Re: Weasels vs. transparancy / traffic cameras (& taxes)

From: Mike Steven (
Date: Tue May 23 2000 - 13:17:08 MDT

Martin Ling wrote:

> On Tue, May 23, 2000 at 03:46:39PM +0100, Mike Steven wrote:
> >
> > And as for Martin Ling's comments:
> >
> > "It's not stealing if those people have agreed to pay. Which,
> > they have. By remaining in the country, and by
> > upholding the government and its taxation policies."
> >
> > I'm sorry, but this is ludicrous. The fact that I haven't emigrated is
> > no way an endorsement of government theft of my money. I didn't vote
> > them and the only reason I "agree to pay" (to use your terminology) is
> > because if I don't, my property itself will be stolen or I'll be
> I *know* this is ludicrous, and it was intended to be obvious as such.
> See my next paragraph, in which I point out Michael for using this kind
> of reasoning with regard to political dissidents being mistreated by the
> government.

Hi Martin,
Apologies if I was a bit slow on the uptake and misinterpreted your
position. In my defense, sarcasm isn't always the easiest thing to pick up
on in the absence of any audio cues.

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