Playing off of Elizabeth Warren’s widely publicized quote about taxes (see picture above), the editors at The New Republic take the argument one step further, making a moral case for paying them.  Their defense of taxation hinges on two arguments. “The first is  distributional,” write the editors. “A civilized society recognizes  [that capitalism will create losers as well as winners, often because of  forces beyond any individual’s control] and vows to mitigate” that  problem. “The second reason we need taxes isn’t about the least  fortunate; it’s about public goods.” This is the point Warren made, and  the editors at TNR make the same point, asking, “Could Bill Gates have made his fortune without government-financed education and technology?”
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Playing off of Elizabeth Warren’s widely publicized quote about taxes (see picture above), the editors at The New Republic take the argument one step further, making a moral case for paying them. Their defense of taxation hinges on two arguments. “The first is distributional,” write the editors. “A civilized society recognizes [that capitalism will create losers as well as winners, often because of forces beyond any individual’s control] and vows to mitigate” that problem. “The second reason we need taxes isn’t about the least fortunate; it’s about public goods.” This is the point Warren made, and the editors at TNR make the same point, asking, “Could Bill Gates have made his fortune without government-financed education and technology?”

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