This volume of Freeman reprints all address the role that taxation plays in a modern society. The 21 essays cover four general areas: the use of taxation as a tool of social justice, its use as a tool of social reform, its use to regulate production, and its effects on capital accumulation and long term growth. Topics include several looks at state and local taxation as well as the relationship between taxation and education. Taken together, they make for a very useful introduction to taxation and public finance issues from a classical liberal perspective.
Taxes forcibly extract money from people and provide revenue for government. They reduce the levels of living of taxpayers and increase the spending potential of politicians and government officials. They raise a great many questions about the nature of government and its use of force in the extraction of revenue, and thereby come face to face with questions of equity and justice.
Hans F. Sennholz
Hans F. Sennholz (1922–2007) was an economist of the Austrian school of economics who studied under Ludwig von Mises. After serving in the Luftwaffe in World War II, he took degrees at the universities of Marburg and Köln. He then moved to the United States to study for a Ph.D. at New York University. He was Ludwig von Mises's first PhD student in the United States. He taught economics at Grove City College, 1956–1992, having been hired as department chair upon arrival. After he retired, he became president of the Foundation for Economic Education, 1992–1997. Calvinist Political Philosopher, John W. Robbins pointed out in a book printed in honor of Sennholz shortly after his death that "Sennholz,[...]rests his defense of a free society on revelation."
Fellow Austrian Joseph Salerno has notably praised Sennholz as an under-appreciated member of the Austrian school who "writes so clearly on such a broad range of topics that he is in danger of suffering the same fate as Say and Bastiat. As another fellow Austrian Joseph Schumpeter pointed out, these two brilliant nineteenth-century French economists, who were also masters of economic rhetoric, wrote with such clarity and style that their work was misjudged by their British inferiors as 'shallow' and 'superficial'."
2008 U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul credits his fascination with economics to meeting Sennholz and getting to know him well. Peter Boettke, Deputy Director of the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy at George Mason University, first learned economics from Sennholz as a student at Grove City College.
He was an adjunct scholar of the Mises Institute and in October, 2004, was awarded the Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for lifetime defense of liberty.
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