December 17, 2010

Tax Culture or Manorialism?

Filed under: Economy, politics, thoughts — Tags: , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 7:01 pm

Before the concepts of agrarian and market economies, ancient societies especially the Roman Empire used to have a system based on Manorialism. In that society ruling elite comprising mostly of feudal elite and others used to control the land resources of the state through their political and military influence. The ruling elite support their finances and lifestyle by collecting obligatory contributions from the peasants and slave population under their jurisdiction. The contributions were in the form of coins, mandatory labor or even in the form of usable items and kinds. The dependent in return only used to get the right of living, earning just enough to live and a false sense of security.

The way situation in Pakistan is going, it seems we are moving very fast in backward direction of time to the point where Manorialism was at its peak and few lords used to enjoy enormous economic and ruling power. Recent debate on imposing new taxes or increasing the percentages of the old one to serve the expenses and corruption of our ruling elite is a good example of this.

The reality of our situation is that few classes of our people are working like bonded labour to pay most of the taxes so that they can ensure their living and also serve the ruling classes of the state. The Tax to GDP ratio debate and the methods which are devised to increase it in order to bring it to so called international standards seems to be leading a common salary class person in a position where he will only be able to serve the ruling elite with his hard work and his own survival will be just enough to keep him available for work.

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Depth of cheap journalism–>Mubashir Luqman calling Afridi culprit for exposing spot fixing in Pakistan Cricket

Filed under: thoughts — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 6:58 pm

Depth of cheap journalism. Mr. Luqman is calling someone a culprit who according to his sources exposed the corruption in Pakistan Cricket. Some BS in the name of supporting players. Luqman has rightly proved himself to be a Klan member of Mushi and Salman Taseer.

” Authenticated Sources has confirmed with proofs that English Newspaper News of the World has created the issue of Spot fixing on the report by Shahid Afridi due to few clashes with team players.

Moreover it is also confirmed that Shahid Afridi provided a letter of 4pages to ICC confirming that players are guilty and involved in spot-fixing.”

– Mubasher Lucman

This is a real sorry state of Pakistan where corrupt politicians, journalists,generals and even players use the cover of nationalism or patriotism for hiding their corruption.

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