Thomas Paine vs. Edmund Burke, part 11

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July 21, 2014
by George H. Smith  
Posted in Commentary

"The first thing to understand about Paine’s welfare scheme, as presented in Part Two of Rights of Man, is that it was part of a broader plan for a drastic reduction of taxes by the English government. Paine estimated that current (1792) taxes in England totaled around 17 million pounds per annum. Most of this was spent on privileged governmental elites and a bloated military, whereas the expenses for 'a sufficient peace establishment for all the honest purposes of government' would only amount to around 1.5 million pounds. Paine understood that in most cases 'when taxes are once laid on, they are never taken off.'" (07/18/14)  

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