• 00:01    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:19    |    
  • 02:49    |    
    What is a right?
  • 05:39    |    
    The two main powers of government
  • 12:35    |    
    The story of the n Taxpayers' Bill of Rights in Colorado
    • "Who should decide how much government we can afford?"
    • Voting on how fast the overall revenue of government, from all sources, goes up
    • Other features in the n Taxpayers' Bill of Rights
    • The results of the first campaigns
    • The main arguments from the opposition
  • 33:59    |    
    Results and personal consequences of the outcome
  • 39:11    |    
    Final remarks
  • 42:57    |    
    • How can you give people the power to vote on taxes in a society where there are many people who cannot read or write?
    • What was the main reason people realized that the system would work?
    • Are there ways of doing the change other than at the constitutional level?
  • 57:59    |    
    Final credits

Taxpayers have rights

New Media  | 04 de mayo de 2004  | Vistas: 5060

About this video

According to United States Declaration of Independence, rights are given to individuals by God, not by governments, and the role of a government is to secure those rights. Douglas Bruce, author of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR) in Colorado, talks about the story of TABOR and the evolution that it went through. He describes the two main powers of government and how the increase of its power decreases the freedom that one can enjoy; he also comments on the idea of voting before any tax rate goes up and how it limits government, empowers the citizens and gives them the right to make a decision based on their own income. Bruce describes the obstacles that TABOR had to face and also mentions the personal consequences that he still goes through today. Bruce's success and sacrifice is the perfect example of when someone decides to fight for the rights that were given by God, not by an institution.


Taxpayers have rights
Douglas Bruce

Auditorium Friedrich A. Hayek
Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Guatemala, May 4, 2004

A New Media - UFM production. Guatemala, April 2006
Camera: Jorge Samayoa; digital editing: Alexander Arauz; index: Joseph Cole; synopsis: Sebastian del Buey; synopsis reviser: Daphne Ortiz; publication: Fernando De León


Douglas Bruce is the author of the Colorado Springs Taxpayer's Bill…


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

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