Dominic Frisby discusses his book Daylight Robbery: How Tax Shaped Our Past and Will Change Our Future.
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The world around us appears to be falling apart. Political discord, protests and social unrest, riots and wars, climate chaos, and economic collapse. Incompetent, corrupt, or tyrannical governments often have a hand in this gathering global disorder, funded to great extent by extracting money from their populations under threat of force.
Death and taxes are our inevitable fate. We’ve been told this since the beginning of civilisation. But what if we stopped to question our antiquated system? Is it fair? And is it capable of serving the needs of our rapidly-changing, modern society?
Daylight Robbery traces the origins of taxation, from its roots in the ancient world, through to today. It explores the role of tax in the formation of our global religions, the part tax played in wars and revolutions throughout the ages, and why, at one stage, we paid tax for daylight or for growing a beard. Ranging from the despotic to the absurd, the tax laws of the past reveal so much about how we got to where we are today and what we can do to build a system fit for the future.
Bumper music: Cliff Martinez ‘Traffic OST’
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