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Dan Johnson, We Do Better: Promoting People Power Without Needing Government

November 1, 2017

Dan Johnson, executive vice-president of We Do Better, formerly known as the Tax Revolution Institute, talks about promoting voluntary service work and giving government more competition.

Dan Johnson, executive vice-president of We Do Better, formerly known as the Tax Revolution Institute, joins the show, talks about the Tax Revolution Institute’s new mission and name: We Do Better. By promoting non-governmental options for public services, Johnson says government gets more competition, becoming incentivized to serve the people better.

The tax code has never been made permanently simpler, flatter, lower, or fairer, Johnson says, because any change leaving the fundamental structure of our tax system in place. Without a “tax revolution,” Johnson says people remain overwhelmingly reliant on government to meet society’s needs, and little changes.

Public services of acceptable quality are not available to everyone who needs them, Johnson says, because they are funded by an inherently coercive system. Such a system eliminates accountability, he explains, because revenue is guaranteed, even when the services fall short in quality or accessibility.

In America today, Johnson says, public services are provided in various ways, and most of them do not involve taxation at all. Instead, many public services are provided by charities and companies—by the people.

Right now, in every community in America, there are organizations, groups, and people that already “do better” than the government. Johnson says We Do Better is intended to focus on identifying these groups and direct more of people resources to them, instead of arguing over how much government should spend and on what things. In the long run, he says, the government will be forced to increase the quality of its services, in order to survive.
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Jesse Hathaway is the managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute.
jhathaway@heartland.org @JesseinOH