While I love Thomas Sowell. I want to edit this quote. ‘most of what they saved up’ and ‘rather than to their heirs?’. That seems more inclusive. Pretty sure girls can save as well (as far as I know).
In any event. No. I can’t explain why this is. It’s a total ‘Dick move’ in my opinion, double taxation and just… did I say ‘Dick move’ already? Well lets just underscore that for effect.
Its likely because the dead just lie there. And take it. Instead of rising up to feast on the living in a vengeful night of… well… vengeance.
My strategies to counter this eventuality are two pronged (I mean taxation as opposed to the zombie apocalypse)
- Don’t ever die. Or
- Don’t have anything the government can take from me at the point of my demise.
Both of which are quite tricky.
Or we could you know… vote. And change (bad) laws. I have more faith in the not dying part of my strategy.
Of course you might (hopefully just initially) be inclined to argue that this is a ‘rich’ people problem and therefore doesn’t affect the majority of the population ergo, why should we care? Plus the rich people don’t care about poor people… so really ‘$%&# you’. There is also a school of thought that advocates total seizure of a dead persons assets and that there should be no inheritance of any kind ever… the idea being our society would be a lot more equal and that people should never get wealthier through luck of the draw (in terms of getting wealthy parents, good schooling etc) as opposed to having to (actually) work for it.
In my view it all depends on your view of freedom. And whether you believe in it or not.
Personally I believe that my stuff is my stuff. Feel free to moralize over my hoarding tendencies… but taking half my stuff when I die is stealing. I should be able to decide what to do with my stuff. And if I want to distribute it to my heirs (being aware of the problems this might cause) that is MY decision. I can also give it to charity or burn it all on a giant bonfire should I so desire.