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Daylight Robbery

How Tax Shaped Our Past and Will Change Our Future
Narrated by: Dominic Frisby
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Money & Finance, Economics
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For most people, tax is something we pay, simply because we must. We seldom think much more about it; in fact, tax is something we'd rather forget. 

But the reality is that tax is the key to power. No government can survive without tax revenue - it is the fuel that every state, large and small, runs on. Many of the problems we face today, not least the enormous wealth gaps between rich and poor and between generations, can be traced back to our systems of tax. If you tax windows, many will sacrifice their daylight. If you tax cigarettes, some people will choose not to smoke; others will take up smuggling. Tax companies too much and many will relocate offshore.

In Daylight Robbery, Dominic Frisby offers an alternative vision of a system that is as old as civilisation itself. It will take you on a whirlwind journey through the history of taxation, from ancient Mesopotamia right up to the present day, explaining the key dynamics of taxation around the world and arguing that governments are going to have to radically change who they tax and how if they are to succeed in the future.

©2019 Dominic Frisby (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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An enthralling look at history, culture & society

Having previously enjoyed the author's previous work, I had high expectations for this. Those expectations, however, have been surpassed! At first glance a book about tax may sound dull and uninteresting, but in this instance nothing could be further than the truth. The sheer, phenomenal scale of how tax has literally shaped our lives in more ways than you would imagine, and how it has been hugely significant in virtually every major historical event is mind blowing. It's difficult to resist sharing some of the knowledge and facts I have learned, but I don't want to give anything away to potential readers/listeners. This book is literally surprise after surprise, fascinating fact after fascinating fact. Even the book's title is taken from some interesting tax related trivia. It is highly educational, but without any tedious scholarly feel to it. Rather the author, Dominic Frisby, has the wonderful writing ability to come across as your mate down the pub who would be excellent on quiz shows, such is their font of knowledge. No technical or academic jargon, just everyday plain English that everyone can relate to. Listening to the audio version, narrated by Dominic Frisby himself, is especially enriching. Dominic's relaxed and friendly manner adds the perfect colour to a fascinating journey throughout history, offering a perspective I don't think has ever been offered elsewhere. I highly recommend this book, regardless if you find the subject of tax an appealing notion or not. I guarantee this book will surprise you and grip you. Much like Mr. Frisby's excellent book "Life After The State", my friends are going to be hearing a lot about this book from me until they do themselves a favour and check it out for themselves.

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excellent analysis of tax treatment in society

never thought tax could be so interesting. many of the problems of the world can be traced back to taxation. well worth reading.

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A view of history through the lens of taxation

A very interesting tour of history through the lens of taxation and an interesting overview of how crypto currency and the internet is reshaping the modern world

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Actual, factual and scary to know about taxes

I learned a lot about history and specially about taxes, a book that all of us should read, as part of members of any society that pay taxes.

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Brilliant and Excellent

Delivered Very well by the author...opened my eyes on the history of taxation and how the world we live in is controlled and influenced by taxation....very relevant to whats going on currently...a must read for everyone...highly recommended..

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Engaging listen on a dull but important topic

I really enjoyed this book. It contains a lot of information which is delivered in a way that remains engaging.

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great work if not 100% in it prospects

great work as ever his books are a great colection of how to live your life

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Great history of taxation & methods explained

Great historical narration of tax. This should be required reading for perspective Members of Parliament in the UK. Inproving the lives of the many who seek shelter from reality in I'm a celebrity and Strictly etc is a hard ask on the group who can bring change. The book states a great Uptopian vision at the end. Spoiler ALERT: Where tax is basically transparent to the electorate but it assumes they are bright enough and be bothered to be engaged. So I am hoping Dominic might look at how that change could come about, an eco intectual based version of Extinction Rebellion? How and where these groups can be originated and work together with the joint aims of Sound money and democratised taxation. With end the result of a more sustainable planet whose aims align witn the aggressive ER whose PR machine is too abrasive for 95% of the population even though many can agree with the planet side of their views. Jumping up and down offering no solution has been a huge wasted opportunity. So could we next, see a book on the history of advertising and propaganda, Trump's election campaign and the first use of intelligent electral targetting (Cambridge Analytics). How will these groups use the work of Edward Louis Bernays to bring Dominic's Utopia to market? Occupy, ER show us how it's possible to motivate the eco intellectualism of the Sunday Sport reader but we need to make the story of how the "Utopian" party appeals to different market segments of people with different life understanding and motivations. Which can only do now in the cybernetic world we now live in. We now have the tools to have the same slogans marketed to each segment and neither segment needs to know or realised how it is being communicated to in slightly different ways. New book please. Title: "I want this one". The marketing of asperational politics to the masses" Great appendix to those who read The Sovereign Individual

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Wonderful history and a very interesting set of predictions

This books offers a wonderful view of history through the lenses of tax. I very interesting and cogent account is given. The predictions for the future are very interesting but we will have to wait and see how accurate they are. I hope Mr Frisbee continues to write more books and I will be sure to listen to them. Lay off the Bitcoin thought please.

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Great book

Interesting, informative and it's about tax! The author goes into the history of tax and then discusses the possibility of the changing world and the impact that could have on government.

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  • William K. Miller
  • 26-04-20

Outstanding!

I love it when a author narrates his own work. Usually no one else is as enthusiastic as they are about it. I believe he is right on the majority of points he makes at the end. I dont think I will see any of it in my time though.

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  • 08-03-20

Who knew a book about tax could be so interesting

Frisby did an exceptionally good job narrating the book. Well written and read. Always interesting 5/5

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-20

Brilliant narrative on how tax has shaped our life

This book provides key understanding on how taxes evolve and have shaped our society and continue to do so. I however disagree somewhat with his idea of Utopia because he didnt elaborate on the role of central banks and government, since central banks have for the last century allowed government to spend more than the taxes they collect deepening inequality through inflation. Just fixing tax policy alone without reigning in central banks ability to create money from nothing will only fix half the problem leaving the rot to fester until we reach today's circumstances again, both have to be fixed together or else it will eventually come apart.

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  • Termtrip
  • 05-02-20

90% of a great book.

All but the last Chapter was very informative and based on logical evidence, the last chapter was the downside. After just writing every other chapter, exposing how taxation has caused many issues in society, the last chapter was more of a brainfart. Insanity is doing something that has been proven bad, over and over again, then expecting different results trying it again. Taxation is a euphemism for extortion.

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  • Rodrigo
  • 23-12-19

A well-focused view of predation by Nation State

A great history of taxes. Well narrated and written. Another great book by Dominic Frisby