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by Neville Kennard, veteran preaching and practising capitalist

If you live and work in Canberra you are almost certainly a tax consumer.

You may be a direct tax consumer (a bureaucrat or politician), being paid directly by the taxes of the tax producers in the productive private sector. Or you may be an indirect tax consumer, working for a company or firm or as a consultant or be self-employed providing goods and services to those who are the direct tax consumers. You may see yourself as being in the private sector, and you are, but you are still part of the tax consumption horde providing little that adds value to the real economy.

Real tax producers, real people working in the private sector, providing goods and services which people or companies need and choose to spend their money on, are the only ones who actually pay taxes.

Bureaucrats and politicians and secondary tax consumers would object to being called non tax payers, because they see themselves as paying taxes like everyone else, but unless they have proper outside income, from investments or from providing services to the real private sector, they are not net tax producers. They are net tax consumers; they provide little that adds real benefit to the community, the country, the economy.

As the ranks of the tax consumers grow, they see themselves, like everyone else, as needing more and more and so they tend to lend their weight, their voices and their votes to the political party that will offer opportunities to them, the tax consumers. They favour higher taxes and more regulation which will lead to more government jobs and career opportunities.

There are tax consumers in federal government, in state governments, in local governments. And there are also tax consumers in the private sector — those who get benefits from handouts and grants; and that is many, many of us now with all the “free” things the government bribes us with to give them our votes.

This is now labelled as tax churn and middle class welfare, where the government takes and then gives back, less, of course, their own costs and friction and take along the way.

The tax consumers should all be precluded from voting, because they have a conflict of interest with the real tax producers. There is an adversarial relationship between net tax payers and net tax consumers.

If only net tax producers were granted the right to vote and voting was seen as a privilege, something to be earned and cherished and available only to those who make a tangible, measurable, financial contribution, then we might find a big shift in the attitudes and respect of politicians and bureaucrats and other tax consumers towards the real tax producers, the voters.

Real tax producing voters would be asking, not what the government may be handing out to them, but more what the government will be taking from them. Politicians would then see it to be in their rational self-interest to promise tax cuts and reduced tax consumption.

Tax consumers should be seen as second class citizens, not worthy of voting, and not worthy of being shown more than the absolute minimum safe level of respect by tax producers. Wouldn’t that be a change!

(in order of appearance on
  1. Welcome from Neville Kennard
  2. Think Tanks Don't Work
  3. "Market Failure": Just what the government ordered!
  4. The Tragedy of the Tax Pool Commons
  5. Corporate Welfare
  6. Citizenship for Sale?
  7. I Don't Vote
  8. Voting: Right or Privilege?
  9. Stockholm Syndrome and our Love-Hate Relationship with Government
  10. Civil Disobedience: The Rules of Engagement
  11. Should Respect for Law Extend to Bad Laws?
  12. Jaywalking as a Demonstration of Individuality
  13. Government Likes War
  14. Collusion is Our Right
  15. Why Not the Drug Olympics?
  16. Unconventional Wisdom
  17. Tiger Farming: An Alternative to Extinction
  18. Looking Backwards: Mont Pelerin Society Conference, Sydney, 2010
  19. Tax Avoidance is a Patriotic Duty
  20. Kennard Writes to IPA Review Editor
  21. Genocide by Welfare: A Tragedy from the Aboriginal Welfare Industry
  22. Separating Sport and State
  23. Your Home is Not an Investment
  24. Dick Smith, Celebrity Philanthropist
  25. A Libertarian's New Year's Resolution
  26. Extend Politicians' Holidays to Create Prosperity
  27. Entrepreneurs are Disruptive, and Bureaucrats Hate It
  28. What is a good Australian?
  29. Governments Like Employment But Hate Employers
  30. The Market Failure Industry
  31. Neville Kennard: The Tax Avoidance Imperative
  32. Wot if ...?
  33. The Tribal Chief and the Witch Doctor
  34. The Tannehills
  35. Democracy versus Property Rights and Prosperity
  36. Government Doesn't Work, and That's the Way They Like It
  37. Minarchy vs Anarchy
  38. Euthanasia and Self-Ownership
  39. The Right Policies to Fix a Depression
  40. Is Howard Our Best PM?
  41. Tax Producers vs Tax Consumers
  42. Where There's a Queue, There's a Business Opportunity
  43. Authoritarian Freedom
  44. Why Classical Liberals Should Debate Anarchocapitalists
  45. The Tyranny of the Majority
  46. If you could choose to whom you paid your tax
  47. Business Should Exploit Boat People
  48. The Immorality of Trade Unions
  49. "America" vs "The United States"
  50. Sweet Anarchy
  51. The Illusion of "Job Creation"
  52. Gold Is Money
  53. Guilty Capitalists
  54. Bureauphobia
  55. Prosperity vs Growth
  56. Capitalism vs Democracy
  57. More people = More fun
  58. Self-Ownership - the very idea!
  59. Government will murder Neville Kennard if he doesn't back away
  60. The Australian Dollar Has Been Cowardly and Criminally Devalued, Harming the Poor Particularly
  61. Is Taxation Theft and Government a Tax Cheat?
  62. My Journey to Anarchy:
    From political and economic agnostic to anarchocapitalist
  63. Government Needs Bad Guys –
    that's why they like wars
  64. What Is Obscene?
  65. Traffic Economics
  66. Wayne Swan stands on the shoulders of other intellectual pygmies
  67. Neville Kennard Obituary
  68. Neville Kennard in 1979 proposes new alliances to end penalty rates
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