Tax and Its Relationship to Slavery

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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  1. Interesting – I guess a tax back then on wealth could have negatively affected slave holders but a tax today on wealth (vice production/income) would primarily impact slackers like Ted Kennedy and Jay Rockefeller….but what if we imposed a national tax on wealth, for most of us our homes are our primary source of wealth and the most expensive homes are in the Northeast and West and the most reliable Blue states are in the….nope, that’ll never happen.