The great charade
Gary Lawrence Murphy
17 Jul 2002 12:58:40 -0400
>>>>> "J" == Jim Whitehead <email@example.com> writes:
J> A good dividing line is the answer to the question, "do the
J> military victors intend to collect taxes from the vanquished?"
J> In the case of US/Afghanistan, and US/Iraq, the answer is no.
Taxes??? Where have you been, man! That's /so/ 19th Century! Victors
don't take /taxes/ from the vanquished anymore, that's /way/ too
expensive to enforce and collect. No, they take loan interest, voting
shares, transport right-of-way and exclusive distribution rights.
... and the answer there, as with US/Japan and US/Germany, is "yes".
Gary Lawrence Murphy <firstname.lastname@example.org> TeleDynamics Communications Inc
Business Innovations Through Open Source Systems: http://www.teledyn.com
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