We all refer to the act of obtaining one’s property via aggression or threat thereof as theft. We naturally oppose such an unlawful, immoral, and harmful act. We understand that in order to preserve liberty, peace, prosperity, and happiness, the rule of law needs to protect every individual equally against such acts.
But when it comes to the income tax all these sound and just ideas are swiftly discarded by most people. Suddenly it doesn’t matter anymore that there is a certain group among us that applies force and coercion to obtain money from peaceful individuals.
But worse yet, anyone who points out this unfortunate state of affairs is immediately confronted with the mindless, thoughtless, and ancient blather of the indoctrinated mob, and is declared a hopeless lunatic. All the old, shallow, tired, and false arguments are regurgitated until exhaustion.
“Who will pay for our schools? Who will maintain our roads? Who will give us health care? Who will keep us safe? What about the common weal?” – This is as far as the majority of the people can think and argue. Their patterns are simple and predictable. Anyone who understands basic economics can refute these falsehoods with simple logic and reason.
But the fact alone that this logic and reason is out there doesn’t help our cause. So long as the majority remains ignorant to the truth and indoctrinated they will support the status quo. The only way to a better system is to use this knowledge and educate the people about it.
When people understand that there was no permanent federal income tax in the US up until 1913 and that even back then it was below 5%, they will begin to wonder. Maybe it is possible to have a government without an income tax? When they are educated about the fact that virtually none of the services they enumerate is funded through the federal income tax, they will pause their rants. Roads are paid for by the states via the gasoline tax, paid by people who actually use them. Schools are funded out of property taxes, paid to municipalities and states by the families who decided to move to a particular school district. The police who protects us against criminals is funded via immaterial municipal taxes.
People have to realize that the money they spend on federal income tax is by and large nothing but a gigantic waste. The majority of it is used to fund military operations, bases, contractors and occupations all around the world, wasteful health care programs, and a bankrupt social security fund.
Say someone earns $40,000 per year. Imagine I knocked on his car window and told him that I have something interesting to offer and I will need some money from him in order to do so. What I will do with his money is the following: I will hire soldiers and send them overseas to bomb other nations and/or meddle with their foreign affairs. I will maintain a health care department that won’t do anything for him. I will also take some of his money and set it aside in a social security trust fund only to take it out immediately, that is “borrow against it”, in order to fund some other programs that I deem necessary down the road. On top of that, I will borrow additional money, highly over-leverage myself and use his money as collateral for those loans. – And I will do all this at a cost of only $6,600 a year, that is $550 a month.
What do you think the person would do? I would expect him to curse at me and slam the door in my face.
Now it gets better. I hold the door open and tell him…
“I can’t promise that this amount won’t go up over time. I may deem additional programs worth our while and I hope you don’t mind if I up the cost in case I start having problems with the interest payments on the loans I took. Thus I may be back for more. Unfortunately I have to force you to pay me this money … this hole arrangement is not really a choice for you, it is an obligation, a duty to your community as a whole.” I point a gun to his head and extort my first payment under the threat of locking him up in my basement.
Bystanders would certainly and rightfully consider me a violent thief. But what I have done is not all that different from what the federal government does to its citizens. If anything, I am being much more of a gentleman than our federal government which perpetrates this racket on an ongoing basis.
Nowhere has the essence of the State as a criminal organization been put as forcefully or as brilliantly as in this passage from Lysander Spooner’s No Treason where the actions of a robbing highwayman are compared to the government’s modus operandi:
It is true that the theory of our Constitution is, that all taxes are paid voluntarily; that our government is a mutual insurance company, voluntarily entered into by the people with each other. . . .
But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: “Your money, or your life.” And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat.
The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the roadside, 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. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a “protector,” and that he takes men’s money against their will, merely to enable him to “protect” those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these. 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. He does not keep “protecting” you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you of more money as often as he finds it for his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to your country, and shooting you down without mercy if you dispute his authority, or resist his demands. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villainies as these. In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave.
Taxes have been on the rise for long enough. It is time for Americans to wake up to the most callous swindle in history. It is time to abolish the federal income tax. This April 15th, join one of the countless tax protests and tea parties and make your voices heard.
People should not forget who started the Tea Parties:
Those who ridiculed him then, have not changed their positions now, and are now jumping on the bandwagon, are being insincere. (Yes, I’m talking to you, Fox News!)