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12/04/2017

Why not tax bodies?

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Shillman Hall 415
Sponsored By: CSSH and Philosophy and Religion
Contact: Candice Delmas (c.delmas@northeastern.edu)

Guest Speaker, Professor Sean Aas (Georgetown)

Rich people have more money than they need; poor people less. It is easy to think this is why the state can take money from the rich, and give it to the poor. However, as Cecile Fabre points out, this ‘Robin Hood’ theory of taxation has surprising consequences. Many healthy people have more body parts than they need; some unhealthy people have less. Can the state take blood or kidneys from the healthy and give them to the unhealthy? Contra Fabre, the answer is, almost always: no! Seeing why will reveal surprising facts about taxation, property, and our rights in our body parts.

*Lunch buffet and reception to follow!

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