Free to Choose; Who Owns Me?
With humorous references to Bill Gates and Michael Jordan, Sandel introduces the libertarian notion that redistributive taxation — taxing the rich to give to the poor — is akin to forced labor. In part 2, students first discuss the arguments behind redistributive taxation. If you live in a society that has a system of progressive taxation, aren’t you obligated to pay your taxes? Don’t many rich people often acquire their wealth through sheer luck or family fortune? A group of students dubbed “Team Libertarian” volunteers to defend the libertarian philosophy against these objections.