> On Sunday, July 29, 2001 9:13 AM Mike Lorrey firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > Taxation, in my mind, is only NOT theft when the individual is free to
> > choose what government services they wish to pay for and which not to
> > pay for.
> If by this, you mean, individuals would also be able to choose not to buy
> any government services at all, then why even call if "taxation"? It's not
> taxation if it's chosen. E.g., I'm not taxing my employer when I get paid
> for my work. To define it otherwise would seem to me to be changing the
> term beyond any useful meaning.
Not really. You pay a gas tax when you buy gas. If you don't buy gas,
you pay no gas tax. This applies to all sales taxes. Tolls paid at
highway toll booths are similar: they are use based taxes, and you can
choose to not use that which the tax is levied on. The registration fees
for your cars, boats, etc are also use based taxes.
A libertarian government properly focuses its revinue gathering on use
based taxation, while fascist governments focus on confiscatory
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