Steven R. Webb wrote:
> Michael Scarazzo wrote:
> >Your arguements and rationale are absurd. You have no real concept of
> >the power that the state has taken over the individual during this
> >century in the US.
> I'm quite aware of how the government has expanded in size and scope this
> century. For the most part, however, I think the government's activities
> are fairly harmless. Sure, we hear about occasional abuses of power such as
> Waco and Ruby Ridge. Just as the occasional dramatic airline crash leads
> many to wrongly believe that travel by auto is safer, these headline stories
> make some believe that the government is out to get them.
Harmless or not, benevolent or not, if the government doesn't ask my permission to use my money then it is theft. The government bureaucracy has a vested interest in expanding its purview to more an more of people's lives, since it creates government jobs and expands the power of the bureaucrats at the top. You think that just because they aren't shooting at me that they are not forcing me. Any exchange with the government which I have the choice of obeying or going to jail or paying a fine is force. Get it?