— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) December 31, 2015
This post is largely based on an earlier post at the RenounceUScitizenship blog.
I accidentally came across an incredible book by Charles Adams called:
For Good and Evil – The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization.
One review is here.
This is a tremendous book. I specifically recommend Chapter 37 “Learning From The Past”. I remain convinced that the single biggest threat to the United States (and possibly the rest of the world) is the complexity of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. Mr. Adams is a brilliant tax historian who demonstrates how the history of civilizations may be understood by studying the history of their tax policies. At the present time the United States is under direct attack. The attack is NOT coming from outside the United States (no it’s not from Americans abroad). The attack is coming from the lethal combination of a corrupt Congress that does evil by tinkering with the Internal Revenue Code.
This is not the first time that I have posted about Charles Adams at the Isaac Brock Society. In an earlier post, I introduced Mr. Adams as follows:
Here are some of what Charles Adams considers to be the 27 lessons from the history of taxation (page 452 of the first edition of his book: “For Good and Evil – The Impact of Taxes On The Course of Civilization“):
11. If liberty is to be defended with success against the dominance of the state, then financial privacy must be preserved. Banking privacy is one the cornerstones of liberty, having its roots in the principle of early English Law that a man’s castle (primarily his treasury) is beyond the surveillance of the king.
24. Taxes that are not apportioned among all taxpayers with impartiality and fairness lose all force of moral obligation.
Mr. Adams was writing in 1993 before FATCA and the “FBAR Fundraiser“.
In any event, I am thrilled to see that the Mises Institute hosted Charles Adams for a week of seminars (which are based on the book).
Better yet, the seminars are (the wonders of technology) available below on YouTube. I haven’t listened to them yet. But, if they are like the book. Mr. Adams will give you a model to understand tax policy and the impact that it is sure to have on the future of the United States.
Incredible stuff! Highly recommend (and no I have never met Mr. Adams.) I hope that you take the time to listen to some of the videos.