You have the right to be taxed is a libertarian or classical-liberal outlook on Europe and the West, written by a European. It is partially about basic economics and partially about basic philosophy.
It examines the modus operandi of European welfare states and spends some time unwinding the myths that are propagated to ensure the persistence of the state as a virtually all-powerful provider. The book also examines the flaws of democracy and some possible remedies.
For the record, a libertarian is not an anarchist because he agrees with a limited role for the government. For the libertarian, the government must focus on maintaining at a low cost a small army, a small police force, and a cheap and effective justice system. Any other function should be carefully examined to determine if it really should be the state’s responsibility. In nearly all cases, it should not.
Pierre has a master’s degree in international economics and finance. He has studied at the universities of Bordeaux in France and Bradford in the UK. He has lived and worked in France, India and the UK. He works as an analyst in the UK and is also an independent video-game developer.
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Note that everything in the book should be taken as 'just my honest opinion' - I don't claim to be holding all the universal truths.
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