When you cut top tax rates, the rich pay more

I’m not a fan of the anti-rich sentiment growing on the left.

I say letting people get as rich as they’d want while taxing just a sliver of their wealth for simple redistribution purposes should be more of a progressive goal. The reason?

More rich people = more revenue = more robust welfare

The more people who are rich, the more a simple tax can go on to collect without being an unnecessary burden that makes being rich effectively pointless. When there’s a small group of rich people, a tax would have to be much stronger and higher in order to collect the same amount of revenue when compared to…

Friedman, Thatcher, Reagan, Blair, Cameron

Neoliberalism, because of it’s unique third way status, finds itself as an ideology without a home and without a party. The left doesn’t want it because it champions free-markets and the right doesn’t want it because it’s inherently progressive. It really does deserve its own party. A pro-market, anti-conservative, socially progressive party.

As a former libertarian and a current neoliberal, I will describe the difference in approach to policy that makes neoliberals and libertarians similar but yet so distinct at the same time. Often, it’s difficult to describe what neoliberalism is, which I hope establishing these differences brings forth a clearer picture.

First and foremost, it’s important to recognize that libertarianism is a spectrum. On the far right, you would find the anti-government anarcho-capitalists. Spanning the right-wing, you’d see the mainstream libertarians like Rand Paul or Justin Amash. Yet, moving along towards the center to center-right, you’d find the many “so called”…

We need to reverse the coming post-covid welfare consensus.

A depiction of an actual safety-net

The Consensus Effect

There is a consensus brewing in America. The same consensus that has stagnated European growth throughout the 20th century and opened the door to the extremely damaging, redistribution promises of socialism. That consensus is the keynesian, welfare consensus. A consensus that still holds influence to this day in many western countries, but has had to undergo radical market-based reform to sustain itself.

Welfare consensus is usually born out of a period of crisis and turmoil, which creates a strong patriotic and unifying attachment towards government. The British NHS — born out of World War 2 — has won the hearts…

The case for a Howard Schultz type of Republican Party

I recently stumbled upon this 2-year old article written by SLATE on why Howard Schultz should run as a republican. I happened to agree.

The Republican Party is undergoing an identity crisis, with no clear leader offering a vision that would take the party in a different direction. Why not Howard Schultz? Shultz even admitted that he left the Democratic Party. Maybe he should join the Republicans? Slate made a strong case for him to do so:

Shultz could provide a model for a sane Republican Party that is more like the conservative parties seen elsewhere in the developed world…

Freer Markets with Smarter Redistribution

Austerity measures are needed now more than ever, yet they need to be done correctly. The sole, true purpose of austerity is to increase the role of the private sector in both the economy and society. Done so by reducing the burden that government and debt place on the underlying economy. This is an appropriate and ambitious task to act upon. Hundreds of agencies are tailored towards anti-market, rent-seeking interest that erode the private sector. A real, effective austerity program would go after every single one of them — not the safety-net.

Being both pro-welfare and pro-welfare reform are complimentary…

How to collect revenue without destroying wealth

As President Biden unveils his robust progressive agenda — it is going to come with a hefty price tag. The President’s dream of moving closer to social democracy will require trillions of dollars in new tax revenue. However, Biden has a plan to somewhat pay for that ambitious transition — taxing the rich. He should at least do that part in the correct fashion. A free-market fashion.

Taxing the Rich in a Pro-Market Fashion

Taxing the wealthy higher than the middle class is appropriate — but how that taxation is conducted is the tricky part. Free marketeers should lead the way in how to really make the…

A laissez-faire gun market is not a free-market

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The House just passed HR 8 and HR 1446, both expanded gun measures that enhance background checks and close several loopholes. As a free-marketeer, I find these to be very free-market friendly pieces of legislation. However, how on earth would gun control ever be considered a pro-market position? Here’s how.

The gun industry is a prime, rare example of a laissez-faire market that’s present in America. Yes, the degree of gun market regulations vary from state to state. Yet, on a international scale, the United States has one of the most unregulated gun industries in the developed world.

A New Deal that brings about sweeping free-market reform

Margaret Thatcher carried out sweeping free-market reforms when she came to power.

The Heritage Foundation has just released its annual report on the status of economic freedom amongst countries around the globe. The index results demonstrate year after year that people living in countries with higher levels of economic freedom enjoy higher levels of per capita income, better health care and education, and cleaner environments than those living where economic freedom is significantly constrained.

America needs big, structural, free-market reforms

The signs are not strong for the United States, with it’s free-market standing falling to 20th place from 17th place just a year ago. Two years ago, America sat at a score of 76.8, with this new report…

The United States loses $90 billion a year to tax evasion.

Conservative scholars are correct: America’s debt is unsustainable and detrimental to our nation’s fiscal position and free economy. I also agree that ambitious spending cuts should be a part of the solution. However, more often than not, conservatives get scrambled up on the spending side of the argument when there is another side of equation: taxation.

America not only has a spending problem, it has tax collection problem.

Taxation is probably just as much of an issue for our nation’s fiscal condition because it has enabled the structural deficit to enlarge into today’s current form. Part of that enabling has…

Daniel Villalobos

I promote free market policy that will build a more free, enterprising nation. (he/him) #freemarketeer

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