Zero Government Blog http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ Rational Refreshing Reflections on What's Happening Now en-en Fri, 23 Oct 2020 23:02:06 -0500 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/recent.gif http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/index.html http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/index.html 20A042.htm   20A042 The Poll Tax Idea by Jim Davies, 10/20/2020       During the Thatcher Era of the 1980s, I once had occasion to visit England and meandered around a pedestrian area of one of its smaller cities. I came upon a street demonstration by members of the local Labour Party. They sat to the Left of our Democrats, but were protesting the new "Poll Tax" of £1 per year per person. Yes; a Leftist outfit, protesting a tax! Something new under the sun. So I chatted for a few minutes; this summarizes how it went. "Government here takes about half of all you earn, in taxes, isn't that right?" - "Yes." "So why the fuss about £1 per year?" "It's a tax on being alive. That's wrong. You shouldn't be taxed for existing." "But you're taxed for earning enough to live on, and you're taxed for spending what you earn on clothing and housing and transport, and indirectly even on food and drink, and you couldn't remain alive without those things, so what's the difference?" "Excuse me, I think that man over there has a question." Thatcher's clever idea was eventually to replace all other taxes by the poll tax (larger than £1, no doubt) so as to equalize the burden. That just might drive home the absurdity of the whole scheme, for it would no longer be possible to vote for some goodie at someone else's expense - "the rich". That might in turn lead to a drastic reduction in the size and scope of government. Thatcher was never an anarchist, but I think she was a bit of a minarchist, as a disciple of Milton Friedman. Her idea could have improved things, Over There. But Labour saw it coming, and the protests prevailed. No more poll tax. Could such an idea work to terminate the State, as an alternative to TOLFA? Let's see; fast-forward to the day when each person alive is paying for all three levels of government at the present rate, with only a poll tax. That total is $9.6 trillion a year, or (9.6 / 3.3 = ) $29,200 a year, or $116K per family of 4. Hey, that's what they cost today, it's just that the taxes are hidden as corporate tax, sales tax, property tax, inflation, etc etc ad naus. - but ultimately, it all does and must come from real people. When made clearly visible by a single poll tax that replaces all of those, might not those 330 million folk say Wait a bit, we could spend half that, pick just the goodies we want, and get better value on our own? - and so give government a one-way ticket outta here? A big part of government's deception program is to fool people into supposing they are gaining benefits from it at someone else's expense, so this does have promise; when that fi Fri, 23 Oct 2020 23:02:06 -0500 12A011: What's To Be Done?, 2/29/2012 Fresh out of arguments, they the opposition http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/12A012.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/12A012.htm Read more about '12A011: What's To Be Done?, 2/29/2012 Fresh out of arguments, they the opposition ' on the Zero Government blog... Fri, 23 Oct 2020 23:02:06 -0500 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/20A042.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/20A042.htm Read more about ' ' on the Zero Government blog... 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