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Taxation, Tyranny, and Theocracy: A Biblical Response to Susan Hamill


Gary North


Independent

June 10, 2013

Journal of Accounting, Ethics & Public Policy, Volume 14, No. 2 (2013)

Abstract:     
I respond to Prof. Hamill’s assertion that she is not recommending the exercise of theocratic power, as defined by Rev. Gregory Boyd. She is in fact a theocrat in terms of Rev. Boyd’s definition. In two previous peer-reviewed articles, she has called on Christians to organize politically in order to re-stricture specific tax codes. She has said that Christians have the votes to do this: around 80 percent of the electorate. She has identified what the top federal tax bracket rate should be: 50 percent. This is in addition to state and local taxes. She has made this call to political action on the basis of a specific ethical system: Christianity. Her social outlook is consistent with a Protestant tradition known as the social gospel. She says that the Bible has provided Christians with the basis of tax reform. I agree entirely with her regarding the legitimacy of such a call to political action by Christians. But I do disagree with the biblical texts she uses to argue her case. I use the Bible’s tax texts, plus the Mosaic text that affirms the rule of law (Exodus 12:49) and also the text mandating the equal application of justice, irrespective of wealth (Leviticus 19:15).

Number of Pages in PDF File: 67

Keywords: Hamill, tax policy, tyranny, theocracy, Judeo-Christian ethics, Two Kingdom Theory, Objectivist Ethics

JEL Classification: H2, K34

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Date posted: June 12, 2013  

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North, Gary, Taxation, Tyranny, and Theocracy: A Biblical Response to Susan Hamill (June 10, 2013). Journal of Accounting, Ethics & Public Policy, Volume 14, No. 2 (2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2277384 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2277384

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