Here's a question that I noted some years back
when first I read this book and it has pestered
my mind ever since. Can anyone answer this?
In Iorwerth Prothero's ARTISANS AND POLITICS
IN EARLY 19TH CENTURY LONDON: JOHN GAST
AND HIS TIMES (U. of Louisiana Press, 1979), the
author makes the claim that Thomas Paine wanted
the British taxation system to be "replaced by an
income tax which above £23,000 a year should
Is Prothero correct? Honestly, I don't recall it, if so.
As I recall, Paine proposes a tax of 20 Shillings per
pound for the £23,000 estate and hoped it would
encourage the break-up or sell-off large holdings.