WHO ABOLISHED CORVEE LABOUR IN EGYPT AND WHY?
INTERNS BUILT DA PYRAMIDS!
Hey, better or worse than taxation of your (otherwise) savings? The Government just steals your personal profit from the profit of your labour. Is the tax percentage higher or lower than your savings one?*
Either way, you’re a slave!
That’s three ways, for those counting:
- debt (and collectors) – Future labour owed
- forced labour – Present labour demanded
- taxation confiscation (invented in the 19/20th centuries, for war only). – Past labour taken twice. The taxing labour itself (2) and then, as in a criminal punishment, a fine levied on the sacrosanct fruits of one’s individual labour.
For 1 and 3
We wuz repossessed?
“The collection of taxes was often performed by coercion.”
Some things never change.
…whatever happened to consent, consent of the governed?
“Attempts were made to tax other parts of the population, and as one could hardly supervise everybody’s economic activities, Late Period Egyptians had to declare their income.”
Essentially, he states that a transition from mercenary to outright slave is unlikely because there would undoubtedly be opposition, hastening the Exodus outcome.
Write a musical about it and people might give a shit.
It doesn’t matter if you get 5% on your “savings”, if before that you lost 30% of your “earnings”.