All true. I based my positive solely on my belief in the free market and the goal of ever increasing efficiency.
So when argued from a point of efficiency I believe its positive.
Tax take is largely irrelevant. Consumers win by wasting less money, which can then be put to other uses. Perhaps more leisure time?http://www.aeonmagazine.com/living-together/john-q...
Paying tax is not efficient, nor is parking fee's and rates. Taxes are designed to punish behavior or at the very least discourage it. So on that basis they are working well. They are accelerating the move away from city center retail.
Its easier to get an unbiased view by aggregating feedback across a number of sources, than just a single point. Also driving around the place is less efficient than locating a seller and buying online. The bottom line is people get more cash in their pocket for spending elsewhere. Like a nice new Gen5 dodge viper, or a Mp4-12C etc
There are always losers when the economics change. Look at the old steam engine firms, chimney sweeps, typewriter manufacturers, hell even PC makers now. We live in rapidly changing times. Fighting change is a recipe for failure. It's all been seen before aka the Luddites. The solution is to be proactive identify new industries reskill and embrace the future.
The is the exact problem the economy has, ask yourself why governments are fighting over each other to create tech hubs and national broadband availability etc.