"Nine tenths of everything is tax. Everything you buy has a complicated history of robbery: land, raw materials, energy, tools,
buildings, transport, storage, sales, profits. Don’t forget the share you contribute toward the personal income tax of every worker who has anything to
do with the process. Inflation by taxation: there are a hundred taxes on a loaf of bread. What kind of living standard would we enjoy if
everything cost a tenth of what it does? What kind of world? Think of your home, your car, your TV, your shoes, your supper—all at a 90%
discount! Government can’t fight poverty—poverty is its proudest achievement!"
The Probability Broach, 190 (Tor, 1980).
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