World of greed

We live in a world of greed, where the rich get richer and everyone else is treated as a slave. Is this how we are meant to live and interact with each other? It is my view that this is not the case.

The human race initially consisted of family groups, moving to tribal and eventually a village society. Once the collection of people became too large for everyone to know each other, at least by sight, an opportunity arose for human predators to become active. In today’s society where neighbour does not know neighbour, these predators flourish at society’s expense.

Some of these predators are real people such as con men, tricksters and fraudsters. They operate by manipulating people’s trust and general greed and stupidity. It has been shown to be impossible to protect people against themselves. Continual moving from victim to victim is the hallmark of this type of predator.

The most common type of predator is the one that continually manipulates society to ensure that it can predate upon society without getting tarred and feathered and removed from society. We all know who these predators are, the Government, banks, big business and all the so-called quasi government organizations that virtually control society without any mandate from society even to exist.

Banks are a case in point. Originally set up as a safe repository of the nations cash, they are effectively trying to remove cash completely from our society. The increased reliance upon electronic financial transactions and the fact that you are actually charged for depositing or withdrawing the legal currency of the land must indicate that cash has a finite life within society. The question that must be asked is “Why should cash disappear?” The major reason appears to be the ability to maintain control over society as a whole. The IRD has maintained that the black untaxed economy has been growing enormously in the last ten years or so. This black economy survives by the use of untraceable cash. Therefore, the theory goes that if there is no cash, all financial transactions must take place through a bank, the black economy will disappear, and therefore the IRD will increase the overall tax take and personal tax rates will fall. This is a load of hogwash, as a report commissioned by the IRD found that reducing monetary control and tax rates increased the overall tax take.

The present tax laws are recognised as being extremely convoluted, ambiguous and draconian in their application. However, our elected government seems to have no will (or ability) to scrap all the present legislation and come up with a very simple system that applies to everyone equally. Such a system could be based on a 1% transaction tax for all amounts transferred into and out of a bank account. This would also include the banks and businesses that use the Reserve Bank and other facilities to balance their books on a daily basis. This amounts to multi-millions of dollars every day, and yet financial transactions such of these are exempt from any form of taxation. Individual accounts are already monitored to pay the taxman, so why not the corporate’s?

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