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Taxation

The Flat Tax

This new and updated edition of The Flat Tax sets forth the flat-tax plan developed by Robert Hall and Alvin Rabushka, senior fellows at the Hoover Institution, who believe it is the most fair, efficient, simple, and workable plan on the table. The plan has withstood the scrutiny of leading experts on taxation and has been enthusiastically endorsed by many of them.

The Tax Revolt

A depiction of the development of the property tax limitation movement in California describes the impact on the state of Proposition 13 and other measures that reduced taxes.

Taxation in Colonial America

This book examines life in the thirteen original American colonies through the revealing lens of the taxes levied on and by the colonists. Spanning the turbulent years from the founding of the Jamestown settlement to the outbreak of the American Revolution, Alvin Rabushka provides the definitive history of taxation in the colonial era, and sets it against the backdrop of enormous economic, political, and social upheaval in the colonies and Europe.

This book brings the colonial period to life in all its rich complexity, and shows how colonial attitudes toward taxation offer a unique window into the causes of the revolution.

Tax Policy and Economic Growth in Developing Nations

This comprehensive study prepared for the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1985 demonstrates that developing nations with low tax rates had faster economic growth than those with high tax rates.

Economic Freedom

Economic Freedom: Toward a Theory of Economic Measurement

Measures of economic freedom in all nations are examined: the rights to own and exchange property, the basis of economic freedom; the rule of law and how each country’s legal system enhances or infringes economic freedom; taxation systems; public spending; economic regulation of business and labor; monetary policy; and free trade.

From Adam Smith To The Wealth of America

This book demonstrates that because the United States is enmeshed in a complexity of regulations, government debt, bureaucracy, and taxes does not mean that these policies cannot be reversed. It is Rabushka’s contention that Adam Smith’s principles of sound money, taxes, minimal governmental regulation, and free trade set forth in 1776 in The Wealth of Nations can restore prosperity in the United States.

Race/Ethnic Relations

Politics in Plural Societies: A Theory of Democratic Instability

This landmark study in the field of comparative politics is being celebrated for its return to print as the newest addition to the “Longman Classics in Political Science” series.  Politics in Plural Societies presents a model of political competition in multi-ethnic societies and explains why plural societies, and the struggle for power within them, often erupt with inter-ethnic hostility.  They apply this thesis to the multi-ethnic politics of countries that are of great interest today: Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Yugoslavia, and more.

Theory of Racial Harmony

In A Theory of Racial Harmony, Alvin Rabushka presents a cogent argument for his thesis: “Under conditions of voluntary exchange in free markets, racial tensions and conflicts are kept to a minimum.”

Race and Politics in Urban Malaya

The results of the first Gallup-type general public opinion poll ever conducted in Malaya (1967) on matters of race and politics offers a systematic treatment of interracial attitudes and interactions among Malays, Chinese, and Indians in the country’s two largest cities, Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown (Penang). The findings reveal harmony among the three races in social interaction and the marketplace, but hostility and conflict in the political arena. Two years after the research was completed, Malaya experienced massive race riots over contentious political issues. This book was banned for several years until after changes were made in the Constitution to insure Malay supremacy.

Hong Kong

Value for Money: The Hong Kong Budgetary Process

Thorough study of budget and policy-making in Hong Kong circa 1976, examining how HK’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and free-market capitalism created the least-taxed, least-regulated economy in the world, leading to prosperity for its residents and a sound economy.

Hong Kong: A Study in Economic Freedom

Under British colonial rule, Hong Kong was the freest economy in the world—a textbook model of the competitive market economy.  It was governed by a fiscal policy of balanced budgets, low tax rates, a stable monetary system, and a policy of nonintervention. The final chapter compares Hong Kong’s economic system to more than a dozen historical examples dating back to the Roman Empire to derive the general principles under which free market economies emerge and thrive.

Forecasting Political Events: The Future of Hong Kong

The book analyzes and predicts the future of Hong Kong’s free market, tax structure, local government structure, wage rates and labor regulations, and social welfare. All predictions have proved to be true 20 years after the Handover.

Red Flag Over Hong Kong

Lucid and compelling, this is an essential guide to the turbulent future of Hong Kong. The authors begin with a concise historical overview, tracing how Hong Kong with its unique geographical setting, “textbook” free market economy, and industrious population, developed into one of the world′s richest territories. Based on their own expertise in policy choices and a collection of data from a wide range of expert observers, the authors applied a scientific model of decision making to Hong Kong′s unknown future.

Aging

Old Folks at Home

Argues that the majority of senior citizens today live happily and comfortably and resent bureaucratic attempts to label them as helpless and in need of special care and asserts that government spending must be redirected to areas where older Americans really need it

The Urban Elderly Poor

A survey of the elderly inhabitants of the Model Cities Program in the inner city of Rochester, New York, in 1971 disclosed large differences in the conditions of old Black homeowners compared with old White homeowners. Most Whites expressed self-reliance and little need for government programs of assistance. Although most Blacks are poorer, live in less satisfactory accommodation, are poorly educated, and are partially dependent on welfare, they did not state a personal deficiency in transportation, meals, medical care, visiting of friends, and the quality of their accommodations.  Most Blacks are happy to join with Whites in collective action for everyone’s betterment. Apart from voting, the elderly of both races largely abstains from political participation.

Other Books

The United States in the 1980s

The essays in The United States in the 1980s, written by a group of renowned and widely respected specialists, are a major contribution to a balanced discussion of the choices that lie ahead. The authors analyze the central issues, describe the policy options open to the country, and recommend specific courses of action to deal with or mitigate the problems confronting the United States—in recognition of the fact that the major problems of the new decade “are interrelated, that no problem can be resolved in isolation, and that different perspectives can contribute to a clearer and more balanced understanding of the problems that are often viewed as separate from one another.”  By stressing that there are realistic limits to America’s ability to solve all problems—domestic and international—the essays offer guidance for sensible solutions and identify the solid base of strength upon which the United States can build in the new decade.

Caseworkers or Police: How Tenants See Public Housing

A fascinating study of factors contributing to the success of public housing from the tenant’s point of view. This book is a welcomed addition to the literature on governmental housing programs.

From Predation to Prosperity: How to Move From Socialism to Markets

This book starts with the experience of Russia since the end of central planning. It covers the great contraction of 1992-98 and the subsequent recovery in 1999-2006. It offers and empirically supports a uniform explanation of both the contraction and the recovery. It views Russia’s economy as a new economic system that evolved from central planning after liberalization and privatization in 1992 and adapted to the policy shift in late 1998. Russia inherited the entire array of enterprises from central planning where they formed a unified assembly line, a veritable nation-enterprise. With few newfangled enterprises, unlike China, these inherited enterprises evolved by default into a ubiquitous network, akin to a vertically integrated super-cartel. The inherited enterprise network was able to extract massive subsidies from the government and the public and redistribute national income. We call this new economic system Enterprise Network Socialism.

Fixing Russia’s Banks: A Proposal for Growth

Failing to fix Russia’s banks risks further economic stagnation or decline and financial catastrophe. Bernstam and Rabushka’s bold, intriguing, provocative proposal—resting on an elaborate strategy of debt-for-equity swaps—would fix the banks, reduce government debt, strengthen the independence of the Central Bank, and lay a solid foundation for sustained economic growth.

Sender*
A Man of Great Common Sense

This short book introduces you to the great modern philosophers of the 20th century. Sender, the greatest of all, was a man of the people, a man for all seasons, a man who understood the timeless truths of civilization, a man smarter than all the professors at Harvard and other colleges and universities.

The other great philosophers were Cousin Louie, Cousin Saul, Oh Joe, Uncle Yankel, Ma Huntley, and Ah Tu. Each is renown for one brilliant contribution to philosophy. Read, learn, and enjoy.