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e-Book For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization download

e-Book For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization download

by Charles Adams

ISBN: 1568330243
ISBN13: 978-1568330242
Language: English
Publisher: Madison Books; 1st edition (February 22, 1994)
Pages: 530
Category: Economics
Subategory: Work and Money

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For Good and Evil is the first book to examine how taxation has been a key factor in world events. Adams, a tax attorney, presents the history of taxation from ancient times to the present

For Good and Evil is the first book to examine how taxation has been a key factor in world events. Like the Rosetta Stone - a tax document - the book sheds fresh light onto much of history. Adams, a tax attorney, presents the history of taxation from ancient times to the present. He studies tax law and collection procedures in ancient Egypt, Rome, Israel, Asia, Europe, and the United.

For good and evil- taxes seem like there here to stay. Adams has given us this book as a concession to the good criteria and to the moderation that Montaigne told us about in his Essays, and that have to govern our acts

For good and evil- taxes seem like there here to stay. Adams, a tax attorney by trade, offers an intriguing narrative history of taxation since ancient times. Moreover, he illustrates how their is a fine line of how much sustained taxation a civilization can endure before it collapses, (hence the Laffer Curve. He points out the pitfalls the befall ancient Rome and Egypt when they engaged in confiscatory taxation policies. Adams has given us this book as a concession to the good criteria and to the moderation that Montaigne told us about in his Essays, and that have to govern our acts. He tells the history and the story, but not only that. Like the Rosetta Stone - itself a tax document - the book sheds fresh light onto much of history. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Leer reseña completa.

This serious, but often amusing, book focuses on the enormous influence that taxation has had on the structuring of society throughout the . Taxation is a grim reality of life. But few realize the impact that taxation has had on society

This serious, but often amusing, book focuses on the enormous influence that taxation has had on the structuring of society throughout the ages and around t. But few realize the impact that taxation has had on society. This serious, but often amusing, book focuses on the enormous influence that taxation has had on the structuring of society throughout the ages and around the. См. также: Налоговый учет. Похожие книги: New Product Blueprinting The Handbook for B2B Organic Growth. Dan Adams book, New Product Blueprinting, exists for . т 4146. John Adams: Architect of Freedom (1735-1826).

Charles Adams takes a tour of most of the world’s great civilizations, including the Assyrians, Chinese . Of course, the people eventually killed all the aristocrats. But, it took them many decades to reach that point.

Charles Adams takes a tour of most of the world’s great civilizations, including the Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Aztecs, and describes their history in terms of the government’s relationship with their citizens, the primary of which was of course their tax systems. Some of the old tax systems were incredibly corrupt. Here’s a brief passage on the demise of ancient Egypt

Adams, a tax attorney, presents the history of taxation from ancient times to the present. Tam incelemeyi okuyun.

Adams, a tax attorney, presents the history of taxation from ancient times to the present. Taxes What They Are and Where They Began.

Charles Adams (1930-2013) was an attorney in private practice and a specialist in international taxation. Among other books he was the author of For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization. He wrote extensively on taxes and their impact on civilization, for outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. He was also an adjunct scholar at the Mises Institute and the Cato Institute. Those Dirty, Rotten Taxes. Big GovernmentTaxes and Spending. Sponsored by the Mises Institute and held.

A fascinating history... —Kirkus Reviews ...an acidly witty guide. —Wall Street Journal
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Slowly writer
This is one of those books that are so important that every student in the world should read it. Instead, "Capital" by K. Marx, among others, is the number one, two and three. Why? I don't know. People love the idea that the State is the solution to the problem of living. Perhaps, to a certain point, but not THE solution. The State is very expensive and inefficient. People often say, yes, but there's no alternative. In my country, this is the problem that fills the newspapers, the TV news, the radio news, the internet forums. And there's an incredible consensus: we need more taxes.

Here enters Charles Adams.

Our government in Chile decided to modify the tax structure of the country making it more heavy to us, the taxpayers. But not only that, it did it more complex, more hard to grasp and convoluted. This reformation in Chile is so big and twisted --and absurd--, that is more like a nonsense, a bad joke. And every single step of the discussion and the debate, every sympton of this social evil (when it is out of control), appears in "For Good and Evil." As long as we read the book we realize (we Chileans) that we haven't left any single sin untouched. With this reformarion, we, as a society, are guilty of every tax crime we have perpetrated.

I mean, against ourselves.

Charles Adams has written not only a highly informative book, full of insight and discussion, but also a beautiful one. He's a good writer, a very good one indeed. That's why the four hundred and eigty pages are not noticed. Sumer, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, the Middle Ages, the Russians, up to the present, go before us telling the story of the world from the tax perspective. And believe it or not, it works.

Which means: What the author tells us is happening today as it did yesterday and it will continue as long as we live on Earth.

Troughout the ages, taxes have had several branches: the collection, the collector or taxman, the tax payer, and the control system. Our Internal Revenue Service today, which is an extension ot the oldest control systems dating back to the time of the pharaohs, is more a police system than a service. It knows everything about us. It is today as it was in Ancient Egypt or Russia. What they do to us it's happening just in front of our very eyes, and we don't notice it. We breath it without knowing that is not fresh air at all, without taking into account that it isn't based on a very solid floor: that of the morality. Yes, virtue is one thing. Discution and fixation of taxes quite another.

To make this book works as an explanation of the rise and fall of almost every empire or democracy, or their crisis and periodic hard times, Adams found in taxes the bridge that links the power of the State with the individual. Taxes are the synapses between power and individual: too much or too little of a given neurotransmitter, we feel the effects. That is the reason why taxes should be under control, that's why we need to separate the power of spent from the power of tax, that's why not to control the intrusion (as it should be) of the State in our affairs is so serious.

We made it work this way, now we have to fix it.

I don't know what will happen in the U.S., but in my country the tax system is getting bigger and bigger, from the collection of taxes up to the very control of our lives. Nobody sees, I mean, the common guy like me, that this curious monster is not going to change. Take this into account: our IRS in Chile is the most modern and advanced public "service" we have had ever. Nothing compares. It crosses and observes everything.

Adams has given us this book as a concession to the good criteria and to the moderation that Montaigne told us about in his Essays, and that have to govern our acts. He tells the history and the story, but not only that. He gives us the solutions and the alternatives we have at hand. So this book is not only about the problem, is about the way to solve it. And the way to do it passes just through our dignity as citizens. It's not a choice we have, is a mandate: we have to do something --as history teaches that people did when their rights were overruled-- when taxes give way to robbery.

My underlines are hundreds. Here is my favorite and with it I put an end to my review: "Freedom from oppresive taxation caused the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and revolts and rebellions throughout history too numerous to mention. The War of the Rebellion, as it was officially called, has at its core what has been at the core of most rebellions from our earliest historical records, taxes."

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I found this book at a used book store many years ago. It's one of the best books I've ever read on the subject. Taxes are a necessary evil, we all know that. But what I got out of the book is how taxes are used not secure to the blessings of liberty and security of a country but how it almost always ends up the same way: corruption and abuse until a collapse comes. There are several examples of the opposite: low and fair taxes, which result in prosperity... until someone blunders the success and impliments new taxes, until a collapse. The problem follows the same pattern; at first the taxes are almost invisible. The gains outweigh the costs. But then comes a progressive step by step increase until soon the tax code is nothing but a "vote buying" scheme. For me this book provided enough evidence that society needs to find a way to stop it, and I think I know how.

Everyone wants to "soak the rich" or "feed the poor." These are emotional sentiments and they have no place in the tax code, yet they are everywhere. Taxes need to be like rights. They are color blind and w/o favor one way or the other. Everyone should pay the same rate. I don't care what the number is... but it should be the same for every person. Traditionally our government spending has been at about 18-20% of GDP. (excluding for a moment our current quandary.) So I think ever person should pay 19%. Fixed. Constitutionally never to change. Just like "religion" should not be in politics, morals and vote buying should not be in the tax code.

But what about emergencies? Well just like in your own home, if you have an emergency you deal with it. You borrow or you cut someplace else. And borrowing is just another way of saying "paying the tax later" so that means making cuts someplace, sometime else.

Based on the information in this book (which I found very well done and extensive) I believe taxes need to be flat and w/o any regard to race, gender, occupation, or how much a person earns. Just one number and everyone pays the same. (Note, this is my opinion based on the information in the book. I don't recall the author making any suggestions as to the tax code.)

You may come up with another idea, but the book provides plenty of examples of what doesn't work (and why.) I can only hope people learn from it and we can get a just tax someday.

Jogas
I decided to read this book because I saw a quote on another book of taxation. I'm a brazilian lawyer who works exclusively with tax for more than twelve years and I had never read something about taxation history so amazing.
It's all about other countries but Brazil, but the stories are really similar. It's so sad to notice how deceived that we are by our governments. During my reading I got really upset to notice that most of the time the history is twisted to be adapted to the interest of taxation.
I trully recommend this book to every student, lawyer and people that are interested in tax history.
If I had read this book before, probably I wouldn't have many difficulties to understand why people are so plundered by taxation and simply don't do so much to revert this situation.
Here in Brazil the taxation is an absurd. We fell robbed! But we are not doing our part on that matter: we keep paying and buing stuff with indirect taxation.
Well, don't miss that book. It's really provocative and thrilling. You wont't let the book until you finish the last line.

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