Re: When Taxation Might be Necessary

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 08:36:01 MDT

Lee Corbin wrote:
> precisely for people like you. When libertarians write that taxation
> is *never* justified, they invite real as well as imaginary counter-
> examples. Perhaps you are simply not interested in theoretical general-
> ities. That's fine. But please try to understand that some of us are, and
> we really would like to know under what **general** circumstances, if any,
> we would approve of a society forcably extracting (i.e. stealing)
> resources from some of its members.

A state of war or national emergency is a fine time to impose taxation.
The problem is sunsetting. Getting rid of wartime taxation and laws
after the war is over is difficult under the current system.

Under a libertarian system, individuals would be so well armed that use
of taxation wouldn't be necessary, even if an agressor was dumb enough
to try to invade such a territory. The Swiss model has functioned quite
fine for a long time. How much do they spend in taxes on defense? Very
little. One vote = one machine gun = real liberty.

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