Book Review: Frédéric Bastiat — Justice and Solidarity

Leiden, a.d. V Id. Oct. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., Bastiat lived during the first half of the 19th century in France, a politically very unstable time for France, with many revolutions and regime changes. He was a classical-liberal, who also influenced libertarianism (in fact I would call him a libertarian avant la lettre). He also developed the notion of... Continue Reading →

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Government or Monopoly?

Amsterdam, Id. Apr. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., Just a short note of interest: the Dutch government has finally decided to take charge at ProRail again, the company that maintains and builds Dutch train tracks. I think this is a victory for consumers, firstly because it ends the strange situation in which the Dutch government owned the holding company... Continue Reading →

‘Taxation Is The Weapon Against Inequality’

Leiden, a.d. V Kal. Feb. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., "Taxation is the weapon against inequality," do you know that expression? According to Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, taxation is the weapon agaisnt the outrageous inequality in developing countries today. I agree with her that inequality in developing countries is absolutely of unethical proportions, but I doubt... Continue Reading →

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