Ryan:do i get stoned and watch a documentary about brown bears or wolverines? i can't decide
Tyler:Oh shit man, that is an absurdly hard choice. Is it on a computer? If so, open two windows, and watch both at the same time until one gets better than the other. If not, i'd go with wolverines. Brown bears lack the viciousness of polar bears, the size of grizzley bears, and the ability to climb trees of black bears.
Ryan:That was an incredibly well reasoned arguement, im impressed. wolverines it is!
Ryan:a wolverine was tracked climbing 4900 feet in 90 minutes up the highest peak in the reservation in the middle of january. wolverines are badass as shit.
So, in other words, you get to use the benefits of a modern state (courts, roads, defense) don’t want to contribute to it and then want to start your own private versson? Correct?
Stop using the word steal like it justifies your argument, also….
I very much enjoyed reading the alternate points of view here. I do feel the need to express a quick point on defining taxation as stealing.
Taxation, in my view, is not theft, because taxation is voluntary (though it would not appear so on the surface). Income tax is voluntarily paid by a worker because that worker has accepted employment in a particular place, the government of which has decided to enforce an income tax. By accepting employment you essentially enter into a contract with that government to pay a tax in exchange for being able to have legal employment. Property tax works in a similar manner - by purchasing property in a particular place, you enter into a contract with the local government to pay a tax which is intended to support the infrastructure of the community wherein you own property.
Now I will say that the practical application of all this can affect certain individuals disproportionately. However, because the option technically remains to avoid taxation by abandoning property and employment in a particular place and under the jurisdiction of a particular government, it is technically voluntary.
I personally do not agree with the way taxation is handled where I live (the United States), but that does not mean that I have not entered into a contract by living and working there. Again, this is just my opinion, and I respect your view on taxation as theft because it is a view I have previously held.