Posts tagged ‘Marilyn Bess’

GRRRRRR. Commerce is Not a "Privilege"

The government terminology that tends to tick me off the most is calling commerce a "privilege" that can only be granted to the state and therefor must be licensed with appropriate tribute paid to the state for the "privilege."  Here in Arizona our sales tax is called a "transaction privilege tax."  Here is a story about licensing bloggers in Philly:

Between her blog and infrequent contributions to, over the last few years she says she's made about $50. To [Marilyn] Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it's a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.

In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.

Selling one's labor, and conducting commerce to the mutual interest of two parties are fundamental rights rather than artificial constructs granted by the state.