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Dr. Joseph T. Salerno
Taxes Are What We Pay
Attendance is open to high school students and anyone concerned about the heavier and heavier tax burden. There is no fee for on-site attendance, but pre-registration is required. For others who are interested in participating in this event, online attendance is available through Mises Academy. For more information about attending the seminar online, please click here.
On-site sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. Central Time and end at noon.
Written on the side of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, DC, is the phrase “Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” These words have been used for decades to justify the forcible confiscation of wealth, but the sentiment behind the phrase is, of course, much older.
Far from producing civilization, the reality of taxation is something much different. Taxation makes society less efficient, less stable, and poorer, while providing the state with the ability to wage wars, imprison millions of citizens for petty nonviolent offenses, and regulate every aspect of the taxpayers’ lives.
As Murray Rothbard pointed out, taxation is the worst method of looting us. Inflation, for example, is destructive, of course, and it might make a loaf of bread cost $10. But at least you get a loaf of bread. With taxation, you get nothing.
This seminar will provide students with a better understanding of the history and effects of taxation. Students who attend this seminar, either in person or online, will be off to a great start in understanding how taxation distorts and enervates an economy. The course will also provide the student with an understanding of taxation as the financial foundation of the state, and the role of taxation in economic and political destructionism.
Please contact Kristy Holmes at 334-321-2101 or email her.
The Mises Bookstore will be open throughout the day, with student discounts.
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