In the 1800s, Britain grew a thousand-mile hedge across India

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Salt taxes have historically been one of the most lucrative, and also of the most universally hated, taxes.

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Of course walking to the sea to make salt himself (thereby violating the salt tax law) was one of Ghandi’s more famous protests.

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They put the tax revenue they collected into the world’s first hedge fund.

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They’ve been at this arbitrary line drawing business for centuries. It’s why the Middle East is a shitshow in a dumpster fire. And we helped.

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They made India pay for it.

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