from crux #23 - Uniformly
We say that the United States relies on the uniform rule of law.
Then we look for loopholes.
Like so much else, this problem starts with the progressive income tax system.
If there are deductions, then by definition taxes are too high.
Think about that carefully.
Any tax system that requires BY LAW your employer, your banker, and your neighbor to snitch on you without pay is immoral and wrong. Snitching with pay is pretty bad too.
It all goes back to making the law “more fair.” The rich should pay their fair share, so goes the thinking.
There is NOTHING in the U.S. Constitution about fairness. There’s plenty about freedom. There’s plenty about rights. But there is nothing about fairness.
Fairness in law is a lie.
Putting a higher tax on something because it’s a “sin” is not fair. Abating tax because the company is essential isn’t fair. Giving someone preferred treatment because of the color of their skin isn’t fair. All these things are because law is being selectively enforced.
It’s divide and conquer. The only way to protect you from bad law is to make sure that the law is uniformly enforced against everyone. It’s the only way to be safe. Otherwise the politicos will make sure that the law affects just short of enough people who could make a difference.
You may think that it’s fine if the rich pay more as long as you aren’t the rich. But what if rich is income over $1000 a year?
This is the problem. It’s not a right if the other guy doesn’t have it. It’s a privilege.
If we’re going to have uniform rule of law, there are certain things we can not allow.
No special recognition.
No special rights.
These things are sure signs of bad law.
I started keeping my crux files because I noticed I kept getting into the same discussions in comment threads on other people’s web sites. After a while it just made sense for me to organize my thoughts by topic. These are snippets. It’s not in any particular order, it’s just discussions I have again and again.