The price of Civilisation

Taxes

‘TAXES ARE WHAT WE PAY FOR A CIVILIZED SOCIETY’

This is a quote most often ascribed to the US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. It is inscribed above the entrance to the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service.

Personally I am inclined to agree with the economist Don Boudreaux,

‘Clearly taxes are something we pay because we are not civilized’