This title is will provoke at least some people who've not understood the dynamics of public funding of higher education, and believe that higher education must not just be subsidised, it must be free!
I'm NOT a Bastiat. I don't consider all taxes to be theft.
But this one – the SUBSIDISATION of higher education – DOES qualify, in my view, as theft – the worst form of it all: from the poorest to the richest.
For those who wish to understand this issue, there's none better than Milton Friedman to learn from. Watch his video, below.
Btw, his book The Tyranny of the Status Quo was the first time I came across Friedman's work (apart from analysis of monetarist policies in textbooks for MA Economics that I was privately studying for), in mid 1980s, just after the AGP had come to power in Assam. Indrajit Barua, the great classical liberal thinker from Assam, who had become a good friend due to my calculations on the number of illegal migrants in Assam (I disproved his exaggerated claims – to his satisfaction – and that of AASU's), lent me this (very small) book which deals with public choice issues.
I'm afraid I didn't fully appreciate Friedman's insights into public choice and lobby groups in the mid-1980s, but this book was (along with my readings of Ayn Rand, Emerson, Voltaire, and many others) important background as I learnt first hand in the 1980s and 1990s about the destructive inefficiencies of government.
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