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Challenge: Taxation Is Theft

October 30, 2008 - 12:00am
Nick Coons by Nick Coons


I've proposed this challenge several times on the program and I've yet to have anyone call in to dispute it. If you think taxation is not theft, please call in to the program during a live episode and make your point.

Short Version:  Theft occurs when someone takes something from you without your consent.  Government takes money from you when you make money and when you spend it, and you have no way to legally engage in these peaceful activities without subjecting yourself to government taxation.  Therefore, taxation is theft.

Long Version:  If you do not pay your taxes, there is a whole series of events that will take place that will ultimately lead to you being forced at gunpoint to make payment, and this will occur even if you've harmed no one.  Your property will be taken from you by force, no different than if you were mugged.  Some might argue that most people pay taxes voluntarily because they go through the process without ever having a gun held to their head.  But in the end, these people pay taxes because they know what would happen to them if they didn't.  Most slaves did as they were ordered "voluntarily" without their masters ever having to break out the whip, but one could hardly argue that slavery was voluntary.

This sort of argument normally brings out questions like "How does government function without taxes?" or "How do we run schools, roads, police, and the military?"  Because the answers to these questions are not obvious given that most of us are familiar only with a tax-based government, the notion of a tax-free society is often dismissed.  It will be our goal during the course of this radio program to explain how such a society not only functions, but functions far better than what we have now.  It is often said that taxes are a necessary evil.  However, the existence of taxes tend to cause the very problems they are intending to solve.  Something that we call "evil" has a tendency to do that.

In the meantime, I invite those that wish to challenge the "taxation is theft" premise to call in to the program.

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Tax-Free Society - Introduction - Nick Coons
Murder In The Streets - Nick Coons
Your Rights on Public Property - Nick Coons

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