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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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!

Analysis and Commentary

Brexit: Borders, Language, Culture, And Liberty For Britain

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, June 27, 2016

250 British economists and another 300 British intellectuals signed letters urging Britons to vote REMAIN to stay in the European Union, warning that LEAVE would result in economic catastrophe for Britain and political catastrophe for Europe. British voters rejected their admonitions.

Analysis and Commentary

Live Blogging The American Revolution

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Saturday, June 25, 2016

July 4, 1776, 9:00 AM, Assembly Room in Independence Hall, Philadelphia: The door springs open.

Analysis and Commentary

Stanford University Is A Pioneer In Providing Safe Spaces

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, June 20, 2016

Safe spaces are all the rage on America’s college and university campuses. Students who feel that they are suffering discrimination on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, language, sexual preference, or other distinguishing feature can find solace and safety in a designated safe space.

Analysis and Commentary

Blue, Blue, My World Is Blue

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

California is a Blue State. The San Francisco Bay Area is Dark Blue. Stanford University, where your friendly proprietor has worked and lived for more than 40 years, is Deep Dark Blue.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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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