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Richard Epstein analyzes a raft of progressive tax proposals: big increases to capital gains and corporate tax rates, plus the continuing quest to repeal the cap on state and local tax deductions. Then a look at the other side of the ledger: what consequences should we expect from the Biden Administration’s torrent of new spending proposals?
Richard Epstein analyzes the Biden Administration’s sweeping infrastructure proposal, including its attempts to redefine transfer payments as vital public investments, its push for widespread adoption of electric vehicles, and its suggestion that corporations should be subject to a global minimum tax.
Richard Epstein analyzes Cedar Point Nursery v. Hasid, a case recently argued before the Supreme Court on whether labor unions should be allowed onto private land against the owners’ will. Along the way, he provides a masterclass in private property law, a look at the development of special legal protections for organized labor, and a reflection on how his legendary book Takings changed the debate over private property rights.
The COVID pandemic brought sweeping change to America’s rental housing markets: widespread restrictions or outright prohibitions on evicting tenants. Are such policies effective? Are they constitutional? And from whence does a presidential or gubernatorial administration get such powers? Plus, how should we analyze claims that eviction rates demonstrate systemic racism at work? All that and more on a new episode of The Libertarian.
Richard Epstein describes why immigration policy is fraught with complicated trade-offs that make hard-line positions — whether on the restrictionist side or the open-borders side — inappropriate. Along the way, he ventures into the debates over which criteria America should use to admit new immigrants, the effect of low-wage immigrants on American labor, whether it’s inconsistent to support free trade without supporting open borders, and why America has been so successful at assimilating immigrants from different races and cultures.
Richard Epstein analyzes the debate around Texas’ cold-weather blackouts. How much of the blame does climate change bear? Is the problem an excessive reliance on renewable energies or a failure to harden infrastructure against extreme weather events? And what do the Biden Administration’s policies mean for the future of grid resiliency?