Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Taxation=Theft – International Man

Posted by M. C. on June 19, 2018

Well, first off, it’s important to understand that governments do not exist for the purpose of serving the people, as they so often claim. Their real business is to scalp the populace to as great a degree as possible, short of creating an uprising.

by Jeff Thomas

Theft is defined as “the taking of another person’s property or services without that person’s permission or consent.”

Almost invariably, governments pass tax laws and set tax rates without any consultation with the citizenry. Further, no final approval is sought by the citizenry that they consent to the tax or the rates. It is simply imposed.

Most of us tend not to regard taxation as theft, yet, by definition, that’s exactly what it is.

But some countries, notably the US, go further in disguising the theft, by stating that the payment of tax is “voluntary.” I personally am not aware of a single instance in which an individual or corporation decided not to pay a tax and, if discovered, was allowed to go unpunished. A typical penalty is a fine equal to the tax amount, plus compounded interest on both the tax and the fine. Such a condition is anything but voluntary.

Some countries (again, notably the US) describe tax havens as jurisdictions that seek to undermine the tax regimes of other jurisdictions. As such, the havens are harassed and threatened by the latter and referred to as criminal money-laundering centres.

Well, let’s clear the air on that one while we’re at it.

A tax haven is quite simply a jurisdiction that has a low-tax or no-tax regime. It either steals less of people’s money than high-tax jurisdictions, or steals none of their money.

It’s ironic that the US is at the forefront of persecuting tax havens, as the US came about in 1776 as the result of abusive taxation by King George of England. (At that time, the king was demanding a whopping 2% in tax, and colonists were outraged.)…

If that seems like an impossible concept to Americans today, they only have to be reminded that income tax was introduced a mere one hundred years ago, in 1913. The US went through the industrial revolution and covered the map with railroads from coast to coast—the country’s most productive period—with no income tax.

Of course, if you stop robbing people, they’ll prosper and be more productive…

Therefore, theft by one’s government should never be taken as a given. In many countries, the individual has no hope of escaping the government’s theft. And it’s undeniably true that Republican or Democrat, Labour or Tory, all politicians seek to rob their minions through taxation.

However, the victim should never become complacent or apathetic. Whenever an elected government robs a constituent, the act should be identified as what it is.

After all, it’s that very identification of taxation that brought freedom to the American colonies in the first instance.

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