Question:  What is the Objective position on www.fairtax.org?

Answer:  The Atlas Society does not focus primarily on political policy, and we do not have any position on the organization you mention.

In politics, we favor a radical downsizing and simplification of the functions of government at all levels. We advocate a government strictly limited to its functions in providing and enforcing law and providing national defense, and hope for a government that is restricted to upholding individual rights.

More than any particular tax simplification scheme, we need a social consensus that it is morally right to earn wealth, a consensus that rejects envy. Tax simplification is not a bad policy, but at best it could only be part of the package. The vital matter is not the complexity of the tax code, but the extent of the government our taxes fund and the willingness of the public to condone such a bloated and harmful system.

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About The Author:

Author: William Thomas
William R Thomas writes about and teaches Objectivist ideas. He is the editor of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand and of Ethics at Work, both published by The Atlas Society. He is also an economist, teaching occasionally at a variety of universities.

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