Death, Taxes, and Anacondas

As usual when writing about looseness of language, Dalrymple sets his sights on the Guardian, which recently accused Ed Milliband of tax avoidance (by which they apparently meant tax evasion):

The economic worldview being promoted by the deliberate conflation of tax avoidance and tax evasion is that the first call on anyone’s money is that of the state. Tax avoidance and tax evasion are in essence the same because everyone has a duty to pay as much tax as he can: the Earth is the state’s and the fulness thereof. Everyone has the right only to what the state thinks ought to be left to him after it has taken what it considers its share; all our money is, in effect, pocket money, doled out by the government-parent to the citizen-child. We are the wards, not the masters, of the state.

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