Re: Property and the Law, and is it a priority?

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 08:22:19 MDT

"Michael M. Butler" wrote:
> Mike Lorrey wrote:
> > A libertarian government properly focuses its revinue gathering on use
> > based taxation, while fascist governments focus on confiscatory
> > taxation.
> I would add that nonlibertarian governments also focus on taxation as a public policy tool:
> "We want to discourage x; tax it!"

Libertarian governments would do the same, focusing on the payment of
externalities. For example, gas taxes should pay for the externalities
of the costs of oil and gas spills as well as pollution and the cost of
maintaining the roads and waterways upon which that gas is expended. A
libertarian government would actually use the money for the intended
purpose rather than to fund a welfare state.

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