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The Darwin Economy by Robert H. H. Frank

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EIGHT

“It’s Your Money . . .”

IN HIS The Second Treatise of Civil Government, the seventeenth-century British philosopher John Locke wrote that “every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has any right to but himself. The labour of his body, and the work of his hands, we may say, are properly his.”

These words made Locke an intellectual hero of movement libertarians, who continue to view all taxation as theft. Although more serious libertarians grudgingly concede the need for at least some taxation, there is no denying that Locke’s words have had enormous rhetorical force far beyond libertarian circles. If you make something more valuable by applying your own talent and effort to it, the added value feels like it’s yours. By what ...

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