Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted, I've been caught up in things, but one of the subjects I keep coming up across recently is the idea that democracy is somehow a sacred concept. Many libertarians believe in consensus politics, and I tend to differ from them on this particular front, so I figured I could do a post about it.
First of all, to clarify, I'm in no way saying that democracy is a bad concept, or even not the best system of government, what I'm going to propose is that the way in which we have made the concept of a 'democratic society' so sacred is dangerous to the concept of liberty and individual freedom.
I fully expect this blog post to be controversial, because democracy is a very touchy subject for many people, and has been enshrined in our language as an inherently 'good' thing, but I'm hoping to show that it isn't automatically the case.
Whilst overall I'd prefer to have no tax, on a moderate scale I've long been a supporter of the FairTax Proposal in the USA, and I've never really hidden that preference. It's an often-cited fact that consumption is a better indicator of wealth than income, and for good reason. Those involved in the black market, retired rich pensioners, the idle rich and tourists all have zero income under the current system, but quite probably have a far greater consumption rate than low to middle earners.
Basically, the FairTax proposal is a flat tax coupled with a prebate (rebate sent before the tax year) to make it progressive. The FairTax would replace all existing national taxes including VAT, income tax, corporation tax, inheritance tax, national insurance and gift taxes.