“Any sort of tax, and the income tax not least of all, injects systematic robbery and confiscation into the micro sphere of the individual,…” Milton Friedman Unraveled by Murray N. Rothbard

In reality, the macro and micro spheres are integrated and intertwined, as the Austrians have shown. It is impossible to concede the macro sphere to the State while attempting to retain freedom on the micro level. Any sort of tax, and the income tax not least of all, injects systematic robbery and confiscation into the micro sphere of the individual, and has unfortunate and distortive effects on the entire economic system. It is deplorable that the Friedmanites, along with the rest of Anglo-American economics, have never paid attention to the achievement of Ludwig von Mises, founder of the modern Austrian School, in integrating the micro and macro spheres in economic theory as far back as 1912 in his classic The Theory of Money and Credit.4 Milton Friedman has revealed his quintessential pro-income tax and egalitarian position in numerous ways. As in many other spheres, he has functioned not as an opponent of statism and advocate of the free market, but as a technician advising the State on how to be more efficient in going about its evil work. From the viewpoint of a genuine libertarian, the more inefficient the State’s operations, the better!5 He has opposed tax exemptions and “loopholes” and worked to make the income tax more uniform.

via Milton Friedman Unraveled by Murray N. Rothbard.

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