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Taxation In Utopia: 

Required Sacrifice and

the General Welfare

Cover: Anemone, designed by William Morris, 1876. Jacquard-woven silk and wool or silk damask fabric.

Jonathan Swift's flying island of Laputa

"Every senator in the great council of a nation, after he had delivered his opinion, and argued in the defence of it, should be obliged to give his vote directly contrary; because if that were done, the result would infallibly terminate in the good of the public."

"I heard a very warm debate . . . about the most commodious and effectual ways and means of raising money without grieving the subject. . . . [One suggestion was taxing] those qualities of body and mind for which men chiefly value themselves, the rate to be . . . according to the degrees of excelling, the decision whereof should be left entirely to their own breast." -- Gulliver's Travels




Drawing of Robert Owen's planned (but never constructed) community. Between 1825 and 1827 the Owenite community of about one thousand members inhabited the former Harmony Society village, founded by George Rapp's followers at New Harmony, Indiana, USA. The town now features a museum, the Atheneum, commemorating its early utopian heritage.

Stedman Whitwell (1784–1840), Architect. Architectural  model from Whitwell's 1825 design featuring a thirty-three acre self-contained village enclosing a twenty-two acre quadrangle, to be constructed on two thousand acres near the Wasbash river at the south-western tip of Indiana. The building comprises dwelling houses, central public buildings, kitchens, baths, stores, offices, gymnasiums and botanic gardens. The caption for the model describes it as the "Design for a community of 2000 persons founded upon a principle commended by Plato, Lord Bacon and Sir Thomas More." Whitwell lived in New Harmony during 1825. 



"Law and taxation, as these are now necessarily administered, are evils of the greatest magnitude. They are a curse to every part of society." -- Robert Owen




 Cover: Anemone, designed by William Morris, 1876. Jacquard-woven silk and wool or silk damask fabric.