An email to my father.

So the question as you have posed it is, if I understand correctly, if there is a little drowning boy in the middle of the lake, are we not all morally obligated to try to save him, as long as of course it’s no skin off our nose, right? And this question is then extended out to being charitable, philanthropic, right? Like giving money to those in need? And whether or not to tax said money the way we tax, let’s say, furniture from crate & barrel or cigarettes or hamburgers, right? The for idea being if we tax one type of consumption we should tax all types of consumption because charity is, according to this argument a type of consumption, right? And the against idea being that charitable giving is not equatable with consumption because it is a gift and should not be taxed, right…

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