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Abolition of income tax

Well, nothing like arriving with a bang.

The UK Libertarian party has issued its first policy - the abolition of income tax.

It's radical, and I fear it will allow opponents to portray the party as lunatics, but who knows, maybe people are ready for something radical?

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The economic policies look conventional rather than radical. Why not abolish the Bank of England? Why not state that taxation is theft?
It's worrying when even libertarians are fighting over the centre ground.
Mar 3, 2008 at 7:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterKit
Would you win an election if you did so?
Mar 3, 2008 at 10:56 AM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill
"Would you win an election if you did so?"

Never and I hope that is not their goal. They should be challenging the orthodoxy not re-enforcing it.
Next time I'm in the pub spouting drunken nonsense I don't want my fellow drinkers to turn around and say "even the Libertarian Party believes in a big state and central banks."
Mar 3, 2008 at 3:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterKit
So how is anything going to change? I mean you can say that you want to abolish income tax, but if everyone just says you're a nutter and ignores you, we are no further forward. Are we?
Mar 3, 2008 at 4:02 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill
"So how is anything going to change?"
By the centre of politics moving towards your position, not by moving to theirs.
If no one is saying "abolish income tax" - it will never happen.
Just look how far Labour has moved towards a more economically liberal position. Even in welfare they are slowly moving in the right direction. (Sadly backwards on civil liberties)
If you want to find nutters you need to look to the left.
Mar 3, 2008 at 6:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterKit
OK, I see what you mean. I think if this is the tactic adopted, you need to have your rapid rebuttal unit at the ready.
Mar 3, 2008 at 6:55 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

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