“I propose we stop saying ‘taxes’ and start calling them ‘dues.'”
Richard Conniff of the New York Times would like us to stop using the word ‘taxes’ and replace it with dues. ‘Taxes’, you see, has “become the ugliest word in the English language, right up there with its evil twin, ‘death.'” (Gee I wonder why that comparison is so apt.)
… the word â€œduesâ€ also plays into the psychology of group identity, and that can work to the benefit of conservatives and liberals alike. Consider that â€œtaxâ€ comes from the Latin for â€œappraiseâ€ with punitive overtones of â€œcensureâ€ or â€œfault,â€ as if wage-earners have done something wrong by their labors. â€œDues,â€ in contrast, is rooted in social obligation and duty.
Since ‘dues’ may be defined as “a charge or fee for membership, as in a club or organization,” I say more power to Mr. Conniff. Membership in clubs and organizations is voluntary.
This may be just the opening we need to remove the burden of involuntary taxation once and for all!