Timmy Elsewhere

At the WSJ.

Sadly, my last para did not survive the editing process:

The real Robin of Loxley made his bones by assassinating those who collected taxes that had been levied unjustly, and returned the cash to the pockets of the populace where it might fructify. While such a commendable course of action fully justifies his renown this isn’t, I imagine, quite feasible these days. However joyously we might copy those deeds.

5 thoughts on “Timmy Elsewhere”

  1. So Mr. Worstall, you publish a comment in the Wall Street Journal saying wouldn’t it be nice if we could still assassinate tax collectors from the IRS.

    I hope I don’t get stuck behind you at US Immigration next time I’m there.

    Tim adds: Err, no. The WSJ published a comment of mine. And as I complain above, they took out that particular bit. Quite possibly for the reason you mention.

    And of course it doesn’t apply to the IRS or indeed to any other tax collector. For who would admit that they are collecting unjustly levied taxes?

  2. Well “John Galt”, don’t you imagine that the real John Galt would have actually, you know, read Tim’s comment and his WSJ article before criticizing either? The comment to which you object did not appear in the published article and besides, the paragraph above clearly states “isn’t quite feasible”.

    Second, and far more important- the legends of Robin of Loxley suggest that whoever he was did not steal from the rich and give to the poor – instead he returned to the poor their own money and property that had been stolen from them by unscrupulous “tax collectors”. That’s what made him a popular hero in late medieval times. You must understand that “tax collectors” in those days were little more than freelance thieves under the protection of the thoroughly corrupt sheriffs and royals. In modern western nations the authority of tax collectors is – technically – constrained by law. Unfortunately modern “sheriffs” and “kings” don’t seem to feel they are similarly constrained. Thus Tim’s article.

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