Professor Richard Epstein, pioneering Libertarian legal scholar, joins Jason Hartman to explain how income inequality is good for society, but is very dependent on the methods used to produce the best outcome. The current methods our government are attempting to use are causing job losses, it blocks gains in trade, the need for further public assistance increases, which in turn increases taxes, “yet another implicit drain on voluntary transactions,” Richard illustrates. He provides examples to demonstrate the consequences of equality by egalitarian efforts of our government versus voluntary redistribution.
Richard A. Epstein is the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. He has authored several books, including Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration and the Rule of Law, The Case Against the Employee Free Choice Act, Supreme Neglect: How to Revive the Constitutional Protection of Property Rights, and many more. Richard has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary subjects. He has taught courses in administrative law, antitrust law, civil procedure, communications, constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, employment discrimination law, environmental law, food and drug law, health law and policy, legal history, labor law, property, real estate development and finance, jurisprudence, labor law; land use planning, patents, individual, estate and corporate taxation, Roman Law; torts, and workers’ compensation.
He also writes a legal column, the Libertarian, found at http://www.hoover.org/publications/defining-ideas/libertarian-archives, and is a contributor to Ricochet.com and the SCOTUSblog.
Episode: CW 312: How Income Inequality Can Be Good for Society with Libertarian Legal Scholar Richard Epstein Professor at NYU School of Law
Guest: Richard Epstein
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