taxation as protection money comic

#67 - Protection Money

Protect your kneecaps, pay your protection money on April 15th.

Mafias would do well to hire a public relations firm. They could rebrand as "alternative governments". Many already offer dispute resolution, territorial maintenance, protection from competing "governments", and some have even historically provided for the poor. Of course, handing out frozen turkeys on Christmas is just a public relations stunt, but you'd bet that the your current political masters wouldn't fund welfare if it did not translate into votes.