Books: The Income Tax - The Root of All Evil by Frank Chodorov
|Sep 3, 2020|
This book is self-explanatory, so I would rather tell you about its author. Frank Chodorov was a member of the "Old Right." This group of libertarian (before the name really existed) thinkers opposed intervention in the World Wars and the New Deal. He is an essential figure in the development of the modern libertarian movement. He edited The Freeman, a magazine produced by Leonard Read's Foundation for Economic Education, the first libertarian think-tank. He wrote for H.L. Mencken's American Mercury, an important journal that nurtured the budding libertarian movement. He also founded ISI, the Intercollegiate Society of Individualists. It was the first national conservative student organization, and later became a major publisher of libertarian and conservative thought.
Frank Chodorov was an extraordinary thinker and writer, and hugely influential in the 1950s. He wrote what became an American classic arguing that the income tax, more than any other legislative change in American history, made it possible to violate individual rights, one of the founding principles. He argues that income taxes are different from other forms because they deny the right of private property and presume government control over all things. The introduction is by former IRS commissioner J. Bracken Lee.