Soaking the rich has been a common theme in American politics. Even individuals like Thomas Jefferson and J.B. Say condoned placing a higher burden on the rich because “they” can afford it. It is also politically expedient; the rich are much fewer in numbers and have a smaller voting bloc that politicians can spare losing. Most people have what Mises called the “Fourier complex”, the envy for the wealth and better conditions of others. They would also rather distribute fairness though they may gain nothing from it, or even lose from it.
The AEC’s fundamental goal is to promote a free, responsible and prosperous society. Through education and improving public understanding of key economic questions, the AEC promotes the idea of a free market economy and the ideal of a free society.