Alvin Rabushka

David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow, Emeritus
Biography: 

Alvin Rabushka is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow 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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If Hillary Clinton Gets Her Way With The Supreme Court

by Alvin Rabushkavia Newsweek
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

If Hillary Clinton is elected, she may have the opportunity to appoint three or possibly four justices to the Supreme Court.

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If Elected, Hillary Clinton Will Reshape The Supreme Court And Remake The United States

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, May 23, 2016

If Hillary Clinton is elected, she may have the opportunity to appoint 3 or possibly 4 justices to the Supreme Court. First up is filling the late Antonin Scalia’s seat, which will give the Court a 5-vote liberal majority consisting, on her inauguration, of Sonia Sotomayor (age 63), Elena Kagan (56), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (83), and Stephen Breyer (78).

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Let China Pay

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The United States is militarily and financially overextended. For decades, U.S. taxpayers have financed a security umbrella over Europe paying 75% or more of NATO’s costs and supplying most of the military personnel.

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Two Votes For Trump In California

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Voting by mail is wonderful. No travel to polling place, no line, and not having to hear liberal voters talk about liberal candidates and bond issues financing liberal causes.

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The Stop Trump Coalition Is Changing Tack

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Academic Political Media Industrial Complex (APMIC) failed to stop Donald Trump for nine months, from mid-June 2015 through early May 2016, from winning the Republican Party nomination for president. The more APMIC denounced Trump in the primaries, the stronger his support became.

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The Vision Of The Conservative Anointed

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How dare Republican primary voters disregard the instructions of the Conservative Anointed to vote against Trump! How dare Republican voters let their emotions trump the wisdom of the Conservative Anointed! Don’t Republican voters know their votes for Trump are paving the way for an American Mussolini, Peron, or Putin!

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A Trump Supporter Is The Loneliest Man On Campus

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, May 9, 2016

Following on my previous post “A Minority of One Trump Supporter in A Sea of Opposition,” I dug a little deeper into how the winner of the general election would impact the Hoover Institution.

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A Minority Of One Trump Supporter In A Sea Of Opposition

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Thursday, May 5, 2016

From the trenches, here are some observations on what it’s like being an avowed Trump supporter in a university setting, more particularly, in the “conservative” Hoover Institution.

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Political Science Flunked American Politics 101

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. His overwhelming win in Indiana on May 3, 2016, makes him the presumptive nominee.

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Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech Sets Forth Three Important Themes

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, May 2, 2016

On April 27, 2016, Donald Trump delivered a major foreign policy speech. This post highlights three important themes. This blog has posted several articles on the topic of democracy follies. Here are Trump's words on this theme.

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