In my country, where only around 30% of the people pay direct municipal taxes or for electricity or for roads or for water, I can argue that only those people directly taxed for those amenities should be able to vote in municipal elections. Those who don't pay anything at all shouldn't be allowed to vote at all. No pay- no direct representation.
In a normal economy, the cost of those taxes are dispersed to the whole community. While a renter doesn't directly pay property taxes, it is included in their rent. Higher property taxes equals higher rent. Higher tariffs equal higher costs for products at the store, even if the consumer is not directly paying the tariff.
In a normal economy, yes. Where I live 70% of the people do not pay rent or municipal taxes or anything. No form of income going into the local government, at all. What happens is that the paying 30% face paying for the rent electricity, etc. for the 70% who pay nothing at all. Coming election time, with 70% not paying for anything, we all know how that will go.
That's a distinction that has a lot of room for abuse. A lot of people could be disenfranchised because they don't pay "directly" enough in a given jurisdiction. I'd rather give the vote to a thousand who don't "deserve" it than take it away from one who does.
Actually, by taxing the small percentage law-abiding citizens who pay for things to breaking point only works up to a point. That point is when they run out of money to be able to give.
Sure, but it is the opposite of what I currently experience in my country. The small percentage of people who actually pay something (around 30%) are completely outvoted by the large percentage of people who don't pay anything or for anything (around 70%).
In my country only the law-abiding are taxed. That's the problem. The percentage deciding to say "stuff that, nothing happens when not following the law" is growing every year. And all those people vote for people who decided that neither laws nor payment for anything would be important.
In those days it wouldn't have worked for him. It would have been hell for him.
Now we have millions of people, a lot poorer than him, doing what he tried. And the state doesn't give a damn. They did send in people trying to recuperate debts, all over the country, and those people got killed by the mobs. Then the state gave up on it.
They just tax the small percentage of people who do pay a lot more.