Society and taxation

Thought I would post this cartoon about taxation. It’s aimed at the USA, but applies also to the UK. It’s a bit simplistic (as you might imagine for a cartoon) but I can’t really fault the logic. Either we want to live in a society with certain services and standards, or we don’t care. If we want to live in a society with these services and standards, then we need to pay for them and it’s hard to see how to do this without the richest paying more than the poorest. If we don’t care, then we can carry on as we are. There are clearly complications. How much do you support those who are unemployed? What should be provided publicly and what should be provided privately? However, if the highest earners continue to take an increasing fraction of the income (and hence accumulate an increasing fraction of the wealth), it’s hard to see how we can maintain the type of society in which I would certainly like to live.

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