Laffer Curve & Libertarianism

From: Mario

Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2022 11:39 AM

To: [email protected]

Subject: Laffer curve & libertarianism

Greetings Professor Block,

I was wondering how to reconcile libertarianism with lowering tax rates. Lower taxes would increase government revenue. But don’t libertarians abhor bigger government revenue?

Thank you.

From: Walter Block <[email protected]>

Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2022 12:17 PM

To: ‘Mario

Cc: William

Subject: RE: Laffer curve & libertarianism

Dear Mario:

I’ve wrestled with that problem. If this material doesn’t respond, fully, to your question, do get back to me:

Barnett, William II and Walter E. Block. 2005. “On the Use and Misuse of the Laffer Curve” Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice, Vol. XXIV, No. 3, pp. 139-152;; cited in Felipe Lorain B and Jeffrey B. Sachs. 2017. Macroeconomica, en la economia global. Tercera edition. Santiago de Chile, Pearson Education de Chile. Isbn 978-956-343- 507-8, p. 545

Block, Walter E. 2010. “Is there an ‘anomalous’ section of the Laffer curve?” Libertarian Papers, Vol. 2, No. 6, pp. 1-11;;; reprinted in Mises: Revista Interdisciplinar de Filosofia, Direito e Economia. 2013, Vol. 1, No. 1, January-June, pp. 173-180

I hope and trust you don’t mind that I copy my co author, Bill, on this

Best regards,



3:02 am on April 8, 2022

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