1. Thieving government is punishment for a godless civilization

    They will snatch your money by force. You cannot say anything. That is punishment. Godless civilization, that is punishment, that your own government will snatch, by force, take away all your hard labor accumulation, by taxation. That is written in Srimad-Bhagavatam. You cannot fight. You will be harassed in so many ways you will become mad. Acchinna-dara-dravina yasyanti giri-kananam [SB 12.2.8]. Hopelessly they will leave hearth and home and go to the forest. This godless civilization will be punished like that. That day is coming like that. Nobody will be peaceful. They will be mad. Just like when a man becomes mad, he commits suicide, he blows off his head. There will be no rain — this is one punishment — and scarcity of food and heavy taxation by government. They are all mentioned. What more suffering you want?

    Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversation – August 11, 1976, Tehran