Tuesday, July 08, 2008

On the paradox of taxation...
Of course, there is a sort of paradox in taxation, anyhow. In such a tax, there is often the notion of checking something, and yet the hope that it will not be checked. A lover of birds might wish to have a tax on cats, with the idea that there would be fewer cats. But the statesman imposing the tax would presumably hope that the streets would be thronged with thousands and thousands of cats.
G.K. Chesterton, on the paradox often implicit within taxes (Illustrated London News, May 23, 1931).

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