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Paul Crider
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Givewell.org apparently updated their top charities ranking. GiveDirectly is #2 now. GiveDirectly's strategy is to identify extremely poor families in Kenya* and give them cash. *Only Kenya so far because they have well developed infrastructure for mobile money.
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How is this not a textbook loophole? I would like to be against getting charged sales tax for amazon, as I order a lot of things from amazon. But there is no good rationale for being against this tax that doesn't also apply to sales taxes more generally. If that's your position, that's fine, but I can't see the justification for handing amazon a tax advantage.

This reminds me of the (in my view quirky) libertarian position of being against gay marriage because the state should be out of marriage entirely. Okay maybe so ... but in the meantime we should have equality before the law.
A question came to my mind as I was reading this Bloomberg story about the US Supreme Court's refusal to hear Amazon's case against the State of New York. At issue is whether New York State can compel Amazon.com and Overstock...
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So is your position that Amazon.com should be made to charge sales taxes? The reason I ask is because if there is any difference in sales tax levels from state to state (there is), then we're back to square one, only we'd be talking about lower tax rates instead of non-existent taxes.

The whole point of the Commerce Clause was to ensure that the Union was a free-trade zone. Anything other than 0% creates a trade war.
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After my long hiatus, I'm gonna try to start blogging again. Here's my first rusty attempt.
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postdoc in physical chemistry in Karlsruhe, Germany
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mein wissenschaftlich Kampf
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    Physical Chemistry, 2005 - 2010
  • University of Tulsa College of Law
    Chemistry, 2001 - 2005
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