I’m doing something new, we’ll see how popular it becomes. I’m just recording low-quality rants when I feel like it and posting them when recorded. I figure I type all this crap into Facebook while yelling it in real time, so I might as well put is someplace a little more accessible and permanent than a Facebook or NSA (same thing) server.
One of the most common and most ignorant arguments I see in favor of taxes, I think, is a direct result of shitty parents.
“Taxes aren’t theft, they are you paying for use of things like roads or benefiting from the government’s activities indirectly.”
The roads have already been paid for, and whatever government activity is involuntary. If I were to buy you a car and just give it to you (regardless of whether you wanted it), I would be insane, but doing nothing more than giving you a gift. Nothing would be owed to me for that gift. If I were to buy you a car and afterwards demand that you pay me for it (especially at a 65%-400% markup), I would simply be insane. You didn’t want the car (or else you would have bought it, why am I making decisions for you?) and I have no right to demand payment for a gift that is already paid for.
If I were to rob you at gunpoint and use a portion (or all) of the money I stole from you to buy you a car, I still stole that money from you, as a car is less liquid an asset than cash and IF YOU WANTED A GODDAMNED CAR, YOU WOULD HAVE BOUGHT ONE!
Taxes are not “your fair payment for services rendered”, but is instead highway robbery of the highest order, with the added insult of the highwayman saying “I’m doing this for your own good.” If you believe this rhetoric, you were likely abused as a child (if not physically, emotionally). Go get your issues sorted out before perpetuating your abuse on others.
“The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life…The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the road side and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful. The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber…Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you on the road, against your will; assuming to be your rightful ‘sovereign,’ on account of the ‘protection’ he affords you.” Lysander Spooner