Taxation With Representation, By Mustafa Mond

I am pleased to present a new guest contributor today, who goes by the tag of Mustafa Mond, presumably inspired by Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

In recognition of today as that annual rite of American citizenship–Tax Day–Mr. Mond has graciously offered us a piece of his mind.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mustafa Mond: 


The first person to correctly identify all the references here will receive a prize to be determined at a future date.

6 responses to “Taxation With Representation, By Mustafa Mond

  1. Disney, Microsoft, Macdonalds, Chase, Coca-cola, Rolls-Royce, Starbucks, CNN, New York Times

  2. John Blesso

    The previous guy forgot BP & Apple…

  3. orangerock

    British Petrolium or BP Group
    Philip Morris International
    Apple Computer Inc.
    U.S. Coins, Currency, and seals*

    Internet Explorer
    JP Morgan Chase
    CNN – Cable News Network
    The New York Times
    Registered Trade Mark
    “Save Money Live Better.” WalMart Motto

    Mustafa Mond

    “Taxation with Representation” is an absolute corruption of the old slogan, “No taxation without representation” summarized a grievance of the British colonists in the Thirteen Colonies.** This corruption almost sells taxation.


    * “E pluribus unum appears on the obverse side of the seal (Designed by Charles Thomson), the image of which is used as the national emblem of the United States, and appears on official documents such as passports. It also appears on the seal of the President and in the seals of the Vice President of the United States, of the United States Congress, of the United States House of Representatives, of the United States Senate and on the seal of the United States Supreme Court.” — Wikipedia


    It is almost shameful to be able to get most of these. I had to search for a few.

    If the prize is political, propaganda, or advertising, I’m not interested.

    • Orangerock, congratulations. You neglected the meaning of E Pluribus Unum (“Out of Many, One”), but given your extensive citation otherwise this was obviously an oversight. Also, there was some debate behind the scenes here about whether we would hold anyone to identifying the resemblance the green circular arrows have to the universal symbol for recycling, but given how much they’ve been altered from the original symbol, we ultimately decided to let that one go.

      As for the prize, the truth is we’re still thinking through appropriate prizes. Your disinterest in political, propaganda or advertising-oriented prizes has been noted. I’m not sure we were thinking of that anyway, but we definitely welcome the added guidance. In the meantime, thanks for tuning in and when Diverging Markets has its prize stash sorted out, you will be at the front of the queue.

  4. orangerock

    Great. Thank you Ulysses.

    Oh! I should have thought of the recycling emblem. I took out the trash in the morning.