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|User Info||How I Came To Register Libertarian; entered at 2012-01-25 12:22:52|
Registered: 2007-11-27 united States
I, too, have a problem understanding how almost all taxes as we currently have them in the USA could square with the first principle described as "we hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives" (I simplify this to the term "self-ownership", as ownership entails control).|
In 1690, John Locke wrote on the nature of property ownership. He concluded that by mixing a resource with one's labor using the body (and mind) owned by the individual, owned property was produced. (Specifically, chapter 5, section 28 of "Second Treatise of Government": http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/t.... )
Therefore, taxes on property either in the common understanding such as a house or on incomes is abhorrent in the extreme as such taxes are a direct claim of ownership on a human individual, aka slavery.
Yet, there is no disagreement from me that for services provided, payment must be rendered. Optional, avoidable fees (e.g. fuel taxes) are a much better method to go about funding government services, as in most cases the users of the service provide the funding - and can avoid paying the fee by not using the service and as a bonus avoid getting a tax collector's gun stuck up their nose. For "common services" that "everybody uses" such as the military, the actual question seems to be to be less about how such fees must be collected and more about whether or not the "service" should even exist in its current form. As a stopgap measure, perhaps such fees should be made voluntary in-fact rather than in-fiction.
Last modified: 2012-01-25 12:23:23 by ignorantsavage