Recommended reading: Marc Levinson's "An Extraordinary Time - The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy" or my title: Why leaders try variations of the same thing and wonder why it fails every time. Link to Barnes and Nobel book store.

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Four Economic Uses of Taxes

by Richard Pearlman Dec 2007

Ninety percent of taxation discussion only concerns selfish, emotional issues. The other 10% is about the proper use of taxes to administer an ongoing capitalist economic society.

It not the amount of taxation that causes a problem, it's what you get for your money. But that's another paper; here we discuss the reasons for taxes.

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Hidden Taxes

by Richard Pearlman June 2014

Hidden taxes exist in many, many areas are not even called taxes. They, nevertheless, serve to move wealth from the consumer to the wealthy lender. 

Both interest on loans and credit cards with air miles are part of this scenario.

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