John Attarian


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Is Social Security Reform Paternalistic?

Under Some Proposals, Tax Payments Are Only the Beginning

JANUARY 01, 2004 by JOHN ATTARIAN

One great, and valid, complaint about Social Security is that it is paternalistic: it does things for the individual that he should do for himself. In so doing, it commits the twin transgressions of forcing some people to support others and making the beneficiaries the servile dependents of the state.

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Social Security: Mythmaking and Policymaking

The Government Program Is Robed in Myths

DECEMBER 01, 2003 by JOHN ATTARIAN

Beginning in 1935, when Social Security was enacted, the program's administrators made a huge effort to shape the public's understanding of and beliefs about it. In speeches, articles, pamphlets, and other mass-circulation literature, they described Social Security as "insurance" under which workers pay "contributions" or "premiums" to receive "guaranteed" benefits that, being "paid for," are theirs "as a matter of earned right," without any means test.1

Book Review

The Power to Destroy

A Powerful Book That Could Catalyze a True Tax Rebellion

OCTOBER 01, 2000 by JOHN ATTARIAN

Article

The Myth of the Social Security Trust Fund

The Looted Trust Fund Myth Is a Serious Barrier to Social Security Reform

MARCH 01, 2000 by JOHN ATTARIAN

Book Review

A New Deal for Social Security by Peter Ferrara and Michael Tanner

Ferrara and Tanner Offer a Welcome Exercise in Thinking Through Social Security

JANUARY 01, 2000 by JOHN ATTARIAN

Article

Smuggled Cigarettes, Unteachable Politicians

High Cigarette Taxes Have Predictable Consequences

SEPTEMBER 01, 1998 by JOHN ATTARIAN

Book Review

Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber

A Heartening Account of Triumph over a Life-Shattering Attack

JULY 01, 1998 by JOHN ATTARIAN

Book Review

Reputation: Studies in the Voluntary Elicitation of Good Conduct edited by Daniel B. Klein

A Valuable Contribution to Our Understanding of Free Markets

MARCH 01, 1998 by JOHN ATTARIAN

Book Review

The Big Lie: What Every Baby Boomer Should Know About Social Security and Medicare by A. Haeworth Robertson

A Concise, Angry, and Hard-Hitting Look at One of the Greatest Frauds Perpetrated on the American Public

JANUARY 01, 1998 by JOHN ATTARIAN
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For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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