{Prime} Daylight Robbery: How Tax Shaped Our Past and Will Change Our FutureAuthor Dominic Frisby – Z55z.co

Fuel for the post Christmas lunch argumentFinancial Times Death and taxes are our inevitable fate We ve been told this since the beginning of civilisation But what if we stopped to question our antiquated system Is it fair And is it capable of serving the needs of our rapidly changing, modern society In Daylight Robbery, Dominic Frisby traces the origins of taxation, from its roots in the ancient world, through to today He explores the role of tax in the formation of our global religions, the part tax played in wars and revolutions throughout the ages, why, at one stage, we paid tax for daylight or for growing a beard Ranging from the despotic to the absurd, the tax laws of the past reveal so much about how we got to where we are today and what we can do to build a system fit for the future This entertaining, surprising, contrarian book is a tour de force Matt Ridley, author of The Evolution of Everything In this spectacular gallop through history, Frisby shows how taxation has warped, stunted and thwarted human progress Mark Littlewood, Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs Against all expectations, Dominic s book on tax is a real page turner His historical interpretation and utopian ideas will outrage Left and Right Both should read the book Steve Baker, MP for Wycombe and Member of the House of Commons Treasury Committee Fascinating book which exposes the political and economic basis of tax A must read for those of us who believe in simpler, lower taxes Rt Hon Liz Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade Both amusing and informative, it s a romp Bill Bonner, author of Empire of Debt

14 thoughts on “Daylight Robbery: How Tax Shaped Our Past and Will Change Our Future

  1. Gareth Seward Gareth Seward says:

    At first glance, a book about tax may not appear to be the most appealing of subjects However, I strongly advise that you go against that initial instinct and take a chance on Daylight Robbery by Dominic Frisby.Just dive straight in, you will be glad that you did The first portion of this book takes us on an incredible journey throughout history, from the unique perspective of taxation You will be amazed, amused and aghast in equal measure at the incredible impact and influence taxes have had towards shaping our lives, culture, society and virtually every major historical event Even your own name has its origins in taxation.The latter half of the book takes a look at how technology advancements pose a very striking threat to taxation as we know it, as well as the author s fascinating and highly informed insights about how the future of taxation may evolve, and what it would really take to make Utopia work.As a big fan of Dominic Frisby s previous work Life After The State is one of my favourite books , expectations were high for this offering Those expectations have been surpassed, and Daylight Robbery is one of the better books that I have read over the last few years.Far enjoyable than you may initially think, the author s writing style is clear in it s simplicity, and is laced with wit and humour Give this a go.

  2. Stephen Bendixson Stephen Bendixson says:

    Mr Frisby s book is easy to read and light on jargon I ve read fairly widely on financial history and this is a book that I ve been waiting for without knowing it Few writers I ve come across combine an ability to tell a good historical tale with a down to earth economic understanding of the forces at play The tax stories of the French Revolution and the American Civil War were especially rewarding What impressed me most about this book was the way the author was able to be highly critical of Western governments without demonising them Illuminating the historical paths that have led to their current hapless condition enables an even handed and compassionate treatment I m not sure about the author s libertarian ideology, but his outline of the ongoing battle between the tech giants and government over taxation is well worth the read Recommended.

  3. @Timothy_Hughes @Timothy_Hughes says:

    Daylight Robbery was recommended to my by a Financial Times FT journalist Dominic, takes you through a history of the world Well, actually it s a history of tax, but what we find out is that every transformation in history was driven by decisions on tax You do start to feel, in a nice way of course, as Dominic as a very open writing style, that he is a little biased.The book, finishes up with his suggestions for tax in the future, as you can imagine his view is very much that we shouldn t start from here Overall an interesting read, well researched and written in a style that actually made tax interesting Now that is an achievement.

  4. Author - The Good, Bad, Greedy Acoountants Author - The Good, Bad, Greedy Acoountants says:

    I bought this book not knowing anything about the author as it is a subject that interests me and a subject I know a lot, probably too much, about The first part was an easy and amusing read through the history of tax much better than those historians that invent technicalities to complicate the past I kept it by the toilet and read a bit at a time Then got to the last few chapters and thought Wow this guy has something good to say, is creative and mostly right I took it away and finished it Then looked up Mr Frisby on youtube Great interviewer does not interupt unlike BBCs etc Caswell was brilliant Why cant he be in charge of Newsnight instead of a pair of legs A land reform tax would be great from a start up but will never get through over here so I have to regard it as a UK fantasy But there is within 100 miles of London a society build on just that Land Tax with no VAT , no other taxes and needs no accountants to do tax returns Its called Sark What could work here though is small reforms to VAT that does not have to be regressive , planning, income tax and NI You cannot effect major change in our system I have set out such reforms in publications that were read by Mum and have had some articles published in stuff nobody reads Although the ideas are fairly simple they just go over peoples heads who are caught up in their own, these days, complicated worlds full of competing information Mr Frisby makes a good point that unless you do something stupid you dont stand out I am still trying But five stars for Mr F.

  5. charles morris charles morris says:

    History is normally written through the lens of war or leaders Dominic tells that story through tax Our leaders have been grabbing what they can since the beginning of time Taxes change behaviour and without them, wars would be unaffordable Taxes are seen to be a moral cause But are they Dominic has written a thoroughly enjoyable and well researched book Buy it for a socialist friend You never know, you might even turn them.

  6. FreeTheMarket:FreeTheWorld FreeTheMarket:FreeTheWorld says:

    A brilliant read A well written and fulfilling look at the history of taxation across many countries, where we are today and how we can improve or dare I say in this ever increasing world of censorship on free speech, abolish and radically improve the current taxation and global monetary system.An excellent follow up to Bitcoin Life After The State.Cheers Dominic

  7. Paul Paul says:

    No one should enter a political discussion especially politicians until you ve read this and understood , the past, present and future of taxes Great read, entertaining as well as informative

  8. Shaun Shaun says:

    Really enjoyed this book Some interesting solutions towards the end of the book

  9. Michael Michael says:

    I could not put this book down The chapters on the history of tax were fascinating, the chapters on the future of taxation were at turns exciting and chilling Frisby has done an amazing job of making a book about taxation philosophy and practice into an enjoyable, accessible read Everyone should read this book

  10. Craig Hanson Craig Hanson says:

    This is an easy read filled with interesting facts that are well documented and with thought provoking ideas Highly recommend

  11. Steven L. Hayes Steven L. Hayes says:

    This is a great book that explains how taxes have been used to not only raise money but to control people Just like today That is why we need the FAIRtax

  12. Simon McDonald Simon McDonald says:

    A fantastic book Really interesting and very thought provoking Dominic highlights the central driver of history tax and shows how it has been the cause of many revolutions and other major historical events He does this in a way that is as politically neutral way as possible IMO and has an excellent chapter in a new Utopia which i loved.I highly recommend this book and will be talking about this book for a long time

  13. Loren Pierre Loren Pierre says:

    The delves into the history of taxation by various government and it s role in the development of many customs and traditions of today, dating back from ancient Mesopotamia all the way to present He also delves into some theories regarding a equitable taxation system at the end of the book I find it an interesting read and definitely something anyone interested in free markets or political history should read.

  14. jim jim says:

    luv it shows what govt fed is all about