Sunday, September 5, 2010

Center for Economic Justice challenged to reevaluate the FairTax

Last week, I challenged the Center for Economic and Social Justice (the folks behind Just Third Way and Capital Homesteading) to reevaluate the FairTax proposal. To give you an idea of the lack of familiarity, Mr. Kurland was not even aware of the prebate provision of the FairTax. But I'm sure they'll come around eventually.

It will be easier for CESJ to acknowledge the FairTax than the other direction. The FairTax organization still seems to think that their proposal can work as a stand-alone reform. There is something to be said for ideological purity. Narrow proposals are simpler than all-encompassing ones. People ought to feel welcome to learn about and support a narrow proposal. However, the real world is interconnected and interdependent. A real reform package really ought to try to address the whole complex network of related issues.