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The Case for Reparations [2014]

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  1. Eva
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    Some thoughts, disclaimer of course being that I don't have many opinions on whether or not we should have reparations, other than that it shouldn't be implemented at a Federal level out of simple...

    Some thoughts, disclaimer of course being that I don't have many opinions on whether or not we should have reparations, other than that it shouldn't be implemented at a Federal level out of simple common sense (the article itself even notes that these problems were nigh-nonexistent out of the Southeast):

    The article's method of arguing for them was quite poor, and the allusion to postwar Germany was in rather poor taste, if not intrinsically, then in execution.

    With all of the ancient anecdotes, they really should have brought up that African Americans still do get lynched in the United States, and it's not as if it's a once-per-decade thing; it'd have improved the sentiment a bit, I think.

    A far more likely to get passed (though still not that likely to) and far less likely to incite race-war policy would be a 100% inheritance tax or similar (ideally with something that'd also put a 100% tax rate on money transfer between family members over a certain amount).

    Perfect? Not in the slightest (though mixed with child-redistribution it'd estimate perfect, I suppose), but it seems like it could mitigate the problem in a handful of generations. Mixed with a negative income tax, or maybe something like Cory Booker's "baby bond" proposal (apologies for the Vox link), it might solve it within one for the latter or two for the former.

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