Friday, February 25, 2011

Confucius Analect of the Week, February 25, 2011

“The Chis were richer than the Duke of Chou had ever been, yet Jan Ch’iu, by accumulating taxes for them, [further] increased their wealth.  Therefore, the Master declared, 'He is no pupil of mine!  Pupils, you have my permission to attack him with your drums rolling.'”  (James R. Ware, Chapter II, Verse 17)

Confucius demands a limit on taxes to those accumulated under the Duke of Chou, the most virtuous of rulers.  Any additional taxation merits a violent tax revolt

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