As teachers I and my son spend our time developing skills, imparting knowledge, giving direction, encouragement and self-esteem to my students.
As a nurse my son saves lives regularly and makes people better.
There are millions of support staff in the social services, police, fire service, refuse workers, sewage workers, road sweepers, dentists, construction workers, road maintenance, telephone servicers, doctors, and thousands of other roles – whose function is not to create wealth but to support those who do. Without them the country does not function.
No creator of wealth can function on their own. They require the support of the rest of society – whether that be directly or indirectly.
Society provides the infrastructure that is required for wealth creators to operate.
I changed lives for the better. The millions like me who work in society are indirectly responsible for all the creation of wealth. It’s called teamwork.
To use an analogy from soccer – it is not just the striker who scores the goal, neither is it just his teammates on the field, nor just the manager, physio and coaches, nor the groundsmen, ticket sellers and security or the atmosphere generated by the fans – it is the sum total of all of them – every last one.
By suggesting that the wealth creators are more important and deserve to keep all their wealth you downgrade the value of the bulk of people in society who might not directly create wealth but provide the whole means for its creation.
The wealth creators need to pay, through taxes, for the support structure on which they depend – that is the society they are part of.
That is why tax evasion is despicable. It is an abuse of all the people that directly and indirectly supported them.