On Taxation

Libertarian anarchists and voluntaryists agree that taxation is theft. Why do they think that? Because not paying taxes invites harassment by those who identify as government. Why do those who identify as government feel entitled to harass non-taxpayers? Because they believe taxes are owed. Why do they believe taxes are owed? Because they believe the laws that obligate the payment of taxes applies to non-taxpayers (and everyone else). What factual evidence do they have as the basis for this belief, that doesn’t amount to a circular argument (the law says so, because you live here, etc.)? An important question. One that countless government enforcers, bureaucrats, prosecutors, judges, and politicians all around the world have been unwilling or unable to answer. Is taxation really theft? You tell me. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.