This entire argument is silly. The world is comprised of haves and have nots. The mission of the haves is to insure that the have nots remain have nots. Thus the usurious taxes upon means, methods, and proceeds of production rather than consumption. Acquisition and accumulation of wealth has always been the province of the secularly powerful.
Provident and prudent consumption has been the province of the spiritually enlightened. The transition between the two camps has been, and will always be, the struggle of our mortal experience.