Alvin Rabushka

David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow, Emeritus

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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Recent Commentary

Reduce Inequality? Not If It Affects My Livelihood!

by Alvin Rabushka
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Most leading American universities have established “Centers for the Study of Inequality.” Reducing inequality is one leg of the holy academic triad of diversity, sustainability, and reducing inequality. 

Another Day Brings Another Batch of Republican Bigwigs Against Trump

by Alvin Rabushka
Friday, August 26, 2016

On August 25, 2016, the Wall Street Journal released the results of a survey of 37 current and former living members (8 others did not respond to the Journal's inquiries) who served on the White House Council of Economic Advisers under 8 presidents. Twenty served under Democrat presidents and 17 under Republicans. 

Political Contributions From Stanford Faculty, Staff, and Students

by Alvin Rabushka
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Zip Code 94305 encompasses all of Stanford University.  About 40% of the faculty and high-level staff and their families inhabit (own) campus residences.  Well over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students live in student housing on campus.

Republicans For Hillary

by Alvin Rabushka
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Every day one or more prominent Republicans announce their opposition to Donald Trump and support for Hillary Clinton. The latest (August 23, 2016) is James Glassman, founding executive director of the George W. Bush Policy Institute at SMU in Dallas, Texas.

Numbers On Political Parade

by Alvin Rabushka
Sunday, August 14, 2016

250, 600, 70, 22. What do these numbers have in common? These are the number of people who have signed various open letters opposing Trump and/or stating their intent to vote for Hillary Clinton. 

250 Members, And Counting, Of The Foreign Policy Establishment Call Donald Trump’s Vision Of Foreign Policy “Strategically Reckless”

by Alvin Rabushka
Sunday, August 7, 2016

Once again, the foreign policy establishment’s Praetorian Guard, 250 members and counting, signed an open letter declaring Trump’s Vision of U.S. Foreign Policy “Strategically Reckless.” They warn that his vision, were it to materialize, would weaken America’s alliances and erode its power. The letter lays out nine illustrations of their concern, which you can judge for yourself.

Analysis and Commentary

Personal Income Flat Tax Retreat: Summary And Update In Chronological Order

by Alvin Rabushkavia Flat Tax
Monday, July 4, 2016

The IMF, other global organizations, and a large majority of economists and tax specialists around the world oppose the flat tax on ideological grounds. 

Analysis and Commentary

Chicken Little: “The Sky Is Not Falling.” “Say It Ain’t So Joe, Say It Ain’t So.”

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Friday, July 1, 2016

Both the British and American Academic Political Media Industrial Complexes (APMICs) warned Britons that a vote to leave (exit) the European Union would cause great financial losses.

Analysis and Commentary

We The People

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Please read and reread the first three words of the U.S. constitution.

Analysis and Commentary

Schadenfreude Is Wonderful

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Schadenfreude—your misfortune is my joy—is wunderbar!



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