How can The Art of War help you think like an economist? Because resources are scarce we have to put the goods we do have to the best use. Sun Tzu understood that war is destruction and resources must be preserved. The only good war is one won without fighting.
The parasite - the state - has to have a host. First there had to be production before there could be something to tax or steal. Kings waged dynastic wars requiring high taxation. Revolutions and secession resulted.
The myth of the fair tax is the myth of the just tax. Taxation is a coerced, not voluntary, exchange. It is false to say bureaucrats pay taxes. They consume taxes. They plunder. They are the tax eaters. The rest of us are tax payers.
Mainstream economics is fixated on market failure . The solution for mainstream economists is always heavy regulation. Capitalism permits global scale enterprises to thrive despite bureaucratic red tape.
Private property is the only foundational institution that society needs to build a civilization. The 99% had rotten lives until there was a revolution in ideas in the 1700s. Laissez-faire ideas changed the ideas of the 99%. The industrial revolution flowered.
Entrepreneurs are the driving force behind the markets and prices that provide goods and services to consumers. Human action looks to the future. Entrepreneurs shoulder risks and, if they guess right, collect profits as rewards. If wrong, they lose.