I can hardly imagine a more horrifying tax proposal.
My housemate Mr. Monteith, who'll be with me just a few more weeks, is no libertarian, but has a much better idea: a national tithe. "I call it the Mormon Tax." Ten percent, no exceptions, across the board. Cut spending to conform to the revenue this generates.
Workable? It sure sounds better than anything even the Libertarian Party candidates have devised.
Says he's a "democratic socialist," but sports a portrait of Eugene V. Debs in his Senate office.
Says Denmark and Sweden are his models of socialism, but both countries sport lower corporate taxes and less business regulation than the U.S. does.
Says democracy matters, and should be "taken back." Sues a person merely expressing a differing opinion on his own dear self. Just like a socialist dictator would?
But Spencer did not draw a full anarchism in that chapter, and he repudiated the very idea later in life, on the grounds of the free rider problem. See his own review of his first book, as printed in his AUTOBIOGRAPHY. It was reprinted in Liberty as a review of a reprint of the book, back in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
I will have to revisit the basic idea, here, again. "Rights vs. privileges" is one of the great cliches of socialism.
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