"In other cities there’s cops who are actually committing sexual assaults on duty, So I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas!" — Austin, Texas Police Chief Art Acevedo reacting to the outrage with outrage of his own.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Poverty is what happens when groups of people fail to cooperate, or are prevented from finding ways to cooperate. Cooperation is in our genes; the ability to be social is a big part of what makes us human. It takes actions by powerful actors such as states, or cruel accidents such as deep historical or ethnic animosities, to prevent people from cooperating. Everywhere you look, if people are prosperous it’s because they are cooperating, working together. If people are desperately poor, it’s because they are denied some of the means of cooperating, the institutions for reducing the transaction costs of decentralized Voluntary Private Cooperation.
—William Lloyd Garrison
Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2014) – The Cato Institute announced today that Leszek Balcerowicz, former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland, will receive the 2014 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, an award presented to an individual for achievement in promoting freedom and individual liberty.
Balcerowicz has been widely credited with the economic transformation of Poland.
“Leszek Balcerowicz’s contributions to the advancement of liberty and free markets in Eastern Europe cannot be overstated,” said Cato CEO John Allison. “Poland now serves as a model that other countries may follow in transitioning from socialism to a humane economy based on individual responsibility and the rule of law.”
A quick look at the extraordinary growth of taxation since the adoption of the income tax. It’s time to wake up, everyone.
If anything registered from Tax Day, I hope it’s the fact that our tax code is a joke. The progressive tax system needs to be replaced and I rarely hear anyone bring it up in Washington.
Herman Cain brought it up, and ‘they’ had to ‘get rid’ of him.
74,000 pages of tax code? That is obscene.
Like I said yesterday, we should do away with confusing deductions and let the first $50K somebody makes me totally tax free. Tax income over that 10% and be done with it.
Tax the net income of corporations on a similar level.
If the government has to tighten their belt, even better!
"We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution." — Libertarian Party Platform, May 2012
The very process of industrialization and development, of which sweatshops are part, is ultimately the cure for sweatshops. As capital accumulates, technology improves, and as workers build skills productivity rises. As firms compete with each other for the productive workers, total compensation gets bid up. This process raises wages and improves working conditions, and it occurred in virtually all of the wealthy countries of the world today.
I have studied sweatshops for the past ten years. In that time I have become convinced that many well-meaning people advocate actions that are detrimental to the lives of sweatshop workers because they do not understand the economic forces that govern the creation of sweatshops and their alternatives….
Rather than hold protests that risk cutting the process of development short by destroying sweatshop jobs, activists should instead buy products made in these factories and embrace the forces of economic development that will improve the lives of sweatshop workers.
Economists Morris Kleiner and Alan Krueger estimate that an astounding one out of every three US workers needs government permission before they are legally allowed to work today.