The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice

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Murphy, Liam, and Thomas Nagel. 2002. The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice. Oxford University Press, USA.


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Explains property rights as government creations, and taxes as part of property.


A Review of The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice by Liam Murphy and Thomas Nagel [More...]
"Too often, public figures go about parroting a shorthand version of everyday libertarianism to justify their tax policy proposals. If the public is eventually convinced that Murphy and Nagel's way of thinking about taxes is the appropriate one, our tax policy debates will be both more informed and more humane."
Liam Murphy and Thomas Nagel, 'The Myth of Ownership. Taxes and Justice' [More...]
"All in all, we recommend this book without any hesitation to political philosophers, but also to tax policy designers, tax law students and to taxpayers. It is very clear and well informed. And it is definitely insightful."
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From Michigan Law Review: "I am persuaded that Murphy and Nagal are right and that everyday libertarianism is wrong -- not as a debatable question of policy, but as an inescapable matter of logic."
You Can't Take It With You [More...]
David Cay Johnston's NY Times Book Review of The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice.


Pretax incomes are presumed just [in "everyday libertarianism"], the authors posit, for the same reason slavery was once the law of the land: pervasiveness makes legal inventions appear to be natural law.
David Cay Johnston, "You Can't Take It With You"