Phillip W. Magness

Phil Magness is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is the author of numerous works on economic history, taxation, economic inequality, the history of slavery, and education policy in the United States.

The Biden Administration’s Unconstitutional Tax on “Unrealized Capital Gains”

The Biden Administration’s 2023 budget bill proposing a “billionaire tax,” imposing a 25-percent minimum rate on the “unrealized capital gains” of the wealthiest Americans is unconstitutional.

Dr. Fauci’s Mutating Covid Advice

Dr. Fauci’s Mutating Covid Advice

In just under a year’s time, Fauci’s messaging on reinfection and herd immunity has now mutated across dozens of variants of its own, each conveniently aligning with his political messaging of the moment.

Capitalism vs. Slavery

Capitalism vs. Slavery

Similarities between slavery and socialism, and indeed the aggressive anti-capitalist rhetoric of proslavery ideology, are seldom examined in the “New History of Capitalism” literature.

What 1619 Project’s Critics Get Wrong about Lincoln

What 1619 Project’s Critics Get Wrong about Lincoln

While Lincoln’s colonization remarks grate the modern ear, and evince a patronizing paternalism toward the program’s intended participants, they also reflect the sincerity of his anti-slavery beliefs and an accompanying recognition that white-supremacist violence would not end with the formal abolition of the institution.

The Strange World of Ivan Ivanov

The Strange World of Ivan Ivanov

A short yet hard-hitting indictment of the economic and political repression that so often follows from attempts to structure a society around Marxist ideology and centralized economic planning.

Fact Checking the New York Times’ 1619 Project and Its Critics

Fact Checking the New York Times’ 1619 Project and Its Critics

Was the American Revolution fought in defense of slavery? Was Abraham Lincoln a racial colonizationist or exaggerated egalitarian? Did slavery drive America’s economic growth and the emergence of American Capitalism? Did the 1619 Project seek adequate scholarly guidance in preparing its work?

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