Roughly two thousand years ago, the government of ancient Rome was facing a serious problem.
The tributium capitus, or poll tax, they had imposed across their provinces was becoming unpopular.
And there was a growing minority of Roman subjects who felt they were being forced to pay an overly burdensome and disproportionately high tax bill.
Things got so bad that there were small revolts, especially in one of Rome’s critical eastern provinces where many simply refused to pay.
Eventually the authorities were able to round up the leader of the movement – a youthful, charismatic local artisan who was brought before the provincial prefecture.
After reviewing the evidence, though, the prefecture found that the leader had actually done nothing illegal… and according to ancient texts, announced to the public:
‘I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. . .’
This post was published at Sovereign Man on November 7, 2017.