#ButTaxes

Nobody likes taxes. Not even those who live in a society.

Examples

[JOBS AND POCKETS] Any debate about climate change must discuss which IPCC prediction we believe and what the effect on jobs and pockets will be if we do what Greta etc want (source).

[TAXES DON’T PREVENT BAD WEATHER] Why should I need to be a climatologist to decide if it’s too warm outside, or if simultaneous contradictory claims can both be true, or if the weather’s getting worse, or if taxes can prevent bad weather?

Objections and Replies

§1 Taxation is teft. –

You read too much Freedom Fighters. Taxation is the price we pay for civilization.

§2 Taxes cost us. –

Taxes can be neutral. Taxes can replace other taxes, for instance those levied to pay for fossil fuel subsidies.

§3. Taxes don’t work. –

Indeed they do.

§4. Taxes don’t prevent bad weather. –

When implemented properly, Pigouvian taxation changes behavior. The end game is to stablize our emissions, and taxing them should help.

Notes

The winning strategy turns the exchange into a budgeting exercise. Build your own list of dubious spending decisions: military spendings, Mars exploration, police force, etc. Audits never end.

See also #ButTrillions, #ButPsyOp, #ButGovernment, #ButConspiracy.