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The Lighthouse: Tax Unrealized Capital Gains? | Guns for Liberty | Scott Atlas Interviews Glenn Loury

April 18, 2023  •  Weekly Newsletter
It’s Destructive and Unfair to Tax ‘Unrealized Capital Gains’

Richard B. McKenzie (Wall Street Journal)

Why? Because the anticipated profits of most firms haven’t happened yet—and, in many cases, never will happen. Remember Kmart, RadioShack, and Blockbuster? Their stockholders once had unrealized capital gains. And taxing what isn’t there will only give us more such failures. READ MORE »

The Terrible 10

A Century of Economic Folly

By Burton A. Abrams

To Preserve Liberty, Not Slavery

Stephen P. Holbrook (Volokh Conspiracy)

In defending their right to bear arms, the American colonists were concerned with preventing a slave insurrection, not defending against attacks by the British army? The historical record says otherwise—in every case. READ MORE »

The Founders’ Second Amendment

Origins of the Right to Bear Arms

By Stephen P. Halbrook

Scott Atlas Interviews Glenn Loury

Dr. Atlas talks with economist and social scientist Dr. Glenn Loury of Brown University. Dr. Loury has worked for years on the impact of affirmative action, the black family, and is an outspoken advocate for black patriotism in the United States. WATCH »
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Problems and Solutions: What To Do about Social Security and Medicare for Older Americans

John C. Goodman (Washington Times)

According to the latest trustees’ report, the unfunded liability in Social Security and Medicare is $163 trillion—almost seven times the size of our entire economy. To avert financial disaster, we need reforms. Here are six that would make a difference. READ MORE »

New Way to Care

Social Protections that Put Families First

By John C. Goodman

Is Anti-Sweatshop Activism Making Bangladeshis Poorer?

Benjamin Powell (The Hill)

On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed. Over 1,000 died. But subsequent government safety-regulations threw over one million garment workers, mostly women, into unemployment. There’s got to be a better way. READ MORE »

Making Poor Nations Rich

Entrepreneurship and the Process of Economic Development

Edited by Benjamin Powell

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