Tax and the Role of Government
“Taxation is theft!” they say. Well, I disagree. I would say taxation is insurance.
With insurance, you pay money into a big pot that other people are also paying into, in the hope that, when/if you eventually need a service, it will be paid for. You personally don’t have to pay in the entire amount that you withdraw. Other people are doing that by not withdrawing. Sounds rather a lot like how tax works. You pay for services that everyone else is paying for, whether or not you’re using them, so that if you do use them, it’s paid for.
The big difference is that you can opt out of insurance. I think you should be able to opt out of government. I think that you should be well within your own right to unsubscribe from government services and cease payment.
Here’s the shocker. If you, the owner of your house and the land it’s on, decided to leave the government (and the country with it), you can’t. You can’t just declare your independent land. Because even though you bought and paid for it, somehow the government still owns it.
Therefore, territory based government is fundamentally authoritarian and needs to go. If you simply have no recourse to opt out and withdraw your membership, without having property stolen from you, that is not a voluntary contract. It cannot be made into one.
So if governments both great and small are going to force me into arrangements I can’t opt out of, what is the difference between them?
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society