I almost didn’t post this headline because the term “leftist” is used in a pejorative sense. That is not terribly constructive.
But the article itself is important. The author reports on a statement made by the new UK Labour Party’s economic flag bearer who said that the money one earns isn’t actually one’s money. You don’t actually pay taxes so much as give the government back its property. Essentially he is saying that your ability to feed and clothe your family, indeed to prosper in any way economically, is at the pleasure of the government, of the state.
There are people who do actually believe this. They believe that you are not a man or woman in the sense most people believe, particularly in the United States. You do not have inalienable rights. Property is not yours. Your labor is not yours. It is owned by the collective. You will bend to the state’s will, indeed you and your children will be molded, or you will cease to exist. You think I’m being over the top but I am not. Many people have died as a result of this “philosophy.” Mao killed 60 million.
When you earn your wage that money is yours. You then may voluntarily exchange it for something you want or alternatively it can be coerced from you in the name of taxation etc. But that money is yours first. It belongs to you. Never ever forget that. Indeed it is a concept worth going to great lengths to protect. Because the alternative, the worldview this economic minister in England is espousing, is a very dark one indeed.
(From Investor’s Business Daily)
“I would suggest that we don’t as such pay taxes,” said Richard Murphy, the “chartered accountant” who is the “guru” behind Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn’s economic plan. “The funds that they represent are, I suggest, in fact the property of the state.”
Murphy went on, claiming “there is no such thing as ‘taxpayers’ money’: It is the government’s money to do what it will with in accordance with the mandate it has been given and for which it will have to account.”
Dan Mitchell, whose indispensable blog brought Murphy’s statement to our attention, said the rant “truly gives us a window into the soul of statism” and correctly labeled it a “poisonous ideology.”