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Even those who want small government agree there are times when the free rider problems dictates taxing everyone.
  someone who enjoys the benefits of a public good without bearing the cost;

For example:  If taxation for national defense were optional, those who did not pay the tax would benefit as much as those who did.
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free rider free riders
Strongly Associated with:   public goods, externalities
Notes:
Good governance discourages situations where people can get a free ride for something they value because the market (by itself) wouldn’t produce public goods in as high a quantity as would be optimal.
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  • Even those who want small government agree there are times when the free rider problems dictates taxing everyone.
  • Or perhaps they stopped it because it carried too many free riders.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • That would be a poor reward indeed for the last free Rider and his dragon.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • You being the only free Rider left to oppose Galbatorix only worsens the offense.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr

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  • In Du Weldenvarden, Eragon and Saphira met with Oromis andGlaedr: the last free Rider and dragon, who had lived in hiding all the past century, waiting to instruct the next generation of Dragon Riders.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Because of Hrothgar’s genius, the last free Rider of Alagaesia, and our one and only hope against Galbatorix, freely chose to become a knurla in all but blood.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
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Associated words [difficulty]:   free rider [9] , public goods [5]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Business, Public Policy & Politics, Nature & Ecology
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