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Sheldon L. Richman

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Sheldon Richman is the editor of Ideas on Liberty, the monthly magazine of the Foundation for Economic Education. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America’s Families; Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax; and \(forthcoming\) Tethered Citizens: Time to Abolish the Welfare State \(all from The Future of Freedom Foundation\). He is a contributor to the Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics.

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Tax Rate vs. Tax Base: A Public Choice Perspective on the Consequences for the Growth of Government

Big GovernmentTaxes and Spending

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In recent years, as libertarian policy analysts have put their minds to the question of tax reform, some have succumbed to the lure of a broad-based, proportional, or flat, income tax. Under these proposals, the current progressive multirate structure would be replaced by a single rate that would...


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War Communism to NEP: The Road From Serfdom

War and Foreign PolicyWorld HistoryOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
In March 1921, V. I. Lenin, ruler of revolutionary Russia, stood before the Tenth Congress of the Bolshevik Party and dramatically admitted that something had gone awry with the Revolution. The new policy he unveiled that day admitted not only that the Bolsheviks had failed to ignite a world- wide...


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Matter of Degree, Not Principle: The Founding of the American Liberty League

Booms and BustsU.S. EconomyU.S. History

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
On October 29, 1929, the roof fell in on the booming American economy. A nation that since World War I had come to believe material progress was inevitable and unstoppable suddenly witnessed the most surreal of spectacles: panic on Wall Street. The change in economic conditions dashed the...


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Anti-war Abolitionists: The Peace Movement's Split Over the Civil War

Media and CultureWar and Foreign PolicyOther Schools of Thought

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Since the victors of warfare write the histories, one must look long and hard to find recognition of the radical critics of any given war. No matter how substantial or respectable anti-war sentiment may be as a conflict approaches, once the pro-war spirit gets rolling, like a snowball down a...


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The Old Right Was Right

War and Foreign Policy

01/01/1990The Free Market
The pace of change in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is so brisk that it is risky to write anything about it. Nevertheless, the virtual dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of liberalization in East Germany are exhilarating news, the climax of months of historic developments.


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