Magazine December 09, 2019, Issue

What Conservatives Can Learn from Elizabeth Warren’s Economic Advisers

Senator Elizabeth Warren following the Democratic presidential debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, October 15, 2019 (Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters)
The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay, by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman (W. W. Norton, 232 pp., $27.95)

The Triumph of Injustice, a brief and digestible book from Elizabeth Warren economic advisers Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, landed with a splash, thanks to a breathless New York Times write-up that focused on one of the work’s most shocking claims: that the American tax system as a whole, including federal, state, and local taxes, is basically flat — with the wealthy paying the same share of their income as the poor, and indeed with the ultra-wealthy paying the lowest tax rates of any income group.

Within a week or two that claim had fallen apart. As many others showed in

This article appears as “How to Soak the Rich” in the December 9, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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