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  • A question that can often be heard coming out of the mouths of frustrated taxpayers

  • is: What has the government ever done for me?

  • Well, let's take a look.

  • Public roads, free schools, a police force, libraries, museums, energy and water supplies,

  • legal representation, the list goes on and on.

  • But what about the things we don't want crazy politicians spending our cash on?

  • Such as an obscene amount of military armament, empire building, gross, clandestine experimentations,

  • inflated salaries for the political elite, ginormous expense accounts for said politicians,

  • and social and privacy manipulation.

  • What would happen if a country's people decided to stop paying taxes?

  • Anarchy?

  • Utopia?

  • None of the above?

  • And what happened to countries in the past that resisted taxation.

  • That's what we'll explore today, in this episode of the Infographics ShowWhat

  • would happen if people stopped paying taxes?

  • Well, the big question is - If everyone refused to pay taxes, would there be a trickle down

  • effect and would that eventually become the law of the land?

  • Hold on.

  • Would there even be laws?

  • With no taxes and no politicians, and no police force, and no courts, and no judges - who

  • would uphold these laws?

  • Would it be even possible in a modern nation to reach a point where the majority of citizens

  • simply decided to live without taxation and government?

  • Would such a movement be evolution or devolution?

  • Tranquility or chaos?

  • How would things shape out?

  • To answer the question, we have to tackle the issue of tax-paying like we would any

  • other issue that the government has to respond to.

  • Take same sex marriage.

  • A motion that is popular enough to gain enough support of the people would radiate massive

  • warning signs to the current status quo.

  • The government ultimately has to respond to the will of the people.

  • And with same sex marriage, it was a general consensus, a majority opinion, that civil

  • partnerships between same sex couples were not a bad thing despite what some hardcore

  • religious folks believed.

  • The government has to react in a way to sway the people against a motion or support it.

  • With taxes, the government would have to listen to the will of the people and respond accordingly,

  • despite the fact that without taxes, the government would no longer be able to exist.

  • So it's a prickly issue, but if anyone can handle a prickly issue, its a politician.

  • Tax resistant citizens would probably be bought off with compromises in some fashion.

  • Groups would be targeted and their needs listened to.

  • Tax breaks would be introduced to soften the blow for the most militant.

  • If the movement stood its ground and reached a majority, the stakes and concessions from

  • the government to the people would become more attractive to those rogue taxpayers.

  • However, if the movement stood firm, then at some point, the government would have to

  • play dirty before surrendering.

  • Key members of the tax resistance movement would have their bank accounts frozen and

  • their assets seized.

  • They may well be taken into custody on terrorism charges.

  • The president or prime-minister would go on national TV pleading with his people.

  • Bundles of cash would be printed and the price of gold would soar.

  • But all this would be most unusual, and really it isn't likely to happen.

  • In the United States, for example, it's unlikely to happen as people know that taxes

  • are required for schools and running water, roads, and other basic human needs.

  • With gun-ownership sky-high, law and order would become a real concern.

  • A no taxes vote is like a vote for anarchy, and a civilized society has evolved to move

  • away from anarchy, so the movement reaching this point is extremely unlikely.

  • The young and the old would be most affected; with no pensions and no public schools, it

  • would fall on society itself to take care of the elderly and educate the young.

  • Public broadcasting would totally disappear, giving rise to agenda driven media.

  • Fake news services would flourish even more than they do today.

  • There would be no foreign aid, so international relations would suffer.

  • Healthcare would suffer.

  • The economy would spiral into financial chaos.

  • Law and order might be controlled by mafia type gangs, or perhaps people would settle

  • into small, self-sufficient groups or communes.

  • Figures would no doubt rise up from these splinter movements to claim power.

  • This is the way human society operates: divide and conquer.

  • Then there are matters of national security and defense.

  • Other countries would see an opportunity to invade the weakened non-government state,

  • and attack and attempt to seize assets and commodities.

  • With no government and no army, resistance would be pretty futile.

  • But similar events have occurred in history; the French revolution was founded on the underclasses

  • being sick of the crippling tax commitments, and the early history of the United States

  • was a constant struggle against tax oppression.

  • So perhaps a correction or adjustment in taxation levels is healthy for society to evolve.

  • It is the government's job to realize when the public is ready to revolt, and adjust

  • their taxation policies accordingly.

  • It is little more than a push and pull situation that has to be monitored by both the people

  • and the people's government.

  • Society finds the medium rate that citizens are prepared to pay in taxes, and within that

  • area governments operate.

  • And while we all hate paying taxes, we know we don't have much choice in the matter.

  • We do, however, have a choice on how we educate ourselves on the best ways to spend money.

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  • So, what do you think?

  • Are you ready to revolt and stop paying taxes?

  • Or would that be the worst idea ever?

  • Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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    minami.kuo posted on 2019/10/30
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