The Rosetta Stone to the US Code: A New History of Taxation

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10. Learning from the Past: What History Teaches

A New History of Taxation

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09/06/2004Charles Adams

Adams suggests nine reform items to tame the tax monster: 1) tear down the spy system, 2) establish a crime for tax extortion as well as a civil action for damages, 3) establish a civil action for damages for tortious tax administration including: malicious tax investigations, extortions, leaked information and grand jury abuse, 4) have all federal tax districts coincide with congressional districts and provide for the recall of district directors, 5) adjudicate tax disputes like any other debt, 6) decriminalize the tax law, 7) make congressional representatives and federal judges immune from the IRS, 8) make our federal tax system indirect as much as possible, and 9) another reform measure that may take the forefront in tax reform is a national consumption tax, like a sales tax.

In learning from the past, many nations taxed themselves to death. The Greeks discovered that tyranny resulted from direct taxation, so the kind of tax matters.

Lecture 10 of 10 from Charles Adams' The Rosetta Stone to the US Code: A New History of Taxation.


Charles Adams

Charles Adams (1930-2013) was an attorney and specialist in international taxation. He wrote extensively on taxes and their impact on civilization, for outlets including the New York TimesWashington Post, and Wall Street Journal. He was also an adjunct scholar at the Mises Institute and the Cato Institute. Among other books he was the author of For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization​.