Blessed Love Bredren,
You said, "Tax is always seen as an instrument that helps the poor, yet it's the poor and the middle class who end up being taxed."
Well here in the USA, the very poor don't have to pay taxes (they can claim tax exempt in the begining of the year and if they also don't earn enough money for the year, then they don't have to file taxes at the end of the year). Nor does anyone have to pay taxes if they can come up with enough tax right offs and credits, like charity donations and such.
Thing is most people don't learn about tax laws, write-offs, and credits. The "poor" often have a poor mindset. If the poor took time for learn some financial education, then they could think and act "rich".
The USA has a financial system that is based on debts and credits. It is not actually based/backed on anything physical; that is the US dollar is not backed by gold or silver or some other resource. The US dollar is based on debt and credit and the people are the resource.
The people are bond servants to the system, and if the people don't take them time to educate themselves on how to operate in the system, or how to use the system to their advantage; then the system designed to keep you as a bond servant.
All that being said, I think it is best to live in the hills, the forest, out in nature away from the city. Build a home/shelter that works with the nature and not against it. Grow your food and also forage, live and work with the environment in a holistic way.
And if you have to live in the city, then bring nature back to the city. Harness Sun's energy. Grow food, setup rainwater harvesting systems, use rainwater for showering and such, create grey water systems to help water your plants. Create a holistic system that works with Earth and not against it. When InI do so, the Earth provides us with abundance. With that abundance InI can share it and InI can also make profit off it. If InI take care of the Earth the Earth will take care of InI.
InI need to create and participate in RastafarI systems; thus making the Babylon systems obsolete.