Taxes

 

“For there is one crucially important power inherent in the nature of the State apparatus. All other persons and groups in society (except for acknowledged and sporadic criminals such as thieves and bank robbers) obtain their income voluntarily: either by selling goods and services to the consuming public, or by voluntary gift (e.g., membership in a club or association, bequest, or inheritance). Only the State obtains its revenue by coercion, by threatening dire penalties should the income not be forthcoming. That coercion is known as “taxation,” although in less regularized epochs it was often known as “tribute.” Taxation is theft, purely and simply even though it is theft on a grand and colossal scale which no acknowledged criminals could hope to match. It is a compulsory seizure of the property of the State’s inhabitants, or subjects.”

Murray Rothbard, “The Ethics of Liberty”

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2 Responses to Taxes

  1. nestor76 says:

    Today our blog posts seem to have quite similar topics 😉
    http://fuerwahrheitundrecht.blogspot.com/2012/04/158-jahre-benjamin-tucker.html

  2. aleon says:

    Yes, very interesting 😉
    And a nice coincidence too.
    Thanks!

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