudulent Tax

Big GovernmentTaxes and SpendingFiscal Theory

10/09/2006Mises Daily Articles
The income tax should be repealed, not replaced. The IRS should be gotten rid of, not renamed. Tax reform should reduce taxes, not be revenue neutral. Government theft of the wealth of its citizens should be abolished, not adjusted. The FairTax should be called the Fraudulent Tax.
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