Alvin Rabushka

David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow, Emeritus
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Alvin Rabushka is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow, Emiritus at the Hoover Institution.

He is the author or coauthor of numerous books in the areas of race and ethnicity, aging, taxation, state and local government finances, and economic development. His books include Politics in Plural Societies (originally published in 1972 and reissued in 2008 with a foreword and epilogue); A Theory of Racial Harmony; The Urban Elderly Poor; Old Folks at Home; The Tax Revolt; The Flat Tax; From Adam Smith to the Wealth of America; Hong Kong: A Study in Economic Freedom; and the New China. Rabushka’s most recent publication is Taxation in Colonial America, which received Special Recognition as a 2009 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award.

He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and in national newspapers. He has consulted for, and testified before, a number of congressional committees. In 1980, he served on President Ronald Reagan's Tax Policy Task Force.

Rabushka's books and articles on the flat tax (with Robert E. Hall) provided the intellectual foundation for numerous flat tax bills that were introduced in Congress during the 1980s and 1990s and the proposals of several presidential candidates in 1996 and 2000. He was recognized in Money magazine's twentieth-anniversary issue "Money Hall of Fame" for the importance of his flat tax proposal in bringing about passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. His pioneering work on the flat tax contributed to the adoption of the flat tax in Jamaica, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Mongolia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Kygyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Trinidad and Tobago, Pridnestrovie (Transdniestra), several Swiss Cantons, and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also drafted flat tax plans for Austria, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Canada, and Slovenia.

Rabushka received his AB in Far Eastern studies from Washington University (St. Louis) in 1962, followed by his MA and PhD degrees in political science from Washington University in 1966 and 1968. In 2007, he was honored as a distinguished alumnus of the School of Arts and Sciences at Washington University.

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What Did Trump Do Wrong?

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Trump did not launch two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Trump did not overthrow Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who had abandoned his nuclear weapons, and thrust Libya into civil war.

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Ten Steps To Increase Conservative Ideas On Campus

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Diversity has been and remains the watchword on America’s college and university campuses for half-a-century.  In practice, diversity means affirmative action to increase the number and percentage of women and minorities among undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and high-level administrators.

Lyrics For The College And University Classes Of 2021

by Alvin Rabushka
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In a previous post, your friendly proprietor alerted you to dozens of words that can be hurled at you if you dare to think for yourself and reject the progressive narrative.

Summer Reading List for College And University Classes Of 2021

by Alvin Rabushka
Monday, July 17, 2017

Most colleges and universities send their entering classes a list of books to read during the summer. It provides common ground for the frosh to discuss new ideas with each other and faculty during orientation.

Analysis and Commentary

Make China Great Again

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, July 3, 2017

Every Chinese knows the outlines of Chinese history from its founding four thousand years ago as the most advanced civilization in the world, to its decline under Western imperialism in the 19th century, to its rebirth in the late 20th century.

“One Country, Two Systems” Is Not A Durable Formula To Sustain The Autonomy Of A Small Entity That Is Embedded In A Much Larger, More Powerful Entity

by Alvin Rabushka
Thursday, June 29, 2017

“One Country, Two Systems” is the formula negotiated by Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s for the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from Britain to China, effective July 1, 1997. The formula established Hong Kong as a Special Administrative Region of China, known as the HKSAR. Deng’s “One Country, Two Systems” formula guaranteed the HKSAR a high degree of autonomy for 50 years.

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Don’t Let The Revenue-Neutral Mongers Block Tax Cuts

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

We can’t have tax cuts, cry the economic naysayers, because they will explode the deficit, raise interest rates, crowd out private investment, and increase unemployment. (Funny that these concerns never warrant reducing spending, or even stop spending increases, on politically popular infrastructure, defense, entitlements, and most other federal government programs.)

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Revenue-Neutral Tax Reform Is A Bad Joke On The American Taxpayer

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, June 5, 2017

On June 2, 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the May 2017 jobs report. Against estimates of 175,000 net new jobs, it reported only 138,000. If economic forecasters are so far off on one month, how can the Congressional Budget Office produce a ten-year (120 months) forecast of revenue and expenditure that is even remotely accurate?

Analysis and Commentary

France Adopts English As Its Official Language

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Friday, June 2, 2017

Really. No kidding. This is not an April Fool's joke. On June 1, 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron harshly criticized President Trump's decision to withdraw the United states from the Paris Agreement on climate change. He said it was a mistake both for the U.S. and the planet. It was an unprecedented English-language speech at the Elysee Palance.

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Permanent Tax Cuts Are An Illusion

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The House Ways and Means Committee is holding hearings in the course of preparing to mark up a tax cut/tax reform bill.

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