Taxation, Forced Labor, and Theft
By James Rolph Edwards
This article appeared in the Fall 2001 issue of The Independent Review
Libertarian theorists Robert Nozick and Murray Rothbard, standing virtually alone in academia, argued that coercive taxation is immoral, but did their objections overcome the public-goods argument? Economist James Rolph Edwards and philosopher Edward Feser square off in this follow-up to Fesers article in the fall 2000 issue of The Independent Review.