Kali-yuga taxation

In the ’60s the Beatles recorded a song by George Harrison called “Taxman.” Part of the lyrics goes like this: “There’s one for you, nineteen for me Should five percent appear too small, be thankful I don’t take it all” (19 refers to shillings. In the sixties there were 20 shillings to the pounds, and a shilling was then the basic unit of British currency). In a 1972 lecture in Los Angeles, Srila Prabhupada talked about kali- yuga corruption in the Indian and other governments regarding taxes. He told us, “You give us tax, and you go to hell. It doesn’t matter. You give us tax. And the tax is divided amongst themselves. That is government. We know in India, the tax collected, eighty percent is spent among the government servants.”