@SizeofaPea “oh, don’t worry, you shouldn’t have to pay taxes, you give me ”contributions,” those pesky taxes are for the poor people.”
“And more and more, as the last years of the Third Republic ticked off, the wealthy found it difficult to put the interest of the nation above that of their class. Faced with specific obligations to the country if the state were not to flounder in a financial morass, they shrank from meeting them. The Republic might go under, but their valuables would be preserved. In the meantime they would not help keep it afloat by paying a fair share of the taxes. The tax burden was for others to shoulder.”-from “The Collapse of the Third Republic”by correspondent/historian William L. Shirerwriting about France in the mid-1930’s.