How Boats and Cake Are Like Taxes

Whether deciding how to divide boats in Santa Barbara harbor, a cake, or tax revenue, fair distribution requires knowing what different people say is fair.

Understanding a New Tax Issue

With the House requiring dynamic scoring of tax legislation from the CBO, the bigger tax debate resurfaces on how much redistribution and spending.

John Stuart Mill on Affordable Health Care

A child prodigy, 19th century economist John Stuart Mill said in his Autobiography that, “I have no remembrance of the time when I began Greek; I have been told that it was when I was three years old. My earliest…

Tax Payers and Entitlement Receivers

I wonder if we should be concerned. Lecture 32 of “Thinking About Capitalism” from the Teaching Company looks at John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), James M. Buchanan (1919-  ), and Mancur Olson (1932-1998). Concerned with the impact of democracy on capitalism,…

From Mill to Obama

Yesterday, President Obama briefly said that some salaries on Wall Street were more than anyone should earn.  Approximately 160 years ago, John Stuart Mill responded by saying that he wanted to encourage work. Consequently, instead of limiting salaries through a…