Re: The Sovereign State and Its Competitors

Robin Hanson (
Tue, 1 Apr 1997 17:06:44 -0800 (PST)

Let me endorse these responses of Damien's to Zylof.
>May never be an option on Earth. Banks' Culture was born this way: in
>mobile space habitats. Ships and portable land. Not the situation we
>face. ...
>Property tax. Poll tax. Visible wealth tax -- most people won't find
>that Swiss bank account very useful if they can't buy anything with it.

We had a long discussion about this many months ago; certain
activities may no longer be taxed, but taxes in general are quite feasible into
the indefinite future.
The Low Golden Willow writes:
The Low Golden Willow writes:

Zylof also wrote:
>The mortgage deduction is one powerful solution that has been
>found for pinning people down on big chunks of fixed capital.

I have no idea what you mean here. Prop 13 in Calif did it by putting
a big taxes on moves. But the mortgage deduction in general?

Robin D. Hanson