Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Government Theft?

I'm back. Let's see. What would you like to talk about today? Let's discuss the relationship between the government and Theft. What are taxes?

Common sense would suggest that taxes are a given in relation to government. Every government since the begining of time has taxed it citizens. It is an inevitable requirement that a government must tax its citizens to pay for its law enforcement. This is commonly referred to as a social contract. According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a social contract is an agreement between the citizens and the government. It sets the obligations of the government to protect the citizens as they want to be protected and the obligations of the citizens to follow the rule of the government and pay it enough to successfully protect those citizens. This is the origin of taxes. The pleasure of living in a Constitutional Republic is that our "social contract" is clearly written in the form of the Constitution. This is why it is so important to understand our Constitution. We will be discussing it at length as we continue here.

What, though, are taxes? Let's get a dictionary definition of the word taxes.

tax - A contribution for the support of a government required of persons, groups, or businesses within the domain of that government.

Of course, this definition has been politically corrected as well. It does, however, contain the obvious word "required" that shows that this money cannot be witheld from the government. We've discussed some of the problems with bad laws and some of the problems with bigger government. But we haven't fully addressed the obvious problem with a larger government: more taxes.

What's so bad about more taxes? What's wrong with further supporting our government, let's say, to the extent of giving it money to help small businesses grow? The problem is not with the idea of helping others, but with the requirement that taxes invoke. When the government creates extra laws beyond those in its social contract (in our case the Constitution) it is forced to require more of our tax money to enact them.

Let's expand on this. What's wrong with this extra requirement? I know you're already saying "isn't that obvious" but lets try to expand on why. The reason is because these laws outside of our social contract take our money without our permission. Wait, we've already discussed that; isn't that the definition of theft? Yes, it is. Let's put that together. Laws that go beyond our social contract (in our case, the Constitution) create theft. Let's repeat that:

Laws that are not called for in the Constitution are theft.

Theft is wrong and cannot be justified. In fact, we can further expand this, but we'll save that for another day.


The power to tax is the power to destroy. – John Marshall

The American Dream was not about government's taking huge sums of money (under the label of "taxation") from citizens by force. The American Dream was about individualism and the opportunity to achieve success without interference from others. – Robert Ringer

1 comment:

melissa said...

This one needs to be elaborated on more in order to get the full explanation of the point you are making