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Chinese Cities Will Not Become Greener Without a Decentralized and Smarter Taxation System

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

In a recent visit to Xuzhou city, Jiangsu Province, a third tier Chinese city with nearly 10 million inhabitants and also a resource-exhausted city, we could not help but think what we would do and what we could achieve when facing the city's environmental and economic challenges.

Ohio's Marijuana Referendum: Watch the Money

Pat Oglesby | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Pat Oglesby

Ohio's upcoming Issue 3 would put all commercial growing rights in the hands of a small group of wealthy funders -- call it an oligopoly, or a cartel. It turns out that Ohio's proposed 2015 deal is even grabbier than Oregon's failed 2012 deal.

Can You Deduct a Midnight Ride?

Mark Steber | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

As we approach our nation's birthday, barbeque, swimming, and fireworks tend to dominate our thoughts. Hopefully we can make time for another thought, even if it's brief and in between hot dogs, about the men and women who helped make our country and how they weren't very different from us.

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

Bernie Sanders Is the Mainstream Candidate, Not an Extremist

David Pakman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

When corporate media decides to take a break from ignoring Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, he is typically framed as a far-left, extreme socialist whose views are not representative of anything but a small minority of voters.

Higher Ed and Capitalism: The Best of Frenemies

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Kate Blanchard

The announcement that the University of North Carolina system is cutting 46 degree programs comes as no real surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to higher education. Higher education has had its heyday, and is now in the midst of a long, slow decline.

The Invisible Hand of God

Jim Burklo | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

America ought to be better than these statistics imply. It's time for us to live up to the moral values espoused so long ago by Adam Smith. The real Adam Smith, that is.

Taxation Without Representation

Josh Silver | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Josh Silver

Today, millions of Americans will begrudgingly pay their taxes to a government that does not inspire confidence. With public trust in government at near historic lows, many Americans believe that their elected representatives don't care what the average citizen thinks. Unfortunately, they're right. But there is room for hope. More than a dozen new city and statewide anti-corruption campaigns are on the way in 2015 and 2016. There are more than 23,000 municipalities and 27 states where we can bypass entrenched local legislatures and put tough, new anti-corruption laws on the ballot, so citizens can vote on them directly, which means this movement isn't slowing down anytime soon.

Sen. Sanders' Bold Plan to Expand Social Security

Ben Veghte | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Last week U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced the Social Security Expansion Act, a plan to both ensure greater retirement security for today's workers and retirees and strengthen Social Security's finances over the long term. It achieves these goals in large part by reforming Social Security to better come to terms with higher levels of inequality.

The Mismatch of Obama's Middle-Class Economics

Ajay K. Mehrotra | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Ajay K. Mehrotra

President Obama has previously described our growing inequality as "the defining challenge of our time." But if he is serious about taking on this challenge, he must go further in removing the historical blinders of American fiscal myopia.

Is Federalism Practical Today?

Kevin Price | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

"Restoring the Constitution" is a phrase that is catching on with people as the influence of the tea party has grown. So is "federalism," as people lament a national government that seems to have become out of control and is spiraling our nation into a downfall.

A Modest Proposal to Suppress the Whiskey Rebellion and Heal American Politics. (With Apologies to Jonathan Swift.)

Carl Pope | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

San Juan, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Why not a Commonwealth of Texas? That thought occurred to me reading about political stalemate in Washington while celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Sierra Club's vibrant chapter here.

Freelancers, Children of a Lesser God

Maria Grazia Pozzi | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Maria Grazia Pozzi

There is a fundamental contradiction between the constant call for flexibility in the labor market and the fiscal structure to support it, as if this policy trend continues we, in Italy, will be shortly witnessing a further evolution that will generate a new category: the "Vanishing iPros."

The Unquenchable and Endless Thirst for War -- Thomas Paine Warns the NeoCons Are Coming... Again!

Ian Ruskin | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Enter Thomas Paine, the one truly radical Founding Father, who was fighting for that soul of America. He was also the man who inspired a long and bloody war through his words in Common Sense and American Crisis, words often quoted by Neocons.

America's Infrastructure Disinvestment Will Slow the Development of a Sustainable Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Throughout America, disinvestment in infrastructure is far more typical. America's focus seems to be on individual spending, not investment in community resources. We refuse to tax ourselves and the signs of neglect are everywhere.

The Parties of No

Kevin Waite | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Kevin Waite

Long before today's Republicans made obstruction their raison d'etre, Gilded Age Democrats turned "No" into a political rallying cry, and, in the process, rolled back some of the era's most important social reforms.

Why Taxation Must Go Global

Wolfgang Schäuble | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Wolfgang Schäuble

Rules that were devised for this in the 1920s and 1930s are no longer suitable for today's international integration of economic processes and corporate structures. They need to be adapted to the economic reality of digital services.

You Should Vote Republican If...

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

If you prefer fiction to fact, think a collapsing economy is preferable to an improving economy, and that the superrich should keep getting more of the nation's income and wealth, vote Republican.

What's in Your Mailbox? Tips on What to Do When Uncle Sam Comes Knocking

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.25.2014 | Money
Steve Mariotti

Every year, one in 10 of us receives the dreaded letter. You know the one -- and you probably don't want to open it: the IRS requesting more information about your finances.

Congressman Bill Foster Explains Why Middle Class Tax Cuts Lead to Economic Growth

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

If you give a dollar to a middle class family, they will spend it in the local economy and spur growth, or they will use it to make a high return investment, such as paying for their children's college.

The Promise of Redistribution

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The ancient promise of a just society is a command that should ache in our hearts as we gaze upon the effects of our own political indifference. Turning away is the very worst kind of redistribution: a callous misallocation of the human capacity to do the right thing.

Bringing International Tax Rules Into the 21st Century

OECD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business

It's a watershed moment for international tax policy. The debate over tax evasion by the wealthy and tax avoidance by multinational corporations has never before grabbed so many headlines or caused so much anger.

Looking at Entrepreneurship From a Theoretical Perspective, with Leading Expert Peter Klein

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.01.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

I have built my career on the belief that all students can benefit from learning how to start and maintain a small business. But without understanding the theoretical underpinnings of this movement, we lose some of its significance.

For Your End-of-Year Charitable Giving, Give Directly

Ken Stern | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Ken Stern

One of the greatest weaknesses of the current development system is that vast sums of money earmarked for direct aid to the poor gets siphoned off before it reaches intended recipients. In barely two years, Give Directly has pioneered a new and very promising approach to poverty relief.

In Praise of Taxes

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Let's pray for taxation. Without it we would have no way to protect the most vulnerable among us, to assist the most needy, and, most important of all, to enshrine in law the principle of responsibility for others.