Posts Tagged ‘welfare state’

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    Unintended Consequences: When Can Government Control What We Eat?

    Apr 24, 13 • 237 Views • No Comments

    When government gives us more, can it tell us what to do? During October, 2011, Denmark became the first country in the world to have a fatty foods tax. Targeting all foods with more than a 2.3% saturated fat content, the list included butter, pizza, potato...  [read more]

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    Do You Agree With French Taxes?

    Aug 9, 12 • 317 Views • No Comments

    Talking about taxes, economists like to quote Louis XIV’s finance minister: “The art of taxation consists of so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing.” We have been hearing a...  [read more]

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    Remembering Milton Friedman

    Jul 31, 12 • 345 Views • No Comments

    Split down the middle, opinion about the US economy puts private initiative or government first. Those who place individual enterprise first believe most private income belongs to those who generate it. By contrast, government’s advocates see a...  [read more]

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    Just Taxes

    May 20, 12 • 309 Views • No Comments

    What happens when a philosopher who believes in less government gets benefits from government? Here is the story: In a building that Love Story author Erich Segal owned, Harvard professor Robert Nozick (1938-2002), a libertarian philosopher, was a tenant....  [read more]

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    Sweden, Ikea and Taxes

    May 18, 12 • 456 Views • No Comments

    Our story starts when Ikea’s founder, Ingvar Kamprad, left Sweden during the 1970s. It ends with Sweden’s current finance minister saying that taxes were the reason. Associated with a more humane form of capitalism, Sweden was the prototype for...  [read more]