flat-tax ethics
n. A philosophy that applies ethics to all members of society regardless of their economic circumstances.

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"I don't believe in flat-tax ethics; the incredible difficulties of certain lives—the desperately poor, the insane—means they get, if not a free pass, at least more understanding on certain small transgressions."
—Randy Cohen, "The Ethicist; Substandard Behavior," The New York Times Magazine, December 26, 1999

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