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Enabling Social Justice through Progressive Taxation in ‘Discriminated’ Societies

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The advocates of taxes point to its legitimacy as derived from the need for government to work for the people. Those who oppose taxes call it a burden imposed on the people, benefitting none than those in government and bureaucracy. The latter who advocate free markets believe the „invisible hand‟ to be the better arbitrator to social justice. To put the debate on taxes in perspective, it is important to consider the need for social justice against a backdrop of societies that have practiced discrimination based on caste. Such societies stratify people by birth based on the castes they are born into. Caste based discrimination on its part has systematically ensured subjection of certain classes, with minimal access to fundamental rights. This in turn has ensured such classes live their lives in near penury. This research paper looks at class based discrimination as a preceding social more in the demand for progressive taxation.

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Periodical:
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 5)
Pages:
45-54
DOI:
10.18052/www.scipress.com/ILSHS.5.45
Citation:
R. Titus "Enabling Social Justice through Progressive Taxation in ‘Discriminated’ Societies", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 5, pp. 45-54, 2013
Online since:
Sep 2013
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