Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Get Your Hands Out of My Pockets

If you have the right to your property, then the government has no right to tax you.

To prove this, consider that, if the government does indeed have the right to tax you, your property "rights" would consist merely of what property the state allows you to keep, calling it "yours" until it wants more of it, under which circumstances it is theirs.

Under the above scenario, all property essentially belongs to the state. If you are loyal and work hard enough for the state, it will reward you with the privilege of property consignment.

Clearly this is absurd. You have the right to the fruits of your labor just as assuredly as you have the liberty to labor as you see fit. The government indeed has the power to tax you, but that is not the same as saying that it has the right to do so.

If you do not consider your property to be merely held in trust for when the state wants it, then you must agree that the government has no right to tax you.

Might makes right in only the nastiest of societies.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see you posting regularly again! I agree with you on taxes, even if many people depend upon taxpayer money for their paychecks (me included). Isn't the biggest problem(s) that state and federal governments tax so much, yet are so distant from the individual? I would guess that most people would prefer to pay taxes locally for what they have more control over, than to send their wealth to Rome--oops--Beijing--oops again!--Washington or a state capitol.


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