Society exists for the benefit of its members – not the members for the benefit of society - Herbert Spencer
Tax is price we pay to live in a civilised society. If Treasury thinks it's a 'burden', perhaps they'd suggest abolition of public health.
— Russel Norman (@RusselNorman) September 17, 2013
“I was a bit surprised that a member of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee, and an MP sometimes suggested as a future Finance Minister, seemed utterly unfamiliar with a piece of economic jargon familiar to every intermediate-level student of economics," Dr Eric Crampton tells NBR ONLINE."Where Russel Norman tweeted that only “right wing” economists refer to the “burden of taxation”, it’s the standard term used in pretty much every public finance textbook, left or right, to describe the cost of taxation," Dr Crampton says.
Again I’m horrified that we may have a senior economic minister in a future government who does not think taxation is a burden on hard working New Zealanders who fund the tax system. It reflects a neo-marxist view I guess that all income is really the property of the state’s, and we should be grateful they allow us to keep some of it.
Casting the net offshore, Tibor Machan notes how taxation, and the invasive tax surveillance state it rests on, is the opposite of civilised:
The first step is to acknowledge, unapologetically, that the institution of taxation is not a civilized but a barbaric method to fund anything, because it amounts to nothing less than outright extortion, a gross violation of human liberty.
"Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it… All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children."
School children are being encouraged by HM Revenue and Customs to tell their teachers if they know of anyone "in their local area" who is not paying their fair share of tax … One module, headlined “tax responsibilities of a good citizen”, aims to help teenagers “understand the obligations if being a good citizen and discuss what should happen to those who are not prepared to work under such obligations”. One lesson plan – targeted at 14 to 16 year olds … continues: “Show class the remaining factfile slides on tax evasion. What do students think of those who refuse to pay tax … ? “Can they think of any example they may have heard of in their local area?”
Look at the ‘good citizens’ these children are taught to be in our schools, with all these ‘obligations’ to each other. And so strong is the programming, that I am confident more than ninety percent of those reading this would feel, deep down, that they have to agree with the teachers’ ethic here, with what this tax course in the schools is founded on: that self-sacrifice for the common good, is a noble thing, and the needs of others are what social democracies must hold at their centre. This is what New Zealand Socialist commentator, Chris - The Fist - Trotter forces on us.But it’s a magic trick, an illusion, that’s been performed in our minds by Gramsci, a linguistic sleight of hand, all the more evil because it initially appeals to our 'better natures'. All we need do to understand it is change the focus, the narrative point of view, and see what it really says, which is that for you to live your life, it is acceptable that the lives of others, total strangers, be sacrificed to you, their pursuit of happiness destroyed for you, and that the state will initiate force to back you up in this, and mince up the livelihoods, take away the privacy and freedom, of those who will not bow down to your need. And part of being a good citizen, now, is for you to dob these people in, so they can be dealt to.Free men know that the civilised society is not based on such an extinguishment of life, but founded on a bed-rock of the non-initiation of force, particularly the state against the people, and on each individual being responsible for themselves, and self-reliant. That a civilised society works on the natural love and affection between families and loved ones, on compassion and charity freely given for strangers, and on voluntarism.So these are not ‘good citizens’ being trained in this course, on their social obligations; just as in the Orwell quote, these are spies, these truly are little savages. When I went to school, at the age of these children, William Golding’s frightening novel, Lord of the Flies, was on the curriculum. Just over thirty years later, the curriculum has been based on it.
According to the forward to the first German edition, the novel follows "in its broad lines" the Gestapo files on the illegal activities of an actual Berlin working-class couple, Otto and Elise Hampel. Originally Nazi supporters, on the death of their son in France in 1940 they began to deposit postcards and some 200 written leaflets in post-boxes and stairwells around their home district, Berlin-Wedding. They were betrayed, arrested on 20 October 1942, sentenced to death by the People's Court and executed in Plötzensee prison the following April.To bring life to these facts, Fallada assembles a staff of vivid low-life characters, stoolies, thieves and whores, Nazi veterans in a haze of drink, as well as ordinary working-people trying to put food on the table. Here is the resistance of the small man, perilous, disorganised, irresponsible, perverse, brave and almost wholly futile. As the Gestapo Inspector Escherich muses: "There were more urgent and important cases. A madman ... did nothing but send Minister Goebbels daily letters that were crude, and often pornographic in nature. Well, Inspector Escherich was in luck, he had managed to solve the 'Filth' case within three months."In the foreword, Fallada (or his editor) defends the brutality of the book on the grounds that it takes place "among opponents of the regime and their persecutors, where quite a few came to grief". This dialectic of persecutor and persecuted is Fallada's most profound contribution. Of the 276 postcards and eight letters deposited by the Quangels over two years, all but 18 are handed straight in to the Gestapo where they destroy one life and two careers and sow chaos in an arbitrary and unamanageable organisation.
If you know or suspect an individual or business is cheating the tax system or committing tax fraud, you can tell us about it anonymously.Anyone who doesn't pay their tax isn't paying for their [fair] share of the services we all use.
Applying for an IRD number for a baby has just become easier.Since July, a new joined-up service from Inland Revenue and the Department of Internal Affairs means parents can apply for an IRD number for their new baby by simply ticking a box, and supplying a small amount of extra information, on the Birth Registration form.[Snip.]Nearly 95% of parents of newborn children have chosen to apply for an IRD number for their baby when they register the birth - that's more than 2,200 applications already since 1 July.
“We must understand that there is an imbalance of power in the political system of any democracy in that the forces of statism have an innate advantage over the defenders of freedom. It takes but one legislative or administrative victory for statism to succeed in guiding society on an indelible path towards dependency. We cannot perpetuate the free-market, but we can perpetuate statism by creating inveterate dependency constituencies. Statism enjoys the inherent advantage of self-perpetuation through its own pernicious activities that engender a continued need for the government programs.”
Over the 2014 year more than 23,000 New Zealanders' dobbed in their 'friends', relatives, employers and associates to be dealt to by IRD. In every case the victim would have had their private life destroyed, their every private receipt, purchase, bank and credit card transaction analysed and notated by government bureaucrats, forced into compulsory interrogations where they had no right to remain silent, and unlike a murder or rape suspect, the burden of proof was loaded against them. Indubitably, some will have been bankrupted. This is the snitch society.