So, ironically, Gordon’s plan is to commemorate the abolition of slavery by raising taxes, effectively forcing the salaried to slave unpaid on his plantation for a little longer. Slavemasters of old convinced themselves they were furthering the greater good by bringing Christianity to their slaves. Gordon taxes us for “the greater good” of the third world. Plus ça change, plus c’est pareil.
UPDATE : Theodore Dalrymple puts it well.