This issue includes Greek economists Michael Mitsopoulos and Theodore Pelagidis on "Vikings in Greece: Kleptocratic Interest Groups in a Closed, Rent-Seeking Economy" as well as Peter Leeson, author of The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates, writing (with David Skarbek) on the effects of foreign aid. As for taxes, well, editor Jim Dorn has assembled a number of useful papers:
- Andrew T. Young on taxing, spending, and "fiscal illusion"
- Michael J. New on the "starve the beast" hypothesis
- Alan Reynolds on Paul Krugman's misunderstanding of the monetary and fiscal lessons of the Great Depression and Japan's lost decade
And on the general rapaciousness of the state, don't miss Jason Kuznicki's careful review of government racial discrimination from the end of Reconstruction until the civil rights movement.