So basically the "old tradition" starts and ends with "Apple".
The great thing is also, that with Apple heavily backing it you don't have to worry if it's worth picking up
Didn't you say the same about Objective-C a few years ago?
I would join the argument that our electorate fails.
I would argue that the choices are not what they should be.
I would also argue that what is left of our democracy is fading, over this very issue.
So, government would have no say in the business realm?
Picking winners and losers, I would agree, but to say government has no authority is anarchy.
And politics is not automatically about stealing people's money.
That power can be used that way, and is, but that is because our choices in any given election are dictated by wealth/power.
Politics are increasingly being used to create a divide, but not for the reasons you state.
The wealthy are the divide creators, and that in service of maintaining and advancing their wealth.
That you don't seem to see that indicates a narrow or willful view to me.
Taxation, disproportionate or otherwise
A, money should not equal speech.
B, those who make more money are the ones benefiting from our legal system. They have more to protect, use more services, etc.
Paying more seems fair to me.
C, taking the government budget, dividing by the number of citizens and expecting each to pay that amount? really?
Could that work? Why would you expect that? This fails on practicability as well as on fairness.
" To tax in a disproportionate manner while expecting the votes to have equal power is disingenuous"
Pure and simple. Might as well go back to Warlords and Kings
Your statement amounts to "those who pay more should have more say". That is not democracy.
"Get rid of income and wealth related taxes and then you may have your equal voting, but you will not have equal individual voting power with disproportionate taxation of individuals"
Why is this so? Excepting that greed among those who have want it so, what principal makes this necessary and definite.
I would venture that more are educated about the basics of our government, and that they are capable for forming opinions.
I would agree that more and better education would be very excellent, and would help.
But I have to disagree on the "who gets to yell loudest' part.
And one does not have to depend on the other.
This is the first of many things that need to change.
Money needs to be out of politics. Buying office leads to plutarchy. not democracy.
For all the "what about my speech" people, you gain it not lose it.
In the current system only the wealthy have any real speech.
Yes, people vote, but there is no real voice, only selecting between awful choices presented by the powerful.
Going the speed of light is bad for your age.