Re: What should Dr. Makow write about next?
All forms of taxation are theft, the world's criminal organization states steal away the profit of living and producing. The produce of your work belongs to you and no one has the right to take it from you. People are used as a commodity to make money for the state where the only value of citizens is as good taxpaying slaves that work, keep their mouth shut and do as they are told.
Because as well as the physical property one owns, a person owns one's labor and it is that labor that is intricately a product of the self that has been spent in the giving of some of one's life substance, one's physical and mental exertion, one's time to produce property that is created from resources that one owns and mixed with one's personal skills to create something original, something that didn't exist before, the production of original goods and services, property that is truly individually owned because it is an extension of the property of the self, and for that reason may be traded freely for any other property voluntarily and honestly acquired, but all of that is stolen when labor or property is taxed.
A human being has the right to exist and provide for one's sustenance and to pursue personal betterment without being punished by taxation which robs the person of the ability to enjoy the full fruits of one's labor as well as robbing the person of dignity by being treated as a surf. Working to provide for one's needs and freely exchanging through trade what one produces is a natural right that is necessary for self preservation and advancement, taxation is a direct attack on that natural right, an attack on self preservation and since taxation is mainly used to support the military whose business is terroristic war, taxation itself is an act of war against human rights. Taxation not only steals a portion of one's income, it steals away the ability to develop and support legitimate and just government that includes maintaining a legitimate and just police and defense. People need their money to develop that defense against the evil of the military-state, the thieving murderous tyrants who use other people's hard earned money to impose their criminal organization on people and manipulate public thinking to fool people into accepting their gang as their protectors, as though it were a legitimate government.
Statists say that "taxes are like rent or bills -- not paying them is theft of services". First of all those "services" are enslavement in a system that is imposed on people against their consent, a system of political opinions that service selfish interests who join together in a gang to rob and exploit other people and to use their stolen money to increase their political power over other people's lives. The rationalizing of those of "you who believed that crime could be 'practical' if your government decreed that robbery was legal and resistance to robbery illegal," wrote Ayn Rand.(2) Taxation supports other criminal actions by the state that includes confiscation of people's private property, denial of the right to freely engage in business and trade, telling people what to do with their own bodies, and imposing a mob-like protection racket on people where the police actually use original crimes to commit further crimes against innocent people by forcing the victims and everyone else to pay for the crimes of the guilty. And worst of all, taxation is primarily used to support the mercenary terrorist military which wages war against humanity.
Taxation is the power behind the imposition of all forms of tyranny. Everywhere that censorship is imposed, in those regimes where people are persecuted because of their race, nationality, religion or other reasons, taxation provides the means for them to violate human rights. All of the invasive regulations that violate individual freedom are imposed only because taxation provides the power for them to do it.
When someone imposes their rule on you and forces you at the point of a gun to accept their so-called "services" whether you want them or not and then charges you for it is committing the crime of extortion. Having tyranny imposed on me and being robbed to support it and then threatening me with death if I don't capitulate is not the kind of services that I want.
When a mob who threatens the lives of innocent people who have done no harm to others and imposes their selfish opinions on others to exploit them to increase their own power and then charges them for this evil, is a malevolent tyrant who is at war against human freedom, and anyone who supports taxation or makes excuses for it is participating in the crimes committed by the state against human life.
Ayn Rand(1) wrote that "the tax collected...[was] to pay for the livelihood of those whose job was to tie him and make him unable to live..., stripped of the right of self-defense, left without voice, without weapons, and worse: made to be the tool of his own destruction, the supporter of his own destroyers, the provider of their food and of their weapons... choked, with his own bright energy turned against him as the noose".
If the mob of politicians takes from a person one's property without one's consent it is the same basic act as if a gang on the street took that property without one's consent. While they are both acts of theft, taxation is far worse than simple robbery on the street, because when a street thief steals your money, you lose only your money, but when a politician steals your money you lose your liberty to not only enjoy the many uses of your money but they use your money to impose many endless forms of tyranny on you that further violate your rights.
Giving people the option to vote to protect their property from thievery is like a gang of bandits letting people say no while they rob them of their possessions, and then murdering them if they still say no. That is exactly what the state does only to a much larger degree and all who support it are participating in the evil.
Taxation is an elaborate extortion racket, where the worst criminal elements of society who are unable to be productive in the free market or unwilling to try, turn different competing interests who would find solutions to their differences in a cooperative society if they were left alone, against each other by convincing each that with a small campaign contribution or by simply voting for them and lending their public support by speaking in favor of the proposed policy, they may each benefit by the system which acts as both an extortion and protection racket, which extorts from all to some degree and protects some portion that they choose not to steal now so that people will have the incentive to use it to be more productive so that they may may steal it in the future. The extortion racket becomes an industry as they employ professional thugs; e.g. police, tax collectors, military, bureaucrats, and bribe potential protesters against the system by awarding them a piece of the action. The extortionists promise benefits which will be extorted from the politically weaker and transferred to the political winners, but in gaining this, they lose a great deal more, in the loss of the full exercise of their rights, in the full enjoyment of their property and their full profit potential.
No form of taxation can ever be justified because there are many ways to pay for any reasonably sized government and all of its services without taxes. But even though there are other ways to raise revenue the criminal cartel states want to maintain taxation for other reasons.
Taxation is a punishment on living and producing, it is a penalty imposed on people who have a natural right to be free and choose their own form of government, and that penalty is imposed by a presumption that all people are guilty of being irresponsible, incompetent or even naturally criminal so they must be enslaved and punished with fines in the form up taxes to pay their wardens to keep them in line and force them to serve the greater interests of the corrupt mobsters who had usurped their power on the backs and productivity of other people.
The evil of taxation is used to manipulate peoples lives and behavior as though they were robots to be programmed to perform in the way that their masters want them to perform. It's used to keep certain groups of people down. It's used to steal for the special interest groups; there are many examples of taxpayers money being used to subsidize both successful and failing industries.
First of all people must learn that taxes are wrong because it's theft, it's not just because there's no other way to pay for government services, because there are other ways, but if people realize that there are other ways and reject taxes because other ways are better, this still doesn't completely eliminate the threat of taxes because they are simply making a practical choice, they must make a moral choice that taxes are wrong because armed robbery is wrong. They must accept this because of the sake of justice not because of utility; by the reason of justice that armed robbery is illegal and morally wrong. They must have faith in this and in freedom and then seek to find other ways to pay for government services and public works without armed force or stealing or coercion. If people are motivated to do right only when it's practical then that's not righteous or just and nobody's rights are safe, so people must have faith in freedom and human rights enough to seek ways to operate a government and a society in a just manner.
The effect of taxation on the economy is incalculable. It drains off huge portions of the economy and wastes it on gigantic inefficient bureaucracies that don't provide any real service that can be economically or morally justified. Taxes coupled with regulation chokes off production at every level. An economy that is set free can produce enough to provide for everyone's basic needs and provide all needed services within the free enterprise economy, including government services which have to work within the free enterprise system to be viable.
If a private organization fails at its goals, people generally stop giving it money (buying its goods or contributing to its cause). State agencies have built-in incentives for failure. If a public agency fails, not only does its budget stay the same, but often the agency can ask for more money because it claims that it's not working because they don't have enough money. That is the eternal plea of bureaucrats begging for more money, "if we only had more money we could do it right". Well, they are always taking more and more money and all they do is hire more bureaucrats, expand the agencies which become even more over- bloated and inefficient and still they keep begging for more money. That's the game of politics, to make fools of the people and swindle more money from them continually to gain more power over their lives.
Unlike private firms which go out of business when they fail, as the state continues to steal they just keep expanding and hiring more people, so that there is a large portion of the voting population who are working for the government and have a considerable influence on voting themselves more money and power. When a new batch of politicians are voted into office, one of the first things they do is to make a grab at people's wallets to raise their salaries.
The state has an advantage that private enterprises don't; the use of force. That capability attracts the attention of people who want to use force to subsidize themselves or stifle their competition. Thus, public agencies almost always end up being manipulated for purposes other than their apparent ones.
It is used by communistic governments to destroy the family; such as those who have a marriage penalty tax imposed by the United States federal tax system (even some of the most tyrannical states that have existed in the past didn't dare to penalize marriage, only a government with communistic goals would do such a thing).
One of the most insidious taxes is on families who are trying to take care of their children. For many couples, both parents have to work full-time, mothers who want to stay home and raise their children ful-l time can't afford to do so because of the heavy tax burden on the family. The result of this is parents raise and influence their own children less while their money is being stolen by these thieving tyrants that use it to take their children away from them at an early age and begin indoctrinating them into the socialist system. One of Communism's primary goals is to use heavy taxation and invasive social policy to destroy the family and take over the raising of children at an early age.
Taxes are used for social engineering and the manipulation of personal behavior, if the politicians don't like what people choose to do or put into their bodies, they slap a tax on it.
To steal a person's money or even a portion of it through taxes or to confiscate even a part of a person's property or business robs that person of one's ability to sustain and maintain one's life according to the needs of that person and one's family. It cheats the person of the ability to organize and financially support the kind of government and social culture that one wants.
It prevents people from successfully planning for their own retirement and passing their property fully intact to their heirs. And it prevents people from developing effective programs for community development and helping the poor to help themselves in a way that is morally and economically sound.
The heavy taxes force both husband and wife to work outside of the home separating parents from their children who are turned over to other child care providers, by the state imposing these policies they are intentionally trying to get children away from their mothers so they can begin indoctrinating them at an early age to be good little slaves of the state, it causes the child to form an emotional dependence with the impersonal institutions that raise the child.
The neo-communists are intentionally trying to use their power to make mothers work to support the state, get control of their children and destroy families.
The welfare-state treats people as if they are incompetent or like a small child who's incapable of managing one's own money, they confiscate your money and keep it until they think you need it. Social Security is like a giant pyramid scheme in the sense that it takes in more and more money while it will not be able to cover future expenditures. It keeps individuals from seeking better investments that would certainly earn more interest. But worst of all Social Security is a socialist scheme that allows the state to make every citizen completely dependent on the state, just like all of the other insidious schemes of the state, it creates a form of coercion that makes people have to support the state and vote in self- defense to protect one's money which is being held over them, it also makes the young and old have to fight it out politically to keep each group from voting to take more from each other.
Mandatory Social Security is not just confiscating and holding people's money it is stealing that portion of money that is not returned to the person or one's heirs and it steals away the interest that could have been earned in an IRA or other investment. If a person, starting young, puts aside relatively small amounts of income regularly in an IRA, that money will grow to an enormous amount for retirement. The IRA may be large enough to generate enough interest to live on, then the IRA or what's left of it may be passed on to one's heirs thereby setting up an endowment over the lives of the children and grandchildren, providing a safety net for them. All of this the state steals from people. Anyone who is ignorant enough and is so immoral as to support the Social Security system is not only costing themselves a lot of money and diminishing the amount of money they would have in retirement, they are stealing from their children and grandchildren and forcing them to capitulate to the same extortion racket.
In more complete socialist countries, Social Security is the first step toward a cradle-to-grave welfare system and with it life-long dependency on the state. When the state is able to confiscate much of what people produce, it is able to control people's behavior, where they live, at what and how they work, and even what they think by forcing people to support their education system which is principally one of indoctrination and to make the mind control more complete they operate state run news services to control and censor information and manipulate public opinion.
Taxes create social conflicts. As people's earnings are taken from them and put into a pool, the budget, the political system creates a condition where different groups fight it out to grab as much of the loot as possible for their own interests. The entire society grows more divided and belligerent, and less like a genuine community. It becomes fragmented into special interest groups who regard one another as oppressors and oppressed. They view their fellow human beings as either exploiters who have too much and they therefore should be used as cash cows to milk as much as they can get from them; or, conversely, they see those in the lower social strata as parasites, leaching off of the earnings of the productive.
Once a bureau is created, its personnel becomes a tenacious political interest group, entrenched in the power structure and strategically better able to defend its funding and make a case for expanding its role. For, who knows more about the urgent need of increasing a bureau's funding and staff than those who carry out its activities? The bureaucrats have better access to the information needed to lobby the legislators for more money, they use their expertise in a way that gives them advantages in the political process over other citizens who would wish to roll back the bureaucracy. Bureaucrats will testify that the public "just doesn't understand the importance of their agency or know how serious the problem is." They will also form alliances with other agencies that have mutual dependencies and they will make their argument in ways that could threaten the politician's office, such as saying, that if the agency's budget isn't expanded there will be severe cutbacks in programs which are located in a particular District and that Congress member would be blamed for its reduction by the voters who are dependent on it.
By adopting programs to redistribute large amounts of income, the politicians guarantee that the state will become more powerful and invasive in other ways. Because the politicians themselves are the most menacing interest group in society, nothing good can come of this development, and much evil does come of it. As James Madison warned more than two centuries ago, "one legislative interference is but the first link of a long chain of repetitions, every subsequent interference being naturally produced by the effects of the preceding".
In the confiscatory society the public is not only poorer but less contented, less independent, more pugnacious, and more politicized. Individuals take part less often in voluntary community activities and more often in belligerent political battles. Genuine communities cannot develop in the pestilent environment of redistribution politics. A society that allows the government to redistribute income on a large scale sacrifices not only a considerable amount of its earnings but it also surrenders much of its liberty in being able to organize consensual communities and enjoy the right of choosing how to spend one's earnings to serve one's values. The loss of liberty doesn't stop there, with the control of large amounts of money by the government comes the control of how people live; social engineering, political decisions about the culture, how people spend their recreation, how they are entertained and endless other choices are made by the state instead of the individual or by families or voluntary communities.
With the state politicization of charity, the redistribution system chokes out genuine virtue. Redistribution of income by state coercion is a theft. Its supporters attempt to disguise its true character by claiming that the democratic process gives it legitimacy, but this justification is felonious. Theft is still theft whether it be carried out by one thief or by 100 million thieves acting together. It is impossible to base a just and righteous society on the institutionalization of theft.
The idea that taxes are necessary to pay for the so called "free rider" who would benefit from the positive externalities of government order, police, fire protection and defense and wouldn't pay for the services if they weren't forced to do it is completely fallacious. First of all, the so called services are not services but are in fact crimes against human rights imposed by tyranny, and making people pay for it is extortion, nothing but a protection racket, like the mob runs. No form of taxation can ever be justified, in a legitimate government operations and services can be paid for without taxation. Taxation is a racket to feed the corrupt political mobsters who hunger after more power and they use taxes to further manipulate people's lives. No people who live freely and independently and respect others rights are "free riders", legitimate free government demands consensual organization of society where governmental services, including police, emergency services and defense are paid for in ways that are described in the essay on private funding of independent governments. It is the duty of the government to protect innocent people who respect other's rights and by doing so create the environment where individuals can enjoy freedom and opportunity. The blood sucking parasites of the state and their hired thugs are the "free riders" working off the toil of other people.
For the innocent to have to pay for the crimes of the guilty is absolutely morally wrong.
The state's own employees are the "free-riders"; the politicians and bureaucrats, the over-bloated budgets, the police and military don't earn their money in a competitive free enterprise system, they are a monopoly and like all monopolies they are very wasteful and worst of all they place the burden of paying for crimes not on the guilty but on the innocent. The military has become a huge jobs program (welfare for mercenary terrorists) they spend most of their time on military bases not doing anything of value and eating up large amounts of money earned by honest hard-working people who are actually contributing something of value to the world; but that's when they do the least harm. Instead the money that's being wasted on the military should be used for real human rights defense of freedom.
After the Soviet Union collapsed members of their over-bloated military found that there wasn't enough money in the budget to pay all of their salaries, many left the military and in a report that was on CNN, they told of current military members who had taken second jobs to earn enough money to live on. Some were even officers who were driving taxis, working in a warehouse or a factory and one officer had started his own business. These were active members of the military who had nothing to do except hang around bases and train in terrorism, so they were given extra time off to earn enough money to live on, since the state was unable to pay them. For possibly the first time in their lives they were actually earning an honest living by doing something of real value that serves other people and contributes to the betterment of the economy and the conditions of other people.
As taxation is used to support the state's police and military who are the main thugs that carry out the armed robbery so as to increase their power so they can steal more and by doing so rob from people more of their ability to govern and protect themselves, thus, taxation is a self-perpetuating larcenous racket.
The right to work, to start your own business and to keep the rewards of your labors must be protected. You have sovereignty over all of the things that you own, such as knowledge, talents, skills and other resources including your property. You have the right to do with it as you choose.
The produce of your work belongs to you and no one has the right to take it from you.
All forms of taxation or any scheme to use coercive measures to extract money from people against their will is forbidden throughout Librademia. Civilzens, residents and aliens doing business in Librademia cannot be forced or coerced into paying any form of taxes or to be billed for services that they don't want or use. Taxation is unjustifiable and unnecessary and is only used as an expediency by immoral people with a criminal mentality who find it easier to commit armed robbery than to operate legitimate governments that provide services that people actually want and for which they are willing to pay. There are many ways to pay for the operation of government and its services without taxation.
by Gregory Flanagan
“...I realized I had to gain more knowledge to protect against evil and to protect myself from not becoming evil myself. This is our major goal in life...\" Terry Lee