Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Aikido, Dune and Taxes
On some forum an anarcho-capitalist asked me how to get rid of taxes. This was my reply...
People say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Taxes have probably been around for a lot longer than 2000 years. By trying to fight taxes you're pretty much going up against an immortal. You are not going to defeat this opponent by tackling it head on.
Aikido is a pretty good martial art if you want to go up against an opponent that is far bigger than yourself. It teaches you how to use your opponent's size and strength against them.
Pragmatarianism is the political equivalent of Aikido. It's the only way that you're going to be able to defeat taxes.
The first move in pragmatarianism is by far the hardest. It is to completely embrace the tax rate. This will feel totally unnatural for conservatives, libertarians and anarcho-capitalists. But you most not fear. Because fear is the little-death that will bring total obliteration. You must face your fear. You must permit it to pass over you and through you. And when it has gone past you will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only you will remain.*
If you don't face your fear then you'll never get close enough to your opponent in order to apply the invisible hand technique. This is the second move...taxpayers will directly allocate their taxes among the various government organizations at anytime throughout the year.
Once you apply the invisible hand to government then people's spending decisions in the private sector will determine their spending decisions in the public sector. This is the key concept. If the Red Cross is more effective and efficient than FEMA then people who value disaster relief might not allocate any of their taxes to FEMA. If FEMA loses all funding then the scope of government will narrow. As we already know, narrowing the scope of government will lower the tax rate.
At this point your opponent will be off balance. To utterly destroy your opponent you'll need to ensure that there are private organizations that make every single government organization completely redundant. Not only that but these private organizations must provide more bang for taxpayers' bucks than the government organizations.
The beauty of this concept is that, the more you try and defeat taxes the more we all benefit from the increased competition between the two sectors. Government organizations will either operate efficiently or they will be replaced by efficient private organizations. Either way we win.
Not only that but there's no logical reason for liberals to oppose this system. Everything is evidence based. No leap of faith is required. The majority of taxpayers won't care whether an organization is public or private...they'll just spend their money on whatever organizations produce the best results at the lowest costs.
In reality though...I wonder which is more unlikely...libertarians accepting taxes or liberals accepting the invisible hand?