The entire modern society is a giant scam to enslave the population.
For example, in 1913 the US income tax rate was 1%. You could keep 99% of your hard earned income.
Today, if you are self employed in the United States you have to pay around 40% of your income in taxes (income tax + self employment tax). It almost becomes impossible for people to earn a living through self employment.
Instead they are forced to work for corporations, where they will not be directly charged self employment tax (around 14% of total income). You are put in a situation where it is only possible to exist working as a slave for a corporation.
On top of the 40% income tax and self employment tax one has to pay, there are also state taxes which vary between 3% and 5% depending on the state. Then there is sales tax, so you are also paying every time you purchase anything, even the food you need to survive.
Don’t forget property tax, which the government perpetually charges you on land you already own, if you are lucky enough to own your own land. Basically the people have to pay rent on all the property in the country perpetually, even though it is their own land. Can there be a simpler scam then renting people’s own properties to them, forever?
Where would people be happier? In a country where you have to work like a slave and give 50% of your income to the government in the form of various taxes, or in a country where income tax was just 1%, like it was in 1913 in the United States?
Supposedly slavery was ended in the 1800’s, but in reality it was just transformed and expanded in the form of bonded laborers enslaved to corporations and the taxing governments. It is no coincidence that various unbearable taxes were created shortly after slavery was abolished. There has always been a class of elite who want to profit off of others’ labor.
In the Bhagavata Purana this is predicted as follows:
“Harassed by famine and excessive taxes, people will resort to eating leaves, roots, flesh, wild honey, fruits, flowers and seeds. Struck by drought, they will become completely ruined.” – Bhagavata Purana 12.2.9
niranne bhū-tale rājan
“In the Age of Kali, people’s minds will always be agitated. They will become emaciated by famine and taxation, and will always be disturbed by fear of drought.” – Bhagavata Purana 12.3.39