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TexasPiper -4 points ago +3 / -7

I’m annoyed that they are using the Bible to justify hatred of tax collectors.

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Sumarongi 5 points ago +5 / -0

Romans used a tax farming system. A tax collector was basically a private collection agency that kept a cut of the taxes as compensation.

They were hated for the same reason we hate the IRS; no one likes to pay taxes

DiscoverAFire 1 point ago +1 / -0

It wasn't a cut of the taxes, it was a cut on top of the taxes.

Romans say "this guy owes us 5%". Tax collector goes and tells him "You owe the romans 6%" ... or 8% or 10%, entirely up to the tax collector and how rich he feels like being at the expense of his countrymen.

Sumarongi 1 point ago +1 / -0

It’s essentially the same. No tax farmer is going to work for free; that’s how the tax farming system was designed

Seems unfit, but it’s essentially no different than any other middleman

It was an extortive system, which accomplish two things for the roman’s; they got paid, and the tax collectors took the heat. It was a good system, too, for the tax collectors as they got rich

Wolfebane84 6 points ago +6 / -0

Why does that annoy you?

Genuinely interested here.