Tax – the consideration in the social contract

Yesterday I write two blogs that were, quite frankly, iconic. The first was my treatise on tax and property rights and the second was my discovery that I had inspired the European Convention on Human Rights.

This has made me realise that many of my earlier philosophical writings on the importance of tax must be aired for the greater good of humanity.

Tax is our consideration in the social contract. That’s why property rights are conditional on tax being paid. But last night’s revelation made me realise that you can substitute any other right for property rights and it still holds true!

That’s because tax pays for everything, or at least it should do in a decent modern society.

I urge you to try it for yourself. Whenever you see the word ‘property’ in my logic exchange the words ‘fair trial’, ‘justice’, ‘free speech’ or ‘religion’.

So tax pays for soldiers to protect us and police to uphold the law. Without them we could have no right to freedom or right to life.

Tax pays for the judiciary, providing us with a right to fair trial and justice.

So if you don’t pay your taxes you shouldn’t be afforded protection in our society. The police, fire service and NHS should blacklist you.

Perhaps you shouldn’t be allowed a passport.

Tax pays for MPs salaries, so democracy itself is conditional on paying tax. So without paying your fair share of tax, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Freedom of religion is also guaranteed by law, so that is also conditional on paying your taxes.

You see, tax is our payment in the social contract. The State gives us all these rights in exchange for our taxes. Without those taxes we should forfeit those rights because they are clearly conditional on you upholding your side of the contract.

Of course, people on welfare and benefits pay the correct amount of tax, so they are entitled to these rights. But the wealthy and neoliberal who use alegal terrorism in the form of tax avoidance professionals should forfeit their rights for violating the social contract.

This could be done in many ways. I’m most keen to see confiscation of property, but where the individual no longer has any property or the entity had gone bankrupt and been liquidated, like in the Glasgow Rangers case, we should be allowed to make pariahs of those responsible.

Probably, we’ll need some sort of visible logo or branding for these individuals so that they can’t abscond to new communities to chest their way to receive the benefits of the social context.

This is all very sensible and logical to most correct-thinking people, I know. But I also know that neoliberals and sophists will try to argue with me in absurd fashion.

The usual rules apply so their comments probably won’t appear below.


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