Severian argues that a high tax regime isn’t just about the money.
Taxes have an effect, and it isnâ€™t an accidental side-effect, itâ€™s an ulterior but central purpose: To weaken and distort the messages that bind civilization together, that keep it functioning.
Civilization is made up of very few of these messages: â€œIt is wrong to kill or hurt other peopleâ€; â€œIf someone has something you want, you need to acquire consent from them before you take it and that usually means paying for itâ€; â€œIf you help me get things done I want to get done, I will give you this money.â€ Liberals and democrats want taxes higher, higher, higher, all the time and they donâ€™t have a set amount in mind, nor do they want to pay for â€œpolice, fire departments and park benchesâ€; they just want the taxes to be high, so they can attack that 3rd message that keeps civilization working and functional. Ideally, for them, the tax rate would be 100% and weâ€™d all be fed & sheltered by living on the dole. Then, dependency on the state would also be 100%. Then theyâ€™d reach the â€œfun partâ€ â€” they tell the rest of us what to do, and we go do it. …
Yes, taxes are required to keep civilization working.
Higher taxes bring civilization to a stop. Theyâ€™re supposed to do this. They remove the ability, as well as the incentive, for children to grow into strong, complete, capable adults. Theyâ€™re supposed to do that, too. Minimal taxes are a lubricant. Higher taxes are a solvent.
Remember this next time you hear someone monologue away about the evils of a tax cut.