When did the idea of taxing income and wealth become so popular? It used to be that these sort of taxes were the reason that people fled their home countries. Now it’s everywhere and even more egregious than back then. America was founded on the idea of excise taxes and taxes on goods and services. These taxes are universal and hit everyone equally.
The idea of local currency, esp. bartering time for goods isn’t revolutionary, it’s just good sense. Criminals can’t steal your time or your skills. Valuable work can be performed for procurement of goods to complete another job or task, etc.
There used to be a time when paper currency read, “This note is good for all debts public and private and may be redeemed for lawful currency.” Nowadays, a piece of cloth paper is used and accepted as something of value but is really nothing more than cotton.
As more governments fail and monetary systems collapse, we’re going to see very unique ways of paying for goods and services. Bartering is as old as humanity, but I fear thievery will be more common at first. Hell, the Democrats have been stealing from Americans for almost 100 years.
Genesis for one. A flat 10% tithe. During the time of the Judges the temples were the government so the 10% tithe financed the government. A 10% income tax would be the best system, as it was then.
I believe we need only 4 forms of taxation: a 10% income tax, an acreage tax (to prevent hording of land at no expense), perhaps some infrastructure fees, and loser pays court costs. The constitution needs to be amended to prevent the government, or any arm of the government, from collecting revenue from any way other than these four ways.