Shikha Dalmia on How Both the Left and Right Want to Create Fortress America


If there was ever any doubt that the totalitarian temptation identified by economist and Nobel laureate F.A. Hayek in his brilliant tract, The Road to Serfdom, is alive and well, even in the sweet land of liberty, two current crusades of the left and the right ought to put it to rest. As Shikha Dalmia observes, the restrictionist right is deploying ever more draconian methods to chase prospective Americans out of the country, including imposing what some call a "business death penalty." And the tax-and-spend left is devising ever more punitive ways to prevent existing Americans from leaving the country, including imposing a rather ominous exit tax.