Apr 132008
 
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It was recently brought to my attention that though I frequently refer to taxes being “stolen money” and being collected “at the point of a gun” I’ve never really explained that reality. My assumption was that this was as self-evident to others as it has always been to myself, but apparently it’s not so self-evident after all. So here you go…

If I approach you on the street and demand money from you would you give it to me? What if I threatened you with a gun? Would it be right for me to insist you give me the money from your wallet? What if I only wanted one third of the money in your wallet? What if I promised you protection and other services in return for the money? Would you consider this theft? I imagine you would. Mugging, robbery, extortion. And you would be right in that assessment.

What if I stopped you on the street and had 10 people agreeing that you should give me the money? Would it still be theft? Of course it would. How about 100 people? 1,000? 10,000? 1,000,000? At what point does it no longer qualify as theft, robbery or extortion? If your answer is “never” then you’re not only a rational human being, but you also agree that taxes are theft, though you may not have realized it.

Because that’s exactly what the govrenment has done. They’ve gathered a large group of people together to assert that they have the right to take one-third (or more) of your money and that you have no choice in the matter. Should you resist, they will shoot you. Don’t believe me? Then it’s time for another example.

If you stop paying property taxes what do you think is going to happen? The government will send you letter after letter demanding “their” money. They may even make a few phone calls or send some bureaucrat by your house to try and collect. If you continue to refuse to hand over your hard earned money they’ll eventually send a police officer, sheriff or other law enforcement officer to your house to evict you.

Notice that gun on the law enforcement officer’s hip? It’s there for a reason. Because if you refuse to leave the property that you paid for with money that you worked for, and still refuse to hand over a share of that hard earned money to the state, then the law enforcement officer is going to try to handcuff you and drag you off of your property. if you continue to resist he’s going to pull that gun and point it at you. If you still refuse to pay their extortion (aka taxes) and still refuse to abandon your little part of the American dream, then the police officers will shoot you. That’s what the gun is there for.

The only difference between a mugger in a dark alley and a law enforcement officer is the amount of money they demand from you (the government wants far more then the mugger) and the number of people backing them up.

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Apr 162007
 

Yesterday was “Tax Day”. The day most Americans fear, when government intrusion in our lives is the most evident, the day the tax collector rides up to your hovel on his fine steed, drinks the water from the well you dug by hand, and takes 3 of the remaining 4 healthy chickens from your gnarled, arthiritic hands. Or perhaps I’m being overdramatic? We shall see.

Tax day has been my call to action (not because my taxes were too high – I qualified for a full refund – but because I’ve finally seen the gun in the room. Primarily due to the Free Talk Live radio program and an article at lewrockwell.com by Stefan Molyneux. My favorite part:

I was recently involved in a debate with a woman about public schools. Naturally, she came up with reason after reason as to why public schools were beneficial, how wonderful they were for underprivileged children, how essential they were for social stability etc etc. Each of these points – and many more – could have consumed hour upon hour of back and forth, and would have required extensive research and complicated philosophical reasoning. But there was really no need for any of that – all I had to do was keep saying:

“The issue is not whether public schools are good or bad, but rather whether I am allowed to disagree with you without getting shot.”

What my non-anarchist friends fail to see, is that this is the basic question. They, of course, refuse to see the gun and claim I’m being over dramatic. But the simple truth remains the same. If I disagree with public schools (or any other government program) and therefore refuse to pay taxes to fund them I will be forced at the point of a gun. Sure, first there will be letters, and those are easy to ignore. Next they’ll add still more lines to my already overflowing with negativity credit report. Not that they’ll be noticed amongst all the legitimate debts I’ve struggled so hard to pay back. But one day, eventually, the police will come and knock and my door. They’ll have guns on their hips and insist that I come with them. If I refuse, they’ll insist some more, and perhaps even use pepper spray or a taser. Should I continue to resist the guns will come out. All because I disagreed with spending my hard earned cash on public schools (or some other government program). It’s ridiculous, but you know it’s true.

What most Americans fail to see is that those guns were there all along. We don’t pay our taxes because we WANT to. Otherwise they’d just call it charity. We pay our taxes because we HAVE to – on pain of death. This realization has revitalized me. I’m making a “New Tax Year” resolution. I’m going to dedicate a couple of hours a day to learning more about government, libertarianism, and anarchy so that I can better share the truth to both my daughter and the public at large. Restarting this blog will be a step in that direction.