🦾 Taxing the rich = what you might not expect
If the government can print money out of thin air, why do any of us have to pay taxes?
There’s plenty below, so let’s get right to it.
What to expect today:
Taxing the rich backfires… every. single. time.
How Nixon haunts us to this day
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The "tax the rich" narrative is easy to debunk if you spend a few minutes thinking about it.
It’s hard to understand because most people can’t see past their human bias—and their human bias is designed to believe that all humans should be as equal as possible because that is what kept our ancestors safe–fierce egalitarianism.
In a hunter-gatherer community, this is precisely how it should be. Everyone shares. No one restricts access to food or mates, or anything. Life was cooperation, like one big family, and it worked for our species for hundreds of thousands of years.
Then our species turned to farming, which led to specialization, money, commerce, and eventually, large consolidated populations in one area—the city.
And in that world, things had to change.
You can't have equality because a market is not something you can control, no matter how hard you try. It is like trying to control nature. Humans always lose.
The irony here is the market, like nature, always finds the best way to bring the most prosperity.
Nature is the Darwinian process of optimizing energy and reproduction. Free markets are Darwinian, and when left alone, they flourish.
When egotistical humans intervene in markets in an attempt to control the outcome, they fail.
Based on this, we can easily surmise that taxing the rich will create the opposite of the intended effect—generating more tax revenue—because human intervention is always a violation of natural law, and natural law is the foundation of the market.
Atlas Shrugged is 500+ pages explaining what happens when you go after the producers:
They leave and take their innovations, current and future investments, and their accumulated wealth elsewhere.
OMG, isn't that so groundbreaking?
So you tax the rich, and they either stop investing entirely, thus starving future tax revenues, or they take it to another jurisdiction with more favorable tax laws designed to attract the rich.
And that's just the financial side. What about the cultural implications of showing the young, ambitious, and creative that their success will be shunned and eventually taken from them.
What incentive do they have to shine?
What you get is the next Einstein or Steve Jobs staying at some dead-end job because the society around him (or her) doesn't reward those that take entrepreneurial risks.
Hopefully, these individuals will go somewhere else and give their gift to the world. But how many will get caught up in the system's inertia and fail to realize their dreams and potential?
I bet it's a lot.
Just think about how much wealth Steve Jobs, one man, has created within his own company and the millions upon millions of others that have unlocked their potential through his products and services.
It's unquantifiable. We are talking TRILLIONS of dollars in value that can be traced back to one man's accomplishments.
To say that billionaires are evil or don't "pay their fair share" is a complete misunderstanding of how money and the economy work. It is nothing more than a liberal talking point that appeals to the primal, unthinking parts of the human mind.
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䷼ Truth Seeker 🧘
For today, here are a few posts to mull around:
The Free Market
Deflation → Doing more with less
I started watching Dune last night on HBO Max.
Did you know that most of the graphic visuals you see in movies like this are created with video game graphic engines? Unreal Engine is one of the biggest.
I then thought about how deflation was going to hit entertainment. We’ve seen this a little bit with YouTube and the rise of the independent creator class, though that’s still a niche market compared to Hollywood.
But as the technology to create amazing hyper-realistic scenes becomes cheaper and more accessible (which is what deflation is—get more done for less), more will be able to develop Hollywood-grade movie effects and scenes.
The same with animation.
I foresee a complete revolution in entertainment as these technologies become cheaper and more powerful. This will give more individuals the ability to compete with mainstream entertainment.
This is one more example of the decentralization nature of technology.
"Questions about liberty have, of course, long been most notably neglected by those who have called themselves liberals in America."
The weak embrace tyranny from government because they aren't strong enough to do the theft themselves… so they hire a third party to steal for themselves while pretending it's about morality or freedom.
All laws are written by men from a position of mafia-like power. Government is coercion through violence… period.
Unfortunately, the masses cannot see the water they were born into, so they accept it as fact.
🤑 Corruption and money: This is what’s wrong with America…
💬 A Quote To Ponder:
“To me, the masses seem to be worth a glance only in three respects: first as blurred copies of great men, presented on bad paper with worn-out printing plates, then as the resistance against the great men, and finally as working implements of the great. For the rest, let the devil and statistics carry them off!”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
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My thought of the day
When you realize how the world works, it goes something like this:
Angry → How could they lie to me and why are things so broken?
Self-reliance → How do I better live with this newfound information?
Slow acceptance → Ok, that’s just the way the world and humans are.
Transcendence → I’m so far above the muck that it’s hard to even care about it anymore.
Mastery → Pursuing my own life and mission.
Giving back → Now that I’ve done that, I want to help others find a similar path.
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