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  • Published: 29 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241360842
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $26.00

Daylight Robbery

How Tax Shaped Our Past and Will Change Our Future




Why the way we are taxed is broken - and what we need to do to make it work now and in the future

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.

  • Published: 29 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241360842
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Dominic Frisby

Dominic Frisby is a comedian, an investment columnist for MoneyWeek and is a frequent speaker on gold and money on television, radio and at conferences. His first book, Life After the State, was published by Unbound in 2013.

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