This world is a mess
because it is run on theft.
Tax is the system where governments can take whatever they want, as long as they can persuade people they are doing good.
So in any tax based system a government will make persuasion its top priority. If it does not, it will be replaced by a government that does.
So any tax system rewards smooth talkers and punishes those who do good. (Because actually doing good is more expensive, and also more complex to explain.)
They are supported by "rent seekers": people who want unequal laws so they can charge money without adding value. For example, land owners who want rent without paying ground rent themselves.
Ground rent makes this recklessness impossible.