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Taxing Toward Utopia

Taxes are good for democracy.

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Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns this week. These pieces from our archive examine the incredible stakes of tax policy—from Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman’s powerful case for a wealth tax to Felicia Wong’s chronicle of anti-tax politics, Elizabeth Anderson’s defense of Thomas Paine’s vision of social insurance, T. M. Scanlon’s critique of the libertarian argument for low taxes and limited government, Timothy Weaver’s postmortem on Trump’s “opportunity zones,” and more.

How a little-understood feature of urban finance—municipal bonds—fuels racial inequality.

Clark Randall

Tax breaks for investors don’t help poor communities.

Timothy Weaver

For years the left has rallied around taxing the 1 percent, but this group is too narrow.

Alex Raskolnikov

Direct payments to families should replace backdoor tax breaks.

Ben Zdencanovic

For the sake of justice and democracy, we need a progressive wealth tax.

An experiment in a quintessentially American form of protest.

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Taxation is at the heart of any serious economic growth policy.

Felicia Wong

How social insurance became confused with socialism.

Elizabeth Anderson

Off-shoring, tax havens, and other scourges of globalization.

Marshall Steinbaum

It's not clear how libertarians argue from their starting point of liberty to their policy conclusion of limited government and lower taxes.

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Jodi Dean responds to Ayça Çubukçu’s “Many Speak for Palestine.”

Jodi Dean, Ayça Çubukçu

So many simply leaving.

Daniel Halpern

Is partition the only path to self-determination?

Leila Farsakh

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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