seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Writer's Block: I'm the taxman, yeah!

How do you feel about the existing tax structure where you live? Do you believe individual income tax is the best way to raise funds or are there better alternatives?

There are a lot of alternatives. Some of them would never be enacted. Some I'd like to see tried.

What unfortunately is NOT feasible is getting rid of taxes of one sort or another. Not in a civilization this large which depends on infrastructure that requires maintenance, and one that is made up of human beings and thus subject to the Free Rider problem and the related Prisoner's Dilemma.

One of the few  beliefs I held when younger that actually significantly changed was this one; I used to believe it would be possible to abolish taxes entirely. Alas, I was finally convinced that the Free Rider problem would be significant enough in any large society to make that an impractical dream.
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