Friday, December 28, 2007

Eaters of other people's bread

A continual theme of this blog is that of slavery and how we poor toilers are slaves to those who remove our money by force,i.e. politicians. Tom Paine takes this a step further.
On my iPod I was listening to Copland's "Lincoln Portrait", which includes a narration featuring some of President Lincoln's own words. One passage struck me as I enjoyed the Chinese art I had gone to see.
It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, 'You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it.' No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle."—October 15, 1858 Debate at Alton

Many people in Britain are living by that same principle today. Do the able but unemployed or "economically inactive" on benefits not say "You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it". How do they differ, precisely, from tyrants or slave-owners? For five months of the calendar year until "Tax Freedom Day", are we not their slaves, forced to work without pay to support them?

How can kind intentions and a desire for social security have led to the majority of us living half our working lives as slaves to idlers? I exempt from all criticism those who are between jobs and seeking work; those who are genuinely disabled and unable to work. My concern is for those (and they know who they are) whose "bad backs," "depression" or whose selfish desires to have more children than they can afford lead them to live their lives in idleness at the expense of their fellows. They are slave masters and should be despised as such.

Tom is quite right, and you should read the whole post. And so, we can go into the new year, looking forward to the 4th of June—or whenever Tax Freedom Day is this fucking year—when we stop working as vassals of those whom we are forced to support through our taxes.
If nothing else, government action requires taxes. If taxes were freely paid, they wouldn’t be called taxes, they’d be called donations.

It's always worth bearing in mind: taxes are theft.


verity said...

I have always thought that the government, which is, after all, our boss, should assign us one person or one family, or several families, to fund. Cut out the middleman of the government, so these administrators would also become unemployed.

This would bring the grotesque element home.

If I have to support Mr David Binky and take his free money round to him every couple of weeks, while David buys new trainers with my money, goes down the pub and has a few bevvies wiv 'is mates, and buys hair gel in the supermarket and some fast food on the way home in a car whose petrol I am paying for, I am probably going to get angry.

That's why they have to keep it removed through a curtain of "civil servants". It would be much, much, much cheaper to have us hand the money to the parasites direct.

Anonymous said...

Verity, is it the lower classes who can't speak propa who concern you?

Devil's kitchen, don't be silly. Tax freedom day is a great piece of propaganda, but no more than that. Taxes are here to stay so long as humans live in groups.

Sacerdote said...

I'm sure Verity can speak for himself, but it struck me that there probably aren't many people who speak RP on benefits.

mitch said...

Now your making me really angry I tried to not think like that to save my sanity but FUCK I might as well drop 42% of my wage in the street so that people can piss it up the wall.
Bet these fuckers wont do my job till Wednesday morning every week no wonder I hate Mondays.

John A said...

Related -
*Line Between Taxation and Slavery Blurs*

If you can't afford to pay tax, the town will hire you (at below the wage everyone else is forced to pay) - until the money for that runs out as well...