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Taxes Are What We Pay for an Impoverished Society

April 15

Auburn, AL (and online)

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.

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 non-violent 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.

Schedule (On-site and online)
All times Central Time Zone.

9:30 a.m. Registration (on-site)
9:40 a.m. Welcome
9:45 a.m. Dr. Joseph Salerno, Mises Institute and Pace University, The Myth of a Fair Tax
10:15 a.m. Matthew McCaffrey, University of Angers, Taxes and the Black Hole of Government Spending
10:45 a.m. Daniel Sanchez, Mises Institute, Taxes and History
11:15 a.m. Discussion
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

The Mises Bookstore will be open throughout the day, with student discounts.

Driving directions to the Mises Institute.


To register for the April 15 seminar please contact Kristy Holmes at 334-321-2101 or email her or use the form below.


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