How to Avoid Civil War: Decentralization, Nullification, Secession | Mises Wire

It’s becoming more and more apparent that the United States will not be going back to “business as usual” after Donald Trump leaves office, and it is easy to imagine that the anti-Trump parties will use their return to power as an opportunity to settle scores against the hated rubes and “deplorab
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I certainly nope it never gets this bad.

Does the State Care More About Tax Evasion than Murder? | Mises Wire

Rape and murder are violent acts. Ordinary citizens consider these to be far more serious offenses than acts of theft. Accordingly, as we allocate limited resources to solving all offenses, our expectation is that rape and murder will be given top priority.
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The hunt for taxes trumps the hunt for justice. Taxes enable politicians. Crime hurts average citizens. This is the reason they want to eradicate legal gun ownership, so we are defenseless against criminals and or politicians.

LAGOM – “Just the Right Amount” & European War | Armstrong Economics

QUESTION: Hi Martin, The Rome WEC was a real eye-opener for me. Thank you for coming over to Europe. Especially the reports you released in advance of the conference. “The Fate Of Europe” pdf was especially informative. You’re explaining the structural defects of the EU make it clear it really is a doomed project, and just a matter of time before it, helped along by the ECB, descends into chaos. Upon arriving home in Sweden I noticed this poster for a Swedish MEP candidate. “Lagom” is the Swedish notion of the middle way. Not too much, not too little. Basically, blending in and being inoffensive. On the one hand, it’s cute, on the other hand, it’s sad. He’s clearly passionate about his political philosophy, but even if elected, there is Juncker, Tusk, and Verhofstadt waiting in Brussels to dictate to him what he has to do, and the structural flaws of the EU that make it all moot anyway. Rome had this quality of crumbling neglect about it, like nothing had been repaired in 20 years. Unlike Sweden, that dutifully reinvests a lot of the tax revenue it collects back in infrastructure, Rome appeared starved of money and dying. What does the computer say about civil unrest and war in Europe? I have the gnawing feeling it’s coming. BIK P.S. Thank you for Socrates and your life’s work. ANSWER: Oh yes. I am familiar with Lagom. My interpretation would be “just the right amount,” so he is a skeptic partially. Unfortunately, the tension should begin to become more pronounced starting in 2020 going into 2022. I am not sure it would be a war, but certainly a rising trend toward independence.
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Taxes | Armstrong Economics

QUESTION: Wasn’t there an income in Britain under Addington in 1803 to pay for the war against Napoleon predate the USA? Is the income tax voluntary? GH ANSWER: Yes that is true. However, it actually predates even that. Income tax was first implemented in Great Britain by William Pitt the Younger in his budget of December 1798 to pay for weapons and equipment in preparation for the Napoleonic Wars. This was not really a Marxist/Socialism philosophy yet it was a graduated (progressive) income tax. It began at 2 pence on the pound (1/120) on incomes over £60 and increased up to a maximum of 2 shillings (10%) on incomes of over £200. It produced only about 60% of expectations. It was Pitt’s income tax was levied from 1799 to 1802, when it was abolished by Henry Addington during the Peace of Amiens. However, Addington had become prime minister in 1801, after Pitt’s resignation. Addington then reintroduced the income tax in 1803 when hostilities once again appeared. This time it was not abolished in 1816, one year after the Battle of Waterloo. Addington’s Act differed for this was a tax on ‘contribution of the profits arising from property, professions, trades and offices’ avoiding the use of the word “income”. The Act did allow taxation at the source meaning your account at the Bank of England was directed to deduct a tax amount from your account. This included a tax on interest paid to gilt holders. The maximum tax rate under Addington’s Act was 5%, which was half that of Pitt’s, but it was greatly expanded resulting in a tax increase of about 50% These were imposed out of necessity. The taxes signed by President Taft were more of a socialistic philosophy which was gaining support at least prior to the Russian Revolution in 1917. The rise of the “progressive” movement came into real force with the Panic of 1893. As far as the “voluntary” nature of the tax that is strictly true. However, the tax has a duty to file. The crime is a failure to file – not a failure to pay.
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