You worked till you died.
100 years back, the dependencies on corporations was less. Agriculture, farming, crafts , , small scale manufacturing and trading is were people depended on. The yields and produce came directly to them. <br />
Taxes made sense then. <br />
When they could no longer work in their trades, they found new work and learnt it....and they were not afraid of monotonous work, coz it was just work for them, nothing more. <br />
The really passionate ones took to the arts.
Yes, we are all aware of Capitalism, the Great Depression, and the war that didn't end until two atomic bombs were dropped. I take it you want another war? I promise you it will be even worse this time around.
You are talking about going back to a capitalistic system where we trust the company store to feed us. The company store turns around and starves us in the end and it takes an uprising to correct the problem. Review the French Revolution and World War II in depth. Both were a case of uprisings when fiscal leaders did not care to run businesses for anyone but themselves anymore.