Deconstructing the Magic Money Tree. A UK Column Series

Mike RObinson and David Scott of UK Column and Northern Exposure discuss The Magic money Tree.

In 1729 Benjamin Franklin wrote a pamphlet ´´A modest Enquiry into the nature and the necessity of a paper Currency.”
a modest enquiry,
”There is no Science, the Study of which is more useful and commendable than the Knowledge of the true Interest of one’s Country; and perhaps there is no Kind of Learning more abstruse and intricate, more difficult to acquire in any Degree of Perfection than This, and therefore none more generally neglected. Hence it is, that we every Day find Men in Conversation contending warmly on some Point in Politicks, which, altho’ it may nearly concern them both, neither of them understand any more than they do each other”.

With Benjamin Franklin’s words in our mind also this in the introduction to Popes Essay on Man from the publisher,
“The reader of Pope, as of every author, is advised to begin by letting him say what he has to say, in his own manner to an open mind that seeks only to receive the impressions which the writer wishes to convey. First let the mind and spirit of the writer come into free, full contact with the mind and spirit of the reader, whose attitude at the first reading should be simply receptive. Such reading is the condition precedent to all true judgment of a writer’s work. All criticism that is not so grounded spreads as fog over a poet’s page. Read, reader, for yourself, without once pausing to remember what you have been told to think.”

Armed with an open mind and thinking caps on lets see what Mike and David Make of it all

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

September 2, 2020
The principles of tax policyWritten evidence submitted by the Systemic Fiscal Reform Group

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The principles of tax policy
Written evidence submitted by the Systemic Fiscal Reform Group


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