Quotes, Notes, Comments & Slogans
for Individual Liberty & Rights
against Popular Statist Errors & Prejudices
Index - T1
(2013 - 2014)
TABOOS: Many individual rights and liberties are still unknown to or unappreciated by most people. – Why have most people, including most anarchists and libertarians, not yet bothered to sufficiently assemble, optimally word and publish all of them? – Do they consider them to be taboo? - JZ, 29.12.96, 25.7.08, 25.10.08, 14.3.11, 29.6.13. – In many countries the governments cannot be blamed for such omissions, since these are to be expected from them by their very nature as territorial impositions – but anarchists and libertarians should be sufficiently interested in them. – Have Stirner’s prejudices affected most of them, as they did e.g. my father’s individualist anarchism? – That there are numerous errors and prejudices against the very concept of rights and against many particular radical individual rights and liberties, is only to be expected from our statist public opinion – but I find it scandalous that so many “freedom lovers” do still share many of them. Once all of them, to the extent that this could be done already by now, are clearly stated together, they should, I believe, rather be treated like “holy” cows are in India. – Naturally, if some fools or under-informed people do not wish to apply all of these rights and liberties among themselves, in their own communities, they should be free to do this to themselves. – At least they would then provide deterrent examples to the others. - JZ, 29.6.13. - INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, INTEREST IN OR IGNORANC OF OR PREJUDICE AGAINST THEM
TACT: Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.” – Howard W. Newton, - RED., POLITENESS, DIPLOMACY, GENTLENESS, PERSUASION, CONSIDERATENESS VS. INSULT, TALKING DOWN, RIDICULE, ABUSE,
TACT: The finest flower on the tree of freedom – but who does still have it?” – John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung, S. 50. – JZ tr. of: “Takt – du feinste Bluete am Baume der Freiheit. Aber wer besitzt dich noch?” - RED. – GENTLENESS, POLITENESS, MANNERS
TACT: Tongue in check.” – Sue Dytri. – RED, PERSUASIVENESS
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: What we need is the largest possible number of citizens who can take care of themselves.” – Robert Frost, quoted in THE INTERCOLLEGIATE REVIEW, Summer 73, p. 214. – SELF-CONTROL, SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-DISCIPLINE, SELF-EDUCATION, SELF-EMPLOYMENT, SELF-ENLIGHTENMENT, SELF-ESTEEM, SELF-GOVERNANCE, SELF-HELP, SELF-LIBERATION, SELF-MANAGEMENT, SELF-OWNERSHIP, SELF-RELIANCE, SELF-RESPECT, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-RULE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT & ASSOCIATION IN ALL SPHERES, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL & GROUP SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, INDIVIDUAL INITIATIVE, SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM
TAKEOVERS: Successful takeover bids are a well-known method by which the capital market fires the firm’s decision-makers.” – David Levy, REASON, May 76. – PURCHASE OF ENTERPRISES BY THE EMPLOYEES, ON TERMS
TAKING SIDES: Taking somebody’s side is not enough; make sure you take his good side.” – Dagobert D. Runes, Handbook of Reason, p. 173. – NEUTRALITY, PARTIES, FACTIONS, COMMITMENTS, INDIFFERENCE, RIGHT, MORALITY, ETHICS
TALENT CENTER: Ability: Is measured not by the greatness of the talent but by the purpose for which it is employed.” – Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. – PURPOSE, AIMS, GREATNESS
TALENT CENTER: Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.”- Henry Frederic Amiel. – What is generally thought to be impossible? – JZ - GENIUS, DIFFICULTIES, DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE?
TALENT CENTER: even a very moderate capacity can contribute to a supreme achievement.” - Bertrand Russell, remark on science compared with art. But it has a much wider application. - JZ, 30.10.02. - ABILITIES, GENIUS, TEAMWORK, ACHIEVEMENTS, COLLABORATION, COOPERATION, CREATIVITY, ENEMIES, REFORMERS, IDEAS, DIVISION OF LABOR, WORKING TOGETHER ON LARGE PROJECTS
TALENT CENTER: How many “coming men” has one known! Where on earth do they all go to?” – Sir Arthur W. Pinero, 1855-1934. – Andrews Quotes, p. 392. - They become, all too often, just one more unheard or unread voice – in the wilderness! – Or end up in a dead-end bread-earning job, which does not need their talents. There is no ready market for their talents. – JZ, 31.7.08.
TALENT CENTER: I am not thinking of those shining precepts which are the registered property of every school; that is to say – Learn as much by writing as by reading; be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites; keep men and things apart; guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own, and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing; be more severe to ideas than to actions; do not overlook the strength of the bad cause or the weakness of the good; never be surprised by the crumbling of an idol or the disclosure of a skeleton; judge talent at its best and character at its worst; suspect power more than vice, and study problems in preference to periods; … Most of this, I suppose, is undisputed, and …” Lord Action, Lectures on Modern History, p.37. – STUDYING, LEARNING, SELF-EDUCATION
TALENT CENTER: I say with Didacus Stella, a dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.” - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy. Democritus to the Reader. - GREATNESS, THINKING, VISIONS, INDIVIDUALS, ABILITIES
TALENT CENTER: In most societies, it is assumed that natural talent is an advantage, which its possessor is entitled to use for his own benefit, so long as he does not injure others in their person or property. – While Christian and other ethical systems encourage charity and humility, they do not presume that intelligence, strength, energy and the like are ‘common assets’.” - Joseph F. Johnston, Jr., The Limits of Government, Regnery Gateway, Chicago, 1984, p.168. - And yet, indirectly - and without slavery or serfdom - they are a kind of “common assets” for mankind, for the superior talents and abilities are very widely and cheaply marketed in books and other records, as shiny examples for others to enjoy or learn from as much as they can. Moreover, many of them tend to improve and cheapen goods and services for all their customers, even those without special talents. How many have e.g. benefited from the steam engine of James Watt and the numerous inventions of Edison? – I believe that these benefits for all from outstanding talents amount to much more every year than all the amounts of voluntary charity money and labor contributions. – JZ, 2.10.07. - CHARITY, BENEVOLENCE, PROFITS FOR PRODUCERS & USERS, OFTEN COMING OUT OF COST & PRICE REDUCTIONS.
TALENT CENTER: In this world people have to pay an extortionate price for any exceptional gift whatever.” – Willa Cather, The Old Beauty and Others, 1948. – The exceptional people should have built up exceptional special markets for themselves and their talents. Then, and between them, they could achieve an enormous influence and almost guarantee their success, based upon their talents, ideas and creativity, innovations, inventiveness and reforms, a.s.a.p. - They should also have striven for panarchistic freedom to experiment, under full exterritorial autonomy, together with other volunteers, in all spheres presently still territorially monopolized. – JZ, 1.8.07, 24.3.14. - IDEAS ARCHIVE, TALENT CENTRE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
TALENT CENTER: It always hurts me when a man of talent dies. The world needs them more than heaven does.” – G. C. Lichtenberg. – It’s worse still when talents die unknown – of no use to themselves and to others. – JZ, 3/77, 31.7.08. – Only a world register of ideas and talents could rectify the problem of recognizing and utilizing talents and ideas. It might, sometimes, be enough if a single other person fully recognizes a talent and testifies for that person and his capabilities. – However, a common register, privately run, not by a government, of all talents and their specialties, a really free market for them, bringing supply and demand in this sphere together, would be the best and most efficient testimonial for them. - JZ, 20.11.78, 31.7.08, 14.3.11, 24.3.14. – ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FREE MARKETS – STILL TO BE ESTABLISHED
TALENT CENTER: It doesn't matter what he does, he will never amount to anything.” - One of Einstein's teachers to Einstein's father.
TALENT CENTER: No misery, bloodshed and pestilence equals the cruel foolishness which consists in society letting every year thousands of intelligences and talents wither away, unrecognized and unutilized.” – Walter Rathenau, Notizbuecher, 1903-1908. – JZ tr. of the German original: “Kein Elend, Blutvergiessen und Pestilenz kommt der grausamen Torheit gleich, die darin besteht, dass die Gesellschaft jaehrlich Tausende von Intelligenzen und Talenten unerkannt und ungenutzt verwelken laesst.” - IDEAS ARCHIVE, TALENT CENTER, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT
TALENT CENTER: Outstanding persons are worse off than others. Since one does not compare oneself with them, one tries to control them.” – Goethe, Sprueche in Prosa. – JZ rough tr. of: “Ausgezeichnete Personen sind daher uebler dran als andere; da man sich mit ihnen nicht vergleicht, passt man ihnen auf.” – IDEAS ARCHIVE, TALENT CENTER, FEAR OF COMPETITION
TALENT CENTER: Rather a small talent fighting for a great cause than a great talent used only to amuse and divert itself. – JZ, 26.7.92. Alas, small as well as great minds have all too often fallen for wrong and flawed causes, like e.g. territorial nationalism, imagining that a geographically or by population large nation would also be a “great” nation and constitute a great cause. – JZ, 1.8.08. – CAUSES, IDEAS, IDEALS, NATIONALISM, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GREATNESS, STRENGTH
TALENT CENTER: Talent is nothing but long patience.” – Gustave Flaubert. – Prolonged patience, training, persistence? - Even a great talent needs much patience and many opportunities to become fully developed. - JZ, 14.3.11, 24.3.14. - & PATIENCE, OPPORTUNITIES, FREE MARKET
TALENT CENTER: Talent is something that is within the power of man. But genius is something in whose power a man finds himself.” – Lowell – (JZ retranslation of: “Talent ist das, was in eines Menschen Macht steht; Genius – in wessen Macht der Mensch steht.”) - GENIUS
TALENT CENTER: There is nothing more tragic to behold than an extraordinary man struggling often even with himself, his circumstances, his times, without success. A very regrettable example: Buerger.“ – Goethe, Sprueche in Prosa. – JZ tr. of: “Es ist traurig anzusehen, wie ein ausserordentlicher Mensch sich gar oft mit sich selbst, seinen Usmtaenden, seiner Zeit herumwuergt, ohne auf einen gruenen Zweig zu kommen. – Trauriges Beispiel Buerger.“ – IDEAS ARCHIVE
TALENT CENTER: There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” - Oscar Wilde
TALENT CENTER: There’s no shortage of talent. There’s only a shortage of talent that can recognize talent.” – Jerry Wald, born 1911. – All the more reason to transfer the recognition and utilization of talents to a special and world-wide market for it, that would bring supply and demand in this sphere as completely together as is humanly possible. – JZ, 31.7.08. - IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT
TALK: Never tell nobody what you’re going to do till you’ve done it.” – C. C. Vanderbilt, quoted in “They Made Millions”, p. 160. – As if one could build steel-mills, skyscrapers, roads, railways, bridges, ships, planes, cars etc. quite on one’s own. Naturally, once one has the capital and blue-prints for them, then one can simply order them to be built. But if one has first to get approval from politicians or bureaucrats and depends upon xyz regulations and permits enough capital subscribers, under moentary and financial despotism … I wonder, whether Vanderbilt’s rise was really that easy. – Had he already forgotten about it when he wrote that? – Nobody or anybody? – JZ, 31.7.08, 24.3.14. - IDEAS ARCHIVE, TALENTS, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, CAPITAL RAISING, CREDIT,
TALK: Some people believe that there has been enough talk and not enough action. – I believe just the reverse. There were too many thoughtless and uncritical actions and not enough thoughtful talk, discussions and criticism before people “acted”. Think, talk, re-think and then act! – JZ, 7/77, 17.11.78, 31.7.08, 24.3.18.
TALK: Talk is overrated as a means of solving disputes.” – Tom Cruise in film “Cocktail”. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, BETTING, DISCUSSIONS, NEGOTIATIONS, SUMMIT CONFERENCES, DIPLOMACY, LECTURES, FORUMS, DEBATES, COMMITTEES, PARLIAMENTS, MASS MEDIA, FACEBOOK, BOOKS, LIBRARIES
TALKS: Still the men who have brought us MAD thirst after more talk and more treaties. They think that talk per se will bring peace.” – James Benford, Star Wars Is Not Mad, in FAR FRONTIERS, Winter 85, p. 211. – I disagree with the thesis in his title. All atomic “weapons”, as mass murder devices and anti-people “weapons” are products or "weapons" of madmen. – And these “leaders” - to the general holocaust - do still monopolize decision-making on war and peace, international negotiations and treaties and try to disarm all their subjects not under military or police control. These monopolies have to be broken, just like their central bank monopolies and all other territorial powers have to be abolished. – Much depends e.g. on the kind of war and peace aims talked about, and who does the talking, the territorially leading offenders or their victims. - JZ, 1.8.08, 14.3.11, 24.3.14. - NEGOTIATIONS, CONFERENCES, SUMMIT CONFERENCES, TREATIES, PEACE, WAR, DISARMAMENT BY THE PEOPLE, MILITIAS FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, WAR AIMS, MAD, MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION
TAMPERING: Bastiat summarized his entire position: “To tamper with man’s freedom is not only to injure him, to degrade him; it is to change his nature, to render him, in so far as such oppression is exercised, incapable of improvement; it is to strip him of his resemblance to the Creator, to stifle within him the noble breath or life with which he was endowed his at creation.” – G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p. 213. - TERRIORIALISM
TAMPERING: he argued that Nature should be the Avenging Nemesis, and that any artificial tampering by government would be harmful.” – R. D. Grinder, on Mencken, in LIBERTARIAN ANALYSIS, I/3/49. - MEDDLING, LAWS, INTERVENTIONISM, VIOLENCE, FORCE, COMPULSION, VOLUNTARISM, TERRITORIALISM, LAISSEZ FAIRE, NONINTERFERENCE, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, STATISM
TANSTAAFL: After Schmoller had delivered a paper arguing his view that there were no general laws of economics, Pareto said to him, “You know this town well. Can you tell me where there is a good restaurant at which one can get a free lunch?” - Schmoller replied, “But there are no restaurants like that.” Pareto then said, “Well, there is a general law of economics.” – Michael Lindsay, Chevy Chase MD, in a letter to ANALOG, 11/82, p.172. - I dislike the expression “economic laws”, because the “positive” laws passed in abundance are very rarely economic. – JZ, 1.8.08. – Compare also the old saying: “Nothing is to be had from nothing!” stated by Epicuretus, Discourses, 2nd, c.4.10, stated below. – JZ, 29.6.13. - LAWS OF ECONOMICS, JOKES
TANSTAAFL: American economist Milton Friedman, in Jerusalem to receive an honorary doctorate from The Hebrew University, aired his views in a meeting with members of the Knesset finance and economic committees. At the end, finance-committee chairman, Shlomo Lorincz said he doubted that it was possible to summarize any theory of economics in a single phrase, as the scholar Hillel had done with the Torah in these words: “What is hateful unto you do not unto your fellow man – that is the sum of the whole Torah. The rest is elaboration.” - Friedman rose to the challenge with neat parody of the sage: “There is no such thing as a free lunch”, he said. “That is the sum of my economic theory. The rest is elaboration.” – POST, Jerusalem, quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 7/80. - “Free exchange”, ‘laissez faire, laissez passer”, “freedom of contract”, “free markets”, “voluntarism”, for instance, would also have served. – I have also seen this phrase: “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch!” ascribed to Robert Heinlein. – I suspect that Heinlein was first to express it. - JZ, 31.7.08.
TANSTAAFL: In nature nothing can be given, all things are sold.” – Emerson, Compensation, Essays, first Series, 1841. – Many things are also simply exchanged. - In the hunger years after WW II, in my small family. we lived to some extent from picking mushrooms, berries and nettles (a spinach substitute, if properly treated). We certainly never paid for them. – JZ, 25.7.08.
TANSTAAFL: It’s the insignia of the Invisible Hand Society. … There Ain’t No Such Thing as Government Interference.” (TANSTAGF - JZ) … What is it, some kind of paradox? … “It’s no paradox, … It’s a simple statement of fact.” – Robert Anton Wilson, Schroedinger’s Cat III, p.82. (TANSTAAFL - There Ain''t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. - JZ).) – It seems that anarchists, like politicians, have their denials, too. - Who hasn’t experienced numerous government interventions in his life? Did the victims of the Holocaust and of government caused wars, inflations and mass unemployment all give their consent? Wilson tried to back up his statement with: “Government is anarchy’s way of making more anarchy.” – As if governments were able to produce babies, like the children of the baby boom and as if the children were flawless, compared with their parents. And such an assertion while e.g. in China abortion for a second child is still compulsory. Moreover, if that were true: Seeing that we got so much government, how much anarchy has it produced, apart from anarchy in the misunderstood sense of "chaos"? - JZ, 14.3.11. While it is true that government interference is often more based upon bluff than force, totalitarian and terrorist actions by governments are also all too common and we haven’t achieved e.g. individual secessionism, voluntary State membership and voluntary taxation as yet, not even in the “democratic” States. – While the saying: “For every tyrant a thousand ready slaves!” is largely true, what about the few anarchists, libertarians and panarchists that are also existing – and who are so far still victimized, much against their will, by the territorial statists? One can play around all too much with mere words, while ignoring facts. – JZ, 31.7.08. – There is no such thing as a free territorial government. TINSTAAFTG – JZ, 24.3.14.
TANSTAAFL: Nothing is to be had for nothing.” – Epicuretus, Discourses, 2nd. c., 4.10, tr. Thomas W. Higginson – Gifts? Trinkets or small amounts of money found? (Not worth trying to trace the owner!) – Inheritances. Donations, fresh air, some rain, some wind, some nice smells, sun rises and sun sets? – These seem to me to be at least some exemptions from this rule. – JZ, 26.7.08, 14.3.11.
TANSTAAFL: There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Which means if you want the government to do something, they’re either going to take money from you to do it or take it from someone else. Which makes you either (1) a fool or (2) a thief.” – From a libertarian mini-sticker or stamp. Source of the comment not given. – Also quoted in a Progress Party, Australia, leaflet. – JZ - This term was credited to “Doc” Pournelle by J. Neil Schulman in his “Alongside Night”, p.103.
TANSTAALG: There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Limited Government.” – David Michael Myers, INDIVIDUALIST, Vol. 4, No.1, p.3. – The limited government of most libertarians is still a territorial government and, insofar, still all too unlimited. – JZ, 1.8.08. - LIMITED GOVERNMENT. TERRITORIALISM
TAO: Before you drown in government-sponsored tears, remember the Taoist’s advice that “Even the right thing usually turns out to be wrong when done by the wrong man.” (*) – For the Taoist-Libertarian, the Man from the Government is always the wrong man.” - Richard Lubbock, THE MERCURY, Nov. 78. – A territorial government is not only THE MAN, but also an institution, a wrongful and coercive one. - JZ, 14.3.11. – It rapes your life almost continuously, in a thousand ways and thus amounts, probably, to the worst kind of “gang bang”. – JZ, 24.3.14. - (*) Or by the wrong institution, one that is tax-based and has involuntary members, like a territorial government. - JZ, 14.3.11. - PANARCHISM, FREEDOM OF ACTION, TOLERANCE, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, WELFARE STATE, STATE, BUREAUCRACY, GOVERNMENT, STATISM
TAO: I think libertarianism must be like the Tao. It loves and nourishes all of mankind’s values, but it does not lord it over them. The Tao is what the Chinese philosophers of the 6th Century B.C. came to call “The Way of All Things”. – Richard Lubbock, THE MERCURY, Nov. 78. – This notion of Libertarianism and Tao comes, in very general terms, close to panarchism. – JZ, 31.7.08. – If it had been clearly enough expressed by Laotse or his followers, then history might have taken an better course. - JZ, 14.3.11. - PANARCHISM, LIBERTARIANISM, METAUTOPIA
TAO: Taoist: My universal ethical rule is that everyone has the right to do whatever he wants.” - Richard Lubbock, THE MERCURY, Nov. 78 – The habitual criminal, too? They seem to think so. At least one should add a qualifier, like: At the own expense and risk. Or: while respecting the same right and liberty in others. - JZ, 14.3.11, 24.3.14. - PANARCHISM, LAW OF EQUAL FREEDOM
TAO: Taoist: So you say, and I assure you, good Sir, that you are as free as the wind to feel, speak and act as objectively or as furtively as you please. We Libertarians cannot interfere, so long as you do not transgress our own equivalent rights which are naturally symmetrical to yours. As I have already indicated, the Tao commands nothing, does nothing, and yet gives rise to everything. And of course it follows from the same attribute that not everything is capable of being permitted by the Tao, for if it were, logical impossibilities could arise.” - Richard Lubbock, THE MERCURY, Nov. 78.
TAO: The great Tao flows everywhere, to the left and to the right. All things depend upon it to exist, and it does not abandon them, To its accomplishments it lays no claim. It loves and nourishes all things, but it does not lord it over them.” – Lao-tse, translated by Alan Watts.
TAO: The Tao is not Jehovah. As the Chinese sage Lao-tzu wrote in the 5th century B.C.: “The Tao’s principle is spontaneity.” – And that, Sir, is the principle of Libertarianism, too. - Richard Lubbock, THE MERCURY, Nov. 78. - Many things and institutions take a lot more than spontaneity to produce or establish. - However, individuals seceding or joining a panarchy may act spontaneously. An individual cannot spontaneously establish any particular panarchy. At most he can propose it to others, with some success. - JZ, 14.3.11. -
TAO: What you can depart from is not the way.” – Confucius in Canto 74. – Robert Anton Wilson, The Illuminati Papers, on Ezra Pound, p. 104. – But that one can depart from institutions, associations and even the State, by seceding from them, is a good thing and will, at least in the long run, lead to better things or ways. When you do not wish to depart from an association, community, State or society may indicate that you have already found in it the way or path that is good for you, at least at your present stage of development and enlightenment. – One should certainly not be inseparably attached to anything except the own life and even this is somewhat conditional. - JZ, 31.7.08. – Most of us depart every day from our beds, for the rest of the day, as a way of our lives. We would not like to be stuck in the toilet all day and no sexual intercourse with the greatest lover is perpetual. What seems to be perpetual are attempts to try to cover all concrete cases with an all too general and unqualified statement. – JZ, 24.3.14. -INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
TAOISM: Because to the end it does not seek supremacy; it is able to accomplish great things.” – Lao Tzu, in Medhurst edition, p. 85. – Compare: TOLERANCE, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, SUPREMACY, DOMINATION
TAOISM: Tao is sometimes translated “the Way”, though another possible translation is “natural law”. As used in Taoism, the Tao refers to the way of ways, the law of laws, the ultimate reality and its structure, as expressed in I Ching as “The Tao consists of yin and yang [i.e. The Tao is the unity of two opposites.]”. Taoism is a political philosophy unterlain by Taoist cosmology, the philosophy of paradoxes and of nonaction. Lao-tzu urges the ruler ‘the sage”) to refrain from acting, to accept the good with the bad, to let people pursue their own actions. In the Taoist view, harmony can be achieved only through strife or competition.” - David Boaz, ed., The Libertarian Reader, The Free Press, 1997, p.207. - Why confine the alternative actions and communities to two only instead of as many as do find voluntary supporters? - “What use do I have for the emperor’s power!” said Laotse. It is the emperor, the central government, which should not be active, pro-active or interventionists but it should let a variety of panarchies and polyarchies peacefully compete with it and each other. – JZ, 3.10.07. - In place of the emperor or any limited government I would rather have an ideal militia force to uphold all genuine individual rights and liberties but only to the extent that they are claimed by these volunteers in their own panarchies or that they do interfere with such rights in the affairs of other panarchies, that do claim them for their members. - JZ, 14.3.11. - MILITIA, HUMAN RIGHTS, PANARCHISM & POLYARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
TARGETS: Choose targets wisely.” – Pyrrho, THE CONNECTION 117, p. 54. – Where or what are RIGHTFUL targets for nuclear weapons, at least on Earth? – JZ, 29.6.13. - WARFARE, ENEMY, WAR AIMS, AIR RAIDS, TYRANNICIDE, DISCRIMINATING WARFARE & LIBERATION, WITH QUITE RIGHTFUL WAR- & PEACE AIMS VS. INDISCRIMINATE & TOTAL WARFARE, SCORCHED EARTH POLICIES, ENEMIES, NWT
TARGETS: On Earth there are no justifiable targets for nuclear “weapons”. It would be absurd to use them for tyrannicide, against armies of conscripts and even against armies of volunteers, if they can be convinced that they were not ordered to fight for rightful war aims but rather against rightful war- and peace aims. Then even they would be potential allies against a criminal regime. – JZ, 28.6.13. – DESERTION, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, SEPARATE PEACE TREATIES, FRATERNIZATION
TARIFFS: A businessman who advocates a tariff negates HIMSELF, not laissez-faire.” – Howard Samson, REASON, 9/72. – PROTECTIONISM, IMPORT DUTIES
TARIFFS: A group of Baltimore merchants headed by Isaac McKim, adopted this ingenious reasoning: “all taxes on imports are taxes on consumption.” - Murray N. Rothbard, The Panic of 1819, on John Taylor, of Carolina, p. 176.
TARIFFS: A protective tariff is a typical conspiracy in restraint of trade.” -Thorstein Veblen, economist. - PROTECTIONISM, CONSPIRACIES
TARIFFS: a right of private taxation of the consumer – for that is what a tariff really is.” – GOOD GOVERNMENT, 4/76.
TARIFFS: A scale of taxes on imports, designed to protect the domestic producer against the greed of his consumer.” – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary. - PROTECTIONISM, FREE TRADE, CUSTOM DUTIES.
TARIFFS: A tariff levied only for financial reasons – to bring the highest possible returns – would not restrict free trade too much and would, perhaps, be the tax with the least collection costs. These costs used to be up to 80 % and are now down to 8 %.” – Ulrich von Beckerath.
TARIFFS: a vicious, inequitable, and illogical source of unnecessary taxation.” – Grover Cleveland, US president 1885-1889. - PROTECTIONISM
TARIFFS: And when a government takes ten, twenty, or fifty per cent. of a man’s property, for the reason that he bought it in a foreign country, such taking is as much a violation of his natural right of property, or of his natural right to purchase property, as is the taking of property which he has himself produced, or which he has bought in his own village. – A man’s natural right of property, in a commodity he has bought in a foreign country, is intrinsically as sacred and inviolable as it is in a commodity produced at home; and therefore stands on the same footing as the commodity produced at home. And it is a plain violation of one’s right, for a government to make any distinction between them.” - Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover Cleveland, Works I, p. 43. – PROPERTY RIGHTS, TAXATION, FREE EXCHANGE, FREE TRADE
TARIFFS: Estimates showed that within six months, by June 30, 1888, the total accumulated surplus in the Treasury would rise to $140,000,000”; and, according to Matthew Josephson’s popular history of the period, “at that time approximately one-third of the nation’s circulating capital would be locked up in the vaults of the Government, removed from trade, with money for crops scarce and interest rates high.” (4) Not illogically, Cleveland declared that, “Our present tariff laws, the vicious, inequitable, and illogical source of unnecessary taxation, ought to be at once revised and amended.” Those interested in tariff protection (particularly in Pennsylvania) consequently raised enough money to defeat Cleveland (although he failed to reform the tariff) and to elect Benjamin Harrison president in 1888.” - Charles Chiveley, in his introduction to Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover Cleveland, Works I, p. 5. – The case is interesting for monetary history and deflationary phenomena under exclusive currencies (Then mainly the redeemable paper notes plus the coin circulation.) In Germany the same thing happened shortly after the Big Inflation ended in November 1923. The circle around Dr. Ramin’s Festmark Bank, to which Ulrich von Beckerath and Heinrich Rittershausen belonged, found out that ca. ¼ to 1/3rd of the circulation of the new currency was temporarily hoarded, as tax money in government accounts and not yet spent. Since the total issued was already short of the real requirements for the German economy, further mass unemployment resulted. - All such cases should be much more explored and publicized. Sometimes even a small additional currency issue or widening of the clearing and check payment facilities did already much to ease of such crises. But only full monetary freedom could end them fully and immediately, while preventing over-issues, and prevent payment crises for the future. – JZ, 31.7.08. - MONEY SHORTAGE, HOARDING BY GOVERNMENTS, TAXATION, PROTECTIONISM, MONETARY FREEDOM, FREE BANKING, FREE MARKET MONIES VS. MONETARY DESPOTISM, CENTRAL BANKING
TARIFFS: He believed that tariffs and other restrictions against domestic and foreign trade are merely legal forms of plundering the property of innocent and peaceful persons – in this case, the purchasers of goods and services – and that those persons will naturally rebel against it in one way or another when they understand it. In order that he could not possibly be misunderstood, Bastiat clearly identified the two types of plunder (spoliation is the French word he used) that have always plagued mankind.” – Dean Russell, Bastiat, p.7.
TARIFFS: If, when a producer of cotton, tobacco, grain, beef, pork, butter, cheese, or any other commodity, in our own country, has carried it abroad, and exchanged it for iron or woolen goods, and has brought these latter home, the government seizes one half of them, because they were manufactured abroad, the robbery committed upon the owner is the same as if the government had seized one-half of his cotton, tobacco, or other commodity, before he exported it; because the iron or woolen goods, which he purchased abroad with the products of his own home labor, are as much his own property, as was the commodity with which he purchased them.” - Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover Cleveland, Works I, p. 45. – TAXATION, PROPERTY RIGHTS
TARIFFS: Many critics pointed out that agricultural exports would be damaged because lower imports would supply less dollars abroad with which to buy American products.” - Murray N. Rothbard, The Panic of 1819, referring to “Cato” in Washington, D.C., NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, 1.4.1820, p.173.
TARIFFS: On one occasion he appeared before the Ways and Means Committee of the US Senate holding hearings on the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Bill. When he appeared in his simple, unfashionable clothing, one Committee member asked rather derisively what he did know about the tariff. “I don’t know much” replied Dr. Carver, “but I know it’s the thing that shuts the other fellow out.” – PROGRESS, Sept. 75, on George Washington Carver
TARIFFS: one man’s tariff can cost another his job.” … “… one man’s tariff is another man’s job.” – P. P. Mc Guinness, NATIONAL TIMES, 11.4.77. – Usually, the victims can be counted by the thousands to millions. – JZ
TARIFFS: Other obvious examples are tariffs and quotas which may be introduced to benefit oil producers who are hardly in need of public assistance.” – Milton Friedman, Special Interests and the Law, quoted in “Down with the Poor”, p. 20. - SUBSIDIES
TARIFFS: Tariffs ... impoverish both nations.” – Curtiss: The Tariff Idea, p. 39. – Something is wrong with our educational and enlightenment systems when even this simple question still remains unsolved in all too many heads over 200 years after Adam Smith wrote many truths about it and the scholarly case for Free Trade is overwhelming. – JZ, 31.7.08.
TARIFFS: Tariffs and quotas are methods by which governments prop up one or more sections of the community at the expense of other sections.” – Workers Party platform draft, 1975.
TARIFFS: Tariffs and subsidies safeguard the Australian community.” – Lobbyists, quoted in NATIONAL TIMES, 1.11.76. – In reality, subsidies and tariffs allow sections of the community to plunder all the others. – JZ, 17.11.78.
TARIFFS: Tariffs cost Australia’s consumers the equivalent of more than $ 4,000 million in taxes each year.” – John Edwards, NATIONAL TIMES, 1.11.76. – That would be only ca. $ 300 per head p.a. – I suspect the real loss to be closer to tenfold that amount. – JZ, 17.11.78. – We should try to add up all the savings from bargains, which we could have had from Free Trade and which are thereby prevented for us, lowering our own standard of living as well as that of those, who would have exported their goods and services to us and that of those of the members of our export industries, who would have exported more under free trade, even if it were only unilateral instead of multilateral Free Trade. – JZ, 29.6.13.
TARIFFS: Tariffs lead to low standards of production, lack of competition, high prices and dissatisfaction of consumers, and (can lead) to monopolies. - Workers Party platform draft, 1975.
TARIFFS: Tariffs, of course, were not voluntary; moreover, according to Spooner, their purpose was “to enable competing home commodities to extort from consumers a higher price than the home commodities would bring in a free and open market. And this additional price is sheer robbery, and is known to be so.” (p.44) - Charles Chiveley, in his introduction to Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover Cleveland, Works I, p. 5
TARIFFS: Taylor established this chain of causation: tariffs cause diminished imports, that would in turn bring about restriction of exports, which would cause a fall in the prices of domestic products.” - Murray N. Rothbard, The Panic of 1819, p.173/74, on John Taylor, of Carolina. – However, in balance prices are increased rather than reduced through tariffs. – JZ, 24.3.14.
TARIFFS: Taylor regarded tariffs as a burden because he saw them as taxes on consumption; a tariff was a tax which diminishes consumption, hence diminishes production and prosperity.” – Murray N. Rothbard, The Panic of 1819, on John Taylor, of Carolina, p.174.
TARIFFS: That form of privilege or interference with the Free Market in which commodities produced outside the State are not allowed to compete equally with those produced inside the State.” – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III, p. 71.
TARIFFS: the encouragement that tariffs have given to inefficient industry.” – View ascribed to Bill Mc Kinnon, in NATIONAL TIMES, 1.11.76, p. 8.
TARIFFS: The primary reason for a tariff is that it enables the exploitation of the domestic consumer by a process indistinguishable from sheer robbery.” - Albert Jay Nock - PROTECTIONISM, EXPLOITATION, MONOPOLISM & ROBBERY, FREE TRADE
TARIFFS: The protective tariff is a violation, by law, of property.” – Bastiat, in Dean Russell, Bastiat, p. 6. – Property rights imply free exchange and free trade. – All other forms of taxation and of monetary despotism are such wrongful interferences as well. - JZ, 29.6.13. – PROPERTY RIGHTS, FREE EXCHANGE, MONETARY FREEDOM VS. MONETARY DESPOTISM, TAXATION
TARIFFS: The saving in tariff money by the consumers of the imported cars would be spent to purchase other products. This would encourage new or expanded industries. The disemployed would have to learn new skills – a short-time adjustment and inconvenience. (*) Because they made an incorrect judgment in their choice of employment, it does not entitle them to be supported by those who made the correct choice, since no man has the mortgage on the life or property of another. To uphold such altruistic views would have, at the beginning of this century, necessitated the subsidization of Ye Olde Buggy Whip Industry to keep its members employed even though their usefulness as buggy whip makers had disappeared.” – Patrick Brookes, FREE ENTERPRISE, 11/74. - (*) Under full monetary freedom. But under monetary despotism their unemployment might be prolonged! – JZ, 30.7.08.
TARIFFS: The tariff and all other restrictions to free and unfettered exchanges are, in a strict economic sense, minimum wage laws. (*) Those who condemn minimum wage laws, so-called, and lend support to other infractions of the free market such as wage and price controls, are proclaiming their inconsistency.” – Leonard E. Read, Who’s Listening? p. 52. - (*) And also minimum profit laws! – JZ, 31.7.08.
TARIFFS: The tariffs, by means of which a few monied men of Massachusetts have so long plundered the rest of the country, and on which they have so largely relied for their prosperity, will not much longer be endured.” – Lysander Spooner, A New Banking System, quoted by Charles Shively, in the introduction. – Moneyed new Am spelling? - JZ
TARIFFS: The ten, twenty, or fifty per cent. of a man’s property, which is taken from him, for the reason that he purchased it in a foreign country, must be considered either as the price he is required to pay for the privilege of buying property in that country, or else as a penalty for having exercised his natural right of buying it in that country. Whether it be considered as a price paid for a privilege, or a penalty for having exercised a natural right, it is a violation both of his natural right of property, and of his natural right to make a contract in that country.” - Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover Cleveland, Works I, p. 42/43. - FREE TRADE, IMPORT DUTIES
TARIFFS: The whole wretched notion of tariff protection, which implies that each nation must stand jealously on guard against every other nation and erect artificial barriers to keep out goods – good things – is an unmistakable symptom of economic ignorance and a devastating criticism of the status of economics.” – GOOD GOVERNMENT, Feb. 71.
TARIFFS: Therefore the tax laid upon foreign commodities, that have been bought with the products of our home labor, is as much a robbery of the home laborer, as the same tax would have been, if laid directly upon the products of our home labor. It is, at best, only a robbery of one home laborer – the producer of cotton, tobacco, grain, beef, pork, butter, or cheese – for the benefit of another home laborer – the producer of iron or woolen goods.” – Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover Cleveland, Works I, p. 46. – CUSTOM DUTIES, PROTECTIONISM, FREE TRADE, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, TRADE BARRIERS, QUOTAS, FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONTROLS
TARIFFS: Those who arrange a war of tariffs are not the sufferers from it.” – Tolstoi on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence, p. 78. – The world should be just one free market, on which every consumer can purchase as cheaply as possible and every producer sell as expensively and as much of his products or services as he can. No bureaucrat or politician or any law or board should come between a willing seller and a willing buyer. – JZ, 31.7.08. – War or wall of tariffs? – JZ
TARIFFS: Trade does not require force; it is the so-called Protection that needs armies, policemen and custom agents to enforce it. Tariffs against foreign goods in times of so-called peace do what we employ navies to do in declared war – deny the means of existence to the enemy. And that is what Australians and New Zealanders do to each other every year.” – GOOD GOVERNMENT, 4/76.
TARIFFS: We all know pretty well, probably, that the primary reason for a tariff is that it enables the exploitation of the domestic consumer by a process indistinguishable from sheer robbery.” – Albert Jay Nock, Our Enemy the State. – Quoted in PROGRESS, 2/75.
TASTE: Every man to his own taste.” – Proverb, 16th c. – Hyman Quotes, p. 262. – TOLERANCE, INDIVIDUALISM, LIBERTY, PANARCHISM, CHOICE, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, PERSONAL LAW, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY & FREE ENTERPRISE IN EVERY SPHERE, POLYARCHISM
TASTE: Public display of nudity may not be in the best of taste, but man should be concerned with living his own life, not limiting the equal, reciprocal right of others in this regard.” – Ridgway K. Foley Jr., THE FREEMAN, 2/75. – NUDISM NAKEDNESS, THE MERE SIGHT OF BARE HUMAN SKIN IS NO OFFENCE.
TAX CHEATS: Tax cheats only retain what is rightfully theirs. – JZ, 9.11.97. – There is no moral duty to pay all the taxes that the government wants to levy upon you. – If you could safely hide much of your money from any other robber or thief – wouldn’t you? - JZ, 16.7.08. – TAX AVOIDANCE, TAX STRIKES, VOLUNTARY TAXATION
TAX EVASION: I know of a tradesman who, already many years ago, could command a daily wage of A $ 200 paid in cash, off the books. But his declared income was so small that thereupon he could not get a housing loan! The underground cash economy still works reasonably well, even with depreciating government money. E.g.: No official consumer price index increases are required for such payments. But long-term loans with government cash are another matter. The forced and exclusive value standard of most governments is all too fast depreciating. – JZ, 21.7.97. - 6.7.08. - BLACK MARKET WORK
TAX EVASION: Tax evasion: A punishable attempt of taxpayers to realize, on a private basis, the State’s promise of justice in taxation.” – Helmar Nahr. (“Steuerhinterziehung. Strafbarer Versuch des Steuerzahlers, das Staatliche Versprechen der Steuergerechtigkeit auf privater Basis zu realisieren.“) – Only some legally permitted „tax avoidance“ is allowed. – JZ – Taxes, as imposed tribute levies, are by their very definition unjust. – JZ, 24.3.14. - JOKES
TAX FOUNDATION MONEY: Money out of thin air? - Don't forget that their paper money has at least a fractional but compulsory tax foundation. Their issues anticipate at least part of these issues in the reflux of them in form of tax payments or government "revenue". That reflux foundation or readiness to accept foundation can keep much paper money at par with a nominal gold- or silver-weight value even if it is not a monopoly-money with legal tender power. The free market equivalent to such money is e.g. subscription money of insurance companies, in which premiums are to be paid and benefits paid out. Then and there no "out of thin air" issues are involved at all. – JZ on Facebook, Oct. 12, comment to Afrikanus Kofi Akosah – The legalized imposition of a monopoly money with legal tender power, i.e. compulsory acceptance and a forced value, is much more a legalized robbery or confiscation or like the issue of a requisitioning certificate. – JZ, 24.3.14.
TAX FOUNDATION MONEY: PressTV - US implicated in 'largest theft' in Iraq - www.presstv.ir - Sound tax foundation money is also possible, anticipating shortly due taxes and using a sound value standard. Historically it has happened several times. - However, I also advocate full financial freedom, which excludes the enforced tributes called taxes, which can even give the government’s paper money some enforced value. - Contribution money would be something different. Ulrich von Beckerath discussed it in his third monetary freedom book, reproduced in www.reinventingmoney.com - Dumping a forced and exclusive currency on any country, whether by its own central bank or a foreign central bank, does more harm than good. Rightful and needed instead is the freedom for all local potential currency issuers to competitively offer their optional and market-rated alternative currencies, all with a self-chosen alternative value standard and merely obliging their issuers to accept them at their nominal value for all the goods, services and labor they have to offer. Bailouts don't work for the benefit of all. Self-help, in full economic freedom, does. - JZ, 15.6.11, on Facebook. Revised: 24.3.14. – OR CONTRIBUTION-BASED MONEY, FREE BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, FREE MARKET MONIES
TAX FOUNDATION MONEY: Taxes to be fixed in a better value standard than that of the present government money paper dollars, which is a manipulated, depreciated and nevertheless enforced “value standard”. That better value standard is also to be used in the government’s tax foundation money, the only one it should be still allowed to issue, as long as compulsory taxation is still tolerated. For then it must also provide sufficient and suitable exchange media to pay them with. Moreover, the government should not longer be allowed to turn its debts into currency, by issuing a forced and exclusive currency with legal tender power (compulsory acceptance and a forced value), “covering” it with the debt certificates it issues. No one but the government should be forced to accept its tax foundation money at par with its genuine value standard. And its tax foundation money and its value standard should be exposed in general circulation to competition from other means of exchange and clearing certificates that are also using other value standards, according to the preferences of their issuers and their acceptors. Taxes should also be payable in other than the government’s tax foundation money, at their market rate of exchange against the government’s tax foundation money. – JZ, 4.10.06, 7.10.08, 24.3.14. - LEGAL TENDER, MONETARY FREEDOM, VALUE STANDARDS
TAX FUNDS: These funds were, mostly, quite rightfully earned owned by individuals and wrongfully and coercively but legally taken from them to be spent by politicians and bureaucrats and their institutions and for their program, in their interest, for their popular errors and prejudices, under the false pretence that it would be for the common good, the public interest or for “the people”. These actions by their territorial States do turn them into the greatest, most wrongful and harmful criminal gangs. – JZ, 22.5.13, 8.6.13. - GOVERNMENT SPENDING, FUNDING, BUDGETS, TAXATION, PROPERY, POLITICIANS & BUREAUCRATS FORM THE LARGEST & MOST POWERFUL CRIMINAL GANGS, EARNINGS, PROFITS, WAGES, SALARIES
TAX REDUCTION: I would permanently remove all taxes, at every level of government, on the necessities of life: food, clothing, shelter, and transportation.” - L. Neil Smith, Lever Action, A Mountain Media Book, 2001, firstname.lastname@example.org, p.136. … The Smith Administration would go further. … No act of self-expression would be taxable. No pen or pencil, no sheet of paper, no typewriter or word processor, no computer, radio, telephone, or television could be taxed, from factory to user. Nor any canvas, clay, paint, or block of marble … – Not a bad start, one that might even get electoral support. – JZ, 27.9.07.
TAX REFORM: Tax cut buffet may appeal but there’s no appetite for real fixes. Ross Gittins, economics editor, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, smh.com.au, 5.10.11, p.15. – There is only one rightful tax reform, namely tax abolition and abolition of the territorial monopoly of present governments and their “public services”. How competing services organizations would charge their voluntary customers would be up to them. Gittins does not support that radical reform, either. – What does he know, as an economist, about the rightful financing of wanted public services, competitively supplied? He, too, takes territorialism and its wrongful powers and methods for granted. - JZ, n.d. & 26.2.12. - CARBON TAX, MINING TAX, INCOME TAX, SALES TAX ETC.:
TAX REFORM: Tax reform means, "Don't tax you, don't tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree." – Russell Long – All taxes of all territorial States are wrongful tribute levies and their revenue is wrongfully spent to a very large extent as well. – JZ, 25.4.13.
TAX REFORM: The George-ists, with their “single tax” expect more from their tax reform than any tax reform, short of total abolition of all taxes, could provide. Their condemnation of all other taxes should already have suggested to them that this one may not be or is not justified, either. – JZ, 1.7.95, 18.7.08. – HENRY GEORGE, LAND VALUE TAXATION, SINGLE TAX
TAX REFORM: When you take the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and put taxes on things that haven’t been taxed before.” – Art Buchwald. - And the sum of all taxes after the reform is usually higher than the sum of all taxes before this “reform”. – JZ, 23.7.08. – TAXATION, JOKES
TAX RELIEF: Guess what they called the new tax legislation: The American Tax Relief Act of 2012! Talk about Newspeak. The tax “relief” act not only increased rates and cut legitimate deductions on the wealthy (earning more than $200,000 a year) but actually raised taxes on all working Americans when it failed to renew the 2% temporary cut on payroll taxes. I think they should have called it the “Congress Relieves Your Pocketbook Act of 2012.” - Mark Skousen – Facebook, 8.1.13. – I doubt that any of the legislators remained unaware of this great lie. – JZ, 8.1.13.
TAX RETURNS: Tax returns should be just that, to the extent that this would still be possible, namely the return of all taxes paid by you and not yet spent or represented in remaining government capital assets, for which corresponding shares could and should be issued to the tax victims, in a process of privatizing all government assets. For some details see my essay in PEACE PLANS 19 C, of which an enlarged issue has been digitized and is offered on www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/ – JZ, 24.10.95, 18.7.08. – PRIVATIZATION OF ALL PUBLIC ASSETS
TAX REVOLT: By filing IRS forms and “paying” taxes, which can legally be paid only in gold and silver coin, we have been breaking the law too. I think it’s time for the American taxpayer to turn over a new leaf. We should take an oath “to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” to the IRS. With no lawful money in circulation, we should refuse to go along with the national fiction that checks, notes and slugs are money. Lacking an income, we should refuse to file.” - René Baxter, FREEDOM NOW, 9/75. - Alas, our government’s money is all too lawful: Full of legal tender power and of the monopoly position that governments have legally granted it. Thus, instead of interpreting it as being unlawful, by our reading of the Constitution, and refusing to pay taxes in it, we should replace it with sound and competitive monies of our own, even if these can be issued only illegally. Thereby our dependence upon territorial governments would be greatly reduced and a comprehensive tax strike against it, or wide-spread secessions from it would be facilitated. Its paper money might then become so abundant and worthless, that it would be easy for us to formally pay our remaining taxes to it with this paper as long as we still recognized that burden as our debt. Baxter, like most others, ignored that through the power of taxation, through the enormous demand that it creates for the government’s paper money, it does give that paper money a value in the general market, even if it were issued competitively with other forms of money, which it is not. (Already Adam Smith recognized that in a largely forgotten passage in “The Wealth of Nations”.) Any forced and exclusive currency, even one made only out of gold and silver coins, is part and parcel of the total tax and economic crisis system and should be abolished with it, even while value standard reckoning in gold and silver weight units would be continued via sound and competitive note issues, market rated and refusable. Precisely because of this they would remain mostly at par with their nominal value or very close to it, at least near their issue and acceptance centers. Their discount somewhere else would merely speed up their reflux to where they have to be accepted at par, namely by their issuers and the debtors of these issuers. – JZ, 22.7.08. – TAX STRIKES, MONETARY FREEDOM REVOLUTION
TAX REVOLT: By refusing to pay taxes you are not doing anything illegal, immoral or unpatriotic. The exact opposite is true. When the government takes your property at gunpoint (or the threat of it) your fellow citizens, under the fiction of government “legality” are unjustly and unlawfully violating your constitutional rights.” - René Baxter, FREEDOM NOW, 9/75. – Their constitutional rights as Americans were not much good, for a long time, to the Negro slaves and other subjugated peoples, like the Indian tribes, either. Moreover, they never and quite formally included all genuine individual rights and liberties. Why attempt to fall back upon an instrument that always was incomplete and flawed and has failed its supposed beneficiaries for so long and so extensively and that is largely ignored by legislators or misinterpreted by official judges? – JZ, 22.7.08, 24.10.08. – CONSTITUTIONALISM
TAX REVOLT: The main issue is tax revolt, the refusal to pay for our own destruction.” – René Baxter, in his introductory letter for his first THE FREEDOM FIGHTER issue.
TAX REVOLT: The simplest, easiest and most effective method of wresting power from our oppressors is tax revolt, the refusal to pay for our own destruction. It’s the one power each and every one of us possesses individually.” - René Baxter, FREEDOM NOW, 9/75. - Alas, we do not really possess this power as yet, no more so than the power of individual and group secessionism and of exterritorial group autonomy and the right to refuse to serve in the State’s armed forces and its wars. These and other kinds of individual rights and liberties are still severely suppressed and even widely unknown or unappreciated, especially in governmental bills of rights. – JZ, 22.7.08. –
TAX REVOLT: They are the business owners from the city and farmers from the country. Rich and poor. Male and female. Political newcomers and political pros. They are the preachers of the gospel of tax revolt, united in a commitment to cut government spending, even if it means cutting government services. – The approval of Proposition 13 slashing property taxes by an average of 57 percent in California spawned similar drives in more than a dozen states. …” - Louise Cook, Associated Press writer, THE NEWS-VIRGINIAN, Waynesboro, Va., Aug. 14, 1978. – Without a monetary freedom program and a platform on how to tackle problems like mass unemployment, inflation and poverty – through a fully free and informed market and all kinds of self-help ways, most tax revolts will not get very far. Such resistance should also be supported e.g. by a new and ideal declaration of individual rights and liberties and an ideal militia force for the protection of these rights and by a general re-privatization program that would place the property now in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats, or fully under their control, back into the hands of citizens, directly, via corresponding capital certificates. (See PEACE PLANS 19 c. offered on a disc reproduced at www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/ ) Even and especially the war and peace problem solving should no longer be left in their hands. Obviously, politicians and bureaucrats, including military experts, were never very good at solving them, either but rather created them, prolonged them or made them worse. - JZ, 22.7.08.
TAX REVOLT: This week in THE BULLETIN, read how the rates of tax are turning Australian into a nation of cheats. – The tax evasion industry now employs as many people at the motor car manufacturing industry. – Peter Samuel exposes our out tax revolt.” – From a SYDNEY MORNING HERALD advertising, July 6, 1978, for THE BULLETIN.
TAX SLAVERY: Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed. – Robert A. Heinlein – The taxers have other purposes than the taxed. – JZ, 26.4.13. - TRIBUTE LEVIES, WELFARE STATES
TAX SLAVERY: The average American family head will be forced to do twenty years' labor to pay taxes in his or her lifetime. – James Bovard, Lost Rights. – FORCE LABOR
TAX SLAVERY: What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else. – Tom Clancy on Kudlow and Cramer 9/2/03. – WARFARE STATES, AUTHORITARIANISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, BURERAUCRACY, PORPADANDA LIES, VS. INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES & RIGHTS
TAX STRIKE: Almost every Protestant revolution or resistance seems to have been accompanied by wide-spread refusals to pay taxes to the territorially dominant monopoly church. Alas, historians usually fail to report these refusals sufficiently to clarify their influence upon the events. – JZ, 12.11.93. – (Just as they are disinclined to try to understand and report the effects of monetary freedom experiments, consisting in private emergency money issues, that happened again and again under monetary despotism, our of sheer necessity.) It is also noteworthy that at least in Europe the Protestants had to arm, organize and train themselves to establish and maintain at least their religious liberty. Hopefully, we will soon become sufficiently enlightened to achieve all our secular liberties and rights and a mutual tolerance in the political, economic and social spheres that corresponds to religious tolerance, even for atheists, without prolonged resistance and fighting. It is unlikely that it can be achieved with total non-violence. Too many vested interests are involved. But the extensive tolerance that would be involved, for all self-responsible actions, in every sphere so far monopolized by territorial States, would greatly minimize resistance against it, once it is clearly seen as what it is and what rights, liberties, chances and opportunities it offers to all decent and peace and justice loving people, whatever their ideology, totalitarians and territorialist authoritarians excepted. Even the ranks of these people would be greatly and fast reduced by individual and group defections from them. The further enlightenment that is required for this great change would need something like a genuine cultural revolution, one that would greatly speed up and ensure the process of enlightenment. The technology for this does already exist. It has just to be optimally used in dozens of new and old ways. – JZ, 19.7.08. – I described much of it in a 2010 digitized book, not copyrighted and not yet online but so far only available from me free of charge as an email attachment, zipped down to 306 KBs. So far only called NEW DRAFT. – JZ, 24.3.14, email@example.com - PROTESTANTISM, MONETARY FREEDOM, TOLERANCE, PANARCHISM, NONVIOLENCE, MILITIAS, WARS, REVOLUTIONS, NEW DRAFT
TAX STRIKE: As long as this society exists, declared John Lennon, he would not pay any taxes.” – Hans Habe, Leben fuer den Journalismus, Bd. 4, S. 184. (“Solange diese Gesellschaft besteht”, erklaerte John Lennon, werde er keine Steuern zahlen.”) – Did he get away with this? – JZ, 5.8.08.
TAX STRIKE: form an armed league against tyranny, and refuse to pay taxes.” – Huguenot pamphlet, La France Turquia, quoted by Harold J. Laski, p 29, in his introduction to “A Defence of Liberty”. – PROTESTANTISM, MILITIA, HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENCE
TAX STRIKE: Government workers should be able to strike only if taxpayers, who must support their work, are also allowed to withhold their funds from the work these workers perform. In other words, if teachers want to strike, I should be free to withhold my school taxes.” – Tibor Machan, Liberty and Culture, p. 246. – TEACHERS, SCHOOLS, EDUCATION, STRIKES OF PUBLIC SERVANTS
TAX STRIKE: If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceful revolution, if any such is possible. - Henry David Thoreau - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. - VS. TAXATION, TAX REVOLT, TAX REBELLION, VOLUNTARY TAXTION & CONTRIBUTION SCHEMES
TAX STRIKE: If we successfully refused to pay territorial governments, then we might finally become financially able to pay for those services that we do really want and that would be competitively supplied to us. – JZ, 24.10.93, 19.7.08. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, PERSONAL LAW
TAX STRIKE: In a recent conversation with an official of the Internal Revenue Service, I was amazed when he told me that ‘if the taxpayers of the country ever discover that the Internal Revenue Service operates on 90 per cent bluff,’ the entire system will collapse.’” Senator Henry Bellmon, Oaklahoma, in his testimony before the Finance Committee, Oct. 2, 1969.
TAX STRIKE: Introduce true democracy and voluntary taxation by first letting each individual fully dispose of or vote his own tax funds for whatever public expenditures he prefers. – And if you want to finally stop the tax slavery of coercive taxes altogether, then go on collecting and distributing some taxes yourself, for a while, in the transition state, and be it only to take over the payment of salaries to the defence forces, the police, pensioners etc. Alternative institutions take some time to develop and to finance. One can only speed up this process as much as possible by doing it the voluntary, competitive and exterritorial autonomy way, via various panarchies. – JZ, n.d. & 23.7.08.
TAX STRIKE: It took 173 years until 1962, for federal spending to hit $ 100 billion a year. Now, 15 years later, it is five times more. Project that fifteen more years, and there is no way we can survive as a free Republic. Is it time for a citizen rebellion? For a tax strike? Unless the people rebel soon, we will be as broke as a pickpocket in a nudist camp.” – Tom Anderson, American Way Features, STRAIGHT TALK, 12/77, p. 29. - Inflation was not taken into account in these figures. But then inflation is in itself also a kind of taxation. – An extortionist, until he his rendered harmless or has totally impoverished his victim, will always tend to extort still more. All territorial governments are pretty good at that, even if they do not get all that they think they are legally entitled to. – Alas, most people still do not know or do not care to learn to know how to organize and carry out an effective tax strike or secession, including refusals to accept the government’s forced and exclusive currency. - JZ, 22.7.08.
TAX STRIKE: Join the Australia-wide Anti-Carbon Tax Rallies « No Carbon Tax Website - www.nocarbontax.com.au - Rather prepare for a general tax strike, one that would continue to finance essential services not yet privately offered and sold. – JZ, 16.9.12, on Facebook.
TAX STRIKE: Kick the taxpaying habit.” – Peter Cline, AUSTRALIAN PLAYBOY, June 79, p. 35. – The “how to kick it effectively” ought to be much more carefully explored than it was so far. – JZ, 22.7.08. – Kicking the smoking, over-eating and drinking or drug-taking habits is much more easy than kicking the taxpaying habit, for taxes or tributes are very powerfully and legally imposed upon us by others. – JZ, 24.10.08.
TAX STRIKE: Merely declaring to tax collectors that one would shoot them in self-defence, if they were not protected by the State, would also have a deterrent effect, in the long run, if this sentiment is expressed by many. – JZ, 8.1.84. – Especially if these many are also properly organized, trained and armed and sufficiently motivated. – JZ, 22.7.08. – MILITIA, SUITABLE FOR PROTECTING ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
TAX STRIKE: Tax strikes would be more right and sensible than most other strikes. – JZ, 19.3.05. - & TRADE UNION STRIKES
TAX STRIKE: The history of liberty and free enterprise in Britain begins with the refusal to pay taxes.” – H. S. Ferns, quoted in Bachman’s Book of Freedom Quotations p. 138. - Ferns wrote the excellent book: “The Disease of Government”, which he allowed me to micro-fiche and which I still see, occasionally, as a second-hand book. – JZ, 5.8.08.
TAX STRIKE: the next revolution … will be when those who work refuse to support those who don’t.” – Walter Hickel. - If a tax strike were combined with or expressed by individual secessionism, then it would, most likely, be more successful. One should always take into consideration that soldiers and policemen are paid out of tax funds. So the secessionists ought to pay or organize their own armed forces and hire away or employ otherwise the soldiers and policemen of the State. They may have to do so anyhow, to achieve and maintain their tolerant form of secessionism and voluntary associationism, expressed in the formation of varies panarchies: competing governments and societies, all only with voluntary members and confining their activities to them. Many soldiers and policemen are dissatisfied with their jobs and would join those panarchies, which they prefer for themselves. Under freedom for panarchies there would, soon, also be many other attractive and productive jobs open for them in those panarchies, which introduced full economic freedom, including monetary and banking freedom. - JZ, 23.11.06. – The so-called tax revolt that Proposition 13 triggered was summed up by former Secretary of the Interior Walter Hickel. In a conversation with Paul Harvey, Hickel predicted that “the next revolution in this country will be when those who work refuse to support those who don’t.” – Quoted in Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.137. - Hickel should have qualified that statement, e.g. for orphans too young to work and workers no longer working because they are too old, or sick or accident victims but had made voluntary insurance arrangements for such cases. The parents or guardians should have made them for the orphans. WORKING PEOPLE VS. PUBLIC SERVANTS & THEIR FAVORITES
TAX STRIKE: The only quite rightful strike is a tax strike. - JZ, 7.3.02. - STRIKES
TAX STRIKE: There is only one bad word: taxes.” – Ron Swanson, quoted by Laissez Faire Capitalism – Facebook, 15.10.13. -Alas, tax-slavery is much more than merely a bad word. Rather than protest about this word, put all the required words together, in combination with all people interested in this, which, between them, make all the voluntary taxation proposals and experiences accessible in a single handbook, which could become a bestseller. It should also contain a good program for a tax-strike, combined with a refusal to accept inflated government money and the replacement of it by competitively issued free market monies. The payment for still wanted services, competitively supplied, should also be part of a comprehensive and well organized tax strike. - John Zube – Anyhow, it is not the word that is bad - wrong and harmful to innocents - but the action. This flawed generalization by R. S. ignores e.g. wars, tyranny, pestilence, murder, rape, fraud, wrongly imposed debts, like the public ones. – JZ, 25.3.14. – TRIBUTE LEVIES, TAX SLAVERY, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SELF-OWNERSHIP, COMPULSORY STATE MEMBERSHIP OR SUBORDINATION INSTEAD OF VOLUNTARISM
TAX STRIKE: Treasurer Wayne Swan's sneaky bracket creep hurts families - www.dailytelegraph.com.au - Let us come to an agreement on an effective tax strike program and one for the transition period towards full financial and monetary freedom. These strikers should e.g. still tax themselves to pay policemen, soldiers and some of the desperately poor and helpless, e.g. at least until they, too, get their share in the remaining real government assets. In Australia, some years ago, this share still came to ca. 1 million dollars per head. See my digitized PEACE PLANS 19C for this kind of expropriation of the bureaucracy." – JZ, 16.5.11, on Facebook. – PP 19C is part of a CD on www.butterbach.net
TAX STRIKE: unrepresented or under-represented minorities should reassert the principle of no taxation without representation, refuse to pay their taxes or deny the Commissioners of Taxes some part of them, and try their strength in the Courts.” – Sir Ernest Benn, in Deryck Abel, Ernest Benn, - Counsel for Liberty, p. 76. – As tax-payer or other victims of the tax-funded territorialist system, we are all unrepresented or at least under-represented, even a majority is, but, mostly not yet sufficiently aware of that fact. – JZ, 5.8.08. – The situation would be very different for communities of volunteers, who could not only vote on all their own affairs but also would be free to secede and form or join another community or society of volunteers. Genuine representation of all the people living in a whole territory is impossible. – JZ, 25.3.14. – REPRESENTATION, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM
TAX STRIKE: Who's Afraid of the I.R.S.?"- "IRS employees are outnumbered by us at a rate of approximately 1,000 to 1" - Paul Strassel, Former IRS Headquarters Agent "WALL ST. JOURNAL" 1/28/80 – But they are professionals, well organized, with the law and many popular prejudices on their side, also ultimately backed not only by the courts but also the police, the penal system and the government-controlled standing army and National Guard. An ideal militia as a counterforce does not yet exist and is not even seriously discussed. Nor is a sensibly organized tax strike, which would have to take over some of the present government spending e.g. for the armed forces – and would also have to include refusals to accept government money – to stop taxation via further inflation. A monetary freedom revolution would, probably, have to be part of it. Likewise: individual and group secessionism. – This situation is about the same in all other States. - JZ, 5.1.08. – CHANCES FOR SUCCESS, MILITIA, MONETARY FREEDOM, SECESSIONISM
TAX STRIKE: Why aren’t tax strikes the most popular strikes? Why do the tax victims largely consent to this victimization? Because they suffer under the delusion that they do benefit more from taxes than they lose through them. – JZ, 4.1.00. - Just like they do believe that workers generally benefit more from strikes than they lose by them. A reduction of production, caused by strikes, can never be to the benefit of all workers, even if successful strikers gained a considerably higher wage themselves. The total output of goods and services is still reduced by them through their strike. Do the striking workers win at the expense of the employers? That is also largely a delusion, since the resulting higher prices are lastly to be paid by all consumers. The fact that the share of rewards for labor has risen over the last 200 years and that of capital declined, is, most likely, due to many other factors, like the growth of capital, the greater knowledge and skills of workers, the reduction of deflationary conditions and of wage rate controls. With the aid of better tools and machines workers have become more productive and that was also expressed in higher wages for them. – JZ, 20.7.08. – Lastly all wages not due to coercion or monopolies, have to come out of productivity. When productivity is low no high wages can be expected but high prices for scarce goods. JZ, 25.3.14. – STRIKES, TRADE UNIONS, CAPITAL, WELFARE STATE, TRIBUTE LEVIES, CONSENT
TAX-INQUISITION: A term coined by Eugen Duehring.TAX-SOCIALISM: A term coined by Eugen Duehring.
TAXATION: 450 hidden taxes on each loaf of bread." - Lowell Ponte, in Libertarian Handbook, 1973. – VOLUNTARY TAXATION, FINANCIAL FREEDOM
TAXATION: 95% ... that's about the percentage of taxes which goes for criminal (non-protective) functions of the State." - Robert Brakeman, June 76. – Its protective “functions” don’t function well enough, either. – JZ, 29.6.13. - STATES, TERRITORIALISM, CRIMES, LIMITED GOVERNMENTS, PROTECTION
TAXATION: A 'decay in the social contract' is detectable; there is a growing feeling, particularly among middle-income taxpayers, that they are not getting back, from society and government, their money's worth for taxes paid. The tendency is for taxpayers to try to take more control of their finances ..." - IRS Strategic Plan, May 1984.
TAXATION: A 'tax' is a compulsory payment for which no specific benefit is received in return, says US Treasury Department." (N. R.) Amen! – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 2/80. – Well, as long as you pay them you won’t be put into prison and or expropriated to pay their tributes. You get that generous “benefit”. – JZ, 15.10.08. - JOKES
TAXATION: A 'tax' of ninety per cent or more is not a tax - it's a confiscatory fine. It's a punitive measure, intended to make the culprit cease and desist. Which any relatively sane individual would, of course, do." - John W. Campbell, Jr., ASTOUNDING or ANALOG, 8/58. – Alas, we are not always free to contract less working hours to avoid coming into confiscatory rates of progressive taxation. In some jobs working overtime is compulsory for the job. Then conditions of serfdom can be reached, where, if one includes all indirect taxes, the normal salary for a 40 hour work week is taxed away and one lives only, after taxes, off the amount paid for overtime work. That happened to me for a period. Like all other tax victims, I had and have no say on the amount and kind of taxation and am, like all others, still not free to secede from any territorially imposed system, including its taxes. Full freedom of association, contract and secession is required in this sphere as well. – JZ, 25.3.14.
TAXATION: A [tax loophole is] something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits you, it is tax reform.” – Russell B. Long. - The taxes and special cases or exemptions or loopholes have so multiplied that the whole system has become almost unknowable, an impenetrable thicket. Almost nothing remains quite untaxed in one way or the other. A flat rate tax, to replace all other taxes would be a great step forward, save labor and provide clarity, while maximizing tax resistance when an attempt is made to increase it further. - But the best resistance against taxation would be provided by voluntary State or community membership. Next to it would be full publicity on all voluntary taxation proposals and details on effective tax strikes. - JZ, 26. 11. 06. – The abolition of compulsory taxation is the only worthwhile tax reform. All taxes must become reduced to the voluntary contribution schemes of communities, societies and governance systems of volunteers only. – JZ, 21.4.13. – VOLUNTARY TAXATION - LOOPHOLES & TAX REFORM
TAXATION: A ceiling of five per cent was put on it because if a government spends much more than that, it's doing more than it should." - WILSON, F. Paul, The Healer, 97.
TAXATION: A country is composed of two kinds of people. One group believes that the government can support all the citizens. The other wonders whether all the citizens can support the government." - James A. Farley. - JOKES
TAXATION: a cover-up for theft.” - R. J. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.301. – TRIBUTE LEVIES, THEFT, ROBBERY
TAXATION: A daily robbery of all subjects. – JZ, 1984.
TAXATION: A dictator cannot stay in power without controlling the sources of wealth. Whether the 'dictator' is one identifiable person or some abstract called the 'State', the absolute necessity is control of the economy." - BROWN/KEATING et all, The Incredible Breadmachine, p.117. – Control of the economy is only a necessity for authoritarian and imposed systems, i.e. for all territorial and statist systems. Communities and societies of volunteers would have only their own “household” budgets and economic activities but none of them would control the economy of the whole population of a country or of the world. – JZ, 25.3.14.
TAXATION: A dollar taken in taxes is a dollar lost from freedom of choice.” – JAG, Memorial Day, 1978. – CHOICE, FREEDOM OF CHOICE, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY
TAXATION: a familiar insertion of the hand of government between the worker and the produce of his labor.” – William Holtz, THE FREEMAN, 7/92, p.257. – Even a wife or husband is not entitled to thus take your earnings against your will. Thus it is a well-known enemy’s hands, which thus deprive you of your property. Alas, we are all too familiar with this enemy. – JZ, 20.7.08.
TAXATION: A federal grand jury has accused three women, identified by Internal Revenue Service as topless go-go dancers, of concealing their assets." - DETROIT NEWS. - At least at their work they were revealing and not concealing them. - Thus this joke is illogical. - Unless some of their financial assets were meant by the charge. - JZ, 14.3.11. - JOKES
TAXATION: A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.” - Ken Schoolland, The Adventure of Jonathan Gullible, Leap Publishing, Cape Town, with Commentaries by Ken Schoolland and Janette Eldridge, 1981ff, 2004 ed., www.jonathangullible.com firstname.lastname@example.org p.30. - Even people, who are not doing very well, are taxed directly and indirectly. - JZ, 14.3.11. - A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well. - Linda Raeder shared Michael Makovi's photo. – Facebook, 3.7.12. - & FINES
TAXATION: A Fool and his money are soon parted – but so, alas! is the taxpayer.” – E. S. P. Haynes, The Lawyer, p. 285. – Who can rightly say that taxpayers, who do not even protest, and who are not interested in voluntary payment alternatives for things they do really want, are not fools, too? – JZ, 1.7.92.
TAXATION: A foreign student in a Cambridge language school wrote in an essay on contemporary Britain: "The state has many enterprises and one of them is steal." – “Peterborough” in THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, London. – JOKES
TAXATION: A full refund of all your taxes (not yet completely wasted) and a proper billing for the services rendered - from the day you joined the liberation movement against taxes. – JZ, 9/75.
TAXATION: A good public servant will do his duty, even if it kills you." - ANALOG, 2/75. - JOKRS
TAXATION: A good system of compulsory taxation is no more possible than would be a good system of robbery, theft or fraud. – JZ, 23.3.89.
TAXATION: A government finances its program by forcing people to pay for them. An honest businessman on a free market (a market free of government favoritism) (*) makes his fortune by giving people what they want and are willing to pay for. He cannot force people to buy his product. For example, the rock music group called “the Beatles” became very wealthy. These singing businessmen did not become wealthy by forcing people to buy their records.’ – Sam Wells Jr., OPTION, 4/77. - (*) And government tribute extractions and penalties and controls. - JZ, 4.8.08. - BUSINESSMEN
TAXATION: A government has nothing to sell but tax receipts, that is, exemptions from the severe penalties for refusing to pay tax, which means, ultimately, death, e.g., if you defend your home against confiscation for a "tax debt". If you are lucky then there will only be a confiscation of your bank account or a lien on your wages or a prison sentence. Thus tax payment is pretty well assured. And it covers the reflux of the otherwise worthless paper money the government issues, its "requisitioning certificates". Potentially, a government could keep its tax take in balance with its paper money issues, i.e. give it a market value or reflux on the market for these requisitioning or tax anticipation certificates or scrip for tax receipts, one which keeps it at par with its nominal value, if a sound value standard is used, if its issue monopoly and its legal tender power (compulsory acceptance at a forced value) and thus its depreciation is prevented. Alas, few governments today are honest and knowledgeable enough to do so. They pretend that their exclusive, forced, over-issued and thus depreciating paper dollars are value "standards" - and enforce them as long as they can. Apart from its tax foundation for its paper money, a government could only rely on its legislated money issue and legal tender power (that of its "independent" central bank) to expropriate its creditors with its ever depreciating paper money and to allow all other debtors in the nation to do the same. It has usually excuses for exceeding the tax foundation, like "pump priming", "deficit spending", "cover" by government-insecurities (investments in tax slaves) and the Keynesian hypothesis for providing full employment. But ultimately there remains a limit for its forced currency, which is reached, after a progressive inflation, when even its public servants and soldiers refuse to accept its paper money any longer. Large over-issues can also lead to mass unemployment - or at least to stagflation. – JZ - & GOVERNMENT, PAPER MONEY & TAX FOUNDATION, CENTRAL BANKING, TAXATION, SOUND VALUE STANDARD RECKONING, LEGAL TENDER, MONEY ISSUE MONOPOLY
TAXATION: A government ought not, any more than a private person, to be able (at least in peace-time) to take whatever it wants, but be limited strictly to the use of the means placed at its disposal by the representatives of the people, and to be unable to extend its resources beyond what the people have agreed to let it have. The modern expansion of government was largely assisted by the possibility of covering deficits by issuing money - usually on the pretence that it was thereby creating employment." – F. A. Hayek, Denationalization of Money, p.26.
TAXATION: A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” - George Bernard Shaw, Everybody's Political What's What - chapter 30, p.256 (1944). Shaw wrote this book "to track down some of the mistakes that have landed us in a gross misdistribution of domestic income and two world wars in twenty-five years." (p. 1). – Another version: “A Government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." - G. B. Shaw, quoted in The Peter Plan by L. J. Peter. Under indirect taxation and the inflation tax Peter often does not even notice that he is being robbed. - JZ, 27.11.02. - CONSENT, WELFARE STATE, TRANSFER PAYMENTS, “SHARING”, DISTRIBUTIONISM,
TAXATION: A gunman, who suddenly appeared at the paymaster's window at a large plant, demanded: 'Never mind the payroll, Bud. Just hand over the welfare and pension funds, the group insurance premiums and the withholding taxes." - Conrad Fiorello, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 1/76. - The author has not yet comprehended the workings of the withholding tax. Even the employer rarely sees something of the corresponding cash. – JZ, n.d. - JOKES
TAXATION: a huge diversion of annual resources to the least efficient areas of the economy." - Maxwell Newton, AUSTRALIAN PENTHOUSE, July 80, p.46. – PEOPLE, THEIR EARNINGS, SPENDING & PROPERTY CONSIDERED AS RESOURCES FOR OTHERS
TAXATION: A man in the U.S.A. has successfully started about a dozen State referendums which have resulted in their government being refused some $ 200 million in tax increases since 1963. He once made the interesting remark: “If you have money, and the government needs it, they can get it. – But if they’ve got your money and you need it – you can’t get it.” – PROGRESS, Aug. 77. A Melbourne Henry George magazine. – An individual or a dissatisfied minority should not need a successful election campaign or a referendum to secede! – PANARCHISM: To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her choice! – JZ, 4.8.08. – Secession should also be free from the limited government and single tax system of the followers of Henry George. – JZ, 25.3.14.
TAXATION: A man's desire to accept more responsibility (*) decreases inversely with his knowledge that the Government will begin taking 50 cents out of every dollar once he reaches a salary of $ 10.000." - The AUSTRALIAN, Editorial, 18.11.74. – (*) and to work longer hours! – JZ, 25.3.14.
TAXATION: A man's property, it now appeared, was inviolate only against private thieves. But not against the government, which was engaged in constant and giant thefts, sucking up the people's substance and returning only sewage and debt." - Taylor Caldwell, A Pillar of Iron, p. 158.
TAXATION: a medieval European serf only had to work for his master one-fourth of the year (unlike the modern taxpayer); …” - Poul Anderson, Past Times, p.147 & 202? - & SERFDOM, MIDDLE AGES, MODERN FEUDALISM, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: A new party is needed that would not increase the tax burden further but would rather remove the tax burdens imposed by all other parties. – JZ, 9.9.81. – LIBERTARIAN OR PANARCHIST PARTY
TAXATION: A reader of the Easton, Pennsylvania EXPRESS wrote to the paper's service department: 'I've been reading that the Federal Trade Commission has ruled that if you receive unsolicited material you are under no obligation to return it or pay for it. I received some unsolicited material from the Internal Revenue Service. They want money. What should I do?" - AP, READER’S DIGEST, 1/75. - JOKES
TAXATION: A reduction or even abolition of taxes and public 'services' could help almost every working person more than just another 'pay rise' paid in inflated money. – JZ, 30.6.77, 28.4.09.
TAXATION: A Roman emperor’s son protested when the emperor introduced a tax on toilets. “Money does not stink”, replied the emperor. – But the way any State raises its “revenues” does stink, and so does its forced and exclusive currency. – JZ, 23.12.11. – FINANCIAL DESPOTISM, TRIBUTES MONETARY DESPOTISM, FORCED CURRENCY, INFLATION, DEFLATION, MONEY MONOPOLY, CENTRAL BANKING, LEGAL TENDER
TAXATION: A seafood restaurant at Bar Beach, Newcastle, has a note to customers on the menu: “Thank you for helping to pay for the following – wine and spirit tax, road tax, import duty, excise duty, restaurant licensing fees, rates, industrial waste rates, purchases tax, sales tax, payroll tax, income tax, business registration fee, company registration fees, shop and factory registration fees, and stamp duty on the mortgage … From the remainder we will pay our suppliers and our staff, and somehow manage to make a living (we hope!).” – Column 8, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 4/82. – Tax burdens should be indicated, as far as possible, with all prices for goods and services. – JZ, 16.4.09.
TAXATION: A Second basic reason for the oligarchic rule of the State is its parasitic nature - the fact that it lives coercively off the production of the citizenry." - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p.53.
TAXATION: A sign in front of a service station in the Midwest reads: 'Taxes collected here - federal, state and local. We also sell gasoline." - TROTN, NEWS DIGEST INTERNATIONAL, Dec. 1976. - JOKES
TAXATION: A smaller untaxed income is often almost as good as a high and highly taxed one. – At least you have the consolation not to have contributed to the bastards. – JZ, 5.7.82. – Alas, one cannot escape indirect taxes in this way. To make the avoidance of indirect taxes possible, their percentage in all goods and service prices should be clearly indicated, so that secessionists could easily avoid paying them and the remaining voluntary statists would become aware of how much their statist faith costs them. That might then induce many of them to secede as well. – JZ, 24.10.08.
TAXATION: A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort … is not strictly speaking a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang violence. – Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness. - GOVERNMENT, MOB RULE, – It is not society that does this robbing but the territorial State. – JZ, 19.4.13. – TERRITORIALISM, STATE, SOCIETY
TAXATION: A statement of the grocery manufacturers of America is to the effect that the taxes we pay are costing us more than the food we eat. They estimate that in the current year the average family will spend about $ 900 for food, but will pay approximately $ 1,100 for taxes, both direct and indirect." – Admiral Ben Moreell, Log I, p.56.
TAXATION: A statesman in England many years ago said this: 'If you put a direct tax on the people they will squeal to high heaven, but you can indirectly tax the last rag off their back and the last crust of their mouth and they will only moan about hard times." – Source? - Because then, like in inflation, the taxes are hidden in supposedly free prices. – JZ
TAXATION: A study of taxation is calculated to give one a rather pessimistic view of American law, American institutions, and American character." - Richard Ely, 1888. – There is nothing specifically American about taxation. It is, rather, a universally practised tribute levy system in favor of statist and territorialist interests that do not respect many of the most important individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 25.3.14.
TAXATION: A substantial portion of his paycheck is extracted by people he doesn't know to be proffered to persons he's never seen, to render services he doesn't use or to fulfill functions he doesn't understand." - Bernard W. Silver, in "Libertarian Handbook, 1973.”
TAXATION: a system that confiscated the products of a man's life and liberty in the name of life and liberty." - Con Sellers. "Mr. Tomorrow"
TAXATION: A tax by any other name still stinketh as much.” – Source unknown.
TAXATION: a tax is a forced expropriation of our property by the government in order to finance programs we are forced to accept (whether we voted for them or not). A price, on the other hand, is a voluntary payment for services the payer chooses to accept.” - Sam Wells Jr., OPTION, 4/77. - PRICING
TAXATION: A tax is never a rightful and efficient solution to any problem. – JZ, 4.12.90.
TAXATION: A tax is the compulsory transfer of property from the producer to the ruler, and with the transfer goes the privilege of disposition.” – Frank Chodorov, The Rise and Fall of Society, p. 104. - TAX SLAVERY, MODERN FEUDALISM, PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, BUDGET
TAXATION: A tax on work is slavery.” – Nast cartoon. - Is it a joke, crime or a tragedy? Its description as serfdom or part-ownership of working people would be closer to the mark. - JZ, 15.3.11, 25.3.14.
TAXATION: A tax reform that would permit the deduction from the imposed taxes, not just from the taxable income, of any voluntary contributions to any public interest project, one freely chosen by the taxpayer, not selected by politicians as legislators or bureaucratic administrators, would go a fair way towards voluntary taxation. - JZ, 13.9.89, 6.8.08.
TAXATION: A tax strike ... is an act of self-defence, equivalent to the defence of freedom and property. Self-defence is entirely legal in Austria." - Heinrich Wille, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 7/78. – If that is true, then why hasn’t this kind of self-defence happened there, as yet? – JZ, 18.10.08. – TAX STRIKE & SELF-DEFENCE
TAXATION: A tax strike is the only worthwhile strike. – JZ, 79. – TAX STRIKE
TAXATION: A tax system in which cheating has become endemic among people, who would never think of stealing from their neighbors, is a sign of a state that takes far more from citizens than they instinctively feel to be fair.” - Joseph Sobran, Back to First Principles, in: Llewellyn H. Rockwell, ed., The Economics of Liberty, Mises Institute, 1990, p.166. - CHEATING, TAX EVASION
TAXATION: a terrible thing to millions of innocent men and women: seizing their hard-earned assets for distribution to people the government happens to like better.” – Robert Brakeman, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 4/78. – COMPULSORY REDISTRIBUTION, STATE SOCIALISM
TAXATION: a truthful tax declaration might bring 'irreparable damage to the man himself and his business.'" - L'OSSERVATORE della Domenica" - Ascribed to this source by PROGRESS, 11/75. I would start it out with: "Isn't it true that … ? " – JZ
TAXATION: Abolish 'punitive' taxation." - Kenneth N. Gregg, quoted in PROGRESS, April 75. - All taxes are punitive to the extent that they are not fair prices for services wanted, ordered and supplied. – JZ
TAXATION: Abolish Taxation. The government should earn its own money.” – From film: “The State of the Union”. – To the extent that it supplied wanted services to voluntary members or customers, it could achieve that. – JZ, 25.3.14.
TAXATION: abolition of income tax would ... do away with the subventions by which manufacturers and farmers thrive, would force into productive work the millions who now feed at the public trough, would lessen the special benefits ex-soldiers would expect - who would be for abolition? Socialism has a way of corroding human dignity. Moral deterioration is a progressive process...." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.75/76.
TAXATION: About the time a person is cured of swearing, it's income tax time again." - (B & P), – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 2/77. - JOKES
TAXATION: Absolute government power was introduced into the constitution by the income tax (16th) amendment.” – Albert Jay Nock, 1948. - On war and peace decision-making, secessions and other territorial powers, general legislation and, especially in its legislation on money and currency, it was already a totalitarian regime long before that tax. – One should not exaggerate a good case. - JZ, 2.8.08.
TAXATION: Absolutely no taxation or tribute levying without individual consent. Users should have to pay for what they want. – JZ, 16.9.85.
TAXATION: According to House of Representatives testimony government at all levels, including regulation, costs Americans 53 % of their income.” - C-SPAN, 4 April 1995. – How much by now? - JZ, 13.4.09. - TAX BURDEN OF AMERICANS
TAXATION: According to my Funk& Wagnall’s, a tax is “a compulsory contribution levied upon persons, property, or business for the support of government.” – Sam Wells Jr., OPTION, 4/77. – Almost nobody in his right mind would support a territorial government over him voluntarily. So its support is enforced so that politicians and bureaucrats and their favorites can have their power addiction satisfied, their sinecures, monopolies and privileges or subsidies and hand-outs to buy votes with. – JZ, 4.8.08, 25.3.14.
TAXATION: According to the “CHICAGO TODAY", May 21, 1973, David Brinkley called the federal income tax system the biggest 'rip-off' of American consumers. He said that a consumer has a free choice in buying from a private company but has no alternative with the IRS." - LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 24.6.1973. – VOLUNTARISM, FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION, CONTRACT AND EXPERIMENTATION, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY & ENTERPRISE SOVEREIGNTY IN EVERY SPHERE: PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM
TAXATION: According to the Tax Foundation, taxes now consume more than 38% of the average family's budget. That is more than is spent on food, clothing, housing, and transportation combined. Compare this to the plight of medieval serfs. They only had to give the lord of the manor one-third of their output - and they were considered slaves. So what does that make us? – Daniel Mitchell, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, 3.9.99. – We are already far advanced towards comprehensive State Socialism and totalitarianism. Welfare States stand strong against individual rights and liberties, especially property rights, free migration, monetary and financial freedom, freedom of contract and association, freedom to secede and to re-organize under personal law or exterritorial autonomy. No private robbery is greater. – JZ, 24.4.13. – FEUDALISM, SERFDOM, TAX SLAVERY, HIGHER THAN COSTS OF FOOD, STATISM, CLOTHING HOUSING & TRANSPORTATION COMBINED, GOVERNMENTALISM, BUREAUCRACY, TERRITORIALISM, EXPLOITATION BY THE STATE, POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRACY, DEMOCRACY, MAJORITY DESPOTISM
TAXATION: act to curb the taxation industry - the largest extractive industry in Australia." - Lang Hancock, in essay "Stopping the Energy Chaos." – Taxpayers are not minded but mined by the State. – JZ, 25.3.14. – PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, TAX SLAVERY, FEUDALISM, SERFDOM
TAXATION: Add up all your direct taxes for the last 5, 10, 20, 30 or more years of labor, business efforts or retirement years. Then add, roughly, all of the indirect taxes you paid, by simply doubling the former amount. Also account for the much greater purchasing power of your older tax payments, due to inflation or the inflation tax imposed by the government. Then ask yourself: Did I get my money’s worth in public services or not? – JZ, 17.12.93.
TAXATION: Add up the amounts you have paid every year in direct taxes. Double it to make up for the various indirect taxes. Then add the interest that you could have received over the years, always added to this capital, provided the government would not tax it, confiscate it, reduce it by inflation, deflation and stagflation – and if you had been free to invest it, credit-insured, productively, at very high interest rates - and you could have ended up a rich man for your old age. At least in the somewhat developed countries you could have ended up a multi-millionaire, if the pension, you could thus have earned after 40 years of work, were capitalized. Once people become aware of that fact then their statism will tend to melt away. – As for all the current government spending: What fraction of it would you really approve of and willing to subscribe to, if you were given your individual choice in that matter? If the government had private or cooperative competitors in every sphere, you might have rather favored them. - JZ, 2.11.97, 16.7.08.
TAXATION: Advocates of liberty should take advantage of this anti-tax climate. Whenever possible they should seek to discredit taxation in principle, explaining why extracting money from people by force is wrong and providing practical alternatives. Many of the services provided by local governments can be done as well or better by the private sector. Some can be handled by volunteers. Those that people insist be provided by government can be charged for, so that only users pay for them.” - Robert Poole, Jr., REASON 8/78. – So far, to my knowledge, not even an anthology of all voluntary taxation and contribution systems has been written or published or a good program for an effective tax strike. – JZ, 25.3.14.
TAXATION: After all my taxes are paid, no more than the amount of my overtime pay is left. - I have been reduced to serfdom! – JZ, 75.
TAXATION: Alderman, n., an ingenious criminal who covers his secret thieving with a pretense of open marauding." - Ambrose Bierce
TAXATION: All “fair” taxes are unfair, too. – JZ, 16.8.98.
TAXATION: All collectivist spending, to be rightful, must be quite voluntary. - JZ, 12.11.93. - GOVERNMENT SPENDING, VOLUNTARISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, BUDGET
TAXATION: All compulsory taxation is predatory and parasitical. Voluntary contributions for wanted and competitively supplied services are quite another matter. – JZ, 6.11.98.
TAXATION: All compulsory taxation is robbery, and should be resisted with the most prudent and effective forces at command at any given time." - Edward H. Fulton, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p. 192.
TAXATION: All freely determined prices have my consent – even when I am not willing or able to pay them for the goods or services offered. But no tax has may consent. – I would even do away with the departure tax for all politicians and bureaucrats, but, only upon their signing a contract never to return, which would have to includes a very high fine for breach of contract for you cannot trust their promises. – JZ, 2.7.85, 4.8.08. - JOKES
TAXATION: All government actions depend upon one-sided transactions, in which an individual is forced to choose between paying for what he doesn't want and going to jail." - Harry Browne, How I Found Freedom ... p.90.
TAXATION: All government projects and institutions should be either taxed or de-monopolized, rather than taxing or prohibiting or licensing, regulating and controlling any private property, earnings, capital, project, institutions and productive activities. – JZ, 11.9.88, 6.8.08.
TAXATION: All history points to the economic purpose of political power. It is the effective instrument of exploitative practices ... we turn to taxation by long habit. We know no other way. Why, then, do we object to paying taxes? Can it be that we are, in our hearts, conscious of an iniquity?" - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.231.
TAXATION: All I am living on is my overtime pay. The rest is taxed away. – JZ, 14.9.75. - Directly and indirectly. Whom do I have to thank for this 40-hours-a-week serfdom? – JZ, 81. – SERFDOM, 40 HOURS A WEEK, IN SOME CASES
TAXATION: All incomes belong to those who honestly earned or otherwise acquired them rightfully, i.e. not like the tax department does, various pressure groups and monopolists do and various favored hand-out recipients, regardless of how meritorious, poor and needy these recipients may be or pretend to be. – Since all people in a territory are unlikely to ever agree on related questions and problems as well as proposed solutions, let the different factions, groups and movements opt out - to do their own things only among themselves. - JZ, 31.3.84, 4.8.08. – PANARCHISM, OPTING OUT, DOING THE OWN THINGS FOR OR TO ONESELF, WELFARE STATE, SELF-HELP, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, POLYARCHISM
TAXATION: All men were declared to be created equal … And then we re-introduced slavery by the 16th Amendment. Please recognize that one can be slave by being held in physical bondage, and, he can be a slave by having all the fruits of his labor seized by others, who then return a small portion to the worker so he can continue working and producing more goods and services which can be seized for the benefit of his ‘owners’. Such a condition is slavery, no matter how you slice it, and the 16th Amendment to our Constitution gives the Congress power to seize 100% of everything that any worker can produce. Obviously, then, Congress (and the federal government) “own” all the workers, and they proceed to seize as much of the fruits of the labor of all workers as they think they can seize without creating unrest enough to produce open revolution. That is why I support the Liberty Amendment, which will repeal the 16th Amendment and repeal the federal income tax.” – JAG, 15.1.77. – Alas, even such a simple proposal has not yet won over public opinion. – One should be free to secede from such an opinion, its laws and institutions. – JZ, 4.8.08. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, SLAVERY, FEUDALISM, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: All money nowadays seems to be produced with a natural homing instinct for the Treasury." - DUKE of EDINBURGH – Actually, there is not sufficient tax foundation for all the forced and exclusive currency that governments pump into circulation through their monopolistic and despotic central banks. – JZ, 29.4.09.
TAXATION: All politicians and bureaucrats should depend only on voluntary contributions. That would make them relatively harmless. – JZ, 9/81. – VOLUNTARY TAXATION FOR WANTED SERVICES ONLY
TAXATION: All tax funds could achieve much more and would block no creative activities – if they were, instead, left in the hands of the people. – JZ, 20.3.93, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: All tax reforms undertaken by territorial governments are designed to increase the total take of the government and thus to increase this burden upon all those people ruled against individual wills. – JZ, 14.11.92, 25.7.08.
TAXATION: All taxation amounts to robbery or fraud, to coercive expropriation or to taking money under false pretences. – E.g., only 20 % of the petrol taxes are spent on roads. – JZ, 10/88, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: All taxation is based upon lies, errors, myths, prejudices, false premises, false conclusions and mere pretences. – JZ, 24.12.93, 19.7.08. – How could I have omitted coercion and monopolism, the main features of statism and territorialism? Naturally, they could also be defined as being merely wrongful and flawed ideologies or myths, popular errors and prejudices. – JZ, 25.3.14.
TAXATION: all taxation is coercive seizure of property for the primary benefit of someone other than the one who earned it.” - Dr. R. S. Jaggard, in JAG, 31.3.74.
TAXATION: All taxation is theft and if someone says it is not, see what happens when you do not pay any taxes. Taxes are theft by (brutal force) govt. Govt is NOT a service provider. If govt is a service provider, then why can we not pay for them voluntarily? – Anarcho-Libertarian, www.faceboo.com/indianlibertarians - Nizam Ahmad shared Indian Libertarians's photo.Facebook, 21.3.13.
TAXATION: All taxation is theft." – Paul Lepanto, "Return to Reason”, p.135. - No, there can be such a thing as 'voluntary taxation' or contributions among societies or communities of volunteers. – JZ
TAXATION: All taxation is unjust and excessive. Only zero taxation does do no wrong and harm. – JZ, 21.12.93, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: All taxation is unjust and unnecessary. – JZ, 30.6.82, after reading: “Unnecessary taxation is unjust taxation.” – Abraham S. Hewitt, Democratic Platform, 1884.
TAXATION: All taxes and all services to be freely negotiable between free and voluntary taxpayers and free and competitive public service suppliers. – JZ, 17.12.93. – VOLUNTARY TAXATION, PANARCHISM
TAXATION: All taxes are a drag on economic growth. It's only a question of degree.” - Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank. – He should also have declared of how much of a drag on economic growth is provided by any central bank. – Central banks produce deflations and inflations as well as stagflations rather than being able and willing to prevent them. How powerful and also powerless he was at the head of this monstrous institutions was revealed by the fact that he was largely reduced to fiddling around with the official interest rate. – JZ, 4.1.08.
TAXATION: All taxes are bad and none are fair ..." - SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, Winter 75/6
TAXATION: All taxes are confiscation.” – Joseph Hume, in House of Commons, 1833.
TAXATION: All taxes are indiscriminate, intolerant, coercive, primitive, aggressive and criminal and have to be abolished. – JZ – 13.9.75. – For all but volunteers for them. – JZ, 18.10.08.
TAXATION: All taxes are taxes upon the exercise of basic human rights and liberties. – JZ, 8.6.96.
TAXATION: All taxes are, to a considerable extent, taxes upon other taxes, direct and indirect ones. - JZ, 16.10.01. - DOUBLE TAXATION
TAXATION: All taxes interfere with the right to own, produce, earn and exchange and, to that extent, they are all wrong and destructive. – JZ, 20.4.93, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: All taxes reduce wages, salaries and other earned incomes – but tend to rather increase the unearned and extorted incomes of politicians and bureaucrats. – JZ, 21.8.92, 20.7.08.
TAXATION: All taxes should be on income and when there is no income, either personally or on your property, why, you shouldn’t pay anything.” – Will Rogers, Autobiography, p. 278. – JOKES
TAXATION: All taxes tend to interfere with the interplay of economic forces in a free market." – Workers Party, Economic Policy, NSW State Elections 1976.
TAXATION: All taxes, levied upon a man's property for the support of government, without his consent, are mere robbery; a violation of his natural right of property." - Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover Cleveland, p.43, in Works I.
TAXATION: All taxes, monopolies and other restrictions form multiple strangleholds and chains upon all productive economic efforts. – JZ, 24.2.88.
TAXATION: All the Congress, all the accountants and tax lawyers, all the judges, and a convention of wizards - all cannot tell for sure what the income tax law says.” – Walter B. Wriston. - All dissatisfied with that mess and its numerous wrongs should become free to opt out from under it and to establish their own communities with their own contribution schemes, according to their own ideals, under personal law i.e. full exterritorial autonomy. The current tax system should already suffice as a sufficient incentive to explore and realize that alternative. But many other good reasons speak for it as well. - JZ, 25. 11. 06. - HAS BECOME ALL TOO HEAVY, COMPLICATED, CONFUSED & CONFUSING, ABSURD, CONTRADICTORY, EVEN LARGELY UNKNOWABLE, INCOMPREHENSIVE OR UNREADABLE LEGISLATION, LAWS, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION
TAXATION: All the fiery rhetoric of the Founders was directed at a "tyrant" who taxed his subjects at a rate of about three percent. Today, we in "the land of the free" are taxed at about 50 percent when you add federal, state, and local taxes. What kind of government would do this? A dictatorship would. – Doug Newman – AMERICAN REVOLUTION, TAX SLAVERY, TRIBUTE LEVIES, OLD & NEW, TYRANNY, FOUNDING FATHERS, TAX RATES THEN & NOW, DICTATORSHIP
TAXATION: All the revenues yielded by the US personal income tax of 1968, with its rates ranging from 14 to 70%, plus a 10 per cent surcharge, would have been yielded, with the same exemptions and deductions, by a flat income tax of 21.8 per cent." - Henry Hazlitt,"The Conquest of Poverty”, p.122. – FLAT RATE TAX VS. PROGRESSIVE TAXATION
TAXATION: All the while our freedom and our wages are being stolen." - Robert de Louth, Bowral, 28.4.76.
TAXATION: All your taxes and regulations freeze old wealth , and make new fortunes impossible – except for those with political pull. The rich fend off the law, while those below get picked clean by your … IRS.” – L. Neil Smith, The Probability Broach, p.120. – I hadn’t encountered more libertarian SF novels by him in recent years. A few days ago an email reported to me that he is boycotted by conventional book publishers because of his libertarian tendency. He should go into publishing himself, selling emailed or disked novels upon prepaid orders. That he could afford to do. Indeed, some will then pass on his titles to friends. That will only help to make his writings more popular. Largely just like lending a title to a friend, only faster and less risky. – Free publicity! Just like many online books that are freely downloadable, promoting sales of the printed issues. Those, who really come to love a book titles will want to get it and keep it in print – if they can afford the price. For those, who wanted them in print he should either accept advance orders to finance such impressions or have a contract with one of the print-upon demand firms. – I would love to get all his writings complete, electronically or otherwise. - JZ, 6.8.08.
TAXATION: Almost all able-bodied involuntary taxpayers should organize, train and arm themselves for successful resistance against governments, their tax collectors, wrongful laws and armed forces, best in some kind of self-managed militia of volunteers for the effective protection of all their individual rights and liberties. Otherwise territorial governments are unlikely to respect all their individual rights and liberties and, as territorial governments, they could not do so anyhow. The more of the victims of governments did this, the less actual fighting and resistance would be necessary. So far they are only well prepared and conditioned to remain victims. – JZ, 17.12.93, 19.7.08, 15.3.11. - TAX STRIKE, ARMED & ORGANIZED, MILITIA TO PROTECT INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
TAXATION: Almost all taxation encourages less labor and also reduces productive investments. – JZ, 15.6.85, 4.8.08.
TAXATION: Almost all votes, by an inherent mechanism, amount to voting for more taxes. By not voting one does at least no longer actively participate in one's own enslavement. – JZ, 12.9.81. - VOTING
TAXATION: Almost everybody's "taxes exceed" by far "the benefits they receive back". - Gary Courtney, THE LIBERTARIAN NEWSLETTER, July 76. - The vast hordes of bureaucrats excepted, since they live largely on taxes. – JZ, n.d.
TAXATION: America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.” – Dr. Laurence J. Peter, Peter’s Quotations, p. 14. - JOKES
TAXATION: America’s taxes and monetary despotism on their own are already enough to assure, in the long run, another American Revolution. Hopefully, it will be intelligently organized, as a non-violent one, profitable to the revolutionaries from the very first day. One way to organize it was set out in PEACE PLANS 19c: Let Freedom Pay Its Way, so far only available from me as a long digitized email attachment, until it appears online or on a CD. (It is now on www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/ - JZ, 15.3.11.) But there are many other ways. Explore e.g. all voluntary taxation and tax strike proposals. Also the establishment of an ideal militia of volunteers for the protection of all genuine individual rights and the compilation of an ideal declaration of this kind. – The panarchist, secessionist and exterritorial autonomy road for volunteers is another way. Altogether there are possibly many dozens if not hundreds of such roads to freedom and a few of them are probably quite sound ones. – Should we not try to find out which ones these are? - JZ, 13.4.09.
TAXATION: American workers spend more of their day working to pay taxes than they do to feed, clothe, and house their families.” - The Tax Foundation, 9.6.99. Do they really love politicians and bureaucrats as well as hand-out recipients more than they do their families? – JZ, 7.1.08. - & WELFARE STATES, QUESTIONS
TAXATION: Americans are learning fast that you can't make a living if the State can take it away as fast as you make it." - Rene Baxter, in THE FREEDOM FIGHTER, 17.9.75.
TAXATION: Among these beneficiaries of the income tax are the type of people who could be the backbone of a revolt. In time, they will be, for it cannot be long before their benefits will be more than offset by the taxes they have to pay; the 'take' of the government, increasing as a percentage, must ultimately wipe out the winnings of all the players. When that time comes, or when they become aware of it, those who are now for income taxation will discover that they have been robbed not only of their property but also of their freedom, and will kick up a fuss. Meanwhile, they are content to keep their snouts in the public trough." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.101.
TAXATION: An American Indian sought help in filling in his income-tax return. "How much was your income last year?" asked the taxation official. - "Ugh," said the Indian. - "How many Dependants did you have?" the official tried again. - - "Ugh," replied the Indian. - The interview continued, with the same answer to every question. - - "Look," the official finally snorted. "You'll have to give me these facts. It may work out that the government will owe you a refund." - "Ah!" exclaimed the Indian. "How much?" - m.a. – READER’S DIGEST, 7/78. – JOKES
TAXATION: An army of eager bureaucrats is tracking down tax evaders and avoiders, while the energies of many capable citizens are wasted in evading or avoiding our cumbersome, irrational taxation “system”! – PROGRESS, 11/79. – It is not only cumbersome and irrational but quite unjustified and unjustifiable. – JZ, 22.7.08.
TAXATION: an economic boycott of the state is perhaps the most powerful weapon that people can employ in their efforts to rid their lives of the legal looting and murdering that is now being undertaken in the name of government." - Jerome Tuccille, Radical Libertarianism, p.110.
TAXATION: An expression of the common experience and attitude: 'None of the above deserves my vote, my money or my compliance’ should become a real option at every ballot. – JZ, 19.9.81. - VOTING
TAXATION: An inscription on the Internal Revenue Services building in Washington modestly claims that taxes are the price we pay for civilization.” – Karl Hess, in PENTHOUSE interview, 2/79. – Taxes are rather the high price we are forced to pay for remaining uncivilized. – JZ, 30.3.94. - Rather: we are forced to pay them in order to remain, even against our will, under the uncivilized conditions of territorialism. - JZ, 15.3.11. - CIVILIZATION
TAXATION: An unlimited right to tax, implies a right to destroy. - Daniel Webster – Quoted by Nizam Ahmad, Facebook, 31.10.12. – Even a limited power to levy tax tributes, no matter how small, does already destroy some property rights. – JZ, 7.1.13.
TAXATION: anarchists ... claim that the very first act of governments, the compulsory payment of taxes, is not only a denial of the right of the individual to determine what he shall buy and how much he shall choose to offer, but is nothing more than adding insult to injury when the very money extorted from him should be used to his disadvantage." - Laurance Labadie, in LIBERTY, Summer 74. - TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: And collect they do, every April 15th. Why do you think the call it collectivism?” - L. Neil Smith, Lever Action, A Mountain Media Book, 2001, email@example.com, p.71. - & COLLECTIVISM, TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: and forgetting that a government produces nothing at all, they leave out of sight the first fact to be remembered in all social discussion - that the State cannot get a cent for any man without taking it from some other man, and this latter must be a man who has produced and saved it. This latter is the Forgotten Man.” - W. G. Sumner, What Social Classes Owe To Each Other, p.108. - WELFARE STATE, FORGOTTEN MAN
TAXATION: And he will take your fields and your vineyards and give them to his supporters. He will take a tenth of your produce and give it to his staff. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and you shall be his servants. And you shall cry out in that day because of your king, which you shall have chosen. – Samuel, in The Bible.” – Quoted in Bachman’s Book of Freedom Quotations. – Mind you, then it was only 10 %! – JZ, 5.8.08. - STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, WELFARE STATE, - VOTING, GOVERNMENT, BIBLE (Samuel), TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: And if you can't keep it, why bother making it?" - Rene Baxter, in THE FREEDOM FIGHTER, 17.9.75.
TAXATION: And if you, as a loyal citizen, feel that you are paying your taxes voluntarily, good for you, but surely you realize what would happen if you decided to stop this voluntary action." - DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP 10, p.13.
TAXATION: And it is time for people to understand that governments not only are not necessary, but are harmful and most highly immoral institutions, in which a self-respecting, honest man cannot and must not take part, and the advantages of which he cannot and should not enjoy. And as soon as people clearly understand that, they will naturally cease to take part in such deeds - that is, cease to give the governments soldiers and money. And as soon as a majority of the people ceases to do this the fraud which enslaves people will be abolished. Only in this way can people be freed from slavery. And in order not to do the evil which produces misery for himself and for his brothers, he should, first of all, neither willingly nor under compulsion take any part in governmental activity, and should, therefore, be neither a soldiers, nor a field-marshal, nor a minister of state, nor a tax-collector, nor a witness, nor an alderman, nor a juryman, nor a governor, nor a member of parliament, nor, in fact, hold any office connected with violence. That is one thing. Secondly, such a man should not voluntarily pay taxes to governments, either directly or indirectly; nor should he accept money collected by taxes, either as salary, or as pension, or as a reward; nor should he make use of governmental institutions, supported by taxes collected by violence from the people..." - Tolstoi, in Sprading, "Liberty and the Great Libertarians”, p.333. - The most important part might be to refuse to accept the government's forced and exclusive currency at all and to replace it by competitively issued currencies that optional and discountable against their sound value standard - for all but the issuers themselves. - JZ, 15.3.11. - GOVERNMENT, SECESSIONISM, GENERAL STRIKE AGAINST TERRITORIAL GOVERMENTS
TAXATION: And politics, throughout time, has existed solely through the resources that it has been able to plunder from the creative and productive people whom it has, in the name of many causes and moralities, denied the exclusive employment of all their own powers for their own welfare." - Karl Hess, The Death of Politics, p.17. - TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: And so long as government is there with its taxes and controls, none of us will ever be able to keep and use one hundred percent of what we produce. When you live in a forest inhabited by bandits, you must understand that from time to time you are going to be ripped off as you move among the trees." - Robert LeFevre, in his LEFEVRE’S JOURNAL, Journal, Fall 78.
TAXATION: and so, thirteen years after the cessation of hostilities we find this country bleeding to death from taxation.” – Ernest Benn, Honest Doubt, p. 43.
TAXATION: And taxes are set without any regard for their impact on the production that is needed to pay for the bloated welfare state that has been foisted upon us.” – John Chamberlain, THE FREEMAN, August 77, p. 508. – WELFARE STATE, PRODUCTION
TAXATION: And taxes have now become not only a burden, but a blight.” – Ed Clarke, ON LIBERTY, Feb. 80.
TAXATION: And they come up with more and more programs. And that requires more and more money. Presently, the people are bowed under a weight of taxation and government debt that becomes intolerable. But they don't know what to do about it. They imagine that if government weren't there, they would be unprotected. The fact is that they are not at all protected from their government, which takes more from them than is stolen by all the thieves and crooks outside of government." - Robert LeFevre – PROTECTION, CRIME, TERRITORIALISM, WELFARE STATE
TAXATION: And who is the victim in the “crime” of tax evasion?” – THE CHARLES CURLEY LETTER, Jan. 77. – Supposedly those not paid for their welfare “rights” and those having to pay more in taxes to make up for the losses of revenue due to tax evasion. But both groups support compulsory taxes and thus support what they get or do not get as a result of extensive tax evasions. Thus they morally deserve what they get or do not get: More taxes or less in hand-outs. Tax evasion is also a kind of democratic voting, although not necessarily a majoritarian and legalized one. Alas, most tax evaders, too, do still support taxes and territorialism and the Welfare State in principle, although not in all details. – JZ, n.d. & 2.8.08, 15.3.11. – TAX EVASION, Q.
TAXATION: And who likes taxes except the small group of bureaucrats that handle the mazuma?” – Mickey Spillane, My Gun Is Quick, p. 49. – The accessories to the tax robberies – who get their hand-out share in the loot. – JZ, 8.4.91.
TAXATION: Another 'horror budget’ has been outlined. - I would like to give politicians, bureaucrats and tax collectors the horrors. – JZ, 8.6.76.
TAXATION: Another symptom of decline is the crushing taxation that is imposed against all principles of justice. In a natural and just order every genuine producer would receive the value of all that he produced. Now he must surrender half his wages to the State." - Frank Dupuis, in "PROGRESS", Nov. 75.
TAXATION: Any historical study of taxation leads inevitably to loot, tribute, ransom – the economic purposes of conquest. The barons who put up toll-gates along the Rhine in medieval times were tax-gatherers. So were the gangs who “protected”, for a forced fee, the caravans going to market. The conquering Romans introduced the idea that the money they collected from subject peoples was merely just payment for maintaining “law and order”. (*) For a long time the Norman conquerors collected tribute from the English, but later, when an amalgam of the two peoples resulted in a single nation, the collections were regularized in custom and law and called taxes. – The simple fact is that taxation is robbery. It is a barbarous practice, as anachronistic and oppressive as the tribute paid by medieval serfs to their kings.” (**) – Frank Chodorov, quoted in LIBERTY, 9.10.78. - (*) Were they, always, quite wrong in this? Were they not, at least to some extent, also a peace-making and civilization-bringing power, just like the English were, to some extent, in India? – E.g., they largely abolished there the burning of widows. One should not malign even a devil! This does not deny any of the wrongs, exploitations and abuses that happened, but which also happened in Rome and Italy under Rome’s rule. - Since even now our political ideas and institutions have not improved all that much, or not yet sufficiently, we should not blame the old robber empires and kingdom too much. They brought a degree of peace and justice – but then also greater international wars and civil wars. – Pax Romana, Pax Britannica, Pax America. – Think of the civil wars that followed the end of the Soviet regime. – Also how the Austrian Empire kept a degree of peace and freedom, at least for a while, among a number of diverse peoples. - (**) According to some reports that I had read, or seen historical movies about, some kings were far preferable as overlords to the local feudal lords and, somehow, kept the peace between these local warlords, creating the “King’s Peace” and with it a degree of loyalty to Kings, which, certainly, not all of them deserved. - JZ, 4.8.08. - However, there are non-territorial alternatives that are just, voluntary and better, also cheaper, than all the "protection" that any territorial regime is willing and able provide. The compulsory continuance of statist territorialism keeps these advantages out of our lives. - JZ, 15.3.11.
TAXATION: Any kind of compulsory taxation or tribute levying power tends to lead to more such wrongful impositions and also to the increase of the rate of taxation or tributes – until finally, much belatedly, the counterproductive effects of such tax tributes is somewhat realized and thus, mostly only temporarily, these wrongful burdens are somewhat reduced – in order to increase revenues from them. Given that pre-condition no conspiracy has to be involved. – JZ. 11.2.13.
TAXATION: Any man who takes a share of what I alone have earned is a thief, and the 'laws' that protect him are made by greater thieves." - Con Sellers, "Mr. Tomorrow", p.136.
TAXATION: Any man whose income is confiscated by taxation, the proceeds used to subsidize other men, is a slave!" - Leonard E. Read, The Coming Aristocracy, p.2, ascribing this view to Herbert Spencer.
TAXATION: Any political intervention in the free market – including taxes - MUST misdirect production and reduce human satisfaction." - Percy L. Greaves, Jr. in an advertisement for his book: Understanding the Dollar Crisis.
TAXATION: any program that uses force and violence to compel honest workers to pay someone else's bills is wrong, and for that reason." - Dr. R. S. Jaggard, in FREEDOM TODAY, 12/75.
TAXATION: Any sort of tax has unfortunate and distortive effects on the entire economic system." – Source?
TAXATION: Any tax, once imposed, tends to be extended and increased to its limits and, sometimes, even beyond its limits, e.g. when its collection costs more than the tax returns from it and when it prevents all too much economic activity. The basic reason for this is simple: Already the smallest tax indicates the subjugation of the taxed to the tax imposers, i.e., a degree of tax slavery. – JZ, 5.4.88, 2.8.08.
TAXATION: Any taxation is an affront to human dignity. – JZ, 30.9.92. The term “tribute levy” indicates that much more clearly. – JZ, 25.3.14.
TAXATION: Any taxpayer has the right not to put his hand into the mouth of a crocodile." - Saying attributed to an English Judge.
TAXATION: Any worker smart enough to earn a paycheck is smart enough to spend it. If you do not agree with that statement, I challenge you to name one worker to whose face you would say:'You are too stupid to spend your own money.’" – Dr. R. S. Jaggard, JAG, Aug. 22, 72.
TAXATION: Anybody has a right to evade taxes if he can get away with it. No citizen has a moral obligation to assist in maintaining the government. If Congress insists on making stupid mistakes and passing foolish tax laws, millionaires should not be condemned if they take advantage of them." - J. Pierpont Morgan, statement to reporters, quoted in "LABOR", June 15, 1957. – Especially seeing, that he has not individually chosen it for himself and is not free to secede from it. – JZ, 2.8.08. – It is taxation that is wrong and not tax evasion or tax avoidance. – JZ, 26.3.12. – PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, TAX EVASTION, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, PROPERTY RIGHTS
TAXATION: Anybody who pays taxes should be shot." - Chuck Brookes. - Why shoot the victims and not the victimizers and beneficiaries? Besides, there is nothing wrong with paying taxes towards the support of one's own system, a system run exclusively at one's own risk and expense and that of like-minded volunteers. – JZ, n.d.
TAXATION: Anyone who contributes to murder and slavery by paying taxes has reason to feel uneasy." - VONULIFE, March 73, bottom of page 4.
TAXATION: Anyone who truly believes in the 'voluntary' nature of taxation is invited to refuse to pay taxes and to see what then happens to him." - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, 1.,
TAXATION: are not only a monkey wrench in the machinery of civilization - rent we’re forced to pay on our own lives – but the very fuel of war itself …” - L. Neil Smith, Lever Action, A Mountain Media Book, 2001, firstname.lastname@example.org, p. 83. – So is inflation and the public debt. – JZ, 15.4.09. - WAR
TAXATION: Are there any worse parasites, vampires and drones than the various tax-consumers? And any worse suckers than the tax payers? – JZ, 75/81. - Q.
TAXATION: Are we still many years away from total tax slavery? – JZ, 15.12.85. – Q.
TAXATION: Are you against taxes, or would you raise them until they absorbed the entire output of the country? Are you opposed to the principle of conscription?" - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.182. - Q.
TAXATION: Are you happy that your money is used for things you do not use?” - Ken Schoolland, The Adventure of Jonathan Gullible, Leap Publishing, Cape Town, with Commentaries by Ken Schoolland and Janette Eldridge, 1981 ff, 2004 ed., www.jonathangullible.com email@example.com p. 39. – Enough sharp questions will lead to enough sharp hitting answers and, finally, rightful and sensible actions. – JZ, 11.10.07. - Q.
TAXATION: Arise ye prisoners of taxation, you have nothing to lose but the IRS." - Milton Friedman, NEWSWEEK, quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 7/77, as a possible theme for a new "Internationale".
TAXATION: As a first step: freeze taxes and the note-printing press - not wages & prices. – JZ
TAXATION: As a producer or trader you don't owe anything to the government – except fees for competitively supplied services that you asked for. – JZ, 75/81.
TAXATION: As John C. Calhoun trenchantly pointed out in the early nineteenth century, the very existence of taxation negates any possibility of such neutrality. For, given any level of taxation, the least that will happen will be the creation of two antagonistic social classes; the “ruling” classes who gain by, and live off, taxation; and the “ruled” classes who pay the taxes. In short, conflicting classes of net tax-payers, and net tax-consumers. At the very least, the government bureaucrats will necessarily be net tax consumers, other such will be those persons and groups subsidized by the inevitable expenditures of government.” - Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty, p. 177. – We have such unequal distribution of burdens and benefits in the best of the nuclear families and also in various communistic or collectivist communities of volunteers, without the voluntary participants thinking and acting like exploiters and exploited, victims and victimizers. In other words, Calhoun’s and Rothbard’s thinking here applies mainly to coercive territorial systems, not to communities and societies of volunteers only. - JZ, 5.8.08. - TERRITORIALISM, COMPULSORY CLASS DIVISION & INEQUALITY
TAXATION: As long as government has preempted a great deal of problem solving by confiscatory taxation, the only way to spur certain actions is by tax incentives and tax credits." STEINBERG, Arnold Steinberg, in "Manifesto", p.177.
TAXATION: As long as I can remember, you impressed upon me the blessings of property rights; but now there are others who decide how much of what I earn is mine, and how much is theirs, even before I see it. Not that I don't want to share. They won't let me! They say they 'share' it for me - thus denying me the self-respect one feels in helping another on his own. My good is made mandatory. They tell me it is my obligation to let them give of me, to the 'deserving'." - Howard D. Aley, THE FREEMAN, 11/73: An open letter from a young American to Dear America.
TAXATION: As long as taxes still exist – and even when they are already reduced to voluntary ones, only the government should be obliged to accept its tax foundation paper money any time and this at its full face value. – This simple measure, combined with freedom of choice regarding standards of value and a free market for exchange media, including all clearing certificates and other clearing options, and free market quotations of all of them against sound and optional value standards, would soon do away with the coercive and monopolistic paper money inflations of the various territorial government. – This limited acceptance-obligation at par with its nominal value, for any of the money issuers themselves, should be the only “legal tender” (compulsory acceptance and acceptance at a fixed value, 100 % at par with it nominal value) obligation remaining. It is of the same kind as your obligation to accept your own IOU’s at their face value from anyone as a means of payment towards you. All other means of payment offered to you should be subject to your right to refuse them or to discount them. Under that condition the government could no more cause any inflation of the general price level, expressed in sound value standards, than you could, with e.g. the “money” of the game called “Monopoly”. If it attempted to pay with over-issued money, it could, at best, only issue it at a discount and would, have to accept it back, immediately, at par from anyone. It would thus and obviously lose rather than gain and thus its own self-interest and the self-interest of potential acceptors would prevent it from inflating its tax foundation currency. – JZ, n.d. and 23.7.08. - INFLATION, LEGALTENDER, TAX FOUNDATION MONEY
TAXATION: As long as W.A. remains within the Federation, it will be tied to those twin agents of self-destruction, namely high taxation and rapid inflation. – Whereas, with strict limitations set on government spending and departmental expansion by constitutional embargoes, taxation would be immediately lowered and kept within bounds forever more. - A reduction in government spending would also lessen inflation considerably. However one of W.A.’s biggest weapons in the fight against inflation would be its ability to have a multi-currency system.” (*) - Lang Hancock, 1975. – Even if central banking, with its other wrongs and harms were continued, the repeal of legal tender laws and the introduction of free choice of value standards and of free clearing, using any agreed-upon value standard, would already have stopped inflation. - (*) A multiple currency issue, although rightful and useful to achieve all possible and desired turnovers, would not be necessary for the prevention of inflation, although it would drive inferior means of payment fast out of circulation. Stable pricing in sound value standards could go on even under a central bank’s currency that is being inflated, as long as it is not turned into legal tender, i.e., has no forced value, but, as a monopoly currency, only forced acceptance. – JZ, 4.8.08. - INFLATION, FREE BANKING, LIMITED GOVERNMENT.
TAXATION: As taxation is made compulsory on all, whether they vote or not, a large proportion of those who vote, no doubt do so to prevent their own money being used against themselves; when, in fact, they would have gladly abstained from voting, if they could thereby have saved themselves from taxation alone, to say nothing of being saved from all the other usurpations and tyrannies of the government. To take a man's property without his consent, and then to infer his consent because he attempts, by voting, to prevent that property from being used to his injury, is a very insufficient proof of his consent to support the Constitution. It is, in fact, no proof at all. And as we can have no legal knowledge as to who the particular individuals are, if there are any, who are willing to be taxed for the sake of voting, or who would prefer freedom from taxation to the privilege of voting, we can have no legal knowledge that any particular individual consents to be taxed for the sake of voting; or, consequently, consents to support the Constitution." - Lysander Spooner, "No Treason", VI/9 - Works I. – VOTING, DEMOCRACY, CONSENT
TAXATION: As the power of Hellas grew, and the acquisition of wealth became more an object, the revenues of the state increasing, tyrannies were by their means established almost everywhere, and Hellas began to fit out fleets and apply more closely to the sea." – Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War, Chapter I. - Underlining by JZ – STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, TYRANNY
TAXATION: As the taking of private property is now far more by anonymous predators than by personal thieves, so must the defences be altered against predation. A shotgun and a dog, or a good police force, served to scare off horse thieves. But these physical defenses are useless against the new predation..." - Leonard E. Read, Deeper than you Think, p.44.
TAXATION: as though letting a man keep some of the money he has earned is an act of supreme wisdom and charity on the part of the government." - Karl Hess, The Lawless State, on "tax incentives”.
TAXATION: As University of California Prof. Brian Murphy recently put it, “Through taxation the government drafts us into the service of society.” - Tim Condon, in REASON, 3/79. - Rather, into the service of THE TERRITORIAL STATE! – At least professors should be able to distinguish between society, societies and territorial States. – Alas, they, too, are products of statist mis-education. - JZ, 5.8.08. – STATE, SOCIETY, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: As we near our second centennial, conditions are ripe for another tax-quake, and inasmuch as the faults here are the weakest area in the governmentality armor, and inasmuch as this area is historically the most acceptable common ground for all Americans - libertarians should resolve to offer the man and woman in the street a set of simple, direct, and clear ideas for using the taxation issue to cripple the state." - Lowell Ponte, Libertarian Handbook 1973.
TAXATION: At first, the conquering tribe killed and looted the victims and rode on. But at some time the conquerors decided that it would be more profitable to settle down among the conquered peasantry and rule and loot them on a permanent and systematic basis. The periodic tribute exacted from the conquered subjects eventually came to be called 'taxation'". - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p.70. – TRIBUTE LEVIES, TAX SLAVERY
TAXATION: At least in Germany the tax officials, in their offices, are almost as much protected against their unarmed and unorganized victims as were the robber barons of the Middle Ages in their castles. - JZ, 21.9.90.
TAXATION: At least protest every time you are squeezed - and thus help to create a powerful public opinion against taxes. – JZ, 19.9.81.
TAXATION: At least talk back to the tax robbers: those who directly take it from you and those who are net tax recipients. – JZ, n.d.
TAXATION: at the very least, drastically reduce - the level of all taxation, taxation which cripples productive energies, savings, investment, and technological advance." - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p.184.
TAXATION: At what point will the ordinary man proceed from joking, complaining and swearing about them to acting against them, in concert with the other victims? – JZ, 9/81. – Q.
TAXATION: ATO slugs trusts in tax crackdown. – THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW, www.afr.com, 18.8.1, p.1. – ATO = Australian Tax Office. – Trust that the government’s taxes will sooner or later, directly or indirectly slug everyone. – JZ, 15.9.11, 26.2.12. – TAX SLAVERY, TAX TRIBUTES
TAXATION: Australia is obviously over-governed, over-regulated and over-taxed and, of course, you are paying for all this." - John Curvers, election leaflet 1976.
TAXATION: Australian governments are currently spending at the rate of $ 17 million per working hour. Soaking the rich is not an option. The bulk of taxes will inevitably be paid by the bulk of the people." - V. R. Forbes, talk in Brisbane, 13.12.79, "Salesmen with a Purpose", GOOD GOVERNMENT, Oct. 80. - This means ca. $ 3.40 per working hour of each of ca. 5 million workers. – JZ
TAXATION: Australian sales tax on trucks comes to 21%. How high is it on buses, cars, trains and planes? Obviously, the costs of transporting goods and persons is greatly increased thereby, and this in a country like Australia, where a small population is spread over a vast continent! Add to this the taxes on petrol, diesel oil and aviation fuel, registration and licensing charges and the various other taxes imposed upon the production and distribution of goods. Our governments are systematically impoverishing us. – JZ, 2.6.95, 17.7.08. - OF TRANSPORT
TAXATION: Ax Tax!"- Source? 1974.
TAXATION: Ban tax receipts. Buy them no more! – JZ
TAXATION: BARGAINING ON TAXES.” – Editorial headlines today. As if the taxpayers were permitted to participate, as if it were a real bargaining for government and other services. The kind of bargaining that does take place is not a free market bargaining between free people but, rather, one between Mafia chiefs for their share in the spoils, for their “turfs”. – JZ, 14.6.85. - Only the volunteers of panarchies could effectively bargain with their administrators – or simply secede from them if dissatisfied. – JZ16.4.09.
TAXATION: Bastiat, of course, knew what most taxpayers still had to learn – government cannot devise means for giving back more than it has taken: “Do what you will, gentlemen; you cannot give money to some without taking it away from others. If you absolutely insist on draining the taxpayer dry, well and good; but at least do not treat him like a fool. Do not tell him: ‘I am taking this money from you to repay you for what I have already taken from you.’ ” – G. C. Roche III, Bastiat, A Man Alone, p. 115.
TAXATION: Be all right if you weren't to pay any, wouldn't it?" – Roy Millikin, 7.6.74.
TAXATION: Beatnik replying to tax official: “Sure, I keep tax records. In my file cabinet under ‘Shit’. – PLAYBOY, 4/72, p.208. - JOKES
TAXATION: Because it builds up the belief that one man and his property may be used by another man against his own convictions and his own interests. It therefore divides us into those who are only tools and those who are the users of tools; and perpetuates a modern form - though more subtle and concealed than the old forms - of slave owning." - Auberon Herbert, The Principles of Voluntaryism, Mack ed., p.392/3.
TAXATION: Because it is essentially opposed to a state of true liberty. It is impossible to look upon a man as free, so long as others have unlimited command over his property. It is impossible to separate the rights of actions from the rights of acquiring and possessing. A man acts through and by means of the various substances of the world, and if he is not free to acquire and own these substances as an individual, neither is he free to act as an individual." - Auberon Herbert, The Principles of Voluntaryism, Mack ed., p.392.
TAXATION: Because it is essentially socialistic in principle, and offers the easiest and surest means of advance to state socialism. So long as we admit that the property of individuals lies at the mercy of the largest number of votes, we are intellectually and morally committed to state socialism, and it is only certain accidents, liable to disappear at any crisis, which stand between us and the practical realization of state socialism." – Auberon Herbert, The Principles of Voluntaryism, Mack ed., p.405.
TAXATION: because, with money, they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort more money; and also compel general obedience to their will. It is with government, as Caesar said it was in war, that money and soldiers mutually supported each other; that with money he could hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. So these villains, who call themselves governments, well understood that their power rests primarily upon money. With money they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. And, when their authority is denied, the first use they always make of money, is to hire soldiers to kill or subdue all who refuse them more money. For this reason, whoever desires liberty, should understand these vital facts, viz.: 1. That every man who puts money into the hands of a 'government' (so called), puts into its hands a sword which will be used against himself, to extort more money from him, and also to keep him in subjection to its arbitrary will. 2. That those who will take his money, without his consent, in the first place, will use it for his further robbery and enslavement, if he presumes to resist their demands in the future." - Lysander Spooner, "No Treason", VI/16, Works I.
TAXATION: Before and during the Revolutionary War the battle cry was 'no taxation without representation'. Apparently, ours is worse with representation than theirs was without it. But we really don't have true representation as to taxation." - W. Vaughn Ellsworth, in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 8/76. - Only forms of quite voluntary taxation would and could truly represent the taxpayers regarding their tax payments and the spending of such revenues. - JZ, 15.3.11.
TAXATION: Being a taxpayer “ is like buying lottery tickets for fifty years and never doing better than a $ 10 consolation prize.” – Phillip Adams. - JOKES
TAXATION: between direct and hidden taxes we each pay more than half our income to the government, which means we work more than half of each workday for the government, which means we are all government employees, in fact if not de jure." - Lowell Ponte, Libertarian Handbook, 1973, p.34.
TAXATION: Beware of politicians who claim they'll build you a pie in the sky - they're going to use your dough.” - Myron Scarbrough – JOKES
TAXATION: Beware of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors - and miss." - Robert Heinlein, from: Time Enough For Love - Notebooks of Lazarus Long. - JOKES
TAXATION: Beware the greedy hand of government, thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry." -Thomas Paine – GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, RULERS, GOVERNMENTS, INTOLERANCE VS. GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT & SELF-MANAGEMENT
TAXATION: Beware, taxes are dangerous to your health, your property, your freedom and your life. – JZ, 75.
TAXATION: Blessed are the young; for they shall inherit the national debt.” – Herbert Hoover. - JOKES
TAXATION: Book it all up to experience. You won't get any other value for your tax money. – JZ
TAXATION: BORN FREE – TAXED TO DEATH!” – Sticker offered in Santa Barbara. - Bumper-sticker of the Society for Libertarian Life. - Born Free – Taxed to Death.” – SLL button No. 422. I also saw it offered as No. 433. – Also: “Born free and taxed to death.” – Vancouver LP slogan
TAXATION: both business and labor are beginning to realize that the best way to save a collapsing economy is to leave more of their own money to the citizens who earned it.” - Ayn Rand, Just Suppose, in: “The Ayn Rand Column”, revised edition, 1998, p 28/29, Second Renaissance Books, New Milford, Connecticut, www.rationalmind.com – Alas, of all the monetary freedom options and requirements A. R. recognized only that of the classical gold standard with gold coins and gold certificates redeemable in gold. – JZ, 16.9.07.
TAXATION: Bureau for the Infernal Ravenous.” - Dean McLaughlin, The Eternal Juice Machine, p.108 of ANALOG, Feb. 1, 82. – TAX DEPARTMENT, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
TAXATION: Bureaucracy feeds on taxes. Why feed bureaucracy? – JZ, 13.9.75. – Q.
TAXATION: But as those services decline, why do our taxes keep going up?" - Daniel M. Karlan, 1976. - Rather: Why do our taxes keep going up when our services keep going down? – JZ
TAXATION: But can't private industry do the job?’ - 'How? Where is the risk capital to come from? The US government sucks up the money for taxes. If you risk your capital on a losing idea, it's gone, and can't be recovered; if you happen to win big, you won't be allowed to keep your money. Where's the incentive for high-risk research under these conditions?'" - Jerry Pournelle, in "DESTINIES", Summer 80, p.249.
TAXATION: But if paying taxes is so good, then why doesn’t the tax collector just persuade you of the benefits and let you contribute voluntarily?” - Ken Schoolland, The Adventure of Jonathan Gullible, Leap Publishing, Cape Town, with Commentaries by Ken Schoolland and Janette Eldridge, 1981 ff, 2004 ed., p.XI. - www.jonathangullible.com firstname.lastname@example.org - & VOLUNTARY TAXATION
TAXATION: But keep this in mind. The IRS is the tentacle that feeds all the others. It is the required arm, unique in its brazen unaccountability. As if functions today, it is critical in the pillage of liberty. - From 1915 to 1988 the population of the country increased two and a half times. In the same span, individual income taxes went from $ 28 million paid to the government to a staggering $ 400 billion. That, good people, is a factor of over fourteen thousand.” - Bill Branon, Let Us Prey, Harper Collins Publishers, 1995, p. 213. – Are these figures adjusted for inflation? Naturally, inflation has also its characteristic as an inflation-tax. – JZ, 11.10.07.
TAXATION: But most believe that Federal Aid is larger when received than paid." - H. P. B. Jenkins, in “Essays on Liberty”, VI, p. 265. - That would be merely ignorance. But when they believe or hope that others will be taxed more heavily than they are themselves, then that is dishonesty. – JZ, 17.10.08.
TAXATION: But no good can come of ability-to-pay because it is inherently an immorality. What is it but the highwayman's rule of taking where the taking is best? Neither the highwayman nor the tax-collector give any thought to the source of the victim's wealth, only to its quantity..." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax …, p.237.
TAXATION: but so contrary is the practice of old governments to the reason of the case, that the expenses of them increase in the proportion they ought to diminish." – Thomas Paine, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.77.
TAXATION: But suppose each price-tag showed an estimate of the taxes influencing the price ..." Lowell Ponte, Libertarian Handbook, 1973, p.34.
TAXATION: But the standard long-range, integrated method of discouraging meanness and inefficiency, that of withholding payment, has been circumvented by your friendly politician." - Lanny Friedlander, in a REASON article.
TAXATION: But they kept that government poor. Their own experience and their understanding of history taught them that built into government is an overweening urge to grasp power, at the expense of the people it is supposed to serve, and that the amount of power it gets hold of is in direct proportion to what it can collect in taxes. Therefore, in establishing their new government, they took care to limit its taxing powers; it was permitted to collect import duties and to levy some excise taxes, nothing more. The government's proclivity to do mischief was thus held in restraint." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.152. – GOVERNMENTALISM, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, POWER ADDICTION
TAXATION: But this year there’s some hope that an Age of Enlightenment is returning to Earth. … For in France a new political party has been born … and they’ve called it “The Taxpayers” (which, I suppose, is a bit more catchy in French). Since they’ve established Freedom of Religion over there too (right after they slaughtered the Huguenots), this new group holds the very reasonable tenet that ALL WORK IS SACRED … and therefore, the State cannot force you to pay taxes on your sacred earnings. (Good try, folks …)” – FREE MARKET REPORTER, Dec. 77.
TAXATION: But Uncle Sam (Big Brother) cannot constitutionally keep you as a tax slave without your voluntary compliance." - Tax Rebels Of America, quoted in the Libertarian Yearbook, 1973. - So far, he has done so for over 2 centuries. - JZ, 15.3.11.
TAXATION: But what do I get for all the money I spend on taxes? I don’t have any kids. I don’t use the school system. I don’t use the police, the prisons. I’ve never called the military. Basically, I use the post office and the white lines on the road. A third of my working life for postcards and driving straight.” – Jerry Seinfeld, SeinLanguage, Bantam Books, 1993, p.107. – And for his postcards he has to pay monopoly postage on top of his taxes! – JZ, 9.9.08. – Not to speak of all the taxes involved in his car and petrol. - JZ, 15.3.11. - JOKES
TAXATION: But what is most noteworthy is the astonishing blindness of the public to all this. When victorious soldiers reduced the vanquished to slavery, they were barbarous, but they were not absurd. Their object was, as ours is, to live at the expense of others but, unlike us, they attained it. What are we to think of a people who, apparently, do not suspect that reciprocal pillage is no less pillage because it is reciprocal; that it is no less criminal because it is carried out legally and in an orderly manner; that it adds nothing to the public welfare; that, on the contrary, it diminishes it by all that this spendthrift intermediary that we call the state costs?” – Bastiat, in - G. C. Roche III, Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.238. – Sir John Menzies, a former Australian Prime Minister, once said that he could understand that some people let themselves be bribed but he could not understand how they could let themselves be bribed with their own money. – JZ, 12.7.92. - WELFARE STATE, PLUNDER-BUND, PEOPLE, PUBLIC OPINION, IGNORANCE, VOTING, ELECTION BRIBES
TAXATION: But, in fact, with the average American spending more to fund government than to buy food, clothing, and shelter combined, the greatest impact the government has on those of us for whom it cares so much is through the huge gap it creates between the value of our productive contribution to others in the workplace and what we actually take home." (09/02/02), Gary Galles, Ludwig von Mises Institute, 'Less for our labor' day? http://www.free-market.net/rd/336067290.html
TAXATION: By giving the government a first lien on the earnings of the people it undermined the sanctity of private property, which was the keystone of the liberty the immigrants cherished." – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p. 154 on the Income Tax.
TAXATION: By how much and how soon would almost everybody’s wealth increase if there were not any form of taxation, especially not the inflation tax and the “taxes” imposed by monopolies? – JZ, 21.12.93, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: by meeting the cost indirectly through taxes of various kinds, rather than paying at the time of using the service, or insuring to pay before or after it to avoid paying when ill, the family enjoy none of the choice they take for granted in buying food, clothes, homes, holidays and other goods and services no less essential to family health and happiness." – Ralph Harris, in "Down with the Poor", p. 11.
TAXATION: By now our incomes and lives are run largely by bureaucrats rather than by ourselves. – JZ, 78.
TAXATION: by our political folly we have put a large part, probably the greater part, of the nation in possession of rights to draw from the public purse. Whether these rights take the form of relief, dole, pension, official salary, subsidy or interest on public debt, they all constitute heavy claims on our total production. If happily we manage to escape national bankruptcy, we have set up a slavery for the minority, the producers, far more oppressive than any previous bondage.” – Sir Ernest J. P. Benn, in Account Rendered, in his foreword, quoted by S. Hutchinson Harris, The Doctrine of Personal Right, p. 395. - WELFARE STATE
TAXATION: By taxing and by the ways of spending the tax funds the governments provide more dissatisfaction than they provide satisfaction in form of unearned hand-outs. – JZ, 14.9.88.
TAXATION: By taxing the productive to support the unproductive they diminish incentives at both ends of the economic scale." - Henry Hazlitt,"in THE FREEMAN, 3/76. - INCENTIVES
TAXATION: By the year 2012, projected outlays for entitlements and interest on the national debt will consume all tax revenues collected by the federal government … There will not be one cent left over for education, children's programs, highways, national defense, or any other discretionary program. – Bipartisan U.S. Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform – Date? – JZ. - GOVERNMENT SPENDING, ENTITLEMENTS, NATIONAL DEBT, BANKRUPTCYTAXATION: By virtue of the Sixteenth Amendment, which established the authority for the graduated income tax, the government of the United States has now, in effect, statutory power to confiscate all income producing property; it has a prior claim on all the wealth produced in this country." - Admiral Ben Moreell, Log II, p.108.
TAXATION: By what twisted reasoning has another a claim on my purse!" - Leonard E. Read, Talking to Myself, p.103. – Q.
TAXATION: Calling a robbery or tribute collection taxation, rates, custom duties, registration fees etc. does not make it right. – JZ, 22.2.98. - Calling a robbery taxation, rates, custom duties, registration and licensing fees etc. does not make them right or anything else than wrongfully imposed tributes. – JZ, 22.2.98, 16.7.08.
TAXATION: Can a people tax themselves into prosperity? Can a man stand in a bmucket and lift himself up by the handle? – Winston Churchill quoted by Sørengaard Srugis shared Capitalism's photo. – Facebook, 1.2.13.
TAXATION: Can a rational man truly accept the position that the state should coerce and defraud citizens of value they have created so as to benefit others, less productive creatures?" - Ridgway K. Foley Jr., THE FREEMAN, 11/73.
TAXATION: Can it seriously be argued that the human mind, which has put men on the moon, is not equal to the problem of eliminating taxes?" – Paul Lepanto, "Return to Reason”, p.137.
TAXATION: Capital punishment is when the Government taxes you in order to get into business in competition with you and then taxes the profits on your business in order to pay its losses." - The FIJI TIMES, 9.9.1974, quoted in PROGRESS, 9/75. – CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, JOKES
TAXATION: Capital punishment: the income tax.” – Jeff Hayes
TAXATION: Cartoon: Workers of the world, unite - you have nothing to lose but your payroll deductions! Bieser casts a gimlet eye toward Labor Day. (09/01/02), Scott Bieser, RATIONAL REVIEW, Our day off http://www.free-market.net/rd/144996707.html - PROLETARIANS, WORKERS
TAXATION: Certainly, European governments, once they knew about this possibility, began to exploit it ruthlessly, not to provide people with good money, but to gain as much as possible from it for their revenue." – F. A. Hayek, Denationalization of Money, p.29, on the over-issue of legal tender paper money, commonly called inflation. – TAXATION VIA INFLATION
TAXATION: change our law to make it illegal for an employer to withhold wages for taxes of an employee.” – Harrison L. Peeples, M.D. – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 9/78. - WITHHOLDING TAX
TAXATION: Civilized people are punished with taxation. – D. & J. Z., 26.6.79, after reading an article in PENTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL, 2/79, p. 54.
TAXATION: Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. – President Calvin Coolidge, quoted in N.Y. TIMES, 4.3.55. – Who ought to decide on this? Each taxpayer for himself! Your supposedly 'necessary’ expenditures still amount to robbery when paid for out of my pockets and against my will! – JZ - His wrong premise is that any taxation is really necessary, and it largely follows from his premise that a territorial government with involuntary subjects is really necessary. - JZ, 23. 11. 06. - No tax is absolutely necessary. Nor is any territorial government. – JZ, 6.4.12. – No taxation is necessary or justified. All taxes are too high. – JZ, 25.4.13. - TAXATION IS ROBBERY
TAXATION: Company and personal taxation. - It is possible for 84% of profits to be paid out in these two taxes combined. " - Ron Manners, NATIONAL MINER, 27/10/75. – Even under such tax rates Australia is still considered to be a “free country”, a “free enterprise” and a “capitalistic” one! – by those who have no sensible notions on either. – JZ, 17.10.08.
TAXATION: Compulsory taxation "gives great and undue facility for engaging a whole nation in war. If it were necessary to raise the sum required from those who individually agreed in the necessity of war, we should have the strongest guarantee for the preservation of peace... Compulsory taxation means everywhere the persistent probability of a war made by the ambitions or passions of politicians." – Auberon Herbert, in Mack edition p.20 & 398.
TAXATION: Compulsory taxes and monopoly institutions and decision-making are bound to corrupt any politics, any politician, at least at the highest level and in the long run. – JZ, 12.11.93, 19.7.08. – POWER, CORRUPTION, POLITICIANS
TAXATION: Compulsory territorial taxation is contrary to morality, rationality and common sense and sound economics, like any other imposed tribute, even when formally legalized and juridically defended. How long would it last without the coercion and the lies and false pretences involved? – How long would it continue, on its supposed merits and benefits, if every individual and dissenting group would be freed to opt out from under it and the system that it finances? - JZ, 17.11.93, 19.7.08. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, MORALITY, TRIBUTE LEVIES, PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, FEUDALISM, SERFDOM, SECESSIONISM, Q.
TAXATION: Compulsory tribute payment of a large share of one’s earnings to the modern and almost all-powerful feudal lord: the nation or the State, more particularly to the territorial government and its bureaucracy. All “nicely” legalized and juridically sanctioned – and still sheer robbery. To be finally replaced by voluntary contributions for only those services which one really needs or desires, and which are competitively supplied freely competing communities, societies, insurance companies or protective associations and is willing to pay for in form of fees, subscriptions or premiums and this inform of the competing free market monies of monetary freedom. – JZ, n.d. & 22.7.08, 26.3.14. – VOLUNTARY TAXATION & CONTRIBUTION SCHEMES FOR COMPETIVELY SUPPLIED WANTED SERVICES
TAXATION: Congratulations America. In 1975 the total number of tax consumers finally exceeded the total number of tax payers. Does "rule of the majority” still seem such a good idea? Support the 'rule of no one’ - also known as freedom." – Source? – FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM BS. TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, RULERS, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATIVES
TAXATION: Congress has been getting more money out of us lately than the criminals.” – Will Rogers. - CRIME
TAXATION: Congress must stop playing God with the fortunes and lives of the individual American citizen." - Steven D. Symms, US House of Representatives, 3.4.74. - "Should be shortened to: "Stop playing God with the fortunes and lives of individual citizens!" – JZ
TAXATION: Congress should know how to levy taxes, and if it doesn't know how to collect them, then a man is a fool to pay the taxes." –J. Pierpont Morgan, N.Y. TIMES, March 6, 1955.
TAXATION: consider it quite immoral to take what a man earns without giving service of an exact kind.” (*) – Seaton McKettrig, A World by the Tail, ANALOG, Oct. 63, p.78. – (*) Services that individually wanted and ordered from competitive suppliers. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Consider taxation. This not merely deprives people of the right to choose what to do with what they have. Even more: 'Taxation of earnings from labor is on a par with forced labor ... (Taking the earnings of n hours labor is like taking n hours from the person; it is like forcing the person to work n hours for another's purpose.')" - David, Spitz, Justice For Sale, on Nozick. – FORCED & UNPAID LABOR
TAXATION: Console yourself about taxes with the thought that by now you are working mainly for people - who don't like work." - R. J., free after Mr. Flannigan, 1977. - JOKES
TAXATION: Count that day won, when turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes. – Franklin P. Adams. – Nor any of the old ones, either! On that day we will have won back the Earth from the conmen, parasites and looters now in charge of us, when, nowhere on earth, they can any longer impose any of their taxes upon us. - Luckily, this colossus, the whole planet Earth, is not a powerful politician who can impose taxes upon us or collect rent from us for living on it. Let correct ideas, definitions and terms be among our main weapons. Select and perfect slogans from this collection into world-conquering sayings! Is that asking too much from you?– If only the Earth charged taxes then tax strikes would be easy. – But it is governments, their politicians, that promise heaven and deliver hell, still with all too many popular errors, myths and prejudices, also organizations and guns on their side. – What they deliver is not worth what they force us to pay for. – On the contrary: They deliver one war, once crisis, one problem after the other and never solve any of them. Least of all to they respect all our individual rights and liberties. JZ, 25.3.84, 5.8.08, 16.4.09, 26.3.14. – WRONGFUL OR FALSE PROMISES BY POLITICIANS VS. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, GOVERNMENT-CAUSED CRISES & THEIR NON-SOLUTIONS
TAXATION: Crime does pay - for the tax department. – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: Current tax rates ought to be compared with the taxes inflicted during WW II by the own government and those by occupation governments, taking also inflation into account. The tax imposed in form of conscription or forced labor should also be taken into account in this comparison. During the war there was at least the excuse of an emergency situation, also created by territorial statism. But what is the excuse for our high tax burden now? – JZ, 20.1.92, 25.7.08.
TAXATION: Cut down the supply of money with which the bureaucrats play, and cut down the number of bureaucrats who play with your money." – James Guthrie, “Our Sham Democracy”, p.56 – That would require a monetary and financial revolution. – JZ, 16.4.09.
TAXATION: Cut government, cut taxes." Used in anti-tax march, Sydney 1975.
TAXATION: Cut taxes to the bone, so that a man may expect to reap where he has sown." - Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 2/75.
TAXATION: Dealing with government ... is more like this: You're dragged off the street and into a restaurant. A meal of inferior quality is set before you. Whether you like it or not, you are presented with an outrageous bill. And if you refuse to pay, you are locked in the back room to wash dishes until the owner decides to let you out." - Jim Stumm, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 9.9.73. - JOKES
TAXATION: Dear IRS, I am writing to you to cancel by subscription. Please remove my name from your mailing list. – Text to a comic offered by Laissez Faire Capitalism, which added: Me too please. - VOLUNTARY TAXTION OR SUBSCRIPTIONS, JOKES
TAXATION: Dear public servant, you are supposed to be my servant, but I didn't hire you, do not get any services I want from you or any at a price I would be willing to pay. Thus, if I could, I would fire you, this instant. – JZ, 19.9.81. – PUBLIC SERVANTS, BUREAUCRACY
TAXATION: Death and taxes are evitable. - JZ, 13.11.00. - The sooner the better. Could there be a better investment than an investment in research towards both these aims? - JZ, 2.2.02. – ARE TAXES & DEATH INEVITABLE?
TAXATION: death and taxes are inevitable, but that it is not inevitable that we be taxed to death.” –Jarvis Howard, REASON, 1/79, p. 12. – Freedom lovers should aim higher: Have we developed as yet real sciences against death and taxes? – JZ, 23.7.08.
TAXATION: Death and taxes may be the only certainties in life, but nowhere is it written that we have to tax ourselves to death." - NATION'S BUSINESS, - READER’S DIGEST, 6/81.
TAXATION: Death and Taxes, Blood Brothers! – quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, II/4.
TAXATION: Debt, the only commodity on which a man does not have to pay taxes.” – H. L. Mencken. – That does not indicate that taxes, rents, commodity and service price debts are all paid with money that was already heavily taxed beforehand. And, in the hands of the creditor these debts, once paid, are considered as income and will be heavily taxed again. Moreover, some taxes, like car registration taxes and rates or land taxes, cannot be deducted from one’s taxable income and thus these tax amounts are again taxed, as income, although they were enforced expenditures. Tax is heaped even upon tax payments. Tax on tax, another taxation absurdity and wrongness. J.Z, 20.3.87, 4.8.08. – Payrolls are debts, which the employer owes to his employees and from the salaries and wages he owes he is by law forced to withhold taxes and send them to the tax department. Sales taxes are also wrongful extra charges added to the amount a customer owes to a seller. Moreover, a debt is hardly a commodity. His statement is only correct for those debts not considered as incomes by the tax department. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Defend your property against all looters! – JZ, 9.9.75.
TAXATION: Deny … anyone’s right to spend someone else’s money.” – James P. Hogan, Mirror Maze, p. 124. – POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATIVES, BUREAUCRATS, PUBLIC SERVANTS
TAXATION: destroy the compulsory character of taxation. – There lies the stronghold of all war and strife and oppression of each other. As long as compulsory taxation lasts – in other words giving power to some men to use other men against their beliefs and their interests – liberty will be but a mocking phrase. Between liberty and compulsory taxation there is no possible reconciliation. It is a struggle of life and death between the two …” – Auberon Herbert, The Plea for Voluntarism, Herbert Spencer Lecture at Oxford University, June 7, 1906.
TAXATION: Did you hear … “about the taxpayer’s wristwatch – it wrings its hands every hour.” - Tiny Kaplan – JOKES
TAXATION: Dime: A dollar with the tax taken out.” – Anon. – How often has inflation reduced the value of a dollar to that of a dime (ten cents) in former times, in the U.S.A.? It certainly happened in my time in Australia with the Australian dollar. Nevertheless, in spite of such evidence, the central banks are still widely considered as defenders and guardians of the currency, rather than its systematic depreciators or inflationists. People will not learn enough about the wrongness and evils of central banking until these banks, their exchange media and value standards are exposed to fully free competition. Likewise, the wrongs and evils of territorialism will only become revealed to most people once it has been abolished and replaced by exterritorial autonomy for volunteers. – JZ, 4.8.08. - JOKES
TAXATION: Disgust with taxes is not enough to get rid of them. One has to know how to do without them and how to get rid of them. It's the same with the bomb. – JZ, 19.7.73. – VOLUNTARY TAXATION, NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, PROGRAMS NEEDED
TAXATION: Do not help a holdup man to claim that he acts as your friend or benefactor." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p. 991. – WELFARE STATE
TAXATION: Do not make an extra penny to support the looters' state." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.991.
TAXATION: Do not seek the favor of those who enslaved you, do not beg for alms from those who have robbed you, be it subsidies, loans or jobs, do not join their team to recoup what they've taken by helping them rob your neighbors." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p. 990.
TAXATION: Do not simply reform the tax system; replace it!" - Karl Hess, The Lawless State. - By Polyarchies, Panarchies, competing governance systems or consistent voluntarism, free competition, contracts, associations, experiments and secessions in every sphere, with their prices, fees, subscription, insurance and credit arrangements, self-help, mutual aid and charity! – Very few taxpayers will volunteer to continue the present system among themselves. - JZ, 17.10.08, 26..3.14. – TAX REFORM OR TAX ABOLITION? – SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, COMPETITON, FREE CHOICE, EXPERIMENTATION, LAISSEZ FAIRE IN EVERY SPHERE
TAXATION: Do not try to produce a fortune with a looter riding on your back." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p. 991.
TAXATION: Do you agree with being taxed off the map?" - Audrey Dennett, 11/9/75. - Q
TAXATION: Do you get any or sufficient returns on your involuntary tax investment? - JZ, 81. - Q.
TAXATION: Do you get your money's worth for your taxes? – JZ, 74. – Q.
TAXATION: Do you know … 7. That government will be as big and as bad as you are willing to pay for? – From a leaflet by THE JUSTICE TIMES. – The badness of compulsory taxation consists in this that you are forced to pay taxes, even if you are unwilling and quite opposed to them. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Do you know a single, or even many, bureaucrats or politicians and trust him or them - well enough to make any decision for you, at your expense? If not, then why should you be subjected to their decision-making and their tax impositions? – JZ, 28.4.92. – Even if you trusted them, why should those, who do not trust them or may even have very good reasons not to trust them, nevertheless be subjected to the territorial rule of politicians and bureaucrats? – JZ, 5.8.08. – TERRITORIALISM, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, Q., TRUST, POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS
TAXATION: Do you realize how many thousand dollars you pay in all forms of taxes every year? – JZ, 7.6.74. And how many real services you could buy with this amount, instead? – JZ, 1.10.81. – Q.
TAXATION: Do you really want bureaucrats to spend your hard-earned money?” – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, Sept. 80. – Not to speak of politicians! – JZ, 5.8.08. – Q., BUREAUCRACY, POLITICIANS
TAXATION: Do you think the government knows how to handle your money?" - Irene & Keith Smith, "Earth Garden", p.2. – Q.
TAXATION: Do you think what you receive from the government is worth over half of your salary each week?” - John Singleton and Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p. 243. – Q.
TAXATION: Don't be brainwashed into giving your consent to paying taxes. – JZ, 19.9.81.
TAXATION: Don't be mere wax in the hot grip of tax. – JZ, 13.9.75.
TAXATION: Don't let armed tax gatherers tax or take even your guns away - because in the last resort you may have to fight it out with them. – JZ, 13.9.75, 29.6.13.
TAXATION: Don't pay any longer for the government's disservices! – JZ, 74.
TAXATION: Don't Pay Taxes! Help Starve A Feeding Bureaucrat." - SLL Sticker.
TAXATION: Don't Pay Taxes." - MINUS ONE, Spring 73. – Too many think, speak, or write as if this were already a quite free option, rather than being, mainly, still a distant ideal. – JZ, 17.10.08.
TAXATION: Don't rob: It's a crime to compete with government." - a bumper sticker offered by New Horizon, in a “reason” adv. 6/73. - JOKES
TAXATION: Don't settle for a political promise to lower taxes – lower them yourself!" - SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, Winter 75/6. – This is not yet a constitutional, legal, juridical, voting or secessionist option for the individual victim of taxation. Although it should be. – JZ, 18.10.08. – SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM
TAXATION: Don't submit to tax collectors! – JZ, 13.9.75. - How? It is definitely not as easy to follow an advice as: "Dont vote, it only encourages them!" – JZ
TAXATION: Don't surrender your earnings to the tax department, if you can help it. You owe them nothing - at least not until you are properly billed for services you wanted, ordered and received. – JZ, 9.9.81. – A volunteer-militia to protect individual rights and liberties would largely consist of involuntary taxpayers and as such they would vastly outnumber the taxers. However, their tax strike should be very well thought out so that it would get the armed forces of the government on its side and be it only by temporarily taking over the payment of their salaries. Under the following full financial and monetary freedom combined with general economic freedom, at least for all those, who do appreciate it, the soldiers would soon find better paying jobs. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Don't tax incentives - or suffer the consequences. – JZ, 74/5.
TAXATION: Don't tax others. Tax yourself. – JZ, 73.TAXATION: Don't you chaps see the difference? All right, I'll spell it out. City institutions get money by selling services to individuals ready and willing to make the exchange. The State's money is extracted by force from individuals, the decision for the transaction being made by the Government." - Terry Arthur, "95% Is Crap", p.90. - Not all payments to city governments are voluntary, either or for really wanted and received services. - JZ, 15.3.11. – Cities are small territorial States, too and as such they do not have the right to a continued existence. Only as a group of freely competing service providers do they have the right to continue to exist, by trying to satisfy their customers, without any monopolies and coercion. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Don’t allow politicians to play with or bribe you or others with your money. – JZ, 11.10.85.
TAXATION: Down the inflation road to national socialism." - LEAGUE OF RIGHTS, from a leaflet in 1974. – And the tax road to State Socialism or National Socialism. Inflation is just another wrongful and harmful tax. – JZ, 29.6.13
TAXATION: Down to which level should taxes fall? Down, down, to zero! – There is no rightful level for taxation, no more so than for robbery, murder and rapes. - JZ, 8.1.98, 16.7.08.
TAXATION: Dr. Rothbard rejects the possibility of free government even earlier in his book (*) by asserting that “the axiom of the free society, namely, that there be no use of physical force except in defense against those using force to invade person or property … would imply the complete absence of a State apparatus or government, for the State, unlike all other persons and institutions in society, acquires its revenue, not by exchanges freely contracted, but by a system of unilateral coercion called “taxation’.” (Bold print inserted by me. – JZ) Now this is a clear non sequitur, there is not proof to the effect that governments must so acquire their revenue. Dr. Rothbard says only that they do so acquire it, at present. Which does not yet show that they must.” – Tibor Machan, INDIVIDUALIST, June 72. – Rothbard based his generalization on the evidence that the vast majority of States levied compulsory tributes. Moreover, as territorial States they did not permit individual and group secessions from them and exterritorial autonomy for voluntary communities of the secessionists. The supposedly ideal and sufficiently limited State that would not have compulsory taxes and compulsory subjects is so far largely only a dream of some libertarians, for which only very few historical precedents can be found. Thus Rothbard was right for about 99.9% of the cases and Machan and his followers have still to produce their ideal case in practice, not only in hypothesis. Or at least fully developed in theory, based upon some practical experiences. I do not know whether Machan ever envisioned exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers under personal laws. Rothbard came at least close to them, several times, in his remarks. – JZ, 6.8.08. - (*) Power and Market, p.1. – ROTHBARD & MACHAN, LIMITED GOVERNMENT?
TAXATION: Due to taxation government services are over-used and overly expensive. – JZ, 81. – “FREE” SERVICES & SUBSIDIES
TAXATION: Each tax declaration summons you to admit, in writing, that you are the government’s tax slave. – JZ, 16.10.99.
TAXATION: Each taxpayer to pay taxes only to the party of his choice and to obey only its laws and institutions – as long as he wants to remain with it. – JZ, 17.12.93. – Numerous alternative self-help options, insurance, credit and mutual aid associations would result and much more money would remain available for charitable activities as well: “Richard Cornuelle, in his book Healing America, points out that the private sector includes nearly 500,000 churches, mosques and synagogues, 37,000 community service agencies affiliated with the United Way, 27,000 private foundations, and 3300 voluntary hospitals. There are the nationally prominent organizations such as the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Alcoholic’s Anonymous, The National Arthritis Foundation, etc. There are thousands of suicide and rape prevention centers. Five thousand volunteers in America work for an organization called Recordings for the Blind. The Civil Air Patrol has 60,000 members and 7,000 planes and is, year after year, involved in search and rescue and disaster relief. There are 5 million members in 20,000 communities that have formed citizens crime-watching groups. There are a whole host of private agencies coordinating the resettlement of refugees in America, which in a five year period alone aided 300,000 Southeast Asians and 135,000 Cubans and Haitians. Arco Products sponsored the rescue of 1,000 boat people from the South China Sea. There are presently 7,000 farm cooperatives and 9,000 miscellaneous cooperatives in this country. It is estimated by their national clearing house that there are approximately 700,000 to 800,000 mutual-aid groups of all sizes, who use little or no money, but donate their time, their expertise, and their concern for their fellow human beings in America. They perform services for the blind, for the crippled, for the mentally ill, for burn victims, arthritis sufferers, epileptics, diabetics and thousands of other people who are in need. - WELFARE WITHOUT THE STATE - by Nelson Hultberg - March 24, 2014. -PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, ASSOCIATIONISM, CONTRACTARIANISM, SECESSIONISM, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, VOLUNTARISM, CHOICE & COMPETITON IN EVERY SPHERE
TAXATION: Each time a producer succeeds in attaining visible assets, government 'takers' are ready with a new plan of exploitation." - Gladys Vaughn, in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, Winter 75/6.
TAXATION: Elected officials all being dishonest, the time has come to let Americans vote directly on where their taxes can and cannot be spent." - Lowell Ponte, Libertarian Handbook, 1973, p.34. – That might be a first step but abolition of compulsory taxation must remain the aim. Let each adult vote by secession and by free choice among competing systems, all only under personal law or exterritorial autonomy. Voting by individual and group secessions, followed by the secessionists sorting themselves out into the kinds of personal law societies and communities as well as governance systems which they do prefer for themselves. – For most of the new associations their voluntary contributions would amount only to a fraction of the currently imposed tax tribute. - JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: eliminate mandatory taxation entirely.” – SLL: Taxation is Legalized Theft, a leaflet. – Except for communities of volunteers. They would then only get what they deserve and had chosen for themselves – for as long as they are prepared to individually put up with it. Afterward they, too, should be free to secede from such communities. – JZ, 4.8.08, 15.3.11. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: Employee, noting the newest tax deducted from his pay-check: 'This must be part of a continuing program to handicap the hired.’ " - LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE, THE MERCURY, Vo. II, No. 2, 42.
TAXATION: end ... crushing and inevitably inequitable taxation..." - Bastiat, quoted by G. C. Roche III in Bastiat, p. 230.
TAXATION: End organized leeching." - Leonard E. Read, Government, an Ideal Concept, p. 29.
TAXATION: Enforced charity is Robin Hoodlism. – JZ, 25.8.75.
TAXATION: enfranchise our people to make real choices in their own lives with their own earnings and savings.” - Samel, in Dr. Rhodes Boyson, editor, "1985", VII.
TAXATION: Estimates are that over 100 billion dollars from legitimate enterprises and 35 billion dollars from illegal business is not being reported on individual tax returns." - Minutes of IRS Central Region Bar Association Liaison, Nov 2, 1979: - In both cases this money will be, most likely, better and more productively invested than by the government, unless the government interferes too much with this process, too. – JZ, 13.4.09. - TAX EVASION, TAX RESISTANCE, TAX STRIKE
TAXATION: Even in case of a revolution, Germans would strive only for freedom from taxes, not for freedom of thought.” – Hebbel, Tagebuecher, May 1836. – (JZ tr. of: “Selbst im Falle einer Revolution wuerden die Deutschen sich nur Steuerfreiheit, nie Gedankenfreiheit zu erkaempfen suchen.”) – Freedom of thought they had already anyhow. Only freedom of expression, freedom of information and freedom of action was missing. They might be much better off now, and also free to enjoy these particular rights and liberties and all others as well, if only they had made a revolution to free them from all taxes. That would have rid them of all politicians and all bureaucrats in one stroke, except those, which communities of volunteers would hire for particular and limited purposes only. – JZ, n.d. & 15.3.11.TAXATION: Even the doctrinaire socialist, while decrying the iniquity of private property, resents being deprived of his own; after all, the socialist is a human. It is written into our consciousness that 'mine is mine’, and all the tomes in support of income taxation cannot wipe out that thought." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.64.
TAXATION: Even the enormously complicated structure of taxation and administration is, funnily enough, a symptom of the end of a civilization; these things become so elaborate that in the end they become insupportable because of their very elaboration.” – Malcolm Muggeridge, quoted in PROGRESS, Melbourne, May 77. – They are all comparable to houses or other structures build of mere playing cards. Once a certain height is reached they are bound to collapse very soon. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: even the poorest household is paying over 30 % of its household income in direct and indirect taxation." - FOCUS, Sept. 74. – POVERTY, INDIRECT TAXES
TAXATION: Ever try refusing to pay your taxes because you objected to the way the money was being spent?”- David Houston, Substance X, p.128. – Ever tried? – JZ. - & GOVERNMENT SPENDING, Q.
TAXATION: Every dollar doled out by vote purchasing politicians must first be confiscated from a taxpayer, who thereby loses the right to use the fruits of his own labor in a manner that he deems fit." – Brian Summers, "FREEDOM", Liberty Amendment Committee, Spring 73.
TAXATION: Every public service to pay its own way, competitively or to be supported only by voluntary subscriptions or donations. – JZ, 19.9.88, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Every tax and every tax rate to be at least temporarily valid, should have to be sanctioned by referendums - and dissenters should remain free to opt out. – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: Every tax causes more problems than it can solve. Actually, I believe that no tax ever really solved any problem for the taxpayers. – JZ, 10.6.91. – Can you supply any example to the contrary? – JZ, 5.8.08. – Q.
TAXATION: Every tax hits every worker, directly or indirectly. – JZ, 12.9.81.
TAXATION: Every tax imposes a degree of slavery. – JZ, 75.
TAXATION: Every tax is a diversion away from what productive people want to produce and consume to what unproductive people want to consume. It not only destroys wealth but prevents new consumer goods and services from coming into existence. Thus the tax rate indicates the rate at which we impoverish ourselves “democratically”. – JZ, 8.6.92. – Not quite democratically. Only few governments allow some referendum on some forms of taxation, e.g. Switzerland and some U.S. States. If all States did, the number of taxes and the tax rate would, probably, soon be reduced. But I would not rely on that method, either. – JZ, 5.8.08. – COERCIVE RE-DISTRIBUTIONISM, WELFARE STATE, EXPROPRIATION, WELFARE STATE, REFERENDUM, DEMOCRACY
TAXATION: Every tax is too taxing. – JZ, 16.8.98.
TAXATION: Every taxpayer should get a receipt for every cent taken by hook or crook from him and an account for every cent spent in his name. This might help to wake him up and induce him to take defensive actions. – JZ, 9/81. Once he is fully aware of this imposed burden and how it is spent, the fiction of consent would tend to rapidly evaporate. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Every taxpaying citizen is now held in an inferior dis-privileged civil rights tax class to those paying less taxes." - Mike Tecton, view ascribed to him in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 5/77. – We are all tax victims to a larger or lesser degrees. Even the politicians and bureaucrats are, who are tax consumers rather than tax payers. For they are thus prevented from becoming and developing as productive and creative human beings, proudly self-supporting rather than being merely parasites upon the labors of others, under the pretence of serving them. – JZ, 16.4.09, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Every war is full of stories in which ordinary decency breaks through, even in the most barbarous situations, turning a paid killer into a compassionate human being - if only for a moment. But I've never seen that happen to a tax collector." – Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY interview, 7/76. - May be they are so widely hated by their victims that they do hate them in response? - JZ, 15.3.11.
TAXATION: Everyone else in society acquires income either through voluntary gift (lodge, charitable society, chess club) or through the sale of goods or services voluntarily purchased by consumers. If anyone but the government proceeded to 'tax', this would clearly be considered coercion and thinly disguised banditry." - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p.11/12. - Some, unfortunately, think different regarding union membership contributions, even when membership is, likewise, compulsory. – JZ, n.d. – VOLUNTARISM, FREE EXCHANGE, ROBBERY, COMPULSION, EXTORTION, THEFT, UNIONS
TAXATION: Everyone is "Slave No. XYZ" for the tax department. Even if you don't use your file number, they do! – JZ, 72/81, 15.3.11.
TAXATION: Everyone should have to pay taxes, like prices, only for what he wants. – JZ, 75, 16.4.09. Moreover, each should have free choice between competing suppliers. – JZ, 26.3.14. - VOLUNTARY TAXATION OR SUBSCRIPTION TO WANTED SERVICES, COMPETING GOVERNANCE & SOCIETAL SERVICE PROVIDERS
TAXATION: Everything worthwhile can be paid for out of prices or subscriptions or on credit. – JZ, 9.9.81.
TAXATION: Excessive taxation is not now so much an incident as a principle. In Holland, where this system was first inaugurated, the noted patriot De Witt extolled it in his Maxims as the best way for making the wage-earner submissive, frugal, diligent, and over-burdened with labour.” – Karl Marx, Capital, II, p. 838. – It is sometimes surprising to find some sense even in his writings! – JZ 5.8.08. - MARX
TAXATION: Exempt the non-payers from all the “benefits” of being territorially ruled and allow them, their volunteers, their various ideals, practised in self-government or self-management under their own personal law choices and institutions, under full exterritorial autonomy. In this way each would pay only for his own ideals or errors, prejudices and fallacies. – JZ, 13.9.07. – Any form of “Welfare State’ for those, who want it, but also any form of more or less free society for those who prefer it, all without any territorial powers and privileges. – JZ, 15.4.09. - VOLUNTARY TAXATION, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, WELFARE STATE, COMPETITION & LAISSEZ FAIRE IN EVERY SPHERE
TAXATION: extortions, regardless of motive, are inconsistent with freedom." – Workers Party Platform, draft, 1975.
TAXATION: Federal taxation promotes government spending more than State taxation does and State taxation promotes government spending more than local taxation. The same applies to relatively centralized local government, i.e. when the local government units are too large. In short, limited government has only some chance to persist on a local level and based on local finance, and liberation from all government services becomes practical only once this local protection racket becomes quite decentralized, i.e. confined to its consenting victims. - JZ, 78/81, 15.3.11. – Even local governments should be exposed to the full competition from private and cooperative alternative communities or public services. No monopoly for any territorial government! – JZ, 18.10.08. - No territorial government any longer! - JZ, 15.3.11.
TAXATION: Federation, it was confidently predicted 75 years ago, would cost no more than the price of a dog licence per head of population." - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8.5.76. - This small "licence fee" has grown as is if our dogs and the fees for them had all reached elephant size. - JZ, 15.3.11.
TAXATION: Fees for Services!" - Slogan of anti-tax march, Sydney, 1.9.75. - "Fees for services - rather than taxes for disservices!" - would be my version, - JZ, 12.9.81.
TAXATION: Fight back against all taxes. Users only should have to pay for competitively supplied services, which they do want, ordered and subscribed to. – JZ, 16.9.92, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Fight crime! Abolish taxes, legal tender, central banking and territorial sovereignty of a few over the many. Abolish terrorism, despotism, civil wars, violent revolutions and international wars via individual and group secessionism and full exterritorial autonomy for all volunteer communities. - JZ, 20.9.00. - Systematically refute all world-views and philosophies, myths, errors and prejudices that promote crimes by private or official criminals and protection rackets and crime syndicates. End compulsory schooling, conscription and membership in territorial States. - JZ, 30.1.02. – Finally declare all individual rights and liberties and establish a suitable militia for their protection. Thoroughly refute Especially all notions of collective responsibility. – JZ, 26.3.14. - & CRIME, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, MILITIA
TAXATION: fight like mad against the growth of bureaucracy, against each and every intervention, every law that puts a penny into the hands of politicians, every proposal leading to the militarization of the country." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.194/95.
TAXATION: Fight organized crime: stamp out the IRS.” - From Monica Cellio homepage. - JOKES
TAXATION: Filling and sending in one’s income tax declaration, either on paper and by snail mail or electronically, makes one, in practice, an accessory to robbery – committed by the State against oneself. But the State punishes such accessories only mildly, by involving them in such unpaid labors, as its part-time slave. – And the main culprits, the legislators, politicians, tax collectors and statist voters remain immune from punishment, except, that they are taxed as well, whether they like it or not. - JZ, n.d. & 19.7.08.
TAXATION: FINE: A tax you have to pay for doing wrong. TAX: A fine you have to pay for doing okay.” – Lowell Nussbaum. - JOKES
TAXATION: Fish and visitors stink only after a few days, taxes do so right away. – JZ, 81, 15.3.11.
TAXATION: For centuries the State has robbed people at bayonet point and called it taxation. – Murray N. Rothbard, For A New Liberty: The State as Aggressor. – The armed enforces appear only upon refusals. If one still resists, then one ends up in prison or dead. – Alas, most victims of territorial States do still love them or have excuses for them. Thus the involuntary victims as well as the various statists must all get their choices for their own affairs. Since the statists do also come in numerous factions they have to be won over and to become allies on the common platform: To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her choice. – Upon that platform a peaceful coexistence, country-wide and world-wide is possible and with it all despotic regimes can be relatively easily defeated, because it tends to mobilize people in all their varieties. Only the contrary popular errors, prejudices and myths have to be defeated by systematically speeding up the libertarian enlightenment process. The consequence of voluntary taxation might become the greatest attraction towards letting people sort themselves out, individually, into the personal law communities they like. – Or e.g. a comprehensive declaration of all individual rights and liberties might have that effect. – All approaches should be explored and publicized. - JZ, 26.3.14. - TAXATION AS ROBBERY, TRIBUTE EXTORTION, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, SECESSIONISM, PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE, NEW DRAFT, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, ENLIGHTENMENT, CULTURAL REVOLUTION, A COMMON PLATFORM FOR ALL FACTIONS IN ALL THEIR VARIETIES – ONLY THE TERRITORIALISTS EXCEPTED. GOVERNMENTS & SOCIETIES IN EXILE, ALL ONLY FOR THEIR PRESENT & FUTURE VOLUNTEERS – AS THE BEST ALLIES FOR SOMEWHAT FREE COUNTRIES.
TAXATION: For in reality, no tyrant upon the Continent squeezes by his own arbitrary will so much taxes out of his subjects as the English people are obliged to pay by law." - Heinrich, Heine, in essay The Liberation. - RYRANNY
TAXATION: For me all taxes are a tribute - paid involuntarily to people alien to me. – JZ, 80.
TAXATION: For my involuntarily paid taxes I hardly ever get back from the government any services that I really want and this as prices that I would be prepared to pay for them under freedom from taxes and for competitively supplied services, among which I could freely choose. – JZ, 14.10.90, 6.8.08. – WELFARE STATE
TAXATION: For my taxes I get nothing of the type, quality and quantity that I really want or need. But I do get a lot of disservices under fancy names. I'd prefer to pick and choose between the services of competing private protection agencies. – JZ, 28.4.81.
TAXATION: For Taxation is a means of violating the rights of citizens to keep their hard-earned property." - Walter Block, The Libertarian Handbook, 1973, p.83.
TAXATION: for the State, unlike all other persons and institutions in society, acquires its revenue, not by exchanges freely contracted, but by a system of unilateral coercion called 'taxation'. …” Rothbard, quoted by Machan, in INDIVIDUALIST, June 72, p. 4. & COERCION
TAXATION: Forceful sharing of anything or everything leads to less of that particular thing or of everything. – Source? -15.7.81. – FORCE, SHARING, COLLECTIVISM, EGALITARIANISM, INCENTIVES
TAXATION: Form 1040 was chosen by the IRS because for every $50 you earn, you get 10 and they get 40. – Jay Leno – JOKES
TAXATION: Fossedal reports that Swiss income taxes are among the lowest in the industrialized world. They are also generally simpler and easier to calculate. And Swiss citizens get to vote – directly on their own taxes." (4/10/03) - Paul Jacob, USTL, 3- Taxation with real representation - http://www.free-market.net/rd/968181977.html - VOLUNTARY TAXATION, REFERENDUM, VOTING ON TAXES, DIRECT DEMOCRACY IN SWITZERLAND
TAXATION: Fred Foldvary proposes the next logical step in the tax revolt – a concept he calls tax substitution. – REASON 10/78 in announcing articles for the next monthly issue. – There are several possible approaches to tax substitution. The one described here can be defined essentially as the replacement of government services that are paid for by mandatory taxes with similar services freely chosen by the individual, and the corresponding reduction of the individual’s tax liability. The rationale behind it is that government services are supposed to fill some “need”, and if an individual can fill that need by alternative, nongovernmental means, then he should not have to pay for his share of that government service.” – Fred. E. Foldvary, REASON, Nov. 78. - VOLUNTARY TAXATION, ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, SUBSIDIARITY PRINCIPLE
TAXATION: Freedom for all but statists from all compulsory taxes. – JZ, 24.10.92, 25.7.08.
TAXATION: Freedom for you to spend your own money. – 9.8.74 - No general licence for anyone to collect and spend other people's money against their own individual wishes. – JZ, 12.9.81.
TAXATION: Freedom from Taxes!" - Written in cuneiform symbols on "The Cones of Uru-kagina" - NOTES FROM FEE.
TAXATION: Freedom of choice in how to spend OUR own money." - Workers Party leaflet: "Something's Wrong in Australia." – How many would then readily spend much of their incomes to a Welfare State or a Warfare State? – JZ, 26.4.14. – Q.
TAXATION: Freedom will be close once the tax collectors are more afraid than their victims. – JZ, 77. – If tax collectors had to go from house to house to collect an annual total of all taxes from each individual, they would very soon encounter armed and organized resistance. Thus many to most taxes are collected indirectly, e.g. from employers, in form of withholding taxes and via indirect taxes, levied by shop keepers on their sold goods and direct taxes, like licensing and registration fees, that are tied to driving licenses, building permits etc. There are many tax methods to minimize resistance to their payment. Thus a tax strike will have to be very well thought out and prepared so that all wanted services would still go on and the armed forces of the government would not necessarily fight for it but rather declare themselves neutral or join the tax strikers, convinced that they would soon have better paying jobs and job conditions under full economic freedom, including full monetary and financial freedom. Thus an enormous enlightenment effort is required. However, the affordable technology for this does already exist but is so far merely insufficiently utilized. – JZ, 26.4.14. – ENLIGHTENMENT, NEW DRAFT, CULTURAL REVOLUTION, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ARGUMENT MAPPING, DIGITAL FREEDOM LIBRARY ETC.
TAXATION: Freedom would be greatly expanded in this country if government could not compel us, through the tax system, to devote our money to services we do not want and to subsidize services used by others." - George C. Leef, THE FREEMAN, 9/78.
TAXATION: From a moral point of view, taxation is either theft or slavery. If the government sells me a service, meaning that it is a willing seller and I am a willing buyer, I am happy to pay for it. But if it forces me to pay for a good or service that I don’t want or need, or if it takes my money at the point of a gun and gives it away, that is a form of theft and slavery. - Judge Andrew Napolitano – quoted by Sørengaard Srugis sharing Judge Andrew Napolitano's status update. - Facebook, 27.10.12.
TAXATION: From the perspective of the bureaucrat, (*) the tax base becomes a common pool resource ripe for exploitation.” – John A. Baden and Richard L. Stroup, POLICY REVIEW, Spring 78, IV, pp. 24-27. – (*) and the politician. - JZ
TAXATION: Fully individualized consumer choice – for all the riches now largely wasted in taxes and government spending. – JZ, 3.5.92.
TAXATION: Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you on the road, against your will; assuming to be your rightful 'sovereign', on account of the 'protection' he affords you. He does not keep 'protecting' you, by commanding to you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you of more money as often as he finds it for his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to your country; and shooting you down without mercy, if you dispute his authority, or resist his demands. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villainies as these. In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave. - The proceedings of those robbers and murderers, who call themselves 'the government', are directly opposite of these of the single highwayman." - Lysander Spooner, No Treason, VI/13, in Works, I, on highway robbery compared with taxation. – When it comes to organized crime then territorial governments are the worst and largest rackets – under all kinds of false or flawed humanitarian pretenses or excuses. – JZ, 26.3.14. - PRIVATE CRIMINALS ARE NOT AS IMPERTINENT, POWERFUL & ALMOST OMNIPRESENT
TAXATION: gathering taxes seems to be the only thing the authorities are actually in a hurry to do. ..." - John Clinton, “Reducing your Income Tax”, 1978, p. 156.
TAXATION: GE Filed 57,000-Page Tax Return, Paid No Taxes on $14 Billion in Profits - www.weeklystandard.com - The taxation bureaucracy may still have to work for years on such a long tax return and when it finally decides that some taxes are due by GE, then they can be paid in much inflated money. – JZ, 23.11.11, on Facebook. – At least by paying finally determined taxes much later in the government’s inflated money, GE could thus reduce its tax burden. - If this report were quite true, I would cheer! Profits should not be taxed, either. They provide capital for further production and distribution improvements and thus, indirectly, benefit everybody, rather than supporting, with their taxed-away segment, an oppressive and exploitative official bureaucracy. Profits are already greatly reduced e.g. through payroll taxes, company taxes and hundreds to thousands of other taxes and the government interventions financed with this “revenue”. How much in other kinds of taxes was GE forced to pay? – The antagonism of some people to profits, interest and dividends does almost amount to a very intolerant religion. - JZ, 6.10.12. - & PROFITS
TAXATION: Generally speaking, if you tax something you get less of it. If you subsidize something, you get more of it. In America we tax work, growth, investment, employment, savings and productivity, while subsidizing non-work, consumption, welfare and debt.” – Jack Kemp, SUN, 23.5.79. - SUBSIDIES, MODERN AMERICANISM, WELFARE STATE
TAXATION: Generally, one is appreciated by others only below one’s true value. (*) Only the tax department seems to appreciate us highly.” (**) – Will Schirp – JZ tr. of: “Man schaetzt zu niedrig uns allgemein, nur das Finanzamt schaetzt hoch uns ein.“ - (*) That not being sufficiently known to others. – (**) So much so, that it taxes us highly. - JZ, 4.8.08. – JOKES.
TAXATION: Generosity I favor but with my property, not yours!" - Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p. 45.
TAXATION: get off the backs of consumers and producers by lifting the burden of consumer taxes and production taxes." – J. Natt, quoted in PROGRESS, Sept. 74.
TAXATION: Get the hands of politicians and bureaucrats out of your pockets! – JZ, 75, 16.4.09. - Get your hands out of my pockets. – JZ, 74.TAXATION: Get your money’s worth: Sack territorial governments at every level, all their politicians and bureaucrats – and hire, instead, only those competitive service agencies that you do want for yourself. – JZ, 6.4.94, 20.7.08. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION
TAXATION: Gillard ... Resurrects DEATH Duties By Stealth with New TAX!. - austeaparty.com.au - You would better believe the worst when it comes to tribute levies by any territorial government. They have largely monopolized weapons and defence organizations as well and outlawed better exchange media and value standards, as well as secession from them and exterritorial autonomy alternatives for all dissenters. They are the best organized criminal rackets and their propaganda and their compulsory schooling has made them all too popular, still - among the majority of territorial statists, regardless of their record. With the help of their territorial powers even the Nazis, Soviets and Maoists kept themselves in power for all too long. – JZ, 13.9.11, on Facebook. - DEATH DUTIES, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM & DESPOTISM, EVEN TOTALITARIANISM
TAXATION: give a man, or set of men, the power to tax you, you give them power over your life. Keep the money in your control, so that you may contribute or not, as you choose, ..." - John Beverley Robinson, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.183.
TAXATION: Give all a "no" vote on all taxes. - (Original version 74 by D.Z.)
TAXATION: Give me the right to spend my dollars as I see fit - to devote them, as I see fit, to travel, to food, to learning, to taking pleasure, to polemicizing, and, if I must make the choice, I will surrender to you my political franchise in trade, confident that ... assuming the terms of the contract are that no political decisions affecting my sovereignty over my dollar can be made, I shall have augmented my dominance over my own affairs." - W. F. Buckley, in Up From Liberalism, p.180/1.
TAXATION: Giving a politician access to your wallet is like giving a dog access to your refrigerator.” – Tim Barber - JOKES
TAXATION: giving the individual a greater choice on how to spend his earnings." - John Curvers, election leaflet 1976. – What is wrong with fully free choice – in this sphere and all others? – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: good, independent people who work for a living, are given the third degree by the Mafia disguised as the Taxation Department, before they can keep some of their money." – Bob Howard, in "FREE ENTERPRISE", Sept./Oct. 75.
TAXATION: government ... threatens to tax the citizenry into serfdom." - quoted in THE FREEMAN, 9/74, p. 563. – It already constitutes a kind of modern feudalist serfdom or tax slavery. – JZ, 15.10.08. – This is probably true for all territorial governments since they were established. The difference may be only that by now they extract more “revenue” from their involuntary victims than ever before. Only their voluntary victims deserve this burden. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Government helps itself to your money. – JZ, 18.12.93. – For it you are nothing but a tax slave. Unless it uses you as a military slave, as a conscript, in which you pay with your time, military labor, health and even life. – JZ, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: government interference with the economy, including looting disguised as taxes.” – Women Against Patriarchy, in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, April 79.
TAXATION: Government is saying to the average citizen every January 1: ‘For the next five months you’ll be working for us, for goals we shall determine. Is that clear? After May 5 you may look after your own needs and ambitions, but report back to us next January. Now move along.’… If nearly half or what you make is spent by someone else, that means that half your work time is spent working for someone else. Call me a radical, but I think that comes dangerously close to being a form of indentured servitude.” – Richard Armey– in www.strike-the-root.com – MODERN SERVITUDE OR FEUDALISM
TAXATION: Government is supposed to reduce crime. Yet, it is founded on crime - forcible taking of money, or taxation." - D. E. Smith, LEFEVRE'S JOURNAL, Winter 77. – ROBBERY, CRIME
TAXATION: Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everybody.” – Frederic Bastiat, 1848.
TAXATION: Government isn’t worth what it costs. – JZ, 25.3.89.
TAXATION: Government looting is a crime." – Source? - I would rather say: "Government looting is the worst crime." – JZ – Only legalizing it might be considered to be an even worse crime – one committed by our “representatives”. – JZ, 29.6.13. – LEGALIZING CRIMES, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATIVES, LAWMAKERS
TAXATION: government must collect taxes under threat of force to enable non-producers to consume.” – A. Henry Eliassen, PHILOLOGOS No. 19, 3/77. – All too many of the non-producers are also obstructing production and exchange. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: government must learn to take less from people so that people can do more for themselves." - President Nixon, THE AUSTRALIAN, 30.1.73. – Lesser thefts and robberies are still thefts and robberies. - Did he ever say anything somewhat sensible on the nuclear war threat? – JZ, 17.10.08, 26.3.14. - NIXON
TAXATION: Government now costs each American more than $2200 a year, or nearly $ 9000 for a family of four. (*) Government spending at all levels in 1975 exceeded a half trillion dollars: $555,100,000,000.” – David Boaz in a YAF leaflet, under the title: Would You Rather Work For: Uncle Sam Or Yourself? – (*) That would be only true for families with 4 earners and taxpayers. If there are only 1 or 2 earners, with both parent working, then this burden would be less. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: government oppression … it tries shamefully to use benevolent feelings – the desire to help people – as a weapon against outraged taxpayers. – No wonder there is a growing contempt for government and for apologists for taxes! … the libertarians have lost the debate, … they deserved to. One cannot create a decent and humane society by taxing people to death.” (*) For most cases this is exaggerated. But e.g. in cases where taxpayers cannot afford, as a result, a life-saving treatment, it is correct. It is also correct for conscription, as a kind of taxation in form of forced military labor, in which all too many people die. In form of inheritance taxes upon the property of deceased, taxation is even continued after the death of the tax victim. – It is also true for the taxes used to build and keep mass murder devices (anti-population “weapons”) in readiness – until the final nuclear holocaust does occur. - JZ, 26.3.14. – J. R., in LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 9/78.
TAXATION: Government ought to be as much open to improvement as anything which appertains to man, instead of which it has been monopolized from age to age, by the most ignorant and vicious of the human race. Need we any other proof of their wretched management, than the excess of debts and taxes with which every nation groans, and the quarrels into which they have precipitated the world?" – Thomas Paine – quoted by Marc Klassen – Facebook, 28.2.14.
TAXATION: government policies that would victimize men (taxation), deceive and defraud men (inflation), and turn men against one another (the redistribution of private wealth)." - Paul Stevens, in "THE FREEMAN", 4/73.
TAXATION: Government taxation and legislation amounts at least to fractional slavery or serfdom and has, at least fractionally, the same evil consequences for victimizers and victims. – JZ, 21.9.91, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: Government: If you refuse to pay unjust taxes, your property will be confiscated. If you attempt to defend your property, you will be arrested. If you resist arrest, you will be clubbed. If you defend yourself against clubbing, you will be shot dead. These procedures are known as the Rule of Law.” - Edward Abbey, 1927-1989, Vox Clamantis in Deserto (A Shout in the Wilderness or Crying in the Wilderness.) – in www.strike-the-root.com - LAW & ORDER, GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM & THE RULE OF LAW
TAXATION: Government...now drains the taxpayer to finance systems of control used against the taxpayers...." - WESTERN WORLD REVIEW NEWSLETTER, Nov. 71. – PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, CONTROLS, REGULATIONS, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: Government's determination to deprive the rich of their money has not in fact ended up doing this, and I believe you once said that the result of this determination was more like a tax on people who wanted to become rich than a tax on the rich themselves." - Questioner to Milton Friedman, in “Milton Friedman in Australia”, 1975, p.39. – “SOAK THE RICH?”, PROGRESSIVE TAXATION
TAXATION: Governmental services are not worth the taxes you are forced to pay and its disservices cost you even more. – JZ, 25.12.98.
TAXATION: Governments always charge us much more than their services are worth to us. – On top of this, they even charge us highly for disservices and for causing both of these messes for us! – Only those, who pay them bribes for still more wrongful government actions, for privileges and monopolies, get their money’s worth – but, naturally, at the expense of the honest people. - JZ, 11.7.85, 4.8.08.
TAXATION: Governments can 'juice' up anyone's project only by squeezing the juice out of other people. – JZ, 17.8.78.
TAXATION: governments can't continuously take a higher and higher proportion by the unlegislated increase in taxation which comes through inflation." - Malcolm Fraser, THE NATIONAL TIMES, Sept. 1, 1975. – But they have and still do. When he was Australian Prime Minister as well, I believe. – JZ, 16.10.08. – Creditors are also partly expropriated by their debtors when being nominally paid in inflated money. – JZ, 26.3.14. - INFLATION
TAXATION: Governments derive their rights form the consent of the governed.” – Maybe you’ve consented to have them take your money, but you can’t consent to have them take mine – and I know, I haven’t.” – Simon Jester, ca. 1977. – CONSENT, VOTING, VOLUNTARISM
TAXATION: Governments don’t collect taxes in order to provide services; they provide (*) services as an excuse to collect taxes.” – Stormy Mon, “Imagine Freedom”, 1985, p.17. - (*) some – JZ - Another version: “Governments don’t collect taxes in order to provide services. They provide services as an excuse to collect taxes. Taxes are revolting, why aren’t you?” – Stormy Mon, Imagine Freedom, No.10.
TAXATION: Governments have nothing to offer – that could not be got cheaper and better without them – but they are ready and willing to take everything. – JZ, 14.12.85, 24.7.08.
TAXATION: Governments penalize most productive activities with taxes and reward numerous unproductive or counter-productive ones with hand-outs or subsidies. Consequently, general prosperity would enormously increased merely by the abolition of taxation and hand-outs and subsidies based upon these tributes. – JZ, 11.4.88. – Under a fully free economy everyone still somewhat able to work, could earn a living, or could insure himself sufficiently, could give or get credit for productive activities or could make his own mutual aid or charity arrangements. The most prosperous countries are not the most coercive, monopolistic and exploitative ones but, rather the most productive and also most generous, benevolent and charitable ones, as far as their private citizens are concerned, not their governments. – JZ, 2.8.08. – IS COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE, WEALTH IS REDUCED & POVERTY INCREASED BY IT
TAXATION: Governments pursue big business for he same reason that Darcy Dugan held up banks. That’s where the money is.” - John Laws, Book of Uncommon Sense, PAN, 1995, p.228. - Willy Sutton, a US bank robber, possibly used that wording first, when a judge asked him why he robbed banks. Many years ago my youngest and myself read the memoirs of this famous robber. Darcy Dugan is possibly only known in NSW, Australia. – JZ, 19.9.07. – The revenue thus wrongfully gained by governments does attract all kinds of parasites like honey attracts flies. Politicians can use it to buy votes with it, indirectly, by promising more spending in favor of particular groups of voters. – JZ, 26.3.14. - BIG BUSINESS & GOVERNMENTS, BYING VOTES THROUGH GOVERNMENT SPENDING PROGRAMS
TAXATION: Governments should have only very limited taxing powers - if any at all. – JZ,74. - The only completely just limit would be that set by individual consent, a consent that could be withdrawn any time, a consent that would authorize the giver to ask for a proper accounting. – 12.9.81. – VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT & ASSOCIATION, COMPETING PUBLIC SERVICES WOULD LEAD TO FREE PRICING FOR WANTED SERVICES, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS
TAXATION: Governments, which appropriate, in one way or another, 40 percent of their productive citizens' earnings are poor moral examples, either to the industrious or to the idle. We need not be surprised that the former favor us with endless strikes, while the latter do it with riot and crime." - Charles R. LaDow, THE FREEMAN, 11/74.
TAXATION: Governments: the greatest robber gangs still unmasked, uncaught, and thus not convicted and punished. They even get away with murder, mass murder and systematic mass murder preparations, e.g. their nuclear strength policies. – JZ, 20.7.08.
TAXATION: Gradually people are coming to understand that the only free labor is untaxed labor. The growth of the cash- and underground economy proves it. – JZ, 80. – BLACK MARKET, UNDERGROUND ECONOMY
TAXATION: Great nations have in the past been broken by bad taxation systems. - There is no reason why Britain should be an exception." - Arthur A. Shenfield, Trial by Taxation, in Right Turn, p.29.
TAXATION: Half of your taxes are paying for a new holocaust, …” - Morris West, Proteus, p. 280. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
TAXATION: Harry Brown in Sept (1966) INNOVATOR states that anybody can protect himself from a thief but that nobody can protect himself from government." - Ben Best, IDEA CATALYST, 2/1966, p.5.
TAXATION: Has anyone ever supplied a sound argument for taxation? – JZ, 9/72. – Q.
TAXATION: Have you ever heard anyone boast what bargain he has got for his greatest annual expenditure - his taxes? – JZ, 12.9.81. – Q.
TAXATION: Have you ever wondered why you can’t take it with you? The tax people always get it before you do.” – Bruce E. Harper (Eric B. Lindsay) in No. 1 of his Newsletter. - JOKES
TAXATION: Have you got any real say on how bureaucrats are going to spend your money? - If not, then why go on defending voting and taxation as if they were providing answers, not problems? – JZ
TAXATION: Have you heard about the IRS cocktail? Two drinks and you don't withhold a thing!" - Lane Olinghouse, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 4/74. – JOKES
TAXATION: He demonstrates how taxation abrogates individual rights, makes decentralized republican government more difficult to achieve, and is destructive of societal progress and welfare." - E. Raymond, Pastor - LAISSEZ FAIRE REVIEW, 3-4/74, on Frank Chodorov's work: The Income Tax: Root of All Evil.TAXATION: He sins as much who holds the sack as he who fills it.” – Gabriel Meurier, quoted by Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 3/78, with the comment: “It would seem self-evident that if no one would accept social security payments there would be no governmental plundering to finance the program.” – As if the government would not gladly and readily spend the social security tax money otherwise, for any of thousands of supposed “social justice” programs. – Earmarking all social security taxes received for social security payments was never its policy. - JZ, 3.8.08. – Since all pay or paid taxes, directly or indirectly, most people do see nothing wrong with getting a hand-out from tax revenues, just like they see nothing wrong with getting a tax refund. – JZ, 26.3.14. - SOCIAL SECURITY, HANDOUTS
TAXATION: He was one of those men whose combination of energy and brilliance made it impossible for him to live in England and to subject himself to the punitive taxes of envy. “It’s hard to be a winner, in a society dedicated to the glorification of the losers”, he had told Nicholas, and had moved his whole operation to this tax-less haven.” – Wilbur Smith, Hungry as the Sea, p.250. - ENVY & CREATIVE & INNOVATIVE PEOPLE, UNDERDOGS, WELFARE STATE, STATE SOCIALISM, SUBSIDIES, TAX HAVENS
TAXATION: He'd just gotten sick and tired of being taxed to support a bureaucracy which seemed interested only in regulating his life for him.” - Winston P. Sanders, Say it with Flowers, ANALOG, 9/65, p.135. - REGULATIONS & BUREAUCRACY
TAXATION: Heaven help a man who tries to make a living in times like these." - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.138. – Heaven won’t! – JZ
TAXATION: here in America, tumorously overgrown government, extortionate taxation which nowadays buys us hardly a thing worth having that we couldn’t better provide for ourselves, inflation …” - Poul Anderson, NEW LIBERTARIAN, May 78.
TAXATION: Here is how the Lafferites think: Production will be stifled at high levels of taxation. In fact, put taxes too high and production ceases. By traveling ‘down the curve’, to lower taxes, production increases and there is more to tax.” – Christopher P. Weber, REASON, 11/78, p.24. – Bringing a higher total revenue. That was already known to the ancient Chinese – but was forgotten by “economists” for centuries! Lower tax rates can increase total tax revenues. – JZ, 4.8.08. But the greatest benefit low and high taxes can provide – is their abolition. Together with the abolition of all other wrongful interventions with free production and exchanges. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Here is Ibn Khaldun on the effects of rising tax rates: “It should be known that at the beginning of the dynasty, taxation yields a large revenue from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, taxation yields a small revenue from large assessments.” – Ian Ball, in Telegraph, Sunday, quoted in ON LIBERTY, Nov. 79.
TAXATION: Herman Kahn's sardonic view that Americans are fortunate not to get all the government they pay for!" - Simon: A Time for Truth, p.217. – GOVERNMENT, JOKES
TAXATION: Highly graduated taxation realizes most completely the supreme danger of democracy, creating a state of things in which one class imposes on another burdens which it is not asked to share.” – W. E. H. Lecky, Democracy and Liberty. - PROGRESSIVE TAXATION, DEMOCRACY, MAJORITIES, TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: His sister-in-law Mme de Montagu, was curious and enquired about the pose which he had adopted for Schaffer’s painting, expecting that he would have been holding a copy of the Declaration of the Rights of Man in his hands. – “But, as you see, my hand is in my pocket”, he said smiling, “which is better, my dear sister, than having it in other people’s.” – Marquis de Lafayette, 1757-1834, in a biography, p.328/29.
TAXATION: His tax-gatherers crushed rich and poor alike." - Robert E. Howard, "Conan the Conqueror”, p.161.
TAXATION: Hold taxes down". - Jim Clarkson, in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, Winter 75/6. - Rather: "Push taxes down!" - JZ – How does one do this? Sit on them? This matter requires some thought and preparations. As do successful tax strikes, refusals to go to war upon demand and voluntary taxation or contribution schemes. So much is written on tax evasion and tax avoidance and tax protests – and so little on these subjects! – JZ, 16.10.08.
TAXATION: Honesty in tax declarations? The government robs us through taxation and inflation and of liberties and rights through numerous laws. It also cheats us through a dishonest official consumer price index and yet it expects all to honestly declare all their income sources to the government so that they can be robbed still more. Already Rousseau, in his “Social Contract”, denies the obligation to tell a robber of any assets that one may have managed to hide from him. The government may legalize its own dishonesty and outlaw my own defensive dishonesty towards it but it cannot legally establish a moral obligation on my side to tell such truths to it. It is not morally entitled to hear or read such truths from me. – JZ, 26.5.89, 6.8.08. – It is also not able or willing to listen to, comprehend and apply other truths listed in this compilation. It is so much easier to go on pretending that everything it does is rightful and rational. – It is also spending fortunes on surveillance of its actual or potential enemies but nothing on making itself superfluous and establishing or allowing other and better institutions and laws to replace it. It would lose only involuntary victims and their taxes but would gain the unanimous consent of those, whom it still could satisfy. With these they would all have a sinecure, independent of elections, which might go against them. – But they might be too scared to enter this competition. – Perhaps they are aware that under free competition they would not be the winner in the long run, just like Protectionists, in free competition with Free Traders, would not be the winners in the long run, perhaps not even in the short run. However, they have the example of the Roman Catholic Church, persisting for centuries in competition with Protestants and many other religions. - JZ, 26.4.14. - HONESTY, ALWAYS, TOWARDS EVERYONE, EVEN ORDINARY ROBBERS & OFFICIAL ONES??
TAXATION: Honesty towards the taxation department amounts to being an accessory to dishonesty against yourself. – JZ, 24.6.85. – JOKES, HONESTY, DISHONESTY, CRIME
TAXATION: honor the tax dodger and pay your respects to the man honorable enough to defy the law." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.111. - I would rather say: "that law". - JZ,n.d. - Or, rather, that avalanche of "positive" legislation. - JZ, 15.3.11. - "honor the tax dodger.” – Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p. 390. – Paying as well as receiving tax money are both inherently shameful acts and should be avoided as much as possible. But I for one would not blame anyone who, having paid much in taxes during his work period and still paying much in indirect taxes, tries to recover something of his losses from the tax-gathering and tax-fund dispensing monstrous machine. The sooner this is made quite dysfunctional, except for its remaining volunteers, the better. – JZ, 23.7.08, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: Houseless, adj. Having paid all taxes on household goods.” – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1881-1911. - JOKES
TAXATION: How can everybody be better off when everybody has to pay more and more for more and more disservices, wrongful hand-outs and sheer bureaucratic waste? – JZ, 19.9.81, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: How can people so tamely submit to up to 3/4 of their income being taken away from them in order to supply them with numerous overpriced and unsatisfactory services and even with many disservices? – JZ, - 79/81. There exists no consumer protection authority against that abuse. Parliament is a farce, at least in this respect. – JZ, 18.10.08. – Q., DEMOCRACY, REPRESENTATION, POLITIANS, PARLIAMENTARISM, VOTING
TAXATION: How can the non-owner preserve a sense of justice or self-respect, while he votes away the property of the owner?" – Auberon Herbert, in Mack edition p.395/6. – It does not matter whether he does so directly or through his “representative”. – JZ, 26.3.14. – Q.
TAXATION: How can you spend your money as you please when the government takes so much of it in taxes?" - Harry Browne, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, p.13. – Q.
TAXATION: How could people who submit to taxes have clear ideas on liberty? - JZ, 12.10.78. – STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, OBEDIENCE, LIBERTY, RIGHTS, Q.
TAXATION: How do you feel about paying tax on tax? E.g., registration tax for cars and local rates are taxed again, as local “income”, in Australia, 1983. – JZ, 29.8.83. – Whenever one spends anything from the net income remaining after income taxes one is subjected again and again to direct or indirect taxes upon the remaining spendable income. – JZ, 26.3.14. - Q.
TAXATION: How is the government going to get the extra taxes? Out of the rich – or just out of the poor, as usual?” – Will Rogers. – Alas, here he seems to favor taxing the rich. – Everything good comes never together. – JZ, 5.8.08. – Robbing the rich is no more rightful than robbing the poor. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: How many enterprises are rendered unprofitable and thus destroyed or diminished or even prevented from coming into existence by various forms of taxation, licensing, regulations and controls? – JZ, 7.11.91. – How many jobs are lost thereby or do never come into existence? The effects of monetary despotism are even worse, I believe. – JZ, 5.8.08, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: How many fat cats are you feeding?” – Bumper sticker, mentioned by Libertarian Bookshop, Kalgoorlie, 1977. - BUREAUCRACY, PUBLIC SERVANTS, Q.
TAXATION: How many involuntary taxpayers would withdraw their consent, if they could do so easily and without being punished for this action? – JZ, 4.10.12, comment to Facebook: Sean Fieler: Easy Money Is Punishing the Middle Class - online.wsj.com - COMPULSORY OR VOLUNTARY? TAX STRIKES, TAX REFUSALS
TAXATION: How many of the present government services would be bought or subscribed to and by how many of the present government subjects, if all of these services were offered like consumer goods and services on a supermarket, or in a shopping center, in free competition with all other goods and services supplied by other firms and if the depreciated governmental monopoly money were not the only exchange medium and value standard any longer but also subjected to free competition from better free market monies and value standards, especially all those redeemable, at their nominal face value, in the consumer goods and services which their issuers do have to offer? – JZ, 20.7.08, 26.3.14. - VOLUNTARY TAXATION, MONETARY FREEDOM
TAXATION: How many people have to band together to steal from you, before a wrong becomes a right?” – Marshall Fritz. – Q. – MAJORITIES, DEMOCRACY, TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: How many taxpayers cheat in their tax returns and how many are actually penalized for such actions and at what rate? If the risks involved were rather small and became known as such, then many more citizens would become willing to resist this exploitation. – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: How much do governments spend on preparing for the next war, compared with what they spend on peace research? And of anything that they spend on peace research, how much of this spending is used to examine e.g. territorialism, protectionism, taxation, conscription and central banking as major factors making for war? - JZ, 22.3.11. – Q.
TAXATION: How much do you pay into the government's budget - and how much do you get out of it? – JZ, 3.9.75. – Q.
TAXATION: How much would you be willing to pay for government services if the subscriptions to them would all be optional and if they were competitively supplied by private companies as well? - JZ, 6.6.00, 1.2.02. - & GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND SPENDING, Q.
TAXATION: How to reduce taxes? End all hand-outs, grant all social service only in form of repayable loans for which the next of kin or friends must stand as guarantors. No military expenditures at all without citizen consent by referendum. No subsidies to any enterprises. Let them stand and fall on their own merits. Those who can’t make it on the free market ought to go into bankruptcy and thus their remaining assets should get rapidly into the hands of those who can run them profitably. – With defence salaries amounting now to about 1200 million dollars p.a., every Australian pays now about $ 300 p.a. just in these salaries. For this saving quite a few would gladly do 3 weeks of training per annum, full time and we would end up with a much stronger and better motivated armed force. - JZ, n.d. but many years ago. Anyhow, earnings should not be the main factor for a suitable militia to protect individual rights and liberties, with most of the militia service being done part-time. It was publicly stated a few years ago, that all the governmental defence forces combined could effectively defend only a few kilometers of the Australian coastline. So we might as well spare us this expenditure, too. – When I came to Australia, in 1959, I was amused to read that on weekends all early warning radar stations were shut down. (The same was recently reported for the Swiss air force on weekends. – No jets were available to force down a hijacked plane. - JZ, 26.3.14.) Typical for the provision of “defence” by territorial governments. – Free trade, free investments, free migration, and full employment, even for millions of deserters and refugees, and quite just war or peace aims, including full exterritorial autonomy for voluntary communities, combined with a suitable militia for the defence of individual rights and liberties, would provide us with a better defence or war prevention than any conventional or nuclear governmental “defence” efforts could. - JZ, 22.7.08. – MILITIA VS STANDING ARMIESTAXATION: I advise everybody to invest in tax: it always goes up.” – Source unknown. – How does one invest in tax? Those who do invest in tax, of future tax payers, by buying government bonds, are, firstly, investing in tax slaves. Secondly, they are likely to be paid, in interest and capital installment payments, only in inflated government paper money. They would also be taxed upon the interest paid. They would also be subjected to capital gains tax, when the nominal value of the bonds would have gone up through inflation. And all the payments they received for these bonds would partly be paid out of taxes paid by themselves. A really good bargain that! Add to this that all too many are forced to purchase government securities, which should be renamed “insecurities” or “investments in tax slaves”. – JZ, 22.7.08, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: I am a conscientious objector against taxation. – JZ, 9.9.75.
TAXATION: I am not a 'national resource'!" – Source?
TAXATION: I am not concerned so much with how the government can get along without income taxes as I am with how we can get along with them." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.129.
TAXATION: I am sick of paying tax for a bunch of bums." - Mickey Spillane, quoted in SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, 7.1.73.
TAXATION: I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights.” - Abraham Lincoln. – Did he practise that principle while he was in charge? – Slavery was not immediately repealed, nor was taxation, conscription and the monetary despotism of the government. - JZ, 13.4.09. - LABOR, PROPERTY, EARNINGS, SELF-OWNERSHIP, FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, LINCOLN
TAXATION: I can't resist the opportunity to haunt those people. Something has to haunt them. Certainly, their consciences never do." – Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY interview, 7/76.
TAXATION: I cannot undertake to lay my finger upon an article of the Constitution, which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents. – James Madison – WELFARE STATE, GOVERNMENT SPENDING
TAXATION: I challenge Kenneth Davidson's assumption ('THE AGE' 30-9) that fairness requires taxes to be levied according to ability to pay. - Taxes, basically, are payments to the community, as represented by the Government of the day, for services rendered by the community to its individual constituents. (*) Individual taxation should therefore equal the value to the payee of the services from which he benefits; or, if you like, the cost of providing such services. - If in any other context payment according to ability to pay is demanded, that is commonly called a 'rip-off'. But the cases in which this can be done are few, barring monopolies. The price of every article or service, which I purchase is related to the costs of production and distribution. A millionaire pays the same for the same article as does the pauper - the price of his kilo of butter or his loaf of bread is no different, nor should it be. - To levy taxation according to the ability to pay is obviously to penalise thrift, ability and industry, and has no relation whatever to value received or to the cost of services rendered. …” - I. A. Robinson, Surrey Hills, THE AGE, 6-10-82, reproduced in PROGRESS, Nov. 82, p.8. - & ABILITY TO PAY, - (*) If they are perceived and interpreted in that way! – JZ, n.d. – The best that could be said about any government is that it would provide an insurance service. – Essence of a remark by Ulrich von Beckerath. – But it would be a genuine insurance service only if competitively supplied and if the insured had the option of different forms and degrees of insurance. No territorial government can provide that service. – JZ, 26.3.14.-
TAXATION: I claim a refund of all my taxes, direct and indirect, since I didn't get my money’s worth. – JZ. 7.6.74. And I was not allowed to secede, either. However that money and more has been spent by the territorial government. What is still available are its real capital assets. These should be distributed to all taxpayers in form of general shares in them, which could later be converted on a free capital market into shares in specific governmental real capital assets. See PEACE PLANS 19c, reproduced at www.butterbach.net on a CD reproduced on that website. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: I could have been sick – if it wasn’t for taxes.” – David Taylor, 5.6.85.
TAXATION: I deny that A and B can go to C and force him to form a state and extract from him certain payments and services in the name of such a state; and I go on to maintain that if you act in this manner, you at once justify state socialism. The only difference between the tax-compelling individualist and the state socialist is that while they both have vested ownership of C in A and B, the tax-compelling individualist proposes to use the powers of ownership in a very limited fashion, the socialist in a very complete fashion. I object to the ownership in any fashion." - Auberon Herbert, in J. H. Levy, ed., Taxation and Anarchism, p.3. – PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, STATE SOCIALISM, STATISM
TAXATION: I do hope that the tax avoiders and tax evaders will win their war against the territorial governments. – JZ, 8.6.82, 23.7.08.
TAXATION: I do no longer want to bear my cross; taxes. I'm ready to throw it off. Are you? – JZ, 7.6.74. – Q.
TAXATION: I do not believe in working mainly for others. Do you? – JZ, 25.8.75. – Q.
TAXATION: I do not only want all my taxes refunded but also my full freedom restored to me. - JZ, 9.9.75. – At most the remaining real capital assets of governments can still be shared among the tax victims. Once proposal, of at least two dozen different re-privatization proposals, was described in PEACE PLANS 19c, which is online at www.butterbach.net - JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: I do not want to subscribe any longer to the government's budget. – JZ, 9.9.75. – Formally I never did but I was always treated as if I had. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: I don't care whether foxes, lions or tigers raid my life-stock. I would like to get rid of all these beasts of prey in more or less democratic camouflage. But I could put up with them continuing to prey - upon their own voluntary followers only. – JZ, n.d. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, POLYARCHISM, DOING THE OWN THINGS, COMPETING GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS, TO EACH HIS OWN
TAXATION: I don't give a damn who pays, provided only that I am not forced to do so." - Leanne Frahm, in "GEGENSCHEIN", No.33. - "I would insert: "or how much" after "pays". – JZ Another flaw of this doctrine is that those advocating the 'soak the rich' notion, might subscribe to this doctrine also. - Rather: Others may tax themselves as much as they like or can stand - as long as I am not forced to contribute to their schemes." – JZ
TAXATION: I don't think it's practical to support a protection racket." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.1024.
TAXATION: I don't want a cent of a labor regime. I don't want a cent of a liberal one, either. I just want to earn and keep my own. – JZ, 11/75, 26.4.13.
TAXATION: I don't want to listen to any further proposals to cure the evils of taxation with more taxation. – JZ, 7.10.74.
TAXATION: I don’t believe it is possible to cheat on taxes. All such moves are justified.” – Bruce E. Harper # 2, 1979. – CHEATING? FRAUD? LIES? HONESTY? FRANKNESS? TRUTH? TAX RESISTANCE
TAXATION: I don’t know of a single foreign product that enters this country untaxed except the answer to prayer.” – Mark Twain, quoted in THE SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 3/78. – Are there such extraordinary products? – JZ, 5.8.08. – Does any internal product, service or labor remain untaxed? – JZ, 29.4.09.
TAXATION: I don’t like someone else deciding how to spend my money.” – Stanley Schmidt, ANALOG 4/97, p.5.
TAXATION: I don’t need to tell you how the Government wastes our money … Our taxes have nearly trebled since 1972.” - Antimonopolist in PROGRESS, Melbourne, May 77.
TAXATION: I favor tax exemption for everyone. I would like to see millions more obtain it. Tax exemption is the natural state of man." - Robert LeFevre, in his LEFEVRE’S JOURNAL, Summer 74.
TAXATION: I feel your hands in my pockets - and I don't like it. – JZ, n.d.
TAXATION: I find that some of those who once clung to compulsion as the saving social bond, as the natural expression of national life, are willing today to consider whether some better and truer and safer principle may not be found; are willing to consider, as a practical question, if some limit should not be placed on the power to take and to spend in unmeasured quantity the money of others.” - Auberon Herbert, Mr. Spencer and the Great Machine, p.72.
TAXATION: I found most of my friends quite content to be used as tax-material, even though the sums of money taken from them were employed against their own beliefs and interests. They had lived so long under the system of using others, and then in their turn being used by them, that they were like hypnotized subjects, and looked on this subjecting and using of each other as a part of the necessary and even providential order of things. The great machine had taken possession of their souls; and they only yawned and looked bored, or slightly scornful at any idea of rebelling against it.” – Auberon Herbert, Mr. Spencer and the Great Machine, p. 71. – For all too long man accepted slavery and serfdom as natural or inevitable. By now man has accepted tax slavery and monetary and financial despotism for all too long as natural or justified or inevitable. – JZ, 26.3.14. - SANCTION OF THE VICTIMS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, OBEDIENCE, APATHY, ADAPTATION
TAXATION: I got a solution for the crime problem, folks. Just legalize it and put a heavy tax on it, that’s all. Well, we tax some of our biggest businesses right out of existence. It might work with crime, you can’t tell.” – Will Rogers. – JOKES, CRIME
TAXATION: I have been robbed: I have been taxed! – JZ, 1/73.
TAXATION: I have never signed a contract for any amount of government.” – Andrew J. Melechinsky, THE CONNECTION, 24.1.82. – GOVERNMENT, CONSENT, CONTRACTARIANISM, ASSOCIATIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
TAXATION: I hope no apology is called for in presenting a strong view on the theme of the Summer School, ‘The Politics of Taxation’, which I should prefer to render as ‘the political economy of over-government’.” – Ralph Harris, The End of Government… ? - Part I, right under the heading: The High Cost of Big Government. – Any taxation, i.e., coercively collected tribute levy, indicates over-government. – JZ, 25.7.92. – So does any territorial government. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: I just don’t understand. Every time the Governments balance their budget … they wreck my budget!!” – Max Foley, Tibby the Lion, THE SUN HERALD, August 19, 1978. - As if governments, really and frequently, did balance their budgets! - JZ, 16.3.11. – “the Government balances its budget” or “the Governments balance their budgets? – JZ, 26.3.14. - JOKES
TAXATION: I know a lawyer employed by the Internal Revenue Bureau who describes himself as a chaser of cheaters who cheat the cheaters.” – Frank Chodorov, One Is A Crowd, p.120. – A chaser of those cheaters, who cheated the greatest cheater of all, namely politicians and bureaucrats? – JZ, 20.7.08. - JOKES, POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS
TAXATION: I meet this American government, or its representative, the State government, directly, and face to face, once a year- no more - in the person of its tax-gatherer; this is the only mode in which a man situated as I am necessarily meets it; and it then says distinctly, Recognize me; and the simplest, the most effectual, and, in the present posture of affairs, the indispensablest mode of treating it on this head, of expressing your little satisfaction with and love for it, is to deny it then. My neighbor, the tax-gatherer, is the very man I have to deal with - for it is, after all, with men and not with parchment that I quarrel - and he has voluntarily chosen to be an agent of the government." - Henry David Thoreau, on Civil Disobedience. – There were some statists who believed even in e.g. Lenin, Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin and Mao as heads of “their” states. Statism is by now the predominant religion and it has its Popes. – The Moloch cult with its human sacrifices is far from being an expired religion. – Even for the sake of convenience or reputation and to save some money millions of the most innocent and youngest people are murdered, the own children, even before they are born, in abortions. - JZ, 26.3.14. – STATISM, OBEDIENCE, MOLOCH CULTS, TOTALIGARIAN REGIMES, HUMAN SACRIFICES
TAXATION: I move that all those in favor of taxation and government spending be confined to tax themselves only and spend their government budget only among themselves. – JZ, 29.5.83, 4.8.08. – PANARCHISM, USER PAYS PRINCIPLE, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, POLYARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW
TAXATION: I no longer file tax returns, I no longer share my income with the fiscal fiend – that’s the Tax Commissioner – and my advice, basically, is to do that. There are limits, of course, to what individuals can do about it, but by and large, if you have the guts to kick the taxpaying habit you can do it.” - Peter Clyne interview, AUSTRALIAN PLAYBOY, June 1979. – Here was inserted a quote from the same interview: “I was released on bail and defended myself with my usual brilliance, with the result that I was convicted.” – TAX SLAVERY, PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, MODERN FEUDEALISM OR SERFDOM
TAXATION: I notified them that I wasn't going to pay taxes anymore - ever. - And by way of explanation, I enclosed a copy of the Declaration of Independence." – Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY interview, 7/76. – SECESSIONISM, INDEPENDENCE
TAXATION: I object to any of my money being spent by any government. – JZ, 73/81.
TAXATION: I once heard the head of the Internal Revenue Service claim that taxes are the price we pay for civilization. In fact, it’s the other way around – civilization is the price we pay, what we are required to sacrifice, in order to have taxes …” - L. Neil Smith, Lever Action, A Mountain Media Book, 2001, email@example.com, p.39. - & CIVILIZATION, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: I personally was never asked if I like to pay taxes or like to make a donation to the government. And if I had been asked, I certainly would not have agreed to it. And nobody is asked. That money is just taken from you, whether you like it or not. I don't know any other name for that but theft." - Bob Howard, in an A.I.R. talk.
TAXATION: I realized that the graduated scale of taxation isn’t designed to penalize the rich, who can afford tax shelter; it is designed, rather, to keep people poor, by preventing them from ever amassing the capital to challenge the rich.” – Source, alas, not noted by me in my copy of 27.2.82. – Mea culpa! - I rather doubt that most politicians are intelligent and educated enough to realize how impoverishing most of their policies are. Usually they are elected only because they share most of the popular errors, myths and prejudices. I, too, often find myself making stupid mistakes, like that one. - JZ, 23.7.08, 16.3.11. – PROGRESSIVE TAXATION.
TAXATION: I recognize that the battle between the workers and the parasites is imminent. There will soon be a real show-down in this country between those who work and those who mooch..." – Dr. R. S. Jaggard, JAG, Aug. 19, 73.
TAXATION: I reserve the right to make counter-claims for all the disservices done to me. – JZ
TAXATION: I saw the tax collecting vermin that has grown for centuries like mildew ... draining us by no right that anyone could name." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.712.
TAXATION: I see no validity to any claim by any agency of government that they have any right to forcibly seize the property of one person for the purpose of bestowing benefits upon some other person. To me, that is theft, plain and simple. – JAG, 26.8.78.
TAXATION: I submit that even if our public finance were managed on lines of decent economy (which it is not), the present method of collecting income tax is sufficient to alienate every citizen who has to pay it. It is flagrantly unjust, and no system of taxation is likely to succeed of the citizen feels that he is being treated like a pickpocket by a pickpocket.” – E. S. P. Haynes, The Lawyer, p. 296.
TAXATION: I support a wife and two bureaucrats." - Source? THE BULLETIN, Australia, April 16, 1977, shows on the front cover a well-dressed man, as a beggar, holding out his hat to be filled, next to a sign: “WIFE, TWO KIDS AND THREE BUREAUCRATS TO SUPPORT.” - JOKES
TAXATION: I think no robbery is more flagrant or palpable – nor hardly any more unjustifiable – than taxing men for the support of government, without their personal consent. … Such taxation is not only robbery in itself, but it supplies the means for, and is the legitimate parent of, nearly all the other tyranny, which governments practice. You will see therefore that it is impossible for me to support any government that acts on that principle, or to act with any party that adopts it.” - Lysander Spooner, letter, March 12, 1856. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, CONSENT, VOLUNTARISM, STATES, PARTIES
TAXATION: I think that the only reason that's tolerable is because the government is so wasteful with it. If they were really spending that 35 to 40 percent efficiently, we could say good-bye to our freedom. ... We're poorer because of it, but it doesn't give the government as much power as it otherwise would." - Milton Friedman, in PBS telecast "American Conservatives Confront 1972." - POWER
TAXATION: I think the terror most people are concerned with is the IRS.” – Malcolm Forbes, when asked if he was afraid of terrorism.” - & TERRORISM
TAXATION: I try to save like hell for something rightful, useful and wanted by by me, while I am being bombarded by tax bills for things I consider to be wrongful, useless, irrational and unwanted by me. Nevertheless, the State forces me, monopolistically and territorially, to finance such expenditures and disservices with part of my income. – JZ, 5.11.93.
TAXATION: I want all that is left of my taxes totally refunded and my freedom totally restored. – JZ, 9.9.75. – Restored – is the wrong term. No one on Earth did so far enjoy all of his rights and liberties. Some of them are still even unknown to the majority. – JZ, 18.10.08. – OVERDUE: A DECLARATION OF ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES SO FAR DISCOVERED
TAXATION: I want no money raised by injustice.” – Canute, The Great Letter of State, "to all the nation of the English, both nobles and commoners," after pilgrimage to Rome, A.D. 1027. - TRIBUTES, VOLUNTARY TAXATION
TAXATION: I want the whole package deal of taxes for public services stopped and a refund of my taxes not yet wasted and of my share in all public assets acquired with tax funds. – JZ, 9.9.81. - See: PEACE PLANS 19 c, for the realization of such a plan for Australia. – Online at www.butterbach.net
TAXATION: I want the worker, whose paycheck has been clipped year after year just for the benefit of moochers and parasites, to get mad about the whole thing, yes, and I want him to rise up and put a stop to all this nonsense, yes, but, I don't want him to confuse me with the guys who did the dirty deed to him." - Dr. R. S. Jaggard, JAG, Aug 19, 73.
TAXATION: I want to keep what I earned - or spend it myself! – JZ, 7.6.74.
TAXATION: I would be prepared to argue whether the taxes are needed to provide benefits for the taxpayer or jobs for bureaucrats.” - Schiff, The Biggest Con, p. 141.
TAXATION: I would like to see some research done into the question why, e.g. the withholding tax was introduced at about the same time in Nazi Germany and in Great Britain and in the U.S.A. – JZ, 8.5.82.
TAXATION: I would like to vote for a candidate who pledged himself to abolish taxation in toto, for my reason tells me that underlying all the ills of society is this predatory institution. I would surely profit if I were not taxed, and so would all the producers, the only ones who would suffer from such an arrangement would be the drones, the bureaucrats, who would be compelled to work for their keep.” - Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.42. - VOTING
TAXATION: I would not buy most of the government's "services" if I were not forced to. – JZ, 74.TAXATION: I would not wish any or more taxes even on my worst enemies. For not only they but I myself would suffer in consequence of their impoverishment. – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: I would pay all the taxes forcefully required of me, with the full realization that I would never be able to gain any benefits from the transaction." – Dr. R. S. Jaggard, JAG, Aug 19, 73, on Social Security.
TAXATION: I would rather be a big spender myself than let the government do it at my expense. – JZ, 10.9.81
TAXATION: I would rather like to see all political activities severely taxed, even out of existence, rather than taxing any wanted goods or service taxed, directly or indirectly. – JZ, 17.11.92. - GOODS & SERVICES TAX
TAXATION: I'm at a loss to understand these people; when they want something from their government, they have to pay for it directly, the taxes they pay for things that they DON'T want; yet they pay their taxes." - ST. JOHN'S BREAD, undated.
TAXATION: I'm innocent and yet I am condemned to work 40 hours a week as a slave laborer for the government - seeing that all my normal pay is directly and indirectly taxed away. Only the overtime payments are left to me. – JZ, 13.9.75.
TAXATION: I’d rather be axing taxing.” - Dangerous Buttons No. 147.
TAXATION: I’d rather pay for not being subjected to a territorial government than pay for it as my lord and master. Taxes would thus become open tribute extortions – as a first step towards their total abolition - for all but internal contributions to exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers. – JZ, 17.12.93. - That could be realized, as a publicity stunt, by a private registry, that would make known all such voice of protest, and their total - for a small registration fee. On its website it could and should also offer all the voluntary taxation alternatives so far proposed. The false pretence of taxation being "voluntary" or by "consent" could thus become exposed and potential supporters for a future effective tax strike could thus be gathered. - JZ, 16.3.11. – That could be one of many possible steps towards the introduction of voluntary taxation. – JZ, 26.3.14.
TAXATION: I’ll say this plainly, I’ve said it before – Taxation is theft. It presumes the government has a higher claim on our property than we do. – Judge Andrew Napolitano. – Quoted by Afrikanus Kofi Akosah sharing Capitalism's photo. – Facebook, 5.10.12. - GOVERNMENT & PROPERTY RIGHTS
TAXATION: I’m a conscientious objector against territorial governments, their taxation and legislation, monetary despotism, protectionism, wars, terrorism, nuclear strength policies and international treaties. – I do not know anything good that they stand for and really achieve. – However, I would be prepared to tolerate any non-territorial State that the statists established and conducted only at their own risk and expense. That would be punishment enough for them. - JZ, 6.9.99, 20.7.08.
TAXATION: I’m never ready for a new tax system but I’m always ready for a system of no taxes at all or one of voluntary taxation only. – JZ, 10.4.00, 6.10.08.
TAXATION: If a man has to give one-third of his income, let’s face it, that’s a third of his working life. He has to work 15 years as a slave for the federal government.” – Elliot Graham, Republican candidate for Congress, USA, in the 24th district. – Mentioned in a 1974 SIL publication.
TAXATION: If a man spends all that is left of his income after taxation ... he is taxed only once. But if he is thrifty ... and uses his savings ... then he is taxed on the fruit of his labor again, and again, and again..." - Siegfried Ruppright, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 8/77. - He is right on the special taxation on the use of income as capital but he overlooks the indirect tax burden on all direct consumption of income, a burden which is usually harder to avoid than taxes on capital. – JZ
TAXATION: If a person asked himself, “Who owns my income?” he would have to reply: “This much of it, the federal government; this much of it, the state government; this much of it the county (or city) government; and what’s left, I own – it is mine.” – Thomas Szasz, Heresies, p.31. – And when he spends whatever is left after direct taxes, like income taxes, he is still taxes by xyz indirect taxes. In Australia, at one stage, the total of the indirect taxes was about the same as the total of the direct taxes. I have seen no recent statistic on that. – JZ, 26.3.14. - JOKE? OR MERELY SATIRE, IRONY OR SELF-DEPRECIATION?
TAXATION: If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them and enable that State to commit violence and shed innocent blood..." - Henry David Thoreau, 1849.
TAXATION: If a vampire doesn’t leave you enough blood to survive, it will be without a source of its own survival.” – Sy Leon, “None of the Above”. – Alas, you are not the only victim of this vampire empire and it can put up with a lot of deaths among its victims, even kills them or lets them be killed by the millions in wars or civil wars or other mass murderous actions. – JZ, 4.8.08.
TAXATION: If all dissatisfied taxpayers could demand a refund – how long could any territorial government remain financial? – JZ, 14.9.88. – Then only voluntary societies and communities could continue to exist, because they would be formed by like-minded people. – JZ, 6.8.08. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, CHOICE OF GOVERNMENTS & SOCIETIES, POLYARCHISM, META-UTOPIATAXATION: If all taxpayers refused to pay, the government couldn't do a thing about it. – JZ - However, a totalitarian regime could then appeal to all its tax-supported followers, to simply take what they need from the tax strikers. That could lead to plunder, fighting and murder on a large scale. Thus the tax strikers should be armed, trained and organized and also be prepared, for a transition period, to pay the armed servants of this State until they have provided freedom conditions, especially full monetary and financial freedom, under which these "public servants" can and will be better paid for productive jobs than their present unproductive and counter-productive ones. Only then could one expect mass fraternization to take place. - As for their pension claims: They, too, should get their share in the remaining capital assets of the territorial State. See PEACE PLANS 19 C. - JZ, 16.3.11. - TAX STRIKE, COMPREHENSIVE.
TAXATION: If all the tax rates above 50 percent had been reduced to that level, the loss would not have been as much as it took to run the government for a full day. In Great Britain, in the fiscal year 1964-65, the revenue from all the surtax rates (ranging above the standard rate of 41 percent up to 96 percent) yielded less than 6 percent of all revenue from the income tax, and barely more than 2 percent of total revenues. In Sweden, in 1963, the rates between 45 and 65 percent brought in only 1 percent of the total national income-tax revenue. And so it goes. The great masses of the people are accepting far higher rates of income tax than they would tolerate if it were not for their illusion that the very rich are footing the greater part of the bill." - Henry Hazlitt, The Conquest of Poverty, p.122. – Mythology rules in “modern and scientific” politics as well. – JZ, 17.10.08. - SOAK THE RICH? - ????
TAXATION: If any individual committed deeds upon us similar to those of the tax department, we would get rid of him." - B. P., 6.9.81.
TAXATION: If anybody could and should be rightly taxed, it should be rather the unproductive than the productive man - to give him more of an incentive to take up productive work. Tax politicians and bureaucrats rather than citizens - at least until all their remaining loot is gone and they have worked for a few years towards repaying the huge debt they owe us. – JZ, 9/81. - REVERSE TAXATION
TAXATION: If anything should be taxed then it should rather be ignorance, stupidity, laziness, lack of skills and training, excepting perhaps only inborn or accidental disabilities to the extent that they matter. The above characteristics would, normally, be expressed by incomes below a certain level. Only such incomes would then be taxed. All with incomes above that level should be totally exempt from all taxes and the taxes still collected should be exclusively administered by the representatives of these needy people and in their interest only. This would amount to a reverse progression: The less people would produce, the more they would be taxed, even to death! – Naturally, always only for their own good! - JZ, 24.9.81, 18.10.08. - It would be a kind of Welfare State - but only at the expense and risk of the lowest earners. Here one should take into consideration that the supply of basic foods can be very cheap and second-hand clothing already is very cheap. - JZ, 16.3.11.
TAXATION: If CHURCH and STATE are SEPARATE, why don’t we tax church property and church Business?” (*) – Sign in a comic, with comments: “Well now, there’s a sign with some sense to it!” – “Get Rich with God.” And “More Funds Go to Parochial Schools”. – Reprinted in SCHISM, v. 2, no. 1, Winter 71, from SECULAR SUBJECTS, No. 247, Oct. 1970, then in THE AGITATOR, a SCHISM anthology, p.360. – If a man has as much right to mind his business as he has to mind his church, why do we tax business? – JZ, 18.7.81. - If they are really separate then neither should the State tax any Church nor should any Church tax any State. – Each to charge or bill only his own believers or customers. Everything else is wrong and leads to absurdities. - JZ, 6.8.08. - (*) Because they, at least, are already somewhat separate. We should rather taken them as precedents and strive for complete tax exemption ourselves, leaving only the remaining statists to tax themselves as much as they please. - We should only be envious and greedy for the same freedom of taxes. - JZ, 16.3.11. -
TAXATION: If every extorted tax dollar gave the taxpayer one vote and no other votes were recognized, then none of the present governments and their programs would last long. – JZ, 78/81. - At least that would be some genuine representation through voting, in which the votes of the looters and those of the looted are not simply mixed and counted together, as if all of them were of equal value and as if, together, they could really represent "the" people or the whole population of a territory. - Those, who live off taxes would then simply have no vote. However, they should be free, to establish their own welfare community, at their own expense and risk. - However, all those, whose large incomes depend rather upon governmentally legalized monopolies should then get no voting rights, either. - But they should also become free to secede and do their own things among themselves. - JZ, 16.3.11. - VOTING, CONSENT, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
TAXATION: If everything a man produces is taken from him, he'll stop working; and if fifty per cent is taken from him, he'll slow down." - Reverend Edmund Opitz, THE FREEMAN, 7/1975. - A simple explanation of the slow-down in growth in the somewhat developed countries, most of them Welfare States by now. - JZ, 16.3.11. - ECONOMIC GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT
TAXATION: If government universally enjoins citizens against thievery, even of the Robin Hood variety, on what grounds is government enabled to act as a thief, taking from one and giving to another?" - Charles R. LaDow, THE FREEMAN, 10/74 - CRIME.
TAXATION: If governments at all levels are taking over 40 per cent of our earned incomes, then perhaps we should recognize that over 40 per cent of us are acting as policemen rather than as productive, creative, peaceful producers of goods and services." - Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 3/75.
TAXATION: If I am compelled to labor and pay tribute to somebody, what does it matter to me (except as a choice of least evil) whether I do so at the bidding of a Napoleon or of a majority of elected representatives of my fellow-slaves?" - John Badcock, Jr., "Slaves to Duty."
TAXATION: If I deny the authority of the State when it presents my tax bill, it will soon take and waste all my property, and so harass me and my children without end. This is hard, this makes it impossible for a man to live honestly, and at the same time comfortably, in outward respects.” – Henry David Thoreau. - We should at least cease speaking of "taxes" and start speaking openly about the wrongfulness of enforcing tribute payments to politicians, bureaucrats and their favorites or voting cattle. - Competing voluntary contribution schemes are the only rightful alternative. - JZ, 23. 11. 06. - & THE STATE, VOLUNTARISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, EXPLOITATION BY THE TERRITORIAL STATE
TAXATION: If I had not been taxed then I could be rich by now. – JZ, 17.12.93. - WEALTH, PROSPERITY, RICHES.
TAXATION: If immortality or considerable life extension were already scientifically and technically possible then it would, most likely be taxed largely out of existence – except for the benefit of a few of the top parasites. – JZ, 15.6.91, 5.8.08. - IMMORTALITY, LIFE EXTENSION
TAXATION: if it is immoral for one man or group of men to rob another, shouldn’t it be the same conclusion for the biggest non-voluntary, revenue collecting Godfather of them all – the government?” – Lawrence Samuels, Taxation Is Legalized Theft, a SLL leaflet.
TAXATION: If it is right to use unlimited power to take the one-tenth of a man’s property, is it also right to take one-half or the whole? If it is not right to take the half, where is the magical undiscoverable point at which right is suddenly converted into wrong?” – Auberon Herbert, Mr. Spencer and the Great Machine, p.58. - Even a 1% take in form of compulsory taxation is not right – unless it is done only among those who volunteered for such a system. – JZ, 22.7.08.
TAXATION: if it is wrong for example, to take money from people without their consent, a pretty good case can be made for the immorality of knowingly accepting such money from the thief who took it in the first place. Very well. Where does a politician’s salary come from?” - David B. Suits, OPTION MAGAZINE, 2/787. – Well, if we freed ourselves from having to pay them, in form of taxes, their salaries and their spending programs to buy votes and power for themselves, and made the mistake of still leaving them in territorial power, then they would simply become even more corrupt than they are today. Alternatively, they could abuse the monetary despotism, they legislated themselves into, to “finance” their salaries and all their budget items via inflation of their monopoly money and exclusive currency and thereby create a still greater economic chaos, poverty and unemployment. – JZ, 2.8.08.
TAXATION: If it is wrong for one man to take your money, how can it be right for a group of men? Calling it “taxes” rather than “theft” doesn’t change the fact … it is YOUR money.” – William Marey (Boss) Tweed, THE VOLUNTARYIST, 10/92.
TAXATION: If it moves, tax it?" - AKA, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 15.2.73. - They also tax land and houses, even the property of the dead or their heirs! – JZ
TAXATION: If most people were to refuse to accept the government's paper money and issued and accepted their own exchange media and value standards, instead, not only would inflation and unemployment and bureaucracy come to an end, but taxation, to a large extent, also - as a result of the subsequent general prosperity. – JZ, 9/81. – The Welfare State’s expenses come often to about half of the total government expenditures. – JZ, 18.10.08.
TAXATION: If my taxes were a tax-free income then I could comfortably live on them. – JZ, 75.
TAXATION: If one fifth of the people were to resist taxation, it would cost more to collect their taxes, or try to collect them, than the other four fifths would consent to pay into the treasury." - B. R. Tucker, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.163.- TAX STRIKE, VOLUNTARY TAXATION
TAXATION: If one gives something to the government one can always expect part of it back, or something else back, and be it only more wrongful laws or some other disserves. As a rule one has just to be satisfied with a tax-payment receipt. Not exactly a bargain purchase that one makes here. But, at least it has the value of keeping us our of prison, a risk we run, for the non-payment of this “tribute”, when we do not make this “purchase”. – 5.10.84, 4.8.08. – Please, if you can express this better, more concisely, clearly and strikingly, do so! – JZ
TAXATION: If only every private individual understood that the payment of taxes which helps equip soldiers, and above all military service, are not immaterial but highly immoral actions, by which he not only permits murder, but takes part in it himself - then this power of the kings and emperors which arouses an indignation, and for which they now get killed, would of itself come to an end." – Tolstoy, in Sprading: Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.319.
TAXATION: If only users had to pay they would get more than a voter’s say. – JZ, 28.1.89, 5.8.08. – Me, getting poetical? – JZ, 29.6.13.
TAXATION: If Patrick Henry thought that taxation without representation was bad, he should see how bad it is with representation.” – THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC – Also in UNITED MINE WORKER’S JOURNAL
TAXATION: If paying taxes could make people well off, all the nations of the earth would have been rich long ago.” – Clarence L. Swartz, What Is Mutualism? New York, 1927, p.35.
TAXATION: If progressive taxes are so great, “why not progressive pricing of everything? If you earn twice as much as your neighbor, you pay twice as much for bread, shoes, housing, etc.” The only problem is that sellers have no right to know how much you earn. When the government “sells” you its services, its agents will put you in jail if you refuse to tell them. - Suggested by Rick Maybury, WHAT WOULD THOMAS JEFFERSON THINK OF THIS? (1994), p 24. - http://www.voluntaryist.com/quotes/
TAXATION: If slavery is illegal or wrong then so are taxes. – JZ, 13.9.75.
TAXATION: If somebody gets something for nothing then someone gets nothing for something." - John Hospers, in a talk on rights.TAXATION: If someone claims exclusive right to man’s wealth, he also claims a right to man’s time which is a direct claim to man’s life.” – Lawrence Samuels in leaflet: “What Is Libertarianism? – You Own Yourself.” – SELF-OWNERSHIP, PROPERTY, SLAVERY
TAXATION: If someone had suggested to our great-grandparents that they should pay half of their earnings in taxation, there would have been an instant revolution – but that’s what we pay now. Without a bloody whimper.” – John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.132.
TAXATION: if taxation for building dams or steel mills is robbery, then it is also robbery for WHATEVER government activity it may finance, including such supposedly legitimate 'governmental' functions as the police, the armed forces and the courts If taxation is robbery, then, surely, it is robbery no matter the ends, benevolent or malevolent, for which the State employs these stolen funds." - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p.14.
TAXATION: If taxation or taking from others is in itself a good, true method, why no employ it to its very furthest extent?" - Auberon Herbert, in Mack ed. p.403. - The government has come close to that "ideal"! – JZ
TAXATION: If taxation without consent is not robbery, then any band of robbers have only to declare themselves a government, and all their robberies are legalized." - Lysander Spooner, "A Letter to Grover Cleveland.” – TAXATION IS ROBBERY
TAXATION: If taxation without consent is robbery, the United States government has never had, has not now, and is never likely to have, a single honest dollar in its treasury." - Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover Cleveland, p.9. - I find this exaggerated, seeing there is a majority of statists and most of them find some taxation to be necessary and justified. The case for voluntary taxation (contributions, fees and subscriptions) rests on the assumption that the funds of conformists and non-conformists can be separately administered, like they are with different churches. – JZ, n.d.
TAXATION: If the country got along for more than 130 years without an income tax, why couldn’t it do so again?” – Claire Wolfe, Don’t Shoot the Bastards (YET), 101 More Ways To Salvage Freedom, p.3. - INCOME TAX
TAXATION: If the people are not going to become complete slaves of the state, we must limit the power of the government to tax. The power to tax without limitation is the power to completely control the life of the individual.” – Kenneth H. Dieter, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 9/78. – Let people secede from their “protectors”! – JZ, 22.7.08.
TAXATION: If the State needs money, then it better provide something that people are willing to pay money for.” – Jack Boulogne, FNN, Summer 92. (Freedom Network News?)
TAXATION: If the theists really had 'invisible means of support' then I, for one, would be interested - as a taxpayer. – JZ, 19.11,78. - JOKES
TAXATION: If the user had only to pay for competitive services rendered to him, he would not be forced to pay for a bloated bureaucracy, for subsidies to his competitors and for disservices rendered to his – as happens now with taxes. – JZ, 28.9.85.
TAXATION: If there are people and services deserving my support then I'd rather have my own choice among them than let other voters or even politicians and bureaucrats pick their favourites among them - at my expense. – JZ, 9/81
TAXATION: If there is anything truthful to be said in favour of taxes then, in almost half a century, and in perusing the relevant literature of several centuries, I have not heard of it yet. – JZ, 19.9.81. – Could any argument for compulsory taxation be upheld if exposed to the electronic “argument mapping” of Paul Monk et al, described online? – JZ, 18.10.08.
TAXATION: If they aren't willing to pay for the service in the free market (the General Market apart from the government), who can say they're willing to pay for it through government?" - Harry Browne, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, p.89.
TAXATION: If they can’t manage THEIR budget, why should they be allowed to manage OURS?” – MAD, 12/79. - JOKES
TAXATION: If we analyze taxation, we find that, among all the persons and institutions in society, only the government acquires its revenues through coercive violence." - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p.11. - One could, naturally, say that the unions have been granted so many privileges that they have become extensions of the State. – JZ
TAXATION: If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” - President Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Cooper, November 29, 1802. - The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 8, p. 178 (1897). – Another version: “If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, then they will be happy." – Jefferson, quoted by Rod Manis in "Manifesto", p.113. - If we can prevent the government of people who do not want to be governed, or achieve that they are only governed in the ways they prefer, then we open up the way to happiness for most people. - JZ, 24.11.02. - GOVERNMENT SPENDING, GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, WELFARE STATE, WASTE, PROTECTIONISM, EXPLOITATION, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
TAXATION: If we examine the income tax carefully, we find that it is not a tax on income so much as it is a tax on capit1al. What the government takes from me is not what I consume but what I might have saved...." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.32. - Both, private spending and saving are reduced by it. - JZ, 16.3.11.
TAXATION: If we get the government to take less from you (money it takes under the pretence of doing more for you) then you can do more for yourself with your own money. – JZ, 20.11.75.
TAXATION: If you did statistics, you might like to know that from 1914 to 1975, while U.S. Population went up 120%, Income tax collections went up 551%. Number of income tax returns filed went up 23,800%. Amount of tax, adjusted for inflation, up 5,390%. Number of IRS employees increased 1,950%. Total IRS collections increased 11,990%. - Does this tell you something?" - INTERCOLLEGIATE REVIEW, quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 7/78.
TAXATION: If you don't want them - and what they stand for - don't pay them and don't stretch your hand out - palm up! – JZ, 23.8.75.
TAXATION: If you don’t use a service offered in the market, you don’t have to pay for it. But if you don’t use a tax-supported service, you are forced to pay for it anyway.” – Jarret B. Wollstein in ISIL leaflet: “In Pursuit of Liberty”. - FREE MARKET VS. GOVERNMENT SERVICES
TAXATION: If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, // If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat, // If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat, // If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.” – The Beatles, “The Taxman”. – Well, while the feet are not taxed, except indirectly, through the income tax, sales tax etc., for all people with feet and even without them, socks and shoes are certainly taxed, and all the goods and labor that go into making them. – JZ, 4.8.08.
TAXATION: If you must cheat anyone - cheat the tax commissioner and custom officers. – JZ, 10/72
TAXATION: If you should approve of any government expense – then only you and like-minded people should pay for it. – JZ, 21.9.91. – That would be the basic rule and practice under panarchism. – JZ, 5.8.08. – PANARCHISM, USER PAYS, VOLUNTARY TAXATION
TAXATION: if you tax a product you get less of that product.” - ON LIBERTY, Nov. 79, “Laffer’s Logic”. - Or, rather, you get less purchasing power out of your remaining net income, since the price of that product is increased, while others, who have not earned it, get to spend part of your earnings, in their ways. – Logically seen, products themselves do not pay any taxes. Only their producers or owners can and do or are forced to pay them. - JZ, 22.7.08.
TAXATION: If you tax people who work and pay people who don’t work, you get unemployment.” – Ron Manners, Who Are Our Leaders? Who Are Our Heroes? – NATIONAL BUSINESS BULLETIN, July 99, p. 19. – True, but it is not the only or even the main cause of unemployment. – Monetary despotism is much more “taxing” for any economy. Add e.g. compulsory licensing and compulsory schooling to the many governmental wrongful intervention that produce unemployment in a correspondingly all too unfree market or mixed economy. - JZ, 25.1.00. 20.7.08. - UNEMPLOYMENT
TAXATION: If you want irresponsible politicians to spend less, you must give them less to spend." - Irwin Schiff - GOVERNMENT SPENDING, POLITICIANS
TAXATION: If you want it - you pay for it." - Slogan of “Libertarian Enterprises” on match-packets.
TAXATION: If you were aware of how much in taxes you are paying , altogether, you would become a revolutionary opposed to all coercion and fraud, especially governmental ones. – JZ, 75/81.
TAXATION: If you work more and more you get less and less,(*) so the work becomes meaningless humiliation." - a sentiment quoted by Richard Sennett in his book "The Hidden Injuries of Class" - quoted in GOOD GOVERNMENT, Dec. 74. – One could abbreviate and exaggerate this to: "Why work more for less?" – JZ,75. - - (*) Per hour worked, under “progressive” taxation. – JZ
TAXATION: If you would not confront your neighbor and demand his money at the point of a gun to solve every new problem that may appear in your life, you should not allow the government to do it for you.” – William E. Simon, A Time for Truth. - & THE RIGHTS OF NEIGHBORS & FELLOW CITIZENS, WELFARE STATE, CHARITY, VIOLENCE, PROPERTY
TAXATION: If your project is worthy of support, the support will be there in a society without coercion. Conversely, if your project needs tax money or tax exemption for survival, then your project is not worthy of support." - Dr. R. S. Jaggard, JAG, Aug. 22, 72. - I would leave out : "or tax exemption". – Many enterprises would pay their way if they and their customers were no longer subject to taxation. - JZ, 17.10.08.
TAXATION: If, as in the process of nationalization, vast taxable capital and the revenues derived from it are destroyed or driven out, while the inefficiency of production under government bureaucracy is increased and the huge costs of an inefficient and unproductive bureaucracy continue to mount, someone must pay the bill. And the ones to pay are all the people and most of all the productive workers. For as great lump sums of capital and income subject to taxation are destroyed by nationalization or confiscatory taxes or capital levies, the burden is spread out and is borne more and more by the people of small or modest incomes." - Louis Bromfield, A New Pattern for a Tired World, p. 128.
TAXATION: If, for example, we in the United States could get a constitutional amendment limiting total federal government spending, let us say, to 25 per cent of the national income, you force special interest groups to fight one another.” – Milton Friedman, From Galbraith to Economic Freedom, p. 61. – LOBBIES, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP, FLAT RATE TAXATION, TAX LIMITATION
TAXATION: If, then, taxation is compulsory, and is therefore indistinguishable fro theft, it follows that the State, which subsists on taxation, is a vast criminal organization far more formidable and successful than any “private” Mafia in history. – Murray N. Rothbard, quoted by Nizam Ahmad sharing Capitalism's photo on Facebook, 31.8.13.
TAXATION: Ignorance taxes you, taxes help to keep you in ignorance and even in ignorance of the height of your tax burden and of the degree of your enslavement financed with these means. – JZ, 13.9.75.
TAXATION: Image of tax collector visiting a tax debtor in heaven and saying to him: “A lot of people don’t realize the extent of our powers, Mr. Filletson!” – THE SUN, 15.9.81. - JOKES
TAXATION: Imagine that it would be very simple: A head tax of 90 to 99%. In some countries after WW II the highest taxes went even beyond 100%, amounting to nationalizing the whole income and part of the capital. Would that kind of simplicity of it satisfy you and most others? – JZ, Oct. 12, commenting to: Wall Photos - The real tax scandal isn’t the behavior of individual taxpayers, but the onerous complexity of the U.S. income tax code. http://bit.ly/UYMaLH - SIMPLICITY REQUIRED?
TAXATION: Immediate Rip-off Service” – or better known, as the IRS.” – Anthony J. Hilder, possibly quoting Johnny Paycheck’s record: “Me and the IRS”, - JUSTICE TIMES, Oct. 78.
TAXATION: imprisonment for tax evasion to be imprisonment for debt and therefore unconstitutional ..." - Stephen Robinett, “The Taxman”, ANALOG 2/75.
TAXATION: In 1776 I would have joined the chorus in arguing that there should be no taxation without representation. Now I argue that there should be no taxation even WITH representation, because my real belief is that there should be no taxation at all.” – Jim Stumm, THE CONNECTION 98 of 13/9/81, p.34. - REPRESENTATION
TAXATION: In 1950, the average family of four paid 2% of its earnings to federal taxes. Today it pays 24%.” – William R. Mattox, Jr. (sometime before 1996) - Only 2 % in 1950 and only 24 % now??? - JZ, 22.11.06.TAXATION: In a controlled economy, we're all losers. We can't even be aware of all we've lost. We're not taxed in dollars, we're taxed in things that might have been. The dollars paid in taxes in 1940 would have bought clotheslines, wringer washers, block ice for the ice box, and radios. The dollars paid in taxes today will buy color television, micro-wave ovens, telephone answerers and video tape cassettes." - Joan Wilke, THE FREEMAN, 3/75.
TAXATION: In a grand peroration, Mr. Schiff accuses our Federal government of compelling citizens to participate in a chain letter (social security); of illegally shifting wealth through inflation; of hiding the true extent of the National Debt; of saddling a lower standard of living on people by the destructive burdens it imposes; and of using the Federal Reserve to force what amounts to counterfeit money on the banks." - John Chamberlain, in the introduction to Irwin A. Schiff: The Biggest Con.
TAXATION: In a practical sense, this is what man's rights means: you are morally free to sleep with whom you please, run your business your own way, dress as you please, speak your mind, take LSD or rat poison if you like, and keep 100% of your income." YUILLE, Duncan Yuille, in a leaflet on Human Rights.
TAXATION: in a state that is only good for grinding up taxpayers.” – Poul Anderson, Lodestar.
TAXATION: In all my life of 45 years I never lost directly to thieves even $ 60 worth of goods. And here I am, looted by the government, my supposed protector, to the of (2x $ 6,000 in direct and indirect taxes) 200 times as much every year or 9,000 times as much for a 45 year period of working! – JZ, 21.11.78.
TAXATION: In direct and indirect taxes almost everyone, even poor persons, pays so much that he would be prosperous at the end of his life if he had been allowed to keep those fruits of his labor which he was forced to deliver to the community.” – Max Nordau, 1859-1923, The konventionellen Luegen der Kulturmenschheit, p. 151. - Provided, he had been allowed to keep these amounts and had been free and wise enough to invest them productively, at the highest possible interest rate obtainable on a free market, free from confiscations, tributes, inflations, deflations, stagflation or to enter a corresponding old age insurance contract. – JZ, 16.7.08.
TAXATION: In effect, government taxes pollute the price system. The role of prices as feedback to the productive entities in the economy is thereby subverted. Wrong signals are given. Shortages and surpluses result. Resources are wasted. The rate of return on investment is reduced. Economic progress for all social groups is retarded." - John Semmens, THE FREEMAN, 3/79, p.137.
TAXATION: In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.” - Voltaire. It's not an art but a crime or a criminal craft. - JZ, 24.11.02. - & GOVERNMENT
TAXATION: In levying taxes and in shearing sheep, it is well to stop when you get down to the skin. – Austin O'Malley – History reports many cases where a further increase in the tax rate led to less revenue and other cases, where a decrease in the tax rate led to larger revenue. – Modern governments seem to have forgotten this experience. – JZ, 13.4.09. - Beyond a turning point, any increased taxes reduce the returns from it. A 100% taxation would even reduce workers and producers to slavery and they are not very productive as slaves. – JZ, 3.4.12. – Even that “limited” government activity is already an enslavement and it is followed by the sheep being slaughtered and eaten. – JZ, 21.4.13. – Every compulsory taxation is excessive, except when it is only imposed upon volunteers. – JZ, 29.6.13. – LIMITED BUT STILL TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT, EXCESSIVE TAXATION, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, TRIBUTE LEVIES
TAXATION: In paying tribute they yielded to absolute necessity, but the tax-gatherers were looked upon as unclean creatures; no respectable man would eat with them or pray with them; their evidence was not accepted in the courts of justice." - Winwood Reade, The Martyrdom of Man, p.164,
TAXATION: In peace as in war, we make huge sacrifices (in liberty and property), misled by the propaganda that it would all be for a good purpose and even for our own good. Here, too, we believe words and promises, errors and myths more so than the actual failures, deeds and even crimes of our rulers and so the unholy mess of taxation goes on and on, towards total enslavement. – JZ, 78/81.
TAXATION: In principle, as the framers of the Constitution realized, the direct tax is most vicious, for it directly denies the sanctity of private property. By its very surreption the indirect tax is a back-handed recognition of the right of the individual to his earnings; the State sneaks up on the owner, so to speak, and takes what it needs on the grounds of necessity, but it does not have the temerity to question the right of the owner to his goods." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.226.
TAXATION: In round figures, government and its apparatus costs Australia over $ 30 billion per year. This works out at almost $ 10,000 per employee in private employment. Last year, for the first time in Australia’s history, government spent more than half of all household income.” – Viv Forbes, in a 1977 talk: “Mine Your Own Business”, p.4. – I wonder what the current figures are, in further inflated government money. – JZ, 8.4.08.
TAXATION: In some cities they tear down buildings to save taxes. They might try tearing down some taxes to save buildings.” - Ken Schoolland, The Adventure of Jonathan Gullible, Leap Publishing, Cape Town, with Commentaries by Ken Schoolland and Janette Eldridge, 1981 ff, 2004 ed., www.jonathangullible.com firstname.lastname@example.org p.35. - & BUILDINGS
TAXATION: In the beauty parlor: 'He says he's going to retire and let the government become self-supporting.' " - Clyde Moore, READERS DIGEST, 1/72. - Even the enemies of taxation do often forget about indirect taxation and the inflation tax! – JZ - JOKES
TAXATION: In the current situation government owns us all but marginally. We are granted by this governmental owner the option of disposing of a fraction of our incomes; the government takes the rest. But lest you get the notion that in the exercise of this option you are indeed free, may I remind you that your master passes endless legislation telling you what you are allowed to buy or sell; how much you can or cannot do?" - Robert LeFevre, in his LEFEVRE’S JOURNAL, Fall 75.
TAXATION: In the face of government contrived inflation and recession, are you willing to deliver another penny to the gluttony and mismanagement of government? Any government?" - Gladys Vaughn, in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, Winter 75/6.
TAXATION: In the face of such an immense, costly, wasteful, corrupt and obstructive bureaucracy, legislation and jurisdiction, tax evasion is not only a right but a duty. – JZ, 26.6.89. - TAX EVASION
TAXATION: In the market place, if you dislike what one shop or supplier offers, you can take your money elsewhere. But in public welfare everyone is made to pay taxes for services which make no pretence of catering for individual preferences." Ralph Harris, in Down with the Poor, p.12.
TAXATION: in this imperfect world, no class of men, rich or poor, is to be found with sufficient honesty or impartiality to be entrusted with the compulsory taking and spending of the money of others." - Auberon Herbert, The Principle of Voluntaryism, Mack edition, p.395.
TAXATION: In this or any country there are tax-producers and tax-consumers. In America, 85% of the personal federal income taxes are paid by those whose incomes are in the 3,000 to $25,000 per year class. The tax-consumers are the rich, the poor, and all government employees." - E. Raymond, Pastor, - LAISSEZ FAIRE REVIEW, May-June 74.
TAXATION: In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin, Letter to M. Leroy, 1789. – In this world nothing is certain. any more. Not even death and taxes are, although it would certainly be easier to abolish taxes than death or to almost indefinitely postpone the latter. – JZ, 20.7.08. -
TAXATION: Inasmuch as your income is taken from you coercively without your consent, to that degree you are unfree." - Mark Tier, "Murphey's Rights versus Human Rights."
TAXATION: Income tax laws abrogate property rights." - E. Raymond, Pastor, - LAISSEZ FAIRE REVIEW, 3-4/74:"
TAXATION: Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.” – Herman Wouk, Lore and Maurice Cowan, compilers, The Wit of the Jews, Leslie Frewin, London, 1970, p.73. - FICTION WRITINGS, IMAGINATIVE FICTION, JOKES
TAXATION: Income tax: The fine you pay for reckless thriving.” – Anon. - JOKES
TAXATION: Income taxation appeals to the governing class because in its everlasting urgency for power it needs money. - Income taxation appeals to the mass of the people because it gives expression to heir envy; it salves their sense of hurt … So that, the sum of all the arguments for income taxation comes to political ambition and the sin of covetousness." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.38.
TAXATION: increasing taxes always makes the problem worse, not better, because doing so discourages production and diminishes the tax base." - McBRIDE,Roger McBride, A New Dawn, p.44.
TAXATION: Indeed, it would be a useful exercise for non-libertarians to ponder this question: 'How can you define taxation in a way which makes it different from robbery?’ " - Murray N. Rothbard, in "Reason", 4/74. – quoted from “For A New Liberty”, p.55.
TAXATION: Indeed, the extent to which the governing classes have interfered, and the mischiefs which that interference has produced, are so remarkable as to make thoughtful minds wonder how civilization could advance... - "...the industrious were robbed, in order that industry might thrive." - BUCKLE, H. T. Buckle, History of Civilization in England, Vol. I, p.200, quoted in Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.3
TAXATION: Indirect taxes are concealed weapons, too, and they are criminally applied and used. They deprive us of much of our lives, liberty, rights and happiness. – JZ, 27.5.94, 20.7.08. - Compare: ”Taxation is the power to destroy.” - GUN CONTROL LAWS, CONCEALED WEAPONS
TAXATION: Indirect taxes are fraudulent - in intention and effect - and must, therefore, be stopped. 20/11/78. - Taxes ought to hurt - the more the better! for they induce then, and only then, resistance and preventive measures. Indirect taxes are like a narcotic: the patient may even bleed to death and will then be barely, if at all, aware of it. –JZ, 11.9.81, 18.10.08.
TAXATION: Individual tax victims and their tax protest groups cannot effectively fight tax legislation when it simply snows us under with ca. 50 000 new tax laws and regulations in a mere 5 years, as happened, supposedly, according to some reports, in Australia, in recent years. – JZ, 15.1.94. – Who would have the time and energy to read as many new tax slavery texts, ponder them, and also for resistance against them? – JZ, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: Inflation is the worst of the hidden taxes. JZ, 75.
TAXATION: Informed that he'd reached the 40-per-cent income-tax payment bracket, a man was heard to exclaim, 'This is an outrage! I don't make 40 per cent!’ " - Bill Gold, quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 9/75. - JOKES
TAXATION: Inside these modern National frontiers, the workers have been working harder and getting little more than their ancestors did in the feudal system." - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.140. – Percentage-wise – yes, but not in absolute terms. The former serfs were less productive. – JZ, 17.10.08.
TAXATION: Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.” – Unknown - & TAX-REFUNDS
TAXATION: Investigate all tax investigators! – JZ, 8.6.82.
TAXATION: Involuntary taxation is theft." - WATSON, Ron Watson, 3.12.78.
TAXATION: IRS saying that people are their “customers” is like a rapist calling victims “girlfriends”. – Chris Lingle, on Facebook, 4.6.13, Kilty Selena and James Hartzog shared Down the Rabbit Hole's photo. - TERRITORIALISM, POLITICS AS USUAL, GOVERNMENTALISM, STATISM, NATIONALISM, INFLATION, WAR , POLITICIANS, POWER ADDICTS, CENTRAL BANKING, MONETARY DESPOTISM
TAXATION: Is a man still free if he must spend 44 percent of his time working for the government?” - David Boaz in a YAF leaflet, under the title: Would You Rather Work Fro: Uncle Sam Or Yourself? - Q.
TAXATION: Is any government worth its costs? – JZ, 3.9.75. – Q.
TAXATION: Is anybody fully aware of and does anybody really want all the things he is paying taxes for? – JZ, 81. – Q.
TAXATION: Is anything right with taxation? Is anything right even with the “single tax” or the official “gathering of the value of unimproved land?” – JZ, 8.1.98, 16.7.08.
TAXATION: Is it a fact of no significance that robbing the government is everywhere regarded as a crime of less magnitude than robbing an individual, or even a corporation?” – H. L. Mencken, More of the Same. - & GOVERNMENT
TAXATION: Is it okay to force people to pay for things they don't want, don't need, never asked for and/or are morally opposed to? Yes or no?" - Chris Lyspooner – Facebook, 6.2.12. - Q., TAXATION
TAXATION: Is our taxation and government spending system sufficiently communistic or state socialistic for you? - JZ, 13.9.01, 31.1.02. & COMMUNISM, Q.
TAXATION: Is taxation a voluntary gift to the State or a willingly paid price for a service received? Or is it a forced tribute, a robbery organized with gangster methods? – K. H. Z. Solneman (Kurt Helmut Zube) Der Bahnbrecher, John Henry Mackay, p.182.
TAXATION: Is there a precedent for citizens refusing to pay oppressive taxes to a central power? Yes, it’s called America!” – From a Stormy Mon publication, p.68. – Well, that was a long time ago. – These freedom lovers were so antagonistic to taxation that they even let their freedom fighters starve and freeze at Valley Forge! Instead, they practised a severe inflation, which made matters even worse than the prior taxation. – JZ, 6.8.08.
TAXATION: Is there any party that believably states: Rather than giving you any 'handout' at your expense we will, as soon as we are in power, take our hands and every other hand, out of your pockets? – JZ, 23.5.76.
TAXATION: Is there anything good and truthful to be said in favor of taxes? If not, then why do they persist otherwise than due to being based on myths and coercion? – JZ
TAXATION: Is there no end to how the ... public allows itself to be fleeced by its own government?" - Schiff, The Biggest Con, p.36.
TAXATION: Is there not a moral absurdity in coercing human beings to give alms?" - Lord High Cecil, Conservatism, p.176.
TAXATION: Is there some point at which the level of taxation establishes serfdom?" - Clarence B. Carson, THE FREEMAN 5/76, p.303. – Yes, with the first cent forcefully taken for services not asked for. – JZ, 16.10.08. - Q., SERFDOM
TAXATION: Isn't it a terrible sign for our times when prominent among the few chances to gain much money by using one's initiative are activities like gambling, lotteries, betting, entertainment and crimes? – JZ, 77/8, 29.5.13.
TAXATION: It ... is a test of true ownership that an owner may do with his property what others think he ought not to do." - Lord High Cecil, Conservatism, p.119.
TAXATION: It does not require any particular humanitarianism on the part of a congressman to vote for a bill which takes a certain number of Mr.. A.'s dollars and gives them to Mr. B., especially when Mr. A. may have his own ideas about how he wants to assist those less fortunate than himself." - SMITH, Dean Smith,"Conservatism", p.122.
TAXATION: It has been calculated that two-thirds of the workforce pay more in taxes than they receive back in social benefits, however generously that term is defined. Given the choice, it is evident that a large majority of tax-payers would prefer to scrap the present system of social services and receive back in tax rebates the percentage of their income that is presently mulcted to enable them to enjoy the benefits of a national health service and a comprehensive school system that are coming apart at the seams.” - K. W. Watkins, ed. In Defence of Freedom, p. 65. – EXPLOITATION, WELFARE STATE
TAXATION: it is … immoral and fraudulent when ... free choice to spend … (one's) money has been taken away by government action." - Melvin D. Barger, in THE FREEMAN, 4/76.
TAXATION: it is a folly to assert that the economy can be improved by requiring taxpayers to fund activities that no prudent investor would back.” – THE LIBERTARIAN DIGEST, 3/82, p.3. - SUBSIDIES, INVESTMENTS
TAXATION: It is a violation of those rights which we posited above to compel someone to support another's desires or even needs, yet our tax system is a hopeless maze of involuntary subsidizations of some by others." - George C. Leef, THE FREEMAN, 9/78.
TAXATION: It is also easy to see why the taxation levels have to be so high – the more the government does, the more it costs.” - John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.109. – Or the more it prevents productive people from producing, the more it costs. – For instance: It subsidizes inefficient schools and teachers while outlawing quite free competition from efficient ones. That may be one of the greatest wrongs and damages it does. A Californian teacher told me once that, in relation to their population, the Californian Education Department and that of NSW are the largest ones on Earth. True or false? I do not know. I only know that, judging by their “products”, they can’t be much good. About one half of State budgets are spent on all forms of governmentally mismanaged “education”. – JZ, 4.8.08.
TAXATION: It is also true that, while the king retained executive authority, the new constitution limited royal powers … In practice, however, the life of the typical Frenchman was little changed – a constant round of exertions to keep ahead of the tax collector. Whether the taxes were collected in the name of “the people” or “the king” made little practical difference.” - G. C. Roche, Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.26. – The only practical difference between taxes levied by a king and taxes levied in the name of “the people” is that kings demanded much less. – JZ, n.d.
TAXATION: It is clearly wrong in principle to allow the government forcibly to seize money from people who work and to give it unconditionally to other able-bodied people whether they accept work or not. It is wrong in principle to give money to people solely because they say they haven't any - and especially to support such people on a permanent and not merely on a temporary emergency basis." - Henry Hazlitt, The Conquest of Poverty, p.116.
TAXATION: It is compulsory taxation which generates and sustains the corrupt game of politics..." – Eric Mack
TAXATION: It is curious to note that when, for reasons of conscience, people refuse to kill, they are often exempted from active military duty. But there are no exemptions for people who, for reasons of conscience, refuse to financially support the bureaucracy that actually does the killing. Apparently, the state takes money more seriously than life." – Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY interview, 7/76.
TAXATION: It is each honest worker's right to spend his own money as he sees fit." – Dr. R. S. Jaggard, JAG, Aug. 22, 1972.
TAXATION: It is easier to seize wealth than to produce it; and as long as the State makes the seizure of wealth a matter of legalized privilege, so long will the squabble for that privilege go on." - Albert Jay Nock
TAXATION: It is evil to force a man to fund a service for his protection if he does not wish to be protected." - Tibor R.. Machan, A Note on Neff's Anarchism, in "reason". – Has Machan applied this principle, anywhere, e.g. to the supposed ideal of limited but still territorial government? If so, then he would be well on the way to becoming a panarchist. – JZ, 17.10.08.
TAXATION: It is foolish to tax a man more when he earns more, as our present income tax does. A tax should be a poll tax. But to proceed to raid a man’s savings and possessions is monumentally stupid. If he spends at once all he earns, he escapes the wealth tax. If he saves, he spares the country all sorts of welfare payments and contributes to the development of industry. Yet it is proposed to condemn these activities by taxing the saver especially. It is incredible.” – Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST,, 4/78, P. 15. - PROGRESSIVE TAXATION, TAXES ON SAVINGS
TAXATION: It is impossible to morally or rationally praise either the victims, the perpetrators or the beneficiaries of taxation, as such. – JZ, 12.9.81.
TAXATION: It is increasingly evident that countless millions in all walks of life thoughtlessly 'live' off others; they loot and they don't know it." - NOTES FROM FEE, 3/78.
TAXATION: It is interesting to note that if we bestow the name of a government taxing authority (e.g. 'the School board’ or 'the County Tax Collector’) upon the gang of robbers, the nature of the act is not at all altered, nor does the proper owner of the seized property lose his right to it.” - KUSKEY, Garvan F. Kuskey, THE FREEMAN, Nov. 73. - See also Robert LeFevre, The Philosophy of Ownership, pp. 23/42." – THE FREEMAN, 11/73.
TAXATION: It is more rewarding for a government to take $ 1 from each of 1 million poor than to take $ 500,000 from one rich man.” - Erwin Strauss, THE CONNECTION, 90, 13/10/80. - I would rather say: "than to tax one rich man $ 500,000." As that message was not immediately clear to one of my boys, I reworded it twice, hoping that someone will turn out a better version still: 1.) It pays the government more to take $1 from each of a million poor subjects than to take only half a million from one rich man. 2) The government does not soak the rich because it pays the government more to take a little from every little man that to take a lot from one rich man. – JZ – However, it would probably cost the government more than a million dollar to collect $ 1 from each of a million taxpayers and it might lose their votes in the process. By taxing just one man $ 1 million or half a million, would cost the government less and it would, most likely, just lose one vote in the process. – JZ, 18.10.08. - VOTING, DEMOCRACY, SOAK THE RICH? -
TAXATION: It is not a crime to refuse paying taxes. But it is a crime to coercively claim and collect them." - John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung, S.136.
TAXATION: It is not charity I oppose, but robbery." - John E. Nestler, in THE FREEMAN, 10/73.
TAXATION: It is not necessary to OWN a man in order to dominate him. MAN IS MASTERED BY THOSE WHO CONTROL THE FRUITS OF HIS LABOR." - Admiral Ben Moreell, Log II, P.173.
TAXATION: It is not the purpose of government to rob people by taxation to distribute (the proceeds) to favoured people." - Victor Thomas, Robertson, N.S.W., 20.4.76.
TAXATION: It is not true that the services would be impossible without taxation; that assertion is denied by the fact that the services appear before taxes are introduced. The services come because there is need for them. Because there is need for them they are paid for, in the beginning, with labor and, in a few instances, with voluntary contributions of goods and money; the trade is without compulsion and therefore equitable. Only when political power takes over the management of these services does the compulsory tax appear. It is not the cost of the services which calls for taxation, it is the cost of maintaining political power." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.230.
TAXATION: It is possible to persuade men that their welfare will be greater if they will serve as soldiers, if they will be deprived of land, if they will give away their labor in the shape of taxes; but until all men consider this their good and do it voluntarily, it cannot be called men's welfare. The sole indication of the beneficence of a thing is that men freely perform it." - Tolstoi, in Sprading, "Liberty and the Great Libertarians”, p.326.
TAXATION: It is probably too much to hope that government will price itself out of business." - J. H. McGavran, in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 7/78. - If its services were properly priced and if it were in business, i.e. in competition with others offering the same or similar services, then this could happen. – JZ
TAXATION: It is said "that death and taxes are inevitable, but is it really necessary to tax us to death?" - V. R. Forbes Accountability in Government, 1974.
TAXATION: It is surprising to me how many people consent to being crucified by taxes - seeing that they subscribe to one or the other rationalization, excuse or pretence for taxation. – JZ, 17.5.78.
TAXATION: It is the daily rape of all their subjects by their supposed representatives. – JZ, 1984.
TAXATION: It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to flay it.” – Tiberius, quoted in Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars: Tiberius (2nd C. A.D.). 32.2. – And “good sheep” continued to let themselves be shorn for thousands of years and to let others enjoy their wool. – JZ, 21.11.85. - - Already he considered the people as his property, to be sheared or even killed. – JZ, 25.7.08.
TAXATION: It is the poor who are soaked most heavily by soak-the-rich taxes." – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.225.
TAXATION: It is time the average person understood that it is the average person who is paying for this government's ambitions." - Malcolm Fraser, THE AUSTRALIAN, 5.10.74.
TAXATION: It is typical for our system that only the unproductive and insignificant producers are exempted from direct income taxes. – JZ, 12.9.81.
TAXATION: it is wrong for government to steal. A fifty-percent-plus-one majority vote doesn’t make it right.” – Sam Wells Jr., OPTION, 4/.77. – Even a 99.9 % majority vote could not make it right for the 0.1 percent. – Let all people pay their own way, their own bills. – JZ, 4.8.08.
TAXATION: It makes not he smallest difference to the motives of the thrifty and industrious part of mankind whether their fiscal oppressor be an Eastern despot, or a feudal baron, or a democratic legislature, and whether they are taxed for the benefit of a corporation called Society of for the advantage of an individual styled King or Lord.” - Henry Sumner Maine, Popular Government, Indianapolis, Liberty Classics, 1976 reprint of 1885 London ed., p.69.
TAXATION: It makes you stop and think to realize that feudal serfs in the Middle Ages kept a higher percentage of their income than we Americans do today. And yet the Republicans and Democrats in Congress debate not on how to reduce federal spending each year, but on how much the budget should be increased!" - Libertarian Party, election leaflet, 1976.
TAXATION: It needs the withholding tax, because if the Imperium tried to extract all the year’s income taxes at once, it would have the entire citizenry out in the street, with arms full of rocks .. it wouldn’t last a standard year.” – F. Paul Wilson, An Enemy of the State, p.134. – WITHHOLDING TAX, INCOME TAX, DIRECT TAXATION
TAXATION: It should be apparent that a tax on profit is a tax on the future - an impediment to progress - a production-stopping, idea-blocking, paralyzing obstruction to the advancement of everyone." - Joan Wilke, THE FREEMAN, 3/75. - She should have added that the same applies to taxes on wages and salaries. – JZ -
TAXATION: It takes taxes to mismanage a country. – JZ, 8.9.85. - And since much money is raised in form of taxes we do get much mismanagement. – JZ, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: It think it is altogether possible to create a tax-less country. Think about it." – Suggestion to the students in a leadership school established by him.” - Konosuke MATSUSHITA, philosopher and tycoon, in TIME, 14.4.80. - See PEACE PLANS 20, on his phenomenally effective suggestions box scheme, which, I believe, stimulated not only foremen and staff but ordinary workers into creative actions. – JZ – SONY may have further improved it, in its sphere. But did he or any of these workers put some good ideas in writing about voluntary taxation or contribution schemes? – JZ, 17.10.08.
TAXATION: It took centuries to obliterate the idea that these exactions served but to keep a privileged class in comfort and to finance their internecine wars; in fact, that purpose was never denied or obscured until constitutionalism diffused political power." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.218.
TAXATION: It was ... John C. Calhoun who saw with crystal clarity that, no matter how small the power of government, no matter how low the tax burden or how equal its distribution, the very nature of government creates two unequal and inherently conflicting classes in society: those who, on net, PAY taxes (the 'tax-payers') , and those who, on net, LIVE OFF taxes (the 'tax-consumers')." - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p.56/57.
TAXATION: It was a principle of the Common Law, as it is of the law of nature, and of common sense, that no man can be taxed without his personal consent. The Common Law knew nothing of that system, which now prevails in England, of assuming a man's own consent to be taxed, because some pretended representative, whom he never authorized to act for him, has taken it upon himself to consent that he may be taxed. That is one of the many frauds on the Common Law, and the English constitution, which have been introduced since Magna Carta. Having finally established itself in England, it has been stupidly and servilely copied and submitted to in the United States." - Lysander Spooner, Works II, "Taxation".
TAXATION: It was a transference of economic power from the producers to politicians." - Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.154 on the Income Tax.
TAXATION: It was once said in this country, that taxation without consent was robbery. And a seven years' war was fought to maintain that principle. But if that principle were a true one in behalf of three millions of men, it is an equally true one in behalf of three men, or of one man." - Lysander Spooner, Letter to Grover Cleveland, p.9. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
TAXATION: It will be seen that indirect taxation is a permission-to-live price. You cannot find in the marketplace a single satisfaction to which a number of taxes are not attached, added to the price, and you are under compulsion either to pay them or go without; since going without amounts to depriving yourself of the meaning of life, or even of life itself, you pay. The inevitability of this charge on existence is expressed in the popular dichotomy, “death and taxes”. - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p. 269. – Another and longer version: It will seem that indirect taxation is a permission-to-live price. You cannot find in the marketplace a single satisfaction to which a number of these taxes are not attached, hidden in the price, and you are under compulsion either to pay them or go without; since going without amounts to depriving yourself of the meaning of life, or even of life itself, you pay. The inevitability of this charge on existence is expressed in the popular association of death and taxes. And it is this very characteristic that commends indirect taxation to the state, so that when you examine the prices of things you live by, you are astounded by the disproportion between the cost of production and the charge for permission to buy." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.219.
TAXATION: It would be a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their income.” – Benjamin Franklin's observation in POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAC in 1758. - Since then we experienced the typical “progress” of “representative” government. – JZ, 13.4.09. - PROGRESSIVE TAXATION
TAXATION: It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part. – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father – To my knowledge none of the present flat rate taxes have become as low. – JZ, 25.4.13.
TAXATION: It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part. – Benjamin Franklin – FLAT RATE TAXATION?
TAXATION: It would be unjust to compel the minority to contribute, by taxation, to the support of any laws which they did not approve." - Lysander Spooner, Trial by Jury, Works II/220.
TAXATION: It's a society with too many taxes and too much energy spent in figuring out ways to avoid them." - Richard C. Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.49.
TAXATION: It's getting harder and harder to support the government in the style to which it has become accustomed." – Robert Poole, Cut Local Taxes, p.34. – If at least it were a wife or a mistress one had individually chosen and is satisfied with … - JZ, 29.4.09.
TAXATION: it's not how much you make that counts. It's how much you get to keep.” - Carl Worden. - WEALTH, EARNINGS, NET VS. GROSS INCOMETAXATION: It's wrong for someone to confiscate your money, give it to someone else, and call that "compassion." – Harry Browne - COMPASSION, ALTRUISM, BENEVOLENCE, CHARITY
TAXATION: It’s getting harder and harder to support the government in the style to which it has been accustomed.” – FARMER’S ALMANAC – Quoted in Bachman’s Book of Freedom Quotations. And we do not even get a sex and pleasant company in return, as we get from a wife or mistress. – JZ, 5.8.08, 24.4.09. - JOKES
TAXATION: It’s not “taxation”. It’s confiscation.” – Claire Wolfe, Don’t Shoot the Bastards (YET), 101 More Ways To Salvage Freedom, o.7. Or levying of tributes. – JZ, 18.9.07.
TAXATION: It’s really hard for a government to cut expenses – it’s easier to trim taxpayers.” – COUNTRY PARSON, quoted in THE SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 3/78. - JOKES
TAXATION: It’s tax time again– say the government’s revenuers. It’s time to un-tax ourselves say the freedom lovers. – JZ, 2.7.99. – Actually, taxation, at least indirect taxation, goes on all the time and mostly all too little noticed. That is precisely the reason why the government introduced it, namely to minimize opposition to taxation. – JZ, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: It’s wrong for someone to confiscate your money, give it to someone else, and call that ‘compassion’." – Harry Browne - HANDOUTS, CHARITY, COMPASSION & SHARING THE WEALTH, WELFARE STATE, SOCIAL SECURITY
TAXATION: Its “progressive” taxation is a blatant exercise in robbing Peter to pay Paul, who fails to see that he too is robbed in the process.” – Arthur Shenfield, summing up the neo-anarchist case in REASON, 8/76. - Robbery is involved even in taxation that is not progressive. – JZ, 4.8.08.
TAXATION: J .A. Cronin, one of the world-renowned writers with the highest income, recently revealed his intention to leave England and to acquire a property in Switzerland. - Asked for his reason for this voluntary exile he declared: 'For many years I have longed for a country in which the mountains are higher than its taxes!’" - KURIER, ?4.6.55. - JOKES
TAXATION: Jackman gets ten percent and I get 1 percent. That leaves you with one hundred and sixty thousand dollars." - "It's unbelievable. It's almost indecent." - "Never mind, darling," said Brad. "After taxes the only thing that will seem indecent is the government." - Grace Metalious, Return to Peyton Place, p.123.
TAXATION: Jim Stone of Olds, Alberta, constructed his house to conserve fuel by solar use and extra insulation. He was then visited by the tax assessor, who increased his tax assessment so that his taxes will be three times as much as the energy saving.” – HALIFAX MAIL STAR / Halt. – quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 4/81.– Not that I would favor the opposite, namely subsidies out of tax funds for those installing e.g. wind-power or solar power systems. But I would favor the full deduction of all self-help expenses from any imposed tax bills. The result would quickly show that people have better uses for their own money than has the government. – JZ, 23.7.08. – BUREAUCRACY, SELF-HELP, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, SUBSIDIES, JOKES
TAXATION: Join the IRS. Are you a thief out of work? Between jobs? Consider the benefits of joining the IRS: Steady pay. We pool and divide the booty. Low risk - The law is on your side. Job security - as sure as death and taxes." - Simon Jester, 1976. - JOKES
TAXATION: Join the tax rebellion." - Slogan of the Tax Rebels of America, Libertarian Handbook, 1973.
TAXATION: Judge to accused: ‘I’m giving you the maximum punishment – you’re going free to worry about taxes, war, unemployment and the cost of living, like the rest of us.’ ”- POCKET MAN, 81. – JOKES
TAXATION: Judging by our tax load, we are still engaged in a war by a totalitarian government against ourselves. Only this time that enemy regime is our own and it is winning. It imposed upon us a higher tribute payment than it did previously in other wars and this in times that are supposed to be peace times. – JZ, 23.8.82, 22.7.08.
TAXATION: July 4th, 1776, that’s when we tore ourselves loose from “England and it’s a question of who it was a better deal for. And tax in those days, that we fought to do away with, why, it must have been at least 5 % of what it is today.” – Will Rogers. – And how does the total of taxes that England extorted then from these colonies compare with England’s expenditures there? And what about the cost in blood, limbs, health, property, labors and money, and in inflation victims, as a result of this liberation? Slavery and many other wrongs were continued for a long time. Territorialism, protectionism, taxation and monetary despotism were continued. Not all individual rights and liberties were recognized and realized. – JZ, 29.7.92, 5.8.08, 17.3.11. – JOKES, LIBERATION, AMERICAN REVOLUTION
TAXATION: Just as man must pay his own way, so also must man not be compelled to pay someone else's way." - Ridgway K., Foley Jr., THE FREEMAN, 5/74.
TAXATION: Just what part does the State play in production to warrant its rake-off? The State does not give; it merely takes." - Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.239. - Or coercively transfers. – JZ
TAXATION: Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations as between neighbor - citizens. A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang." - Benjamin Franklin
TAXATION: Keep a government poor and you’ll keep it off your back. Without the necessary funds, it can’t afford to harass you. Give it lots of money and it will find ways to spend it, invariably to your own detriment. Let it control the money supply and all the stops are out: it will soon control you!” – F. Paul Wilson, An Enemy of the State, p.184. – CENTRAL BANKING, MONETARY DESPOTISM, GOVERNMENT, BUDGET, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, POVERTY
TAXATION: Keep money out of irresponsible hands: Avoid Tax! – Quote supplied by Bob Cowin.
TAXATION: Krueger’s Law: A taxpayer is someone who doesn’t have to take a civil service examination to work for the government.” – John Peers, 1001 Logical Laws For All Walks of Life, compiled by John Peers, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 10/89. – Alas, I have never seen that book. – JZ, 18.7.08. – JOKES
TAXATION: Labor plants poison pills in carbon tax - www.theaustralian.com.au - Is ANY tax CREATIVE? – JZ, 20.9.11, on Facebook. – Is any of them rightful, economic, productive, sound, rational? – JZ, 12.10.12. - MONETARY & FINANCIAL DESPOTISM, Q.,
TAXATION: Lament on Taxes: Hurrah for the Common man. Tax him, tax him all you can. // Tax his house and tax his bed. Tax the bald spot on his head. // Tax his bread, tax his meat. Tax the shoes clean off his feet. // Tax his 'Lizzie', tax his gas, tax the road that he must pass. // Tax the farmer, tax his fowl, tax the dog, tax his howl. // Tax his pig, and tax his squeal. Tax his boot, run down at the heel, // Tax his cow and tax his calf, tax him if he dares to laugh. // Tax his barns and tax his lands. Tax his blisters on his hands. // Tax the water, tax the air. Tax the sunshine, if you dare. // Tax the living, tax their bread, and while you're at it, tax the dead." - Arthur Jensen, in US FARM NEWS, Feb. 1969.
TAXATION: Last year, as quoted by the Taxpayers Association Journal – TAXPAYER – the Federal Government spent $ 100,000 on the anti-smoking campaign and $496,000 on tobacco research.” – John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.109. – Consistency was never the strength of any territorial government and its legislation and programs. – JZ, 4.8.08. - How much did it make then - and now, in taxes n tobacco? Alas, even this high penalty on this particular vice has not sufficed to eradicate it. Instead, it helped to finance the vice of statism, which has many more involuntary victims. Even the non-smokers, like myself, are taxed to support the extra health costs caused by smoking. - JZ, 17.3.11. -bSMOKING, TOBACCO, CIGARETTES, CIGARS
TAXATION: lawyers and professors of economics, by deft circumlocution, turned tribute into “fiscal policy” and clothed it with social good. Nevertheless, the social effect of the system was to keep the citizenry divided into two economic groups: payers and receivers.” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p. 204. – If the more correct term “tributes” were still applied, it would make the fact of victimizers and victimized quite obvious. – The same kind of deception is involved that called the rule over the people a rule by the people, namely, “democracy”, and called the rule by a few, all with all too many discretionary power and no real responsibility, “representation” and called the real “dictatorship over the proletariat” a “dictatorship of the proletariat”. – The word-abusers have us in their power and the uncritical and faithful believers in verbal nominalism become victims, as if these words had legal tender power over them. – In this way, too, the “sanction of the victims” is granted to the victimizers. – The real revolution has to begin in the heads, by calling things by their real names. Already Confucius recognized that in one of his sayings and we have still not sufficiently learnt this lesson from him. - JZ, 5.8.08. - TRIBUTES,
TAXATION: Lay not up for yourself treasures that can be taxed or expropriated." - Dr. R. S. Jaggard, JAG, 28/2/73.
TAXATION: learn to see that the money they get from Canberra is the money they sent to Canberra, less freight charges both ways.” – From the Progress Party report: “The Beef Squeeze”. – Not to forget the handling fees and costs by large and expensive bureaucracies. Sometimes, like with the postal monopoly, the are not only freight charges but, rather, also, storage charges. – JZ, 4.8.08. - JOKES, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, SUBSIDIES, HAND-OUTS, WELFARE STATE
TAXATION: leave more of our incomes for us to spend in accordance with our own values; to reduce the extent to which our Big Brother in Washington runs our lives for us." - Milton Friedman, An Economist Protests, XVI.
TAXATION: Leave to the people the wealth that they earn..." - An Ode to the Men in the
Clouds by Bard of the Baw Baws, PROGRESS, May 76.
TAXATION: Leaving party politics aside, there is no doubt that most people would prefer more choice in education and other welfare services than they will ever enjoy from the centralised control which inevitably accompanies almost complete dependence upon direct finance from taxation. Choice would not only strengthen the sense of individual and parental responsibility. It would bring more money into undernourished state services because, as Socialists like Mr. Grossman have acknowledged, people are willing to pay more for improved standards for themselves and their families than they will cheerfully pay by way of increased taxation or 'contributions' for less tangible national benefits.” - T. Utley & J. Udal in: "Down with the Poor", p. 91.
TAXATION: Leftists love to say things like, 'We're just asking everyone to pay their fair share.' But government is not about asking. It is about telling. The difference is fundamental. It is the difference between making love and being raped, between working for a living and being a slave.” - Thomas Sowell - & FAIRNESS
TAXATION: Less tax, less government spending, less controls. – JZ, 75. - No tributes to governments, no budgets for governments, no legislative, juridical, policing and defence controls for them - except those which individual volunteers accept for themselves from governments confined to exterritorial autonomy and competing freely with other as limited governments and societies, however diverse they may be, in accordance with the wishes of their voluntary subjects. - JZ, 17.3.11.
TAXATION: Less taxes instead of increased benefits." – Perry E. Gresham, THE FREEMAN, 10/78, p.609. - No taxes would be the greatest increased benefit." – J Z., 81, 15.10.08.
TAXATION: Let me opt out of this racket! – JZ, 19.9.81.
TAXATION: Let me tell you how it will be. There's one for you, nineteen for me. 'Cause I'm the taxman." – George Harrison, (From song "Taxman" on The Beatles album Revolver 1966) – PROGRESSIVE TAXATION, TRIBUTE LEVIES, NATIONALIZATION OF PRIVATE EARNINGS
TAXATION: Let politicians and their followers tax themselves into oblivion – but not anybody else. – JZ, 13.10.93.
TAXATION: Let us all train to become successful tax dodgers!" – JZ
TAXATION: Let us consider this question: Just how much liberty does a person really have when more than half of his earnings are taken from him without his consent and are spent for purposes distasteful to him?" - Admiral Ben Moreell, Log I/29"
TAXATION: Let us order our politicians to give philanthropy back to the people. Only they know how to use it. Only they can even exercise it." - Charles R. LaDow, THE FREEMAN, 9/74. – Are we as yet in any position to give orders to our politicians – or is it rather the other way around? – JZ, 17.10.08.
TAXATION: Let's do away with taxes! – JZ, 10.4.73 - That will appeal only to those who can see most of the alternatives clearly. 81.
TAXATION: Let's soak the tax collectors and all other tax fund recipients. – JZ, 75
TAXATION: Let's turn Australia into a tax haven! – JZ, 73.
TAXATION: Letter to the taxation department: 'If I understand you right in what you want me to send to you: I do not have it!" – NEWSWEEK - JOKES
TAXATION: Liberals love to say things like, "We're just asking everyone to pay their fair share." But government is not about asking. It is about telling. The difference is fundamental. It is the difference between making love and being raped, between working for a living and being a slave. The Internal Revenue service is not asking anybody to do anything. It confiscates your assets and puts you behind bars if you don't pay. – Thomas Sowell, FORBES, July 1994. - FAIR SHARE, MODERN LIBERALISM
TAXATION: Liberty, O.K. schools got a $ 16,000 federal grant to teach 20 youngsters table manners. (MONEYSWORTH). – I wouldn’t mind nearly so much if they’d change the name of the town. – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 4/81. – John T. Harlee, of the SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 4/81, commented: "I wouldn't mind nearly so much if they'd change the name of the town. - They may have given up on trying to teach them the 3 R.’s – but, they are valiantly trying to teach them table manners! Naturally, no educational effort has to be left to the parents, usually also “educated” in governmental schools. – JZ, 23.7.08. - JOKES
TAXATION: Life – “a constant round of exertions to keep ahead of the tax collector." – G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p. 26.
TAXATION: Like the slave the taxed producer will become proportionally less profitable to his master." – Bastiat, Economic Sophisms, p.135/36, freely re-worded. - JZ - However, even they have not yet succeeded to make us as unprofitable to them that they drop all tax levies upon us. - Shall we patiently and submissively wait, further decades to centuries, until that point is reached? - JZ, 17.3.11.
TAXATION: Liquidate all government assets in form of transferable shares and distribute these securities among all citizens or taxpayers fairly. From then on everyone should have to pay for or maintain only whatever services he wants. – JZ,75/81. (Compare PEACE PLANS 19 C.)
TAXATION: local rates aren't related to the benefits you get. A local income tax would be worse, and by the time you get to the national scene, there's no relationship left. Try and trace your benefits from a share in the postal service. The whole tax and benefit system is an ugly swamp - numerous taxes, duties, licences, subsidies, allowances, welfare payments, 'free' services and so on - the net effect of which I defy even Houdini to unravel." - Terry Arthur, "95% Is Crap", p.89/90. – Rather only local than any State or federal taxes! At least you could then easily move to the least taxed areas or would have a real chance to throw the rascals out. – JZ, n.d. - - Freedom for dissenting individuals and minorities to secede from it. The rest to be free to go on with it, as long as they are willing to put up with it. Panarchism! Voluntarism! Experimental freedom! – JZ, 14.10.08.
TAXATION: Look how many civilizations in the past were ruined by excessive taxation." – Ned Hanlon, quoted by Colin Clark in QUADRANT, 6/75.
TAXATION: Look it up in a dictionary and you will find two basic meanings for the word tax. The concise Thorndike Barnhart pocket dictionary defines it as: ‘1. money paid by people for the support of the government. 2. a burden, duty, or demand that oppresses.’ – The first definition needs the qualifier that the money is forcibly extracted from the people. Then the second definition naturally follows from the first.” - Fred E. Foldvary, in REASON, Nov.78.TAXATION: Looks like the taxpayers in the U.S. are the only folks hiring any help nowadays. A private business, when it don’t do any business, don’t use anybody, but the less business the public has the more we hire to do it.” – Will Rogers, Autobiography, p.285. – BUREAUCRACY, PUBLIC SERVANTS, UNEMPLOYMENT, PUBLIC SECTOR VS. PRIVATE SECTOR
TAXATION: Lower taxes and the elimination of government waste whether it is liberal or labour." - John Curvers, election leaflet 1976.
TAXATION: Lower taxes aren't enough" he said, for instance. "When you hear some so-called conservative Bircher or some follower of William Buckley Jr., call for lower taxes, beware. There's a man who's squishy soft on Illuminism. All taxes are robbery. Instead of attacking Joan Baez, a real American should support her for refusing to pay any more money into the Illuminati treasury in Washington." - WILSON/SHEA, Illuminatus II, p.74.
TAXATION: Lower taxes through less government." - REPORT ON FREEDOM, 3/75, by Liberty Amendment Committee. = Lower Taxes through Less Government." John BIRCH Society, slogan quoted in reason 9/74 :"
TAXATION: LR: THE NEW REPUBLIC has described the tax revolt as libertarian. They say “a blending of libertarian rhetoric with cash prizes for the middle class is the central appeal of the new backlash.” - [Paul] :Gann: “This is not a specifically libertarian movement. It’s not a right-wing or left-wing movement. This is the people. The people are tired of being milked like a Holstein cow with an electric milking machine.” – LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 9/78.
TAXATION: Luck and cunning to all tax dodgers! – JZ, 12.2.73.
TAXATION: M. Siegfried does not appear to me to understand the difference between France and England. His great country is run upon the principle of the prosperous citizen and the bankrupt State, a principle which, whatever may be said about it from other points of view, is at least a practical proposition. We in our folly prefer the prosperous State and the bankrupt citizen, although that pleasant dream still lacks a single tittle (*) of evidence of feasibility.” - Ernest Benn, speech, 22.4.31, in Deryck Abel, Ernest Benn, Counsel for Liberty, p.159. – (*) bit - JZ) - BANKRUPTCY, PRIVATE & PUBLIC SECTOR
TAXATION: make all taxes, like school taxes, subject to referendum.“ – Jim Stumm, THE CONNECTION, 12.9.76, p.46.
TAXATION: Make no mistake: All taxes are evil. … What example does it give children – has it given children for the last 75 years – to run a civilization on theft?” - L. Neil Smith, Lever Action, A Mountain Media Book, 2001, email@example.com, p.139.
TAXATION: Make taxes voluntary and you will soon find out how much taxation and government spending is considered necessary by most of the involuntary victims of compulsory taxes. – JZ, 9.9.98. – VOLUNTARY TAXATION, JOKES
TAXATION: Many native Americans pay little or nothing (*) in taxes, yet they live almost entirely off government expenditures (**), or receive numerous government services. This is primarily the fault of our high taxation rates and bloated welfare programs, which subsidize leisure and penalize work. Under any system of taxation, some will necessarily be tax consumers, paying less in taxes than they receive in expenditures and services; others will be taxpayers, paying more in taxes than they get from the government. If this condition did not exist, everyone would receive from the government exactly what he had paid in taxes, and there would be no justification for taxation.” – Donald H. Carpenter, NEW GUARD, July-August 1978. - (*) directly! – (**) only those in reservations! – If they were totally exempt from out laws, burdens and hand-outs, then at least the less traditional and more enlightened ones among them, on their share of land within the reservation, or, exterritorially, outside the Reservations, could have developed a boom economy, while the rest could have gone on trying to live their traditional life-style, as much as possible. – JZ, 4.8.08, 18.3.11. – RED INDIANS, RESERVATION INDIANS
TAXATION: Many will insist that there is a difference between theft by a criminal and taxation by a government. Indeed, there is: taxation is morally worse because a government, unlike a criminal, is entrusted with protecting rights. - The criminal has no such sacred trust." – Paul Lepanto, "Return to Reason”, p.136. – Why place such a trust in the greatest criminals of all? – JZ, 17.10.08. – GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM
TAXATION: Meantime, 'the general taxpayer' has indeed become a mere mathematical or algebraic expression in Victoria; he has apparently neither a body, parts, nor passions, does not cry out when he is squeezed, and is not represented in the Legislature." - Charles Fairfield, State Socialism in the Antipodes, essay in: Thomas Mackay, A Plea for Liberty, p.176.
TAXATION: Meanwhile, all of us are cast into economic slavery by confiscatory taxation." - Dr. R. S. Jaggard, JAG, 15.2.75.
TAXATION: Meanwhile, governments continue to tax their earners greedily and foolishly." – Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 4/75.
TAXATION: Men live by production, but the State lives by appropriation." – Frank Chodorov in The Income Tax..., p.51.
TAXATION: Modern forms of taxation which violate human rights are stupid and unnecessary. To tax one man's income because he has been industrious and exempt that of another because he is lazy and will not work is more than stupid, it is wicked." – Graham Hart, "The Choice: Georgist Progress or Socialist Poverty", reviewed in PROGRESS, June 75.
TAXATION: Mogens Glistrup, a rambunctious lawyer who leads Denmark’s Progress Party. He prescribes massive reductions in the 700,000-strong Danish state officialdom and argues that the abolition of income tax – two thirds of which is devoted to social spending – would mean that most welfare benefits would no longer be needed.” – David Moller, THE BULLETIN, Jan. 22, 1977.
TAXATION: Money in the hands of territorial governments represents oppression and exploitation and finances more oppression and exploitation. – JZ, 28.12.93. – It does so even on the level of mere local governments or municipalities. – JZ, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: Money must be loosed into the private sector instead of sucked into the tax machine." - Sir Charles Court, Premier of W.A., THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 22.3.75, - Rather: Money must be left in the private sector instead of being forcefully collected by the bureaucracy for its own benefits and that of its hangers-on (favourites). – JZ
TAXATION: Money not taxed away from the rich and the well-off people tends to be invested productively, which usually means jobs, well paid jobs, for the unemployed. When it is taxed away then it tends to finance only fat cat politicians and bureaucrats and their counter-productive activities and people, getting paid for not working or working only to obstruct or exploit the productive work of others, rather than additional and productive jobs, which would cheapen consumer goods and services. In other words, the general welfare and living standard become reduced. – JZ, 7.9.05, 27.10.07. - OF THE RICH, CAPITAL & THE POOR, WELFARE STATE, HAND-OUTS, POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS, PRODUCTIVITY
TAXATION: Money: Something that brushes by you on its way to Washington.” – CHANGING TIMES. – Insert e.g. Paris, Rome, London, Berlin, Canberra, etc. – JZ - JOKES
TAXATION: morally wrong for government to force taxpayers to finance their own destruction." - David A. Williams, New Guard, June 78, p. 7.
TAXATION: More than a century ago a citizen had between 95% and 98% freedom of choice with each dollar. The total expenditure of government -federal, state, and local - was from 2% to 5% of all earned income." - Leonard E. Read, Instead of Violence, p.19. - And that occurred together with a stable currency! but, unfortunately, also with lesser productivity. If this kind of liberty would have had a chance to expand a bit more and to last a while longer - could the process towards complete liberation (to the extent an individual desires it) have been reversed then? – JZ
TAXATION: Most compulsory taxation would automatically disappear with the national territorial monopoly. – JZ, 18.7.91. – Perhaps even already as the result of the first individual that would be quite freed to secede and would do so.- JZ, 18.8.95, 18.7.08.
TAXATION: Most of the presidential candidates' economic packages involve 'tax breaks,' which is when the government, amid great fanfare, generously decides not to take quite so much of your income. In other words, these candidates are trying to buy your votes with your own money." - Dave Barry - TAX BREAKS: BUDGETS
TAXATION: Most people do not get cross enough about being made to bear their cross of taxes. – JZ, 17.5.78
TAXATION: Most people have only the choice between moderate wealth due to their own efforts and a relative and generalized poverty due largely to punitive taxation. There is no good reason why they should choose the latter. – JZ, 12.9.81. Once they are free to do so. - VOLUNTARY TAXATION OR FREEDOM FROM COMPULSORY TAXATION.
TAXATION: Most people still pay taxes. They don’t pay taxes because they like paying taxes, they pay because they’re afraid not to. The IRS would have you believe that its compliance is “voluntary”. Nothing could be further from the truth.” – René Baxter, FREEDOM TODAY, 9/75.
TAXATION: Most people would be glad to tend to their own business if the government would give it back." - C. T. in READERS DIGEST, 1/79. - JOKES
TAXATION: Most taxes were thought to be justified in wartime or as revolutionary measures - and then persisted and grew to pay for subsequent "peaceful" power games campaigns and programs camouflaged as necessary 'reforms'. – JZ, 24..81.
TAXATION: Mug Yourself Today – Pay Taxes.” - Dangerous Buttons No. 146. - Mug yourself today – pay taxes.” – Society for Libertarian Life, button No. 445. - Under territorialism you get mugged or even killed by the largest organized crime syndicate of them all, if you don't. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: My earnings are largely confiscated by the government. It only leaves me subsistence and pocket-money. – JZ, 10/78.
TAXATION: My lord, the tax commissioner, has given me slave No. XYZ. – JZ
TAXATION: My prospects aren't bright....Because the revenooers consider tax resisters the worst of all criminals. They'll wheel and deal with gangsters and millionaires. Crooked politicians- even Presidents - and businessmen who chisel can hire hot-shot attorneys and almost without exception end up settling for so much on the dollar. They can even have the laws rewritten or, as in Nixon's case, suspended entirely. But the revenooers descend on working people like a cloud of locusts." – Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY interview, 7/76.
TAXATION: My taxes are mostly used for things I do not want or even oppose. – JZ, 74/81.
TAXATION: My taxes are now, nominally, six times as high as my salary was in 1960, nominally. When people object that this would merely be an indication of inflation, they forget, that inflation is also a form of taxation, government caused, largely to the benefit of government, but also to the benefit of debtors at the expense of creditors – and we all tend to be both, creditors and debtors. Actually, percentage-wise, I pay out my whole normal salary as tax and live only on the remainder, considered as untaxed overtime pay. – JZ, 13.12.78. In other words, for the normal work-week of 40 hours, I worked then just for my feudal lord, unpaid and I earned and was allowed to keep my earnings only money for my extra working hours per week. – JZ, 5.8.08. - That did not make me a happy subject of the "Welfare State". - JZ, 18.3.11. - FEUDALISM, MODERN TYPE.
TAXATION: my taxes pay for nothing of use to me, and I resent paying for services that are not delivered, especially when the payment is made under threat of violence if I refuse to pay." - Eric B. Lindsay, "GEGENSCHEIN", 10.7.1976. - I would replace the word "delivered" by "wanted". – JZ.
TAXATION: My view is that taxation is wrong, period, because it is a moral abomination.” – David M. Brooks, NEW LIBERTARIAN 2, 4/78.
TAXATION: Name one project so worthy of support that you would be willing to go to the workers coming out of a factory gate on payday and use open force to compel them to give you part of their paychecks to support your program ... Have you got guts enough for that action? No? Well, then why do you sneak around through the back door and go to government and have the tax collectors do your dirty work for you? Is it because you realize that your program is not truly worthy???" – Dr. R. S. Jaggard, JAG, Aug. 22, 1972.
TAXATION: natural rights, so-called, are as much a subject of taxation as rights of lesser importance." - Justice Benjamin C. Cardoza, 1937, Supreme Court, quoted in: Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.44. – What percentage of all Supreme Court decisions expresses that kind of mentality? – JZ, 16.10.08. - As if our main right were to be subject to taxation! - Instead of being sacked, instantly, for such an attitude, he might have passed more such "judgments" and continued in his office until the retired at a high pension. Which to me amounts to an extreme injustice. SUPREME COURTS.
TAXATION: Nature rewards achievement and ability, and punishes non-achievement. We try to create a system that does precisely the opposite, by levying a progressively more savage tax on success, and rewarding inability with cash prizes. So of course that system is falling apart. It was judged by the promises it preached, instead of by the results it produced.” – James P. Hogan, The Mirror Maze, p. 172. – SUCCESS, FAILURE, INCENTIVES, PUNISHMENTS
TAXATION: Neither beauty nor creativity should be taxed - nor transport, education, communication, production, property or any exchange! – JZ, 3.8.78, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: Neither Death nor Taxes! – JZ 10.6.79. – Admittedly, to end death will require a much larger effort than to abolish taxes. Only the premature deaths occurring in consequences of the abuses of taxes e.g. for wars, will be ended with them and with the inflation tax that is used to “finance” wars. – JZ, 24.10.08.
TAXATION: Neither our freedom nor our standard of living can survive tax increases forever.” – South Carolina Libertarian Party, in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 4/78.
TAXATION: Never before have so few kept such much from so many! – JZ, 24.11.94, after reading: E. Haldeman Julius, Q. & A., Series 1, p. 103: “Gag going the rounds of the Office of War Information: ‘Never has so much been kept from so many by so few.’ ” – JOKES, CENSORSHIP, GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA
TAXATION: Never did so many accomplish so little with so much." - Edward Coleson, THE FREEMAN, 10/73. – WELFARE STATE, BUREAUCRACY
TAXATION: New energy taxes to make a bad thing worse. The American people already pay out 45% of their incomes to various kinds of taxes. We need more? Yet Peanut wants to add a “crude oil equalization tax”, whatever that is, to this already vast burden. Such a tax would have all the disadvantages of a price increase but none of the advantages. We would be paying a higher price for oil, but there would be no incentive for producers to go out and produce more of the stuff. - - Then, there’s the proposed tax on larger cars. This is to further the noble goal of saving some 730 million gallons of fuel between now and 1985. Yet, due to special interest legislation by the Interstate Commerce Commissars, the trucking industry, with its “gateway cities” and one-way rules, wastes 1,250 millions of gallons of fuel each year. Anyone for abolishing the ICC? - Do you detect a pattern? - - There is not energy crisis. In the words of the Wall Street Journal, it is a “snare and a delusion.” – THE CHARLES CURLEY LETTER, August 77. – When I was in the U.S.A. in 1990/91, at least Denver was also a “gateway city” for planes. I had to fly back to Denver to get elsewhere! To save fuel is certainly not a reason for instituting “gateway cities” for transport. – Is there any other and good enough reason for them? - Ignorance, stupidity, prejudice and special interests do seem to rule, everywhere and – territorially. – JZ, 4.8.08. – ENERGY SHORTAGE? FUEL WASTE, GATEWAY CITIES, TRUCKING, PLANE ROUTES
TAXATION: New tax rates? New crime rates! - D.Z., 74.
TAXATION: New taxes don't cut taxes." - SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, Winter 75/6:"
TAXATION: No bureaucrat or politician knows better than I do how to spend my money. – JZ, 13.7.96. – Nor has any one of them the moral right to do so. Only their own “constitutions”, “laws” and “judges” are on their side. – JZ, 18.7.08.
TAXATION: No collectively determined tax level is just to the individual who is not a voluntary member of that collective. Individuals should be free to pick and choose among the competitively offered public services those they wish and can afford to pay for. Not only individual services but whole package deals of them should be up to their free individual choice. These would be offered by exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, also called e.g. panarchies of polyarchies. Somewhat like big insurance, service or protection companies that offer the kind of variety of services which individual customers, members or investors want from them. – JZ, 27.9.89, 6.8.08. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, VOLUNTARY MEMBERSHIP, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY
TAXATION: No compulsory “charity” contributions to any government! Instead: fees, subscriptions, credit, insurance and private protection arrangements with any individually and freely chosen agency for wanted services only, all competitively supplied and priced. – JZ, 17.12.93, 19.7.08. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION
TAXATION: No compulsory form of taxation CAN BE RIGHTFUL! – JZ, 6.10.12. - Tax foundation money can only be QUITE right for communities of volunteers, as a kind of contribution money or insurance premium and insurance pay-out money. Otherwise, compulsory taxation for the population of whole territories makes it still wrong, even if it is competitively issued and without legal tender power - merely accepted at par in the payment of all taxes. – JZ, 9.12.11, on: Tiny Tax on Financial Trades Gains Advocates - www.nytimes.com - & TAX FOUNDATION MONEY
TAXATION: No compulsory taxes at all – is the only solution to the numerous problems caused by taxation. Let politicians and bureaucrats earn fees for services competitively offered by them and individually chosen or subscribed to. People are usually willing to pay for what they do want and can afford, especially if monetary despotism were ended as well. – JZ, 25.1.00.
TAXATION: No damn taxes!" - Boston Tax Protest, SIL NEWS, May 71.
TAXATION: No direct or indirect tax or government loan (postponed tax) has my consent. – JZ, 5.8.91, 19.3.11. – Should they have your consent? If so, then only you should be correspondingly taxed. – and get whatever “service” is offered, in return for your voluntary servitude. – JZ, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: No economy can attain or maintain a high standard in the face of frequent visits from brigands, in which class, economically speaking, the tax collector must be put.” - Frank Chodorov, One Is A Crowd, p.127/28. - You are even expected to send your tribute payment to them, as if it were a genuine debt - without being visited and threatened by them. All-over, it is the most-successful and largest "protection-racket" and most of its victims are still "sold" on it, because they cannot envision the rightful and rational alternatives. Nor have these alternatives ever been sufficiently described and published together, although such an anthology has certainly the potential to become a bestseller. -JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: No economy can long work that pays its non-workers more and more, and taxes its workers more and more.” – J. Kesner Kahn – WELFARE STATE, SUBSIDIES, PARASITES
TAXATION: no freeman should be subject to any tax to which he has not given his consent." John Adams, 1765. – Already J. A. must have thought about individual sovereignty, voluntary State membership and individual secessionism. - Are any other clear remarks on this preserved in his published writings? – JZ, 15.10.08. - PANARCHISM
TAXATION: No government can exist without taxation. … This money must necessarily be levied on the people (*); and the grand art consists of levying so as not to oppress.” - Frederick (II) The Great (1712-1784), An Essay on Forms of government (1777). - So, let's do away with compulsory taxation and with this abolish imposed territorial governments. Then only governments and communities and society by subscription could continue or be established and prevail upon their own merits. - JZ, 11.10.02. - (*) He was an absolute monarch. His statement is true only for territorial governments with involuntary subjects. Safe-cracking and pocket theft are also "arts". - JZ, 18.3.11. - GOVERNMENT, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, COMPETING GOVERNMENTS, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM,
TAXATION: No government is worth what it charges us. – JZ, 8.1.00.
TAXATION: No government is worth what we are forced to pay for it. – JZ, 17.12.93.
TAXATION: No government should have any taxing powers - except those among voluntary subjects only. – JZ, 12.9.81, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: No government should have unlimited taxing power." - Robert Charlton, FREEDOM MAGAZINE, Spring 74.
TAXATION: No handouts. No taxes. Only prices for services rendered and private subscriptions, to whatever services or package deals of them you do desire. – JZ, 1978, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: No imposition of any debt. Any debt to arise only out of individual contracts – or out of responsibilities arising for indemnities due to negligence or wrongful acts. Without publicly imposed debts there will not be any corresponding present and future taxation. – JZ, 12.11.93. - DEBTS, PUBLIC DEBTS
TAXATION: No liberty or right is secure as long as any government may tax it. – JZ, 19.2.88, 2.8.08.
TAXATION: no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p. 992.
TAXATION: No middle ground is possible on this subject. Either 'taxation without consent is robbery', or it is not. If it is not, then any number of men, who choose, may at any time associate; call themselves a government; assume absolute authority over all weaker than themselves; plunder them at will; and kill them if they resist. If, on the other hand, 'taxation without consent is robbery', it necessarily follows that every man who has not consented to be taxed, has the same natural right to defend his property against a tax-gatherer, that he has to defend it against a highwayman." - Lysander Spooner, No Treason, II/13 - Works I.
TAXATION: No more taxes and rates. Instead, fees and subscriptions, only for services individually wanted and competitively supplied. – No more “making available charges”, either, bureaucratically and monopolistically set, e.g. for phone services, electricity and phone connections, water supply and sewage services. – Politicians and bureaucrats never learnt sufficiently about pricing and competition in free markets and without fully free competition against their “services” and tax-funded monopoly systems they are unlikely to ever learn enough about them. - JZ, 5.8.92, 6.8.08. – PANARCHISM.
TAXATION: No new or old taxes DO or CAN improve our condition. – JZ, 29.11.92, 25.7.08.
TAXATION: No one ... is as oppressed by his government as the man who pays taxes ..." - Boston Tax Protest, SIL NEWS, May 71. - One might add: This applies only to the so-called free societies, the somewhat democratic States. There are much worse monsters among the territorial governments, so that at any time since WW II we have had millions of refugees from them, against whom the territorial borders of the somewhat free countries are, usually or largely closed,. When they do manage to pass them without permission and are captured, they are usually kept unproductively interned in concentration camps, often with their children, because governments are too ignorant and prejudiced to the establish conditions in which millions of their present subjects and also millions of additional refugees, asylum seekers, deserters and "economic migrants" could freely and productively support themselves. Nor are they willing or able to learn anything in this respect. They rather uphold all the wrongful legislation and institutions, legalized monopolies and privileges, which causes and prolongs mass unemployment and thus make immigrants unpopular as supposedly unjustified competitors for jobs, wrongly presumed to be naturally limited in number, instead of being limited mainly merely by monetary and financial despotism and other wrongful and irrational anti-economic laws and institutions. - Under full experimental freedom for volunteers the methods and institutions to end all involuntary unemployment could freely be practised and spread - very fast. - JZ, 18.3.11. - IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS, UNEMPLOYMENT, REFUGEES,
TAXATION: No one ever got rich paying someone else's bills." - quoted in "reason", 7/74.
TAXATION: No one has a better right to decide how to spend money than the man who earns it." BOSTON TAX PROTEST, SIL NEWS, May 71.
TAXATION: No one has a better right to your money than you have. – JZ, 12.9.81.
TAXATION: No one to tax you, no one to question you, no one to tell you what to do. - JZ
TAXATION: No prosecution for victimless crimes ( including tax evasion )..." - Erwin Strauss, THE LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 23.5.76 - The trouble is that some of the "needy" now claim to have a "right" to your money and that you would commit a crime by withholding it from them. Compare the propaganda of welfare statists against anti-tax referendums and other tax cuts. Their unearned income, their livelihood is threatened! – JZ
TAXATION: No representation without taxation’ is as good a slogan today as ‘no taxation without representation’ was 200 years ago." - THE ECONOMIST, London, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6.8.77. – REPRESENTATION, VOTING, DEMOCRACY
TAXATION: No special taxes on bachelors or tax reductions or refunds to married men. No discrimination according to marital status. Don’t let the bureaucrats husband anyone’s wife or children. – JZ, n.d. – Favoritism in this sphere is not any more justified than in any other. – JZ, 22.7.08. – DISCRIMINATION BY TAXES, SINGLES & MARRIED COUPLES, CHILDREN
TAXATION: No tariffs! No duties! No taxes, above all, no taxes!” – George Morrone
TAXATION: No tax - is my concern! – JZ, 1/73.
TAXATION: No tax at all – is the only just and beneficial “tax”. – JZ, 16.8.98.
TAXATION: No tax at all is even better than the “single tax”. – JZ, 18.6.91.
TAXATION: No tax dollar ever returned intact from a round-trip to Washington.” – Fort Worth Press. – The inflation-tax dollars come straight from the government’s note printing presses (that of its supposedly "independent" central bank) and their monopoly status and legal tender power (compulsory acceptance and enforced value), combined with the ever increasing financial needs of territorial States, do ensure their over-issue and thus their almost perpetual depreciation. – JZ, 6.8.08. – INFLATION, MONETARY DESPOTISM,
TAXATION: No tax for one year - would make abolition of taxes possible! - For one year the government's spending should be continued only out of the sales proceeds of nationalized assets. After a year they should all be sold and every public service should from then on be run on a business basis - i.e. without subsidies, i.e. without requiring tax funds any longer. All disservices would then be defunct and would no longer require tax support, either. No one would want their revival by means of new tax impositions. Only some will voluntarily subscribe to services (exclusively to themselves), which are, actually, against their own rational self-interest. – JZ, 75/81. - I do prefer the privatization proposal in Peace Plans 19C! However, all of them should be closely examined and compared. The people in different countries, by referendum, might also adopt different ones for themselves. - The initiative and action should come from the peoples themselves, not from their present territorial governments, or from secessionist, that would realize their indemnification claims against the former exclusive territorial government's remaining capital assets. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: No tax has my consent. – JZ
TAXATION: No tax is a good tax. There are only bad taxes. – JZ, 1.11.92. – All taxes are unjust and irrational. – Allow all people to opt out from under them! – Let statism die a natural death, instead of putting it indefinitely on very expensive life support as an unjustified burden upon all involuntary subjects of a territorial State. - JZ, 25.7.08.
TAXATION: No tax is just and harmless. – JZ, 17.8.92. – With the exception of voluntary taxation or contribution schemes. – JZ, 20.7.08. These can harm only their voluntary subscribers and thus should be tolerated. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: No tax is just or can be just – unless it is unanimously approved by its victims. – JZ, 8.7.88.
TAXATION: No tax is rightful and makes any sense to me. – If any of them are still on your wishing list, you should realize them only among like-minded volunteers. – JZ, 21.10.93, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: No tax on overtime!" - Steve Couling, ca. 1967, in Sydney, as a union delegate: - No tax, at least none on overtime, for a start! – JZ
TAXATION: No taxation can be just or harmless. The abolition of all taxation will help to uphold many individual rights and liberties and would provide many economic opportunities for wealth, progress and security. – JZ, 7.7.87, 6.8.08, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: No taxation without authorization.” - Dangerous Buttons No. 18. – Another supplier offers this slogan as his button No.417. – They should be authorized by individual victims – as members of communities of volunteers who are foolish enough to want to continue the taxation and hand-out system among themselves. – JZ, 24.10.08. - No Taxation Without Authorization.” – SLL button No. 417.
TAXATION: No taxation without confrontation.” – GOOD GOVERNMENT, 6/78.
TAXATION: No taxation without misrepresentation.” – Samuel Hoffenstein, 1890-1947, Bernard Berenson, 1865-1959, Lore and Maurice Cowan, compilers, The Wit of the Jews, Leslie Frewin, London, 1970, p.44. – Every territorial taxation involves misrepresentation. - JZ, 18.3.11. - REPRESENTATION, JOKES
TAXATION: No taxation without representation "meant securing the voluntary consent of every man who must support the government ..." - Carl Watner, on Spooner, reason 3/73.
TAXATION: No taxed individual is or can be a quite free individual, unless, at least by his own standards, he is the voluntary member of a society of tax addicts or tax freaks. Then he would fully deserve the results of his own individual choice and would, even to that extent, be free. – Freedom includes the option to choose a condition of voluntary slavery for oneself – as long as one is willing to put up with it. – JZ, 23.11.93, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: No taxes and no government. – JZ, 77/78. - No compulsory taxes and no territorial government. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: No taxes for a year. Sale of all government enterprises instead. Then we will no longer need any taxes. – JZ, 74. - Well, institutions like territorial governments, their parliaments and their bureaucracies cannot be rightly be sold and continued by anyone. Only their remaining capital assets, including buildings, can be sold or, rather, claims towards them should be freely distributed among all their former victims. Likewise claims against those enterprises which territorial governments attempted to run profitably or extortionally, like e.g. the Post Office.
TAXATION: No taxes on anyone! – JZ, 9.9.75. No compulsory territorial taxes on anyone. Only voluntary taxation or contribution schemes by and for volunteers should be tolerated any longer. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: No taxes upon already taxed incomes! Quite elementary justice demands this tax exemption. The same amounts should not be indirectly taxed over and over again. Alternatively, all other direct and indirect taxes should be fully deductible from all income taxes. Naturally, ultimately, all tributes in form of taxes should be ended. No tax is just and rational, although some are surely more unjust and irrational than others. – JZ, 13.10.92, 25.7.08.
TAXATION: no taxes, ever. That's the first article of the charter.” - Joe Haldeman, The Mazeltov Revolution, ANALOG, 9/74, p.89.
TAXATION: No withholding tax! Let the taxpayer himself pay and give him the right and interest to haggle the price for services rendered by the government. The government would then have to justify its actions much more so than now, - before every individual taxpayer! – JZ, 11.2.76.
TAXATION: Noah must have taken into the ark two taxes, one male and one female. And did they multiply beautifully! Next to the guinea pigs, taxes must have been the most prolific animals." - Will Rogers, The Autobiography of Will Rogers, 1949, p.17. - READER'S DIGEST, 9/75. - JOKES
TAXATION: nobody has any 'responsibility' to pay taxes, only a forced, legal accountability to do so, (since taxation is forcible seizure)." - Dr. R. S. Jaggard, in "JAG", 1.12.73.
TAXATION: Nobody has the right to spend your money for you - unless you, individually, authorize him to do so. On the contrary, everybody is under a moral obligation to let you spend your money for whatever you like. – JZ, 75/81.
TAXATION: Nobody is prepared to be robbed weekly, even under the cover of legality, and that’s what the tax rebellion is all about.” - Peter Clyne interview, AUSTRALIAN PLAYBOY, June 1979. - Alas, so far most people are still all too prepared to let that and other kinds of taxation happen to them, as victims, every day. To make sure any tax rebellion is unanimously supported, it should be confined to exterritorial secessionists, under their own personal law, who could be no more rightfully subjected to any of the present territorial taxes of a country than any foreigners living in other countries could be. Individual and group secessionism, tax strikes, the introduction of voluntary taxation or voluntary contribution schemes and the establishment of the first of many diverse exterritorially autonomous communities and societies, including non-territorial, competing or voluntary "governments", should all be practised at the same time. To achieve that, a minimum agreement on a comprehensive declaration of genuine individual rights and liberties and the establishment of a quite rightful militia of volunteers for the protection of these rights and liberties, to the extent that communities of volunteers wish to practise them among themselves, might also be required pre-conditions for this kind of rightful and peaceful, as well as largely non-violent revolution. Whatever force would still have to be used would be only defensive force, directed only against the still occurring intolerant and aggressive actions of territorial statists, intolerant fundamentalists, and private terrorist movements and the usual private criminals with involuntary victims. However, this kind of revolution is also very likely to diminish the number of these opponents of genuine individual rights and liberties greatly and this rather fast. - For each group of volunteers would then be free to do its own things, however nonsensical and wrong they appear to outsiders, among themselves, among their own consenting victims. Their actions, laws, institutions, etc., applied only among themselves, would be customary, traditional, constitutional, legal and just for them, by their own standards and at their own cost and risk. - Thus outsiders should tolerate these actions among these volunteers, too, however critical they may be of what these volunteers are doing among themselves. - JZ, 18.3.11. -
TAXATION: Nobody likes to think he's being used." - VONNEGUT, Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan, p.199.
TAXATION: Nobody to tax others unless he has got their individual consent and even then only as long as he does have it. – JZ, 25.11.93, 19.7.08. – VOLUNTARY TAXATION, CONSENT, VOLUNTARY STATE OR NATION MEMBERSHIP, PANARCHISM
TAXATION: Normal pay plus overtime pay less taxes, direct and indirect ones, equals only the nominal overtime pay - at least in my case. To what extent are you enslaved? – JZ, 13.9.75.
TAXATION: Norway has the highest ever rate of tax with 2000 citizens paying more than 100 % of their taxable income in taxes. One shipping magnate, Hilmar Reksten, was assessed at nearly 500 % tax.” – Wings of Gold, Malaysian Airlines, 1986. – Anti-Capitalism or State Socialism is still in full swing, only in some countries even more so than in others. What successes, if any, can one point out, , if any, that do not consist out of mere delusions? – Which bureaucrats or politicians did ever invest capital funds more productively than capitalists do, in the average? - JZ, 2.8.08. – Hopefully, most of these money-earners did have the good sense to emigrate to less taxed countries. – JZ, 16.4.09. - WELFARE STATE
TAXATION: Not one of them so much as pays lip-service to the highly respectable doctrine that it is anti-democratic to take from someone what the people in the first instance decide to give him." - W. F. Buckley, God and Man at Yale, p.57.
TAXATION: Not satisfied with taking this high percentage of a person's income, we Americans have also voted to confiscate 38% of the earnings of our most successful industries even before the owners of the income get it. And our representatives in Congress are now considering the possibility of raising the take to 41 per cent. (The Corporate Tax rare is now (1957) 52%!)” …"Even in conquered Germany and Japan, we would not dare to take 38% of the industrial earnings, because we know that the results would be disastrous. Andy yet, in the face of this knowledge, …" - Admiral Ben Moreell, Log I, p.29. – Why did he still consider them to be “representatives”? – JZ, 17.10.08. -
TAXATION: Not tax avoidance or evasion is scandalous but taxation itself! – JZ, 29.8.82.
TAXATION: Not with my money’ - you won't! - In the future, if I can help it! – JZ, 74/81, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: not worried by future revenue loss” as money does not belong to government in the first place.” – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 10/79. – TAX EVASION, TAX AVOIDANCE, TAX DODGERS
TAXATION: Nothing is as harmful as the looting and other destructive acts undertaken by governments. (Even abortion is now undertaken largely with its assistance and with the aid of tax funds!) – JZ, n.d. - ABORTION
TAXATION: Nothing makes a man and wife feel closer, these days, than a joint tax return.” – Gil Stern. – The editor, who had compiled this quotation among many others, added this comment: “Few of us ever test our powers of deduction, except when filling out an income tax form.” - JOKES - Alas, we are not free to make ALL the deductions that would be quite rightful but merely those, the territorial government permits. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: Nothing supported by coercive taxation will simply “wither away” (while coercive territorial monopolies are being continued) - in number of office bearers, size and functions, powers and costs. Only productivity will fade away under it. – JZ, 7.11.93. – It seems that in ancient Rome the tax burden and other restrictions upon liberty had finally become so large and extensive that foreign invaders were to some extent welcomed as liberators or, anyhow, not seriously resisted by all. – JZ, 19.7.08. – Initially, until they experienced Nazi totalitarianism sufficiently, even the invasion of Soviet Russia by Nazi regime was not seriously resisted by the victims, civilians and conscripts, of the Soviet Regime. – JZ, 19.7.08. - At least some Russians and the many other victims of the Soviet regime were treated worse by the Nazis than they had been treated by Stalin's despotism. Thus he could, finally, mobilize their nationalism against the Nazis. On both sides the wrongful principle and practice of collective responsibility was applied. Ideally the armed as well as the civilian victims of both regimes should have disobeyed their rulers and united their forces against them. Unfortunately, they were not mentally and otherwise prepared for such actions. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: Nothing through compulsory taxes. Everything through prices, fees, subscriptions and voluntary contributions to competitively offered services and package deals of services. – JZ, 13.10.88.
TAXATION: Now (according to the Statistical Abstract of the US for 1974 and the Survey of Current Business for February 1975 ), government is spending 48% ( forty-eight percent ) of everything earned by the American people as a whole..." - Dr. R. S. Jaggard, JAG, 31.5.75. - I do not know what the current percentage is. The result of most tax "reforms" is an upward trend of the total take. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: Now taxing us out of existence to 'reduce the cost of living’ has its limits. You can't fool all of us all the time." - Terry Arthur,"95% Is Crap", 40/1.
TAXATION: Now the average worker in Australia works 2 days out of 3 for the government." - John Singleton, 20.10.76. - "Once he is made aware of the facts , e.g. by tax percentage indications in prices.... – JZ
TAXATION: Now to force people to pay taxes is to dispossess them from some of their own options, on the basis that a certain group knows best." - D. Barbour, in “GEGENSCHEIN, 33"
TAXATION: Now what liberty can there be where property is taken without consent?” - Samuel Adams, Founding Father and leader of the Boston Tea Party. – Slogan offered on T-shirts.
TAXATION: Now, the 'poor' pay most of the taxes. This is necessarily so, because the national payroll contains most of the wealth of the country and is therefore the most fruitful source of taxation." – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.213.
TAXATION: Nowhere has the essence of the State as a criminal organization been put as forcefully or as brilliantly as in this passage from Lysander Spooner. (*) “It is true that the theory of our Constitution is, that all taxes are paid voluntarily, that our government is a mutual insurance company, voluntarily entered into by the people with each other … - But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: ‘Your money, or your life.’ And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat. - - The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the roadside, and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful.” - (*) No Treason, p. 19. - - Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty, p.166.
TAXATION: Observing the effects of ‘tax cuts’ over the years has led me do coin a hypothesis I refer to as the Tax-Cut Illusion Theory. While hardly rating in complexity with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, it is just as dependable. Very simply, it states: All tax cuts are illusions! There is no such thing as a tax cut; there is only a change in the manner in which the money is extracted from taxpayers.” - R. J. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.247. - TAX-CUTS, - However taxes are extorted, their total amount tends to rise. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: Of all debts men are least willing to pay the taxes. What a satire is this on government! Everywhere they think they get their money's worth, except for these.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Politics," Essays: Second Series, in The Complete Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 1, p. 302 (1929). & CONSENT
TAXATION: Of course, the government’s activities are so extensive that virtually everyone receives some subsidies from the government. And these freebies may make him feel he’s benefiting from the arrangement. - But the great majority of people, even those receiving subsidies, pay far more in taxes than they receive in subsidies. The difference pays for the huge, expensive machinery of government.” – Harry Browne, You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis, p.33.TAXATION: Old taxes never die; they just turn up under a different name." - B.V., quoted in READERS DIGEST.
TAXATION: Old timer: A man who remembers when it paid to make a lot of money.” – CHANGING TIMES. – JOKES. – PROGRESSIVE TAXATION
TAXATION: On Bus: My salary is okay - it's the take-home pay I can't live on." – Herm Albright, READER’S DIGEST, 1/72. - JOKES
TAXATION: On March 9, President Carter referred to the tax privileges some people enjoy. When the President uses the term: “tax privileges”, he is saying that it is a privilege that government allows the people to retain a portion of their earnings for personal use. This was not a slip of tongue, but a phrase put forth to point out that the retained earnings are at the consent (*) of the government.” – Kenneth H. Dieter, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 9/78. – (*) discretion? – JZ
TAXATION: On taking office, the libertarian government should immediately repeal all criminal laws relating to tax evasion, in effect replacing taxation with a levy for government services. Non-payment of the levy will result in a cut-off of all government services. As the government switches to a “user pays” system …” - George Dance, OPTIONI, 6/77, p.26.
TAXATION: On the one hand we encourage creative, industrious activity – on the other hand we penalise the worker on overtime and everyone else who succeeds." – George Hardy, The Doom of the Welfare Society, p.12.
TAXATION: On the other hand, a man whose labor and self-denial may be diverted from his maintenance to that of some other man is not a free man, and approaches more or less toward the position of a slave." - William Graham Sumner, What Social Classes Owe Each Other.
TAXATION: Once all taxpayers are made aware of how much they are taxed - not only directly but indirectly and in total and for what unnecessary, ridiculous and abominable purposes their confiscated earnings are frequently used by the bureaucrats and as soon as both aspects would be revealed a) by price tickets and b) by budget publicity, reaching the individual taxpayer with all the details, the tax strike movement could speed up fast. Another important requirement would be an awareness of how much better a society could function without taxes. – JZ – An anthology seems still to be amiss of all the voluntary taxation proposals so far made, together with their thorough discussion. – JZ, 18.10.08.
TAXATION: Once Confucius was walking on the mountains and he came across a woman weeping by a grave. He asked the woman what here sorrow was, and she replied, "We are a family of hunters. My father was eaten by a tiger. My husband was bitten by a tiger and died. And now my only son!" "Why don't you move down and live in the valley? Why do you continue to live up here?" asked Confucius. And the woman replied, "But sir, there are no tax collectors here!" Confucius added to his disciples, "You see, a bad government is more to be feared than tigers." - Lin Yutang, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. – Actually, by now only a few animal tigers are left – but still all too many “human” tigers – in form of territorial governments. – JZ, 10.1.08, 13.4.09. - & GOVERNMENT, MORE DANGEROUS THAN TIGERS
TAXATION: Once, many years ago, I was interviewed on television and asked, "Suppose you earned a billion dollars. What would you do with it?" - I know the type of answers they expected. Selfish people would buy huge palaces and live like emperors. Idealists would endow universities and support environmental causes. I, however, had a different idea. - I said, "I would walk into the IRS offices and say, 'I have just earned a billion dollars. Here it is, every penny. It's for Uncle Sam. Now please don't ever let me hear from you again for the rest of my life.'" - The government would undoubtedly make a profit on that deal, for a lifetime of taxes from me comes to far less than a billion dollars; far, far less. However, the dream of not having to keep records, of not having to do any calculations, of not having to deal with accountants and lawyers, would be worth far, far more than money.” - Isaac Asimov, in his (final) autobiography, 1994. - See: Voluntary Taxation. - Historically, many serfs bought their freedom. With golden handshakes we might buy our freedom from the bureaucrats. Pension them off, so that they would not longer wrong and harm us by their rule. - JZ, 29.10.02.
TAXATION: One can legally avoid confiscation or part of one’s earnings and property only with permission by the government – unless one is willing to face severe penalties. – A right that is so restricted is not really a right at all. - JZ, 21.11.82, 4.8.08.
TAXATION: One can’t buy liberty by paying tributes to politicians, bureaucrats and generals. – JZ, 14.12.85.
TAXATION: One does not even get fair priced services in return - and why should anyone have to pay for disservices? – JZ, 9.9.81.
TAXATION: One has a perfect right to falsify one's income tax returns as one is merely defending that which is rightfully his, and ultimately to resist with force any attempt at theft through taxation." - WHEELER, Charles Jackson Wheeler, Justice & Anarchy, in: THE PERSONALIST.
TAXATION: One last word on MacBride’s “opposition” to taxes. If he really thought that taxation is theft, he’d announce that under his administration, no one would be prosecuted for tax violations, and that a blanket pardon would be issued on demand to anyone for such violations. (*) Then I could believe him when he says “… we oppose all taxes” (assuming, of course, that I could take him at his word, which is another problem).” – Filthy Pierre, THE CONNECTION 64, p.16. - - (*) I would also favor their individual or group secession or “excommunication” from the territorial State, provided that their full exterritorial autonomy would be recognized and respected. – JZ, 2.8.08, 18.3.11. – PANARCHISM
TAXATION: One should imagine that taxpayers would have s strong enough incentive, all the time, to consider alternatives, to taxation. – JZ, 19.12.93. – APATHY, LACK OF INTEREST IN THE OWN AFFAIRS, SELFISHNESS, INCENTIVES, EGOISM, ALTRUISM, SELF-INTEREST, STATISM
TAXATION: One tax official to another, seeing a man with a wheelbarrow approaching, containing 3 bags: “Another smart Alec paying in coppers!” – PUNCH, 3.9.75, p. 351. – TAX RESISTANCE – JOKES
TAXATION: Only aggressive wars need taxes and peace can be made almost unbearable with them. – JZ, 12.9.81.
TAXATION: Only deluded people can imagine themselves to be better off, in the average, as a result of mere transfer payments. – JZ, 19.9.81.
TAXATION: Only tax collectors, politicians, bureaucrats and other parasites love taxes. So why do we put up with them? – JZ, 4.1.00.
TAXATION: Only the State obtains its revenue by coercion, by threatening dire penalties should the income not be forthcoming. That coercion is known as “taxation”, although in less regularized epochs it was often known as “tribute”. Taxation is theft, purely and simply, even though it is theft on a grand and colossal scale which no acknowledge criminals could hope to match. It is compulsory seizure of the property of the State’s inhabitants, or subjects.” - - Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty, p.162/63.
TAXATION: Only thing a revenuer is good for: target practice.” – “D. J. and the Bear”, 7.5.80. - JOKES
TAXATION: Only those who, down deep, believe that the government actually does have first claim on everything legitimately, can find inspiration in a system that merely uses taxes to "pay off" this or that class or faction." - Karl Hess, The Lawless State, p.12.
TAXATION: Only voluntary taxation is rightful and can come close to achieving its purpose – like free prices and voluntary subscriptions by customers who are, on the whole, satisfy with what they thus buy. – JZ, 9.9.90, 6.8.08. - Provided, all the services that they do want for themselves are also competitively supplied and that they are quite free to ignore all the services offered which they do not wish for themselves. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: Only voluntary taxes and other fees, prices and subscriptions are justifiable. – JZ, 13.8.91.
TAXATION: Only what you have already eaten cannot be taxed any longer (unless you think of the consequent taxes on doctors, medicines, hospitals and private insurance companies - when your food consumption has been harmful to you.). – JZ, 25.8.81.
TAXATION: Opt out from the tax establishment! – JZ, 74.
TAXATION: Optimist: A person who can plan what to do with the money he’ll have left after taxes.” – Paul and Helen Martin Denis - JOKES - The moment he spends anything of his remaining earnings, he is again forced to pay numerous indirect taxes, contained in the prices he pays. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: other people are living off my taxes without working." - Saying quoted in ANALOG editorial, 8/77.
TAXATION: Our ancestors ... were well aware that taxes might become engines of confiscation when they insisted that no tax should be imposed except by the consent of the class of taxpayers who paid it." - Lord High Cecil, Conservatism, p.155. - Why confine this restriction only to a 'class' of individuals? – JZ, 81. -
TAXATION: Our government has found that the most effective way to control a person is not by the ballot or the bullet, but rather by the 'bucket'. Today, in a country that fought a revolution to rid itself of a repressive government and excessive taxes, government takes 40 percent of everything we earn in the form of taxes." - Byron C. Radaker, Chairman and C.E.O., Congoleum Corp.
TAXATION: Our income is our life blood. Taxation deprives us of this. Excessive taxation, therefore, can tax us to death." - Byron Prouton, 6.9.81. - To me that is only correct when e.g. our tax-burden prevents us from buying life-saving medicines of if this "revenue" is used to finance another wrongful war. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: Our instinct is against it. We object to the taking of our property by organized society just as we do when a single unit of society commits the act. In the latter case we unhesitatingly call the act robbery, a malum in se...." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.217.
TAXATION: our irrational, indeed immoral system of taxation, which is essentially socialistic, is heading our nation towards ruin." – Graham Hart, "The Choice: Georgist Progress or Socialist Poverty", reviewed in PROGRESS, June 75.
TAXATION: our largest extractive industry, the tax industry.” – J. D. McRoberts, in COURIER MAIL, Queensland. – It all too effectively mines even the deepest pockets. – JZ, 5.8.08. - JOKES
TAXATION: Our preliminary study shows that taxes are most unpopular among those who pay them.” - Committee on Tax Reform, in a joke published in THE JUSTICE TIMES, 10/78. - JOKES
TAXATION: Our professor of communism could, and should, emphasize this point by an analysis of taxation, particularly the direct kind. Income taxes unequivocally deny the principle of private property. Inherent in these levies is the postulate that the State has a prior lien on all the production of its subjects; what it does not take it merely a concession, not a right; and it reserves for itself the prerogative of altering the rates and the exemptions according to its requirements. It is a matter of fiat, not contract. If that is not a communist principle, what is?” – Frank Chodorov, One Is A Crowd, p. 80. - Is there any formally anti-communist State without that communist practice? Or without the central banking system proposed by Marx and Engels in their “Communist Manifesto”? Those, who ponder for how long people put up with slavery and serfdom will not be surprised by their all too great patience with tax slavery, and monetary despotism, either. – JZ, 20.7.08. - PROPERTY RIGHTS, CENTRAL BANKING, COMMUNISM, MARXISM
TAXATION: Our submission is that if the wage earner were to realize, when he takes his £ 3 or £ 4 in wages, that another £ 7 or £ 8 is taken out of the product of industry in order that he may be governed, he would evince a deeper and different interest in government as a subject in itself.” – Sir Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.19.
TAXATION: Our tax rate is twice the rate that maximizes growth. So we have imposed a growth tax.” – Prof. Gerald W. Scully in a talk. – Is there a tax rate that maximizes growth of the economy or only a tax rate that maximizes revenue for the tribute collector? No tax maximizes growth – although this has been asserted e.g. for the “single tax” and for a tax growing with the number of employees, intended to induce rationalizations. – JZ, 5.8.92. – , GROWTH
TAXATION: Our tax system has become an institution of plunder, prodigality, and the gratification of envy." - George C. Leef, THE FREEMAN, 9/78, p.561.
TAXATION: our tax system is immoral because it compels some individuals to purchase government services which they do not desire." - George C. Leef, THE FREEMAN, 9/78, p.563.
TAXATION: Our tax system works approximately in this way: I take what you have earned and you take what I have earned.” – GOOD GOVERNMENT, Oct. 82, under Viewpoint.
TAXATION: Our taxation system fines employers for employing people and we call it payroll tax; it fines shop keepers who sell goods and we call it sales tax; it fines people for working hard and we call it income tax." - "PROGRESS":" 9/76.
TAXATION: Our tribunes are neither representative nor do we owe them any tribute. – JZ, 9/81.
TAXATION: Over the course of his lifetime, the typical slave field hand received about 90 percent of the income he produced.” – Robert William Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman, Time on the Cross, Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1974, pp.5-6. – Quoted in Schiff, The Biggest Con, p.141. – Do we receive as much from our work efforts or are we taxed much more highly? – Admittedly, our productivity is very much increased and thus, even after high direct taxation and indirect taxation we live much better than they did. But our living standard is also lowered very much by all kinds of taxation and by what is done to us with the aid of this “revenue”. - JZ, 24.10.08 – TAX SLAVERY
TAXATION: Over the incoming door at the Los Angeles tax bureau is a sign: 'Watch your step.’ - Over the outgoing door is another: "Watch your language.'" – READER’S DIGEST, June 59. - JOKES
TAXATION: P.A.Y.E. (Plunder As You Earn.)” – Lauchlan Chipman, To Each His Own, CIS 1977 Conference paper, p.39.
TAXATION: Part of freedom is the absence of compulsory taxes, whether direct or indirect ones.” - Uwe Timm, Gesammelte Schriften, 130. - & FREEDOM
TAXATION: Parties come and go but your tax burden remains and increases. – JZ, 75. VOTING, ELECTIONS, CHANGES OF GOVERNMENTS
TAXATION: Paul Hogan ready to settle his tax stoush - www.theaustralian.com.au - Are we free to secede from the territorial lords of tax slavery? Until we are, we can hardly freely negotiate with them. But we should become free to negotiate with ALL of those, who have, finally, become also free to present us with attractive alternatives to these legalized robber barons - and this as sovereign individuals or as exterritorially autonomous dissenting minorities, all of them only volunteers. – JZ, 18.8.11, on Facebook. – INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
TAXATION: Pay as you earn taxation is the most efficient way of soaking the taxpaying mugs because their money is gone before they see it, and they don't actually realize how much has been deducted until they see their Group Certificates at 30th June each year. PAYE taxation is the ultimate way of increasing taxation due to its apparent characteristic of making it appear easier to the payer, in exactly the same way hire purchase gives the impression of ‘easy payments'." - J. Shergold, in GOOD GOVERNMENT, June 76. - In my department there was even a consensus to have the fortnightly deductions increased so that not as much would have to be paid at the end of the year! No one, apparently, wanted to be better off by putting the equivalent amounts into a bank etc. until the tax was due! Do they still teach adding sums in school? – JZ
TAXATION: Paying for one’s own wrongs and mistakes is one thing. Paying for those of someone else is another. Being forced to pay for the wrongs and mistakes of other is intolerably wrong, at least from my point of view. – JZ, 20.2.80. – Especially when these action do wrong and harm me, too. – JZ, 22.7.08.
TAXATION: Paying one’s fair share in taxes? Fair shares in tribute payments and extorted money to be paid to politicians and bureaucrats? – JZ, 20.11.97. – What for? Which of their xyz budget items do you actually favor? If there really are some, then you should associate with like-minded people in your kind of statist society or community, with your own budget, taxes and personal laws – but allow all others to do their own things for or to themselves. – JZ, 16.7.08. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, PANARCHISM
TAXATION: Payments for services we do not use, or use only to a small degree, ..." - George C. Leef, THE FREEMAN, 9/78, p.564.
TAXATION: People are beginning to realize that the apparatus of government is costly. But what they do not know is that the burden falls inevitably on them." - Bastiat, quoted by G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.237.
TAXATION: People are prepared to subscribe more in a contribution for their own personal or family security than they would ever be willing to pay in taxation devoted to a wide variety of different purposes." - LABOUR GOVERNMENT, White Paper. - National Superannuation and Social Insurance, 1969. In other words, for the government “social insurance” is just another racket to increase their total tax take. – JZ, 17.10.08.
TAXATION: People don’t mind spending their money if they know it’s not going for taxes.” - Will Rogers. – Alas, even if they do spend only black market earnings, much of their spending still ends up as taxes in government hands. – JZ, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: People may still be attracted by the outward trappings of rich-uncle government, but it is slowly dawning upon us that we are laboring most of the week to pay for the bureaucracy.” – READER’S DIGEST, July 77: “Which Way Ahead For Australia?”
TAXATION: People no longer have enough left after taxes to purchase the product of their own toil." – Liberty Amendment Committee, Report On Freedom, 3/75. - This means that they work, largely, for the benefit of other people who are unproductive or correspondingly less productive. – JZ
TAXATION: People pay taxes for anti-people weapons (under the wrong assumption that only the "enemy" would be "soaked" with them). – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: People pay taxes for the "control" of people by bureaucrats and politicians – and even for anti-people “weapons”. – JZ, 78.
TAXATION: People pay taxes for their gradual enslavement and even for anti-people weapons. – JZ, 81
TAXATION: People pay taxes, presumably for their own protection – while governments build anti-people or mass murder devices with these means. – JZ, note in a note in an old PEACE PLANS issue.
TAXATION: people prefer to work for themselves and their loved ones rather than the unknown recipients under a centrally monitored redistribution, the principles of which can never be acceptable to those who have produced wealth by acquired skill, hard work, sacrifice, ingenuity, or any other effortful or risky means.” – Laughlan. Chipman, QUADRANT, 4/76. – I am not the only one who considers e.g. gift and inheritance taxes, taxes on capital growth, on interest and dividends to be quite wrongful, too. – JZ, 2.8.08.
TAXATION: People to King: 'What are you going to do about inflation?’ - King: 'Print more money.' - Councilor: 'We can't do that sire!' - King: 'Why not?' - Councilor: 'There is no more gold to back it up!’ - King: 'Whew! For a moment there I thought we were out of paper.’ - John Hart & Field, The Wizard of Id. – It takes a note issue monopoly and legal tender power to cause an inflation. Under free choice of exchange media and value standards government paper money would either be refused or discounted, while stable value reckoning would go on. – JZ, 16.4.09. - JOKES
TAXATION: People who accept taxation as “normal” and justified are mentally prepared to accept almost any other oppression and exploitation. – JZ, 27.3.87, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: People who approve of taxes have taxed their power of observation and reasoning too much, also. – JZ, 19.8.81.
TAXATION: People who create things nowadays can expect to be prosecuted by highly moralistic people who are incapable of creating anything. There is no way to measure the chilling effect on innovation that results from the threats of taxation, regulation and prosecution against anything that succeeds. We'll never know how many ideas our government has aborted in the name protecting us. – Joseph Sobran May 13, 1998 (commenting on US vs Microsoft)
TAXATION: People who let themselves be taxed are already half-way to despotism. – JZ, 9.6.92. – Most citizens of the Weimar Republic did not imagine that their taxes and insurance funds would one day finance the Nazi Regime and WW II. – JZ, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: People who let themselves be taxed without protest and resistance are likely to let almost anything be done to them, too. – JZ, 20.3.93. – E.g., life under the “protection” of the “nuclear umbrella”! – JZ, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: People who let themselves be taxed without their individual consent, are well prepared for totalitarianism in others spheres. – JZ, 1.3.85. – The same could be said for people who e.g. accept territorialism, monetary despotism, monopoly decision making on war and peace, armament and disarmament and majority despotism, conscription and parliaments of “representatives” with practically unlimited powers. – As many rapid conversions from democracies to despotisms have demonstrated, we are already half-way there. - JZ, 5.8.08. – DEMOCRACY, DESPOTISM, TOTALITARIANISM, DICTATORSHIPS, TERRITORIALISM, MONETARY DESPOTISM, DECISION-MAKING ON WAR & PEACE, MAJORITIES, CONSCRIPTION, PARLIAMENTS, REPRESENTATION
TAXATION: Perhaps a well organized tax strike should, initially, mainly consist out of paying the same amounts – or less or even more – but no longer to the tax departments, i.e., the territorial State, but to whichever alternative institutions, systems, societies, movements, communities or freely competing statist personal law associations one does prefer for oneself. – That could be most easily done if all taxes were combined into a single head tax or flat rate tax first of all. - JZ, 27.5.84, 4.8.08. - PANARCHISM
TAXATION: Perhaps all or most of these and even better sayings on this subject, should all be published also in printed book form, by someone who can afford to do this, under a title perhaps like: “What about taxation? Its abolition and replacement by something rightful and rational?” - The prior publication on a CD only or online, for free downloading, could be done at very little cost and risk, thus exploring the popularity of the title. Advance orders could also be invited on the disc and on the website, at a specially discounted price, say, half the usual price, which would help to get the material into print. – The potential market for such a book is huge. – I would include at least references to, if not abstracts, reviews and whole text of all the writings on voluntary taxation that have so far appeared. - JZ, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: persuade men that by superior work they will obtain no superior reward; cut off all the hopes that stimulate among ordinary men ambition, enterprise, invention and self-sacrifice, and the whole level of production will rapidly and inevitably sink." - Herbert Spencer, quoted in Bliss' Encyclopaedia of Social Reform.
TAXATION: Peter’s Business Principle: If you do something wrong, you’re fined; if you do something right you’re taxed.” - Dr. Laurence J. Peter, Why Things Go Wrong or The Peter Principle Revisited, George Allen & Unwin, 1991, p.90. - & BUSINESS
TAXATION: Petrol taxes and thousands of other taxes: Highway robbery has become nationalized. – JZ, 16.7.95.
TAXATION: Philosophy of government: From each according to his ability; to each according to his irresponsibility.” - Claire Wolfe, 101 Things to Do ‘til the Revolution, Breakout Productions, Port Townsend, Washington, 1999, rev. ed., ISBN 1-89.3626-13-X, p. 4. - & GOVERNMENT, POLITICIANS
TAXATION: Pillage and looting do not diminish in ethical opprobrium when performed by cliques or associations." - Ridgway K. Foley Jr., THE FREEMAN, 4/73.
TAXATION: PLAYBOY: Why do you describe the Australian tax system as confiscatory, savage, unfair, and a menace to our survival as a healthy and buoyant society? – Peter Clyne interview, AUSTRALIAN PLAYBOY, June 1979. – PLAYBOY provided some detail in his much longer reply. – JZ
TAXATION: Please, do not give your government so much money." - Sen. William Jerner, IN, 8.21.58. - You only spoil it and it despoils us! – JZ
TAXATION: Pocket thieves are those members of the human society who do merely manually practise the wide-spread art of extracting money out of the pockets of others.” – Hans Kasper – (“Taschendiebe nennt man diejenigen Mitglieder der menschlichen Gesellschaft, die die weitverbreitete Kunst, dem anderen Geld aus der Tasche zu ziehen, nur manuell ausueben.”) – They are the small imitators of the great thieves and robbers. – And guess, who is punished and who is not! - JZ, 24.10.08. - JOKES
TAXATION: Politically enforced and administered subsidies and hand-outs from looted funds are no rightful and rational substitutes for voluntary contributions, insurance arrangements and investments. – JZ, 17.7.08. - GOVERNMENT BUDGETS & SPENDING
TAXATION: Politician to Journalists: “I was worried everyone might leave the country. - So we put a tax on that, too.” – Tandberg, in THE AGE, reproduced in THE RADICAL, ALP, vol.9, No. 4, Aug. 78. – JOKES
TAXATION: Politicians and bureaucrats should have to pay their way with other than stolen funds. – JZ, 20.7.08.
TAXATION: politicians dipping their greedy fingers in the pocketbooks of honest citizens." – Jerome Tuccille, "Here Comes Immortality”, p.179.
TAXATION: Politicians love to talk about “tax abuses” and the fact that they must be stopped. Again I agree: all taxes are an abuse and all taxes should be stopped.” – R. J. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.248. – But it is also true that some taxes are even more abusive, wrongful and harmful as well as irrational, than are others. E.g., progressive taxes, taxes that cost more to collect than they bring, the inflation tax, the taxes that were used to uphold monetary despotism – to name just a few. – JZ, 11.11.82, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: Politicians never accuse you of "greed" for wanting other people's money – only for wanting to keep your own money. – Joseph Sobran – POLITICIANS, GREED, PROPERTY
TAXATION: Politicians overlook that “People basically don’t work to pay taxes.” - ON LIBERTY, Nov. 79, “Laffer’s Logic”.
TAXATION: Politicians prefer sales tax because it is collected gradually and people don't notice what government is doing to them - they blame the merchants." - SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, Winter 75/6.
TAXATION: Politicians should have to pay us, in indemnification, rather than us paying them for their projects. – JZ, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: Politicians talk much of equality before the law but they give us no chance to tax them out of business, jobs and property, rather than only them taxing us. – JZ, 1.6.94, 20.7.08.
TAXATION: Politics is the art of seizing power for economic purposes. There is no doubt that men of character will give of talents for what they conceive to be the common good, without regard to their personal welfare. But, so long as our system of taxation is in vogue, so long as the political means of acquiring economic goods is available, just so long will the spirit of conquest assert itself; for men always seek to satisfy their desires with the least effort.” – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.48.
TAXATION: Poor people, what deception awaits you ... The whole mechanism consists of taking ten from you in order to give you back eight, without counting the actual freedom which will be succumbed in the operation." - Bastiat, quoted by G. C. Roche III in Bastiat, p.93.
TAXATION: Power feeds on its spoils, and dies when its victims refuse to be despoiled. They can't persuade it to death; they can't vote it to death; they can't shoot it to death; but they can always starve it to death." – Benjamin R. Tucker - I hold that here he underestimates the power of public opinion, of voting and of armed resistance. Naturally, the uninformed and unarmed voter does rather cut a poor figure. – JZ – Alas, the government does not make tax resistance easy, either. And with the taxes collected it can bribe almost as many hand-out recipients to vote for it as there are taxpayers and most of the taxpayers are still territorial statists. The individual or minority group secessionist option remains suppressed as well and most taxes and budget items are not voted upon by the people directly. At most the people, as a collective, or its majority, gets a decisive say and not the dissenters. – JZ, 18.10.08.
TAXATION: Prices, fees and subscriptions for needed, wanted, ordered and competitively supplied services? – YES! - Taxes for unwanted or overpriced monopoly services? No! – JZ, 23.10.92.
TAXATION: Problem is tax, not avoidance." - CHURCH SCENE", quoted in GOOD GOVERNMENT, 4/83. TAX AVOIDANCE
TAXATION: Progressive taxation is regressive (and destructive). – JZ, 76/81.
TAXATION: Progressive taxation largely means that the more you earn the more can other people spend your money! - JZ, 29.5.82.
TAXATION: Progressive taxation means the progressive impoverishment of all by a system of leveling down all achievements and efforts. – JZ, 4.9.89. – Also by greatly reducing the amount of private capital made available for the utilization of the labors of the poor for the advantage of the poor and of the investors, by greatly increasing productivity, providing, e.g., more machines per employee and thus greatly increasing output. – JZ, 6.8.08. – PROGRESSIVE TAXATION, CAPITAL & INVESTMENTS, POVERTY, PRODUCTIVITY
TAXATION: Progressive taxation of income and profits means that precisely those parts of the income which people would have saved and invested are taxed away. Take the example of the United States. A few years ago, there was an “excess profit” tax, which meant that out of one dollar earned, a corporation retained only eighteen cents. When these eighteen cents were paid out to the shareholders, those who had a greater number of shares had to pay another sixty or eighty or even greater percent of it in taxes. (*) Out of the dollar of profit they retained about seven cents, and nine-three cents went to the government. Of this ninety-three percent, the greater part would have been saved and invested, Instead, the government used it for current expenditure. This is the policy of the United States.” – Ludwig von Mises, Economic Policy, page heading or also title?, p. 84. - (*) And then that country was still called a capitalistic and a free enterprise country! – JZ, 6.8.08. - PROGRESSIVE TAXATION
TAXATION: Progressive taxation of personal earnings, which has been a feature of British and American income tax structures for most of this century, Mill saw for the moral outrage which it undoubtedly is.(Like Flew, I am staggered at the degree of present day public acceptance of this injustice.)" - Laughlan Chipman, QUADRANT 4/76.
TAXATION: progressivity’ is a bad principle of taxation in that it charges different people different prices for the same service." - George C. Leef, THE FREEMAN, 9/78, p.565.
TAXATION: prohibit any government or official from increasing existing taxes or imposing new taxes unless the move had the prior approval of the people at a referendum." - V. R. Forbes, 1978, reporting on a Progress Party resolution.
TAXATION: Provision for greater use of the referendum for reducing or repealing laws." - Libertarian Party - Referendums for reducing or repealing taxes! – JZ, n.d. – However, although they do exist, to a large extent, in Switzerland, have they really sufficiently reduced the tax load there or merely expressed the prevailing statism of the majority? – JZ, 17.10.08.
TAXATION: Psychiatrists and tax collectors agree: It is not good to keep things to yourself." (UI) – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 12/76. - JOKES
TAXATION: Push for Wayne Swan to raise GST rate - www.theaustralian.com.au - In no way are taxes a natural and just institution for any free societies. They are legally and wrongfully as well as territorially imposed and collected. Spending does not automatically lead to taxation, neither for me nor for you nor for any government. Its issue of money tokens has been compared to the issue of requisitioning certificates, seeing their nature as monopoly money with legal tender power, i.e., compulsory acceptance and a forced value. As for the issue of its governmental securities: By their very nature they are investments in tax slaves. – JZ, 26.9.11, on Facebook, ed., 9.10.12. - TRIBUTE LEVIES & TAX REFORMS, MONETARY & FINANCIAL DESPOTISM VS. MONETARY & FINANCIAL FREEDOM
TAXATION: Put the ax on the income tax.” - EIPP, Reverend Paul C. Neipp. - What ax? - Shouldn 't that tax rather be left to the last? – JZ – Because it arouses more opposition than all the others! – JZ, 17.10.08.
TAXATION: Pyrrho: You suggest a direct vote on taxes. Good idea. Millions of us have already acted: o% for the IRS.” – Stormy Mon, THE CONNECTION 22, p.65. – How many of these tax strikers got away with it and still do? – JZ, 6.8.08.
TAXATION: Q. Is it not better that we start reducing the budget, cutting government expenses, before we eliminate any taxes? - A.: The history of government - all government - is that expenditures keep pace with possible revenues. As we have seen, government will even spend more than it receives, issuing IOU's for the deficit. The idea of cutting expenses in order to reduce taxes is inconsistent with political thought. Government will cut down its activities only when it does not have the revenue." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.130.
TAXATION: Q.: What are taxes? - A.: It’s the money people pay the government. - Q.: What does the government do with the money? – A.: Buy things for the people. – Q.: Why can’t the people buy things for themselves? – A.: Eat your cereal!” – From TIGER, a popular comic strip, sent in by Jim Donovan, to LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, No. 60, p. 22. – Q., JOKES
TAXATION: ratepayers should tell the Councils how much they are prepared to pay, instead of meeting the Councils' expenditure 'needs'". - Terry Arthur,"95% Is Crap", referring to a decision of the National Association of Ratepayers' Action Groups, Nov. 1974.
TAXATION: Rather than tax the retired – retire the taxers! – JZ, 15.8.88. - JOKES
TAXATION: realize that governments are destroying his freedom and committing wrong acts when they silently confiscate much of his income and establish rigid laws to govern how his remaining income shall be spent." - Melvin D. Barger, in THE FREEMAN, 4/76.
TAXATION: Realize that you work Mondays, Tuesdays, and half of Wednesdays for the government!' – JZ, free after Anderson/Miles, Constitution, p.45. - WELFARE STATE, IMPOVERISHMENT
TAXATION: Receiving what’s left after taxes of my first few paychecks of 1979 has prompted me to reflect on my life. I believe that I finally understand: It am not free at all; it is the government that’s free do to what it wants.” – R. J. Ringer, , Restoring the American Dream, p. 362m quoting a letter by Linda Timmons to the L.A. TIMES. – FREEDOM, GOVERNMENT
TAXATION: Reduce Taxation before Taxation Reduces Us." - THE MATCH, June 75.
TAXATION: Reduce taxes through less government until nothing is left of either. – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: Reducing taxes is pointless of your elected representatives have the power to raise them again. Tax level is not the big issue, which is: WHO DECIDES the tax level? Taxpayer? Tax Eaters? I say the former.” – Pyrrho, THE CONNECTION 123, p.75.
TAXATION: Referendum on all kinds of taxes and levels of taxation. Likewise on all kinds of government expenditures. To give the tax payers some real voting powers. I hold that only net payers, not consumers should be entitled to vote in such decision-making. Unless, voluntary membership and exterritorial autonomous communities are already the general rule, instead of territorial States. – JZ, 19.9.88, 6.8.08.
TAXATION: refuse to give your assent to any measures of taxation whatsoever.” – David B. Suits, OPTION MAGAZINE, 2/787.
TAXATION: Relax tax or give it the axe! - Source?, 1974.
TAXATION: Remember when a man saved up for his old age instead of for his tax deadline." - Dick Lindberg, READER'S DIGEST, 6/76.
TAXATION: Remember, a dollar taken in taxes is a dollar lost from freedom of choice.” – JAG, Memorial Day, 1978.
TAXATION: Repeal Taxes!" - Source? – That decision should be up to individual tax-payers, e.g. by joining panarchies that do not levy taxes on their voluntary members. – Once that option, and some of the others involved in panarchism, is understood, panarchist ideas and institutions might come to spread very fast. – JZ, 15.10.08.
TAXATION: restore ... 'government money’ back to the pockets and purses of the people who have earned it and are capable of choosing how to spend it for themselves." - Ralph Harris, in "1985”, p. 18.
TAXATION: Revenuers are the only human beings who have always a too high opinion of ourselves.” – Helmut Nahr – JZ tr. of the German original: “Finanzbeamte sind die einzigen Menschen, die stets eine zu hohe Meinung von uns haben.” – JOKES.
TAXATION: Right after wars, civil wars and violent revolutions taxes are the most wrongful and efficient method for destroying wealth, liberties and rights. – JZ, 21.12.93, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: Robbed for their own Benefit Ever since the advent of representative government placed the ultimate power to direct the administration of public affairs in the hands of the people, the primary instrument by which the few have managed to plunder the many has been the sophistry that persuades the victims that hey are being robbed for their own benefit. The public has been despoiled of a great part of its wealth and has been induced to give up more and more of its freedom of choice because it is unable to detect the error in the delusive sophisms by which protectionist demagogues, national socialists, and proponents of government planning exploit its gullibility and its ignorance of economics." - Arthur Goddard, in the preface to Economic Sophisms by Bastiat.
TAXATION: Robbery differs from taxation in that it is a one-time operation." - H. S. Ferns, The Disease of Government, p.13.
TAXATION: Robbing Hoodlism modernized and generalized. – JZ, 2.8.08.
TAXATION: Robinson opined that the principle of compulsory taxation in which people are forced to pay for services they do not want or ask for 'is at bottom a principle of warfare, of robbery; and everything that stands upon it is inevitably permeated with dishonesty.' " - Reichert: Partisans of Freedom, p.183, on John Beverley Robinson, 1853-1923.
TAXATION: Rulers and revenuers know where their bread is buttered. The ruled and the tax slaves, apparently, do not. – JZ, 24.9.95. – STATISM
TAXATION: Sacrifices to mythical supreme beings have not yet been abolished: We still pay taxes! – 29.12.76 - to those claiming them as high priests of the nation, the people or the State. – JZ, 12.9.81. – RULERS, LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENTS, PARLIAMENTS, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM
TAXATION: Samuel Butler relates that the Erewhonians exempt from all taxation a man who has made over £20,000 a year. They consider him a work of art, too precious to be meddled with. Money, they say, is the sacrament of having done for mankind what mankind wanted.” – Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 2/78, p. 9. – Surely, these people will make more productive use of these high earnings than the politicians and bureaucrats could. Thus, in their own interest, the politicians and bureaucrats should leave them alone. – That reminds me of a suggestion of Ulrich von Beckerath on the German “courts of justice”. He suggested that bringing people to court, who had an annual income of over 50.000 DM. (That was then a high income in Germany, under a much smaller degree on inflation.), should never happen at all, for any offence. It would cause unnecessary court costs and delays. These people could always buy their way out, through using the best lawyers. But U. v. Beckerath also pointed out that people, who owed much money to many other people, are also to be feared, politically. For their creditors would see to it that they would get into power! – JZ, 4.8.08. - TAX EXEMPTION FOR HIGH INCOME EARNERS
TAXATION: Save dodging taxes: help abolish them! – JZ, 9.9.75.
TAXATION: Secede from the taxers! That should be easier than achieving the repeal of 100 000 tax laws. – JZ, 17.8.08.
TAXATION: Secondly, one searches in vain in the writings of laissez-faire theorists for a cogent theory of taxation: not only how much taxation is to be levied, but also who is to be forced to pay. The commonly adopted “ability to pay” theory, for example, is, as the libertarian Frank Chodorov pointed out, the philosophy of the highway robber: to extract as much loot from the victim as the robber can get away with – scarcely a cogent social philosophy and at total variance, of course, from the system of payment on the free market. For if everyone were forced to pay for every good and service in proportion to his income, then there would be no pricing system at all, and no market system could work. (David Rockefeller, for example, might be forced to pay $ 1 million for a loaf of bread.) – Next, no laissez-faire writer has ever provided a theory of the size of the State: if the State is to have a compulsory monopoly of force in a given area, how large is that area to be?” - Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty, p. 180. – Here he calls the compulsory territorial monopolists “laissez faire” advocates and does not notice the contradiction. As for size and numbers of subjects, De Puydt, in panarchy article, gave the answer: any numbers of volunteers but no territorial size at all. Some exterritorial panarchists may only exist in some corner of the world, intermixed with members of other panarchies, or spread over a whole former country or State, still peacefully coexisting and competing with other panarchies in the same territory, or be spread even all of this world – and other planets, when it comes to that, in coexistence with other such world bodies of volunteers. As long as the “laissez-faire theorists”, including Rothbard himself, have not yet sufficiently considered the laissez faire of full monetary freedom, that of exterritorially autonomous communities under personal laws, that of various self-management schemes of production, fully free migration, a complete declaration of all individual rights and liberties and the best self-help defence organization for the protection of these rights, to the extent that voluntary communities want to make use of them, quite rightful war and peace aims, quite rightful defence, revolution and liberation methods, they should not be considered as scholars of laissez-faire but at best only as students of or specialists of parts of it. Laissez faire is not just confined to those aspects of economics which are usually considered. – It is the rightful rule for all human relationships that are rightful for their voluntary participants, because they are voluntary and self-responsible, including the activities of e.g. all kinds of statist and religious fools, fanatics, fundamentalists and even totalitarians, as far as their own affairs are concerned, always at the own risk and expense only. – If people believe in whipping or otherwise torturing themselves or starving themselves or poisoning themselves – let them! – Let them tax, regulate and abort themselves to death! - JZ, 5.8.08. - PANARCHISM
TAXATION: Seeing the degrees, frequency and omnipresence of taxation and that almost everybody suffers under it, directly or indirectly, it is surprising that so little thought is spent on pondering its total abolition. Naturally, we should abolish tax slavery, too. Nothing but e.g. war and abortions is as destructive as taxes are. – JZ, 21.12.93.
TAXATION: Serfs in the Middle Ages had to give up 20% of their income yearly and that made them virtual slaves. Today the average American pays 47%. What does that make Americans?” - Kenneth Prazak, Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Illinois (Apr 14, 2000) & SERFDOM
TAXATION: Shabbily dressed man, begging at street corner. Next to him a sign: “Millionaire that didn’t flee to a tax-haven. – Please give.” - JOKES
TAXATION: Sharing is to taxation as sex is to rape." - Jan Wasilewski (on UseNet). & SHARING
TAXATION: Sheltering ideologies: When demand for 'protection' exceeds the supply, taxes displace liberty." - Leonard E. Read: in "Who's Listening?"
TAXATION: Should citizens be penalized for not being married - by extra tax burdens? – JZ, free after PROTOS, Nov. 70.
TAXATION: Should taxpayers go on giving the government blank cheques on their money? – JZ, 76.
TAXATION: Show me a nation that doesn’t cheat the tax collectors and I’ll show you a nation of sheep.” – Robert Anton Wilson, Schroedinger’s Cat, p.46.
TAXATION: Sign at Houston Tax Protest Day: “Free the IRS 220,000,000” (Free TX) - Quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 20/79. – LIBERATION FROM TAXES
TAXATION: Sign outside the tax-office door: “SORRY, we are OPEN!” – AUSTRALASIAN POST, 27.3.80. – JOKES
TAXATION: Simply ignore them. Pay no taxes, accept no payments, give no obedience." - Jerry P. Starzinski, "reason”. 9/74. – Nothing simple about that. The power of any territorial State, backed up by its numerous statists, with their vested interests, towards a single tax payer is very large. Such dissenters would have to be very well organized, armed and trained to effectively resist as panarchistic secessionists, rather than as territorialist secessionists. They would also have to declare their readiness to pay market prices for services that they would still have to use, like e.g. roads, together with the remaining statists. However, for road-building and maintenance they may already overpay with the taxes that are part of the petrol prices. – JZ, 15.10.08.
TAXATION: Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has not right to the products of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.” - Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness. – To the extent that his income and his property are taxed, directly or indirectly and to the extent that he is forced to abide by thousands of rules made by others that do not protect the genuine rights and liberties of others. – JZ, 4.8.08. - SLAVERY
TAXATION: Since people have come to feel that bureaucracy is inefficient and that the welfare state tends to take their money for causes that the average worker does not endorse, there has been a natural resistance to tax increases. Most people simply do not believe they are getting their money's worth for the taxes they already pay.” - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A Blueprint for the Future, p.186. - But he stopped short of advocating voluntary state membership, voluntary taxation and tax strikes or full consumer sovereignty and free enterprise with regard to ALL "public services". - JZ, 23.1.02. - & WELFARE STATE
TAXATION: Since taxation covers all waste in public spending, all government services are overpriced. – JZ, 75.
TAXATION: Since when are Americans obliged to have more government than they’re willing – voluntarily, without the least trace of coercion – to support?” - L. Neil Smith, Lever Action, A Mountain Media Book, 2001, firstname.lastname@example.org, p.345. - & GOVERNMENT, Q., VOLUNTARY TAXATION
TAXATION: Smith thought that the citizen was bound to contribute taxes to the sovereign, and, in fact, he goes much further than this when he remarks that every tax is a badge of liberty not of slavery, because it shows that the taxpayer has no master, a view of taxation subsequently rejected, and with good reason, by Jeremy Bentham.” – Ellen Frankel Paul, JLS, Fall 77, p.303, without the references of her notes. – (Adam Smith.) –
TAXATION: So it steals … under the guise of collecting a debt we somehow owe – one which, unlike REAL debts, we have never chosen to incur.” – FREE MARKET REPORTER, 12/77.
TAXATION: So long as the government was limited in revenues it could not give expression to the craving for power which is innate in all political establishments; under the circumstances it could do little more than the Constitution permitted it to do. But as soon as it acquired the power to confiscate the earnings of the people, it began flexing its long-dormant muscles, striking out for more and more areas of power. It had the wherewithal for the employment of managerial and enforcement officers." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.107.
TAXATION: so long as" (you are) "willing to pay taxes so long will" ... (you) "be taxed;" ... John Badcock, Jr., "Slaves to Duty." – As if merely quite free will were involved! – JZ, 15.10.018.
TAXATION: So, as people do when they have no other choice, they made a compromise with necessity; the peaceful communities hired one set of marauders to protect them from other thieving bands, for a price. In time, this tribute was regularized and was called taxation. The tax-gatherers settled down in the conquered communities, and though at first they were a people apart, time merged the two peoples – the conquered and the conquered – into a nation. But, the system of taxation remained in force after it had lost its original character of tribute lawyers and professors of economics, by deft circumlocution, turned tribute into “fiscal policy” and clothed it with social significance. Nevertheless, the effect of this system is to divide the citizenry into two classes: payers and receivers. Among those who live without producing are those who are called “servants of the people” and as such receive popular support. These further entrench themselves in their sinecures by setting up sub-tax-collecting allies who acquire a vested interest in the system; they grant these allies all sorts of privileges, such as franchises, tariffs, patents, subsidies …” - Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.47.
TAXATION: Soaking the rich is not an option. The bulk of the taxes will inevitably be paid by the bulk of the people." - Vivian Forbes: Accountability in Government.
TAXATION: Soaking the rich would not only be profoundly immoral, it would drastically penalize the very virtues: thrift, business foresight, and investment, that have brought about our remarkable standard of living. It would truly be killing the goose that lays the golden eggs." - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p.184. -
TAXATION: Socialism via Taxation.” – Heading by Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p.281.
TAXATION: Some may argue that taxation is a more expedient method of financing programs than by prices. That may or may not be so – depending on the kind of thing being provided. But even if taxation may in some instances be expedient, that doesn’t make it right.” - Sam Wells Jr., OPTION, 4/.77. - , ETHICS, RIGHTS, MORALITY VS. EXPEDIENCY
TAXATION: Some people are inclined to work harder - to enable them to pay their taxes or to have enough left after taxes. Alas, the harder they work, the higher their taxes get - until they finally wake up and produce less in order to reduce their tax burden. – JZ, 29.1.81.
TAXATION: Some people hate taxes so much that they would rather do without an extra income than pay still higher taxes due to it. - Much of the retreatist or back to the land and intentional community movement was so motivated - and so are many businessmen and professionals. - Work harder and more to benefit these bastards? No! - JZ, 29.10.02.
TAXATION: Some say "Why let the pensioners live? Tax them more!" - Dennis Burgess, 7/6/74. - As if taxes were all that pensioners suffered from! Presently most pensioners live more or less miserably out of tax funds. They could come to live properly only once all forms of taxation, including inflation, are abolished and the assets taken from them or withheld from them during their working lives are finally put into their hands, as far as possible. Compare Peace Plans 19C. – JZ
TAXATION: Some say: "Let's get the hell out of taxes!" - but we already do! – Hell is all that we get out of it! - JZ, 13.9.75. - The problem is: "How the hell are we going to get out of the hell provided by taxes?" – JZ – Q., JOKES
TAXATION: Some taxes are collected solely on the basis that government has the power to do it and has decided to do it, without even the nicety of trying to pretend the action is being taken for the good of the people thus being robbed, and this is pure extortion. The best example is the worst tax, inflation, that steals silently from every honest saver and investor. Another example is the tax taken fr more and more buildings, for multiple bureaus with surplus clerks to shuffle extra papers at higher salaries.” – JAG, Aug. 5, 1977.
TAXATION: Somebody has put the number of taxes carried by a loaf of bread at over one hundred; obviously, some are not ascertainable, for it would be impossible to allocate to each loaf its share of taxes on the broom used in the bakery, on the axle-grease used on the delivery wagon." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.219.
TAXATION: Somehow, they believe, it is better to send the dollars to Washington, pay a handling charge, and let them be distributed from there." - Dean Smith,"Conservatism", p.38.
TAXATION: Someone once said that no man’s life, liberty or property is safe while parliament is sitting. A look at their taxation record shows that this was not just said in jest.” - Viv Forbes, in a 1977 talk: “Mind Your Own Business”, p.4. - JOKES
TAXATION: Something for people who are not smart enough to start their own country.” – Leister Hemingway, President, Republic of Atlantis. – This kind of movement has by now, in various forms and for various projects, existed for decades. Apparently, the promoters were either not free, financial or not smart enough to succeed. Perhaps they would have succeeded if they had not been mentally fixed on territorial liberation but had pondered how much all the diverse movements and ideologies could gain by adopting the non-coercive, voluntary and individualistic model of exterritorial autonomy under personal laws, which, once it is fully understood, does not provoke violent or other powerful resistance but, rather, collaboration towards its achievement from many among the former enemies. Just like formerly religious liberty or religious tolerance was finally “discovered” to be in the common interest of all religious people and as all scientists and technicians discovered, long ago, that full experimental freedom works best for them. In our remaining private spheres we have all numerous positive experiences with experimental freedom. Only three major spheres, still territorially monopolized, remain to be liberated, namely those of territorially applied political, economic and social systems. – JZ, 5.8.08. NEW COUNTRY MOVEMENT, PANARCHISM, EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSION, PERSONAL LAWS VS. TERRITORIAL LAWS, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY VS. COLLECTIVIST TERRITORIAL SOVEREIGNTY
TAXATION: Space has no beginning or end and goes on to infinity with no limits! Like taxes, but on a much smaller scale. – Anonymous - Actually, taxation has its limits. 100 % of all incomes can never be collected without, finally, killing the taxpayers, unless they are maintained as slaves or serfs. - JZ, 25. 11. 06. – Everything has its limits. No taxation that comes close to 100% or even exceeds 100% can be effectively continued for long. It dries up its sources. – JZ, 27.4.13. - SPACE, LIMITS, JOKES
TAXATION: Speaking of criminals, the state of Israel takes 71 percent of the national income in taxes. And they call the Arabs terrorists!" - "Reason", 5/77, p.11. - JOKESTAXATION: Spend your own money freely - but none of that of others. – JZ, 75
TAXATION: Spend your own money.” – Progress Party slogan, - quoted by Viv Forbes in a 1977 talk: “Mind Your Own Business”, p. 4. - If you can, go even further and issue your own money, but without forcing it upon anybody. Just make it so attractive, that local people would gladly accept it at par, to buy with it your goods and services at market prices. Only you would have to accept it at par with its nominal value. – JZ, 4.8.08.
TAXATION: Spend, spend, spend! Elect, elect, elect! Tax, tax, tax! The people are too dumb to know." – Source?
TAXATION: start by abolishing all income taxes." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.1022. - A better start might be made by turning all taxes into direct taxes: either income or poll taxes - because that could maximize resistance to them. - JZ
TAXATION: Start lifting taxes and removing controls." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.1007.
TAXATION: State: "... a device for taking money out of one set of pockets and putting it into another." - Voltaire
TAXATION: stealing from some for the benefit of others ( this is now our government’s main function, judged by either time spent or money generated ); …” - Robert Brakeman, OPTION, Feb. 1977. - GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, STATE
TAXATION: Stifle the economic sovereignty of the individual by spending his dollars for him, and you stifle his freedom." – BUCKLEY, "Up From Liberalism”, p.201.
TAXATION: Stop supporting your own destroyers." - Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged, p.990. – Has anybody collected and published all voluntary taxation proposals as yet? At least potentially such a book could be a best-seller. – JZ, 15.10.08.
TAXATION: Stop taxing the poor to subsidise the rich." - Mike Stanton, FREE ENTERPRISE, 6/76. - Likewise, stop taxing the well-off and the rich to provide handouts for the poor. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: Stop taxing the younger generation to support the older generation." - Jim Stumm, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 8.3.74, p.22. – Also stop taxing the older generations to support the youngest. – JZ, 29.6.13.
TAXATION: Stuart, in his work on the Constitution of England, remarked (p.135/6, quoted by Spooner, Trial by Jury, II/54) that during the time of the Saxon kings "a fine expiated their murder, as well as that of the meanest citizen". A similar clause now could really limit the taxes our rulers could impose, without risk to themselves. For then the taxpayers could take up subscribing to such funds for the fine and could then put a contract out - on their rulers. Such "crimes" could pay them very well, in tax amounts saved. – JZ - JOKES
TAXATION: Success today is when the government takes away in taxes the amount of money you always dreamed about earning." - F. F. W., READERS DIGEST, June 78. - JOKES
TAXATION: Syntax? Why not, they tax everything else.” – Anonymous. - A wordplay on "sin:". Anyhow, most "sinners" are already taxed in one way or the other. - JZ, 25. 11. 06. - JOKE
TAXATION: Take a look at your tax bill and you will stop calling them 'cheap politicians'." – “MAD”. - JOKES
TAXATION: Take care of your pence; the State will take care of your pounds!" - W. R. Latham. - Take care of your cents. The government will take care of your dollars. – JZ
TAXATION: Take your hands out of my pockets! I reserve to myself the right to make or refuse handouts with my money. – JZ18.11.75.
TAXATION: Taking away income which was earned in free exchange and handing it over to someone who has not earned it – is denying equal citizenship rights and responsibilities … it is a form of civil war.” – George Hardy, ANTI-MONOPOLIST NEWSLETTER, 15.10.77.
TAXATION: Taking from the government isn't stealing. It is a national pastime." – Source?
TAXATION: Taking somebody’s money without permission is stealing, unless you work for the IRS; then it’s taxation. Killing people en masse is homicidal mania, unless you work for the Army; then it’s National Defense. Spying on your neighbors is invasion of privacy, unless you work for the FBI; then it’s National Security. Running a whorehouse makes you a pimp and poisoning people makes you a murderer, unless you work for the CIA; then it’s counter-intelligence.” – Robert Anton Wilson - & ROBBERY, WAR & MURDER, NATIONAL SECURITY & CIA
TAXATION: TAKING WHILE YOU’RE NOT LOOKING – It is not only the size of the yield, or its certainty, which gives indirect taxation preeminence in the state’s scheme of appropriation. Its most commendable quality (*) is that of being surreptitious. It is taking while the victim is not looking. Those who strain themselves to give taxation a moral character are under obligation to explain the state’s preoccupation with the hiding of taxes in the price of goods. Is there not a confession of guilt in that? …” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p.270. - (*) From the point of view of the Tax Department. – JZ, 4.8.08.
TAXATION: TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) -Which means, if you want the government to do something, they're either going to take money from you to do it or take it from someone else. - Which makes you either: (1) a Fool or 2) a Thief." – Source?
TAXATION: tax and spend schemes ... only lead to waste and ruin." - WESTERN WORLD REVIEW, Summer 73, p. 8.
TAXATION: Tax authorities as well as rapists do usually claim that their victims gave their consent or even asked to be taxed or thus raped. – JZ, 4.8.08.
TAXATION: Tax avoidance seen as brake on government.” – WEST-AUSTRALIAN – Tax avoidance is a legalized action that can be declared illegal at any time by our territorial protection racket masters. Tax evasion is illegal right away and thus undercuts territorialism much more fundamentally. – JZ, 23.7.08. – But only if it becomes extended into a comprehensive and rightfully conducted tax strike. For a short period the tax strikers themselves would have to continue and handle taxation themselves, just no longer paying them to the government, to pay with these funds e.g. soldiers, policemen and pensioners, before these hand-out recipients can be productively employed or get their share in the remaining capital assets of the government. Since governments also largely rely on the inflation tax, monetary despotism, with its central banking, monopoly for note issue and legal tender for its notes, would have to be done away with at the same time. How many tax resistance people have, seriously enough, considered these aspects? – JZ, 24.10.08.
TAXATION: Tax breaks for the rich: Reduced punishments for the most productive members of society. Unless they stole their money (which many do, with the help of government), a rich person gets rich by providing things people want so much they're willing to pay for them. If you figure out a way to make a lot of people happy by what you produce, those people will gladly reward you with riches. But often governments will come in and take much of your reward, penalizing your for your success. When that rare public figure proposes reducing the tax penalty for productive ideas, this should be praised not scorned. It would be even better to reduce taxes for everyone, but people who disparage "the rich" are only interested in exploiting envy.” - Dagny. - & THE RICH
TAXATION: Tax cheats? This term got it all wrong. It is taxes themselves and those that legalized as well as those, who levy them, that cheat people out of their earnings and property. And these robbers, thieves and confidence tricksters do commit these crimes under the false pretence of offering their victims the equivalent of wanted and helpful services in return and of upholding “law and order”. The Mafia is much more honest and less pretentious in this respect – and it does also offer services the people do want, although they are outlawed by the government. – JZ, 7.11.90, 20.7.08.B -
TAXATION: Tax collectors are the most casually vicious, abjectly humorless and routinely amoral people I've ever met." – Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY interview, 7/76.
TAXATION: Tax Commissioner: Official robber baron. – JZ, 20.8.91.
TAXATION: Tax Dodger, n. One who keeps his own money: a term of opprobrium. One who never gives a bloodsucker an even break.” - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer’s Lexicon.
TAXATION: Tax dodgers … “are doing a dangerous but useful job for the nation.” – Mogens Glistrup, comparing them with the resistance fighters against the Nazis. – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 5/78.
TAXATION: Tax dodgers should be honored - as pioneers rather than blamed and prosecuted as criminals. – JZ, 12.9.81
TAXATION: Tax evaders are now accused of taking money out of the pockets of other tax payers, who, supposedly, would have to make up for this shortfall. As if e.g. banks, that were not robbed, where, thereby, guilty of having robbed those banks, that were robbed. – But then under territorial statism almost any wrongful and irrational act can become legalized and imposed. - JZ, 3.6.82, 23.7.08.
TAXATION: Tax exemption, complete tax exemption, is not a privilege but a right. – JZ, 1.8.89. – Unless one is a voluntary member in a community of volunteers only, practising taxation against – or for - its members, under its own personal laws and full exterritorial autonomy, but also allowing individual secessions and group secessions. – JZ, 6.8.08.
TAXATION: Tax gatherers are the greediest and least productive people of all. - JZ, 28.1.02. & GREED
TAXATION: Tax gatherers refuse to realize that they are stealing. This is their 'honesty’, combined with the fact that they honestly pass on all their loot to others and only get their cuts from them in form of salaries. – JZ, 2/75, after reading Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.964/5.
TAXATION: Tax is paid on what a company has. It is deducted from what could be. It is paid on what it has produced. It is deducted from what it could produce." - Joan Wilke, THE FREEMAN, 3/75.
TAXATION: tax jolts ... a never-ending assault on their productive lives." - HESS, Karl Hess, "Dear America", p.119.
TAXATION: Tax less and thus make it worthwhile for the producers to produce more. – JZ, 74.
TAXATION: Tax manufacturers and you check production. Tax buildings and improvements and you slow development. Tax trade and you hinder or prevent exchange. Tax capital and you raise the cost of production. Tax wages and you lessen incentive...." - PROGRESS, July 75, Why Rents and Rates are High.
TAXATION: Tax political “goods” and services” rather than economic goods and services. – In another version: Tax politicians and bureaucrats and their “goods” and services” rather than people as their mere subjects and their goods and services.” - JZ, 26.11.92, 25.7.08. – This would, largely, mean the abolition of taxation. For the State has no tax basis, apart from its imposed monopolies, which should all be abolished, too, including its territorial monopoly. What would remain of each present State would be one or several different communities of statist volunteers. Naturally, these volunteers should be free to tax each other as much as they like and in whichever way they prefer. But of the remaining capital assets of the territorial State all those who had seceded from it should get their fair share, in capital securities. – JZ, 25.7.08.
TAXATION: Tax power was granted to the federal government to meet the expenses or running the government. Today, this tax power is used not only to meet the expenses of government, but also for the purpose of income distribution. It is obvious that the Congress and the President have carried out a policy which is against the wishes of most taxpayers.” – Kenneth H. Dieter, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 9/78. - DISTRIBUTIONISM, TRANSFER SOCIETY, WELFARE STATE
TAXATION: TAX REDUCTIONS: of course, lower taxes were promised but that had been promised by every president “since Washington crossed the Delaware in a row boat. But taxes have gotten bigger and their boots have gotten larger until now the President crosses the Delaware in his Private Yacht.” – Will Rogers, quoted in Donald Day, A Biography of W. R., p. 157. - JOKES
TAXATION: Tax reform means, "Don’t tax you, don’t tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree." – Russell Long - TAX REFORM, JOKE
TAXATION: Tax reform should be renamed “tribute reform”. – JZ, 25.8.98. 17.7.08.
TAXATION: Tax reform: Revision of tax scales should take priority over tax cuts. We must get incentive back into work. Taxes on overtime should be cut or abolished. There is nothing more stultifying than having a omitted wage packet.” – READER’S DIGEST, 7/77.
TAXATION: Tax reform? For the government and its victims almost any tax “reform” changes result, as intended, in an all-over tax increase. Tax reductions and tax abolitions will only come about (with very few exceptions) when the taxpayers themselves get to decide about them, individually, about the level and the kind of taxes, whether there are to be any at all and if so, then for what kind of items tax funds may be spent. – JZ, 17.9.92. – VOLUNTARY TAXATION
TAXATION: Tax resistance is a fact. It is a growing reality. It worries the government. Their concern shows most evidently as they take harsher and hastier action to dampen the flames of this honest, grass-roots revolt." - Karl Hess, The Lawless State, p.28.
TAXATION: Tax resistance is actually an effort to make the government obey the same laws that the rest of us have to obey. It's as simple as that." - Claire Kelley, Freedom Fighter, 17.9.75.
TAXATION: Tax resisters ought to be armed, trained and organized. – JZ, 4.7.92. – And so strongly motivated by their individual rights and liberties that they become dangerous to their exploiters and oppressors. – JZ, 21.7.08. – GUN CONTROL, VICTIM DISARMAMENT, MILITIA, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS DEFENCE
TAXATION: Tax return: An annual work of fiction whose authorship is not confined to writers.” – L. L. Levinson, Webster’s Unafraid Dictionary. – The best books are all too often and for all too long out of print. E.g. the letters of Seneca, Alex Comfort, Authority and Delinquency. - JZ, 4.8.08. - It took me years before I finally got a copy of Levinson's book. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: Tax revenue is reduced by inflation.” – Hint by Prof. Heinrich Rittershausen, in “Internationale Handels und Devisenpolitik. – Correct, generally, but wrong insofar as it brings e.g. many wage and salary earners into a higher tax bracket. But to the extent that taxpayers can delay the payment of taxes and finally pay in already further depreciated paper money, the purchasing power of the taxes finally paid is reduced through the inflation, which is bad for the tax department but good for the tax payer. Moreover, finally, the governments come to rely on the note-printing presses, i.e., the inflation tax, and thus no longer bother much about gaining revenues through conventional taxation. – JZ, 31.7.08.
TAXATION: Tax slavery, at least in principle, is morally and economically not any better than open, full and outright slave-holding is. – JZ 21.9. 91. – The conditions of Roman slaves, too, did somewhat improve over the centuries. But they remained slaves -in most instances. – JZ, 21.9.91.
TAXATION: Tax slaves, revolt! - after educating, arming and organizing yourself for this purpose. – JZ, 75/81.
TAXATION: Tax spending is as wrongful and corrupting for both sides as is tax taking. – JZ, 21.9.91.
TAXATION: Tax tax collectors, not people! – 13.9.75. -Redistribute their 'private' assets and give us formal titles to the assets they hold and control in our names and also at our expense, due to their enormous mismanagement. – JZ, 12.9.81.
TAXATION: tax the productive and prudent to support the idle and improvident." - V. Orval Watts, THE FREEMAN, 7/74.
TAXATION: Tax the tax collectors out of existence rather than the producers. – JZ, 9.9.75. - How? A practicable scheme is described in Peace Plans 19C.
TAXATION: Tax Theft Should Be Unlawful." - SIL Slogan, Saltlake City. – But as long a territorial States are allowed to pass laws for the population of whole territories, you can bet that they will make it legal. We should aim at the freedom to opt out from living under such systems. – JZ, 18.10.08.
TAXATION: Tax upon tax, upon tax! Upon takes, like rates, licensing and registration fees, which are definitely and largely not fees for wanted services but taxes, we are, nevertheless, charged income taxes, as if they were incomes. And whenever we spend whatever income we are allowed to keep, e.g. after withholding taxes are reducing our gross to our net incomes, we are forced to pay further taxes, almost countless ones, in every price we pay. To hell with this whole imposed tribute systems to life and liberty destroying parasites. - JZ, 18.3.02. - Ponder your tax strike and voluntary taxation options. With them you could achieve much more than with the "right" to vote. Gain full voting rights for each of your dollars! - JZ, 20.8.02. - TAXES UPON TAXES, VOTING, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, TAX STRIKE
TAXATION: Tax your ingenuity to the limit - to tax taxation out of existence. – JZ, 72.
TAXATION: Tax yourself for whatever you want - is the only rightful principle of taxation." – JZ, 75/81.
TAXATION: Tax yourself out of existence, not me! – JZ, 74
TAXATION: Tax yourself, not others. – D. Z., 74.
TAXATION: Tax, n. A payment made to a government for servitude rendered.” – L. A. Rollins, Lucifer’s Lexicon.
TAXATION: Tax, v.: To fleece the sheep; to pluck the geese; to milk the cowed.” - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer’s Lexicon.
TAXATION: Tax: Property coercively taken from its owner by a government.” – Harry Browne, You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis, p.395. – You could profit most from it by ending it through a monetary freedom revolution. – JZ, 22.7.08.
TAXATION: TAX: That form of coercion or interference with the Free Market in which the State collects tribute (the tax), allowing it to hire armed forces to practice coercion in defence of privilege, and also to engage in such wars, adventures, experiments, 'reforms', etc., as it pleases, not at its own cost, but at the cost of 'its' subjects." – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III.
TAXATION: taxation ... a denial of equal freedom and its cessation will strip government of all unwarranted power." - "FREEFOLK", British Columbia, quoted in PROGRESS, Melbourne, 6/75. - Taxation is a denial of equal freedom. The cessation of taxation will strip government of unwanted powers. - In the original version "its cessation" might refer to taxation or to equal freedom. - JZ = POWER
TAXATION: Taxation ... mucks up everything." - Dr. H. G. Pearce, Economics, p.287. - One might add: Taxation - like other forms of coercion ..." – JZ
TAXATION: Taxation "makes universal suffrage an entirely unworkable arrangement. In all matters relating to property, it is clear sense and just sense that the opinions and desires of those to whom such property belongs, should count for far more than the opinions and desires of those to whom it does not belong." – Auberon Herbert, Mack edition, 395 :
TAXATION: Taxation allows perhaps the best anti-government propaganda - if critically commented upon. – JZ, 12/72.
TAXATION: Taxation amounts to "highly perfected procedures of government for eating up the tax dollars without accomplishing anything to show for it." - Mark Clifton, "When they come from Space", p.2. - The wasteful, irrational and often contradictory spending of governments is obvious to all willing to see it. - JZ, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: Taxation amounts to "penalizing the wealth makers". - Headline in an editorial in THE AUSTRALIAN, 18.11.74, against progressive taxation.
TAXATION: Taxation amounts to the worst exploitation of all. – JZ, 75.
TAXATION: Taxation benefits all politicians, all bureaucrats and SOME citizens, while ALL citizens have to pay taxes, directly or indirectly. – JZ, 6.6.82, 18.3.11.
TAXATION: Taxation Breeds Power.” – Heading by Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p.281. – And power breeds taxes or tributes. – JZ, 25.10.08.
TAXATION: Taxation by consent is a contradiction in terms, as far as individuals are concerned. – JZ, 21.10.87. At least in territorial systems with involuntary subjects. In voluntary societies and communities, through their voluntarism, permitting individuals not only to join them but also to secede from them, all their taxation or contribution or levy systems do inevitably become forms of voluntary taxation and are, as such, justified. – JZ, 5.8.08. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION
TAXATION: taxation can never advance the welfare of humanity. At best it can advance the welfare of a few at the expense of others.” – T. Machan, Liberty and Culture, p.114. – By now those who receive some or the other kind of governmental hand-out may form already the majority. But in balance, even the poorest of these beneficiaries, are losers, if one considers all the rights, liberties and opportunities they lose under territorial governmentalism. – JZ, 20.7.08.
TAXATION: Taxation Department? Robbery Department! TRIBUTE COLLECTION BUREAU! - 1.7.02, 20.8.02.
TAXATION: Taxation Equals Slavery.” – T-shirt slogan.
TAXATION: Taxation for all, subsidies for a few. This power structure is the State, which Nock labeled The Enemy, and which he clearly distinguished from government." - Reverend Edmund Opitz, THE INTERCOLLEGIATE REVIEW, Winter 1975.
TAXATION: Taxation hides tax upon tax: Do you know what taxes you are paying? When you go shopping do you know what tax is paid for a loaf of bread, a litre of milk, clothing, a meal at your favorite restaurant? Tax upon tax is imposed upon every part of the process to deliver goods and services to you. To add insult to injury there is the further imposition of a 10 % GST on top!” - SAVE AUSTRALIA ALLIANCE, August/September 2007, p.3, ed. by Dale Chorley, email@example.com - www.saveaustraliaalliance.com.au/
TAXATION: Taxation in its historical forms is a variety of civil war." - Quoted in George Hardy, The Doom of the Welfare Society, in its rear cover, inside. - I would add: "which ended with tributes as peace offerings." – J Z. - The same expression can also be found in Hardy's “Society in Conflict", according to a quote in PROGRESS, Feb.73.
TAXATION: Taxation is "that part of the revenue of the State which is obtained by compulsory dues and charges upon its subjects." - ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA
TAXATION: Taxation is a compulsory redistribution system swallowing the lion’s share of our earnings and, through government spending, it is so rigged that it tends to take most from the best (meaning here: the most productive citizens) in order to give most to the worst (here: least productive citizens). – JZ, 27.5.84, 20.3.11.
TAXATION: Taxation is a continuous and omnipresent robbery. – JZ, 1984.
TAXATION: Taxation is a cover word for the coercive levying of tributes. – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: Taxation is a modern form of cannibalism - with the difference that the victim is kept alive and still somewhat productive, while his substance is eaten up. He is even forced to prepare the feast for those eating his flesh and drinking his life blood. – JZ, 81. – Another version: Taxation is a modern form of cannibalism. We are not eaten, raw, fried or cooked, after being killed for this, but gradually killed, bit by bit, limb by limb, right by right and liberty by liberty, day by day, until nothing is left of a human being, that was formerly and naturally quite free and complete. – JZ, 29.8.93, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: taxation is a process by which money is collected from the people to pay the salaries of the men who do the collecting, any surplus left over being used to pay the salaries of the men the people elect to decide how much money shall be deflected from them." - Patrick Ryan, in PROGRESS, 11/75. - He overlooks here that some money even filters back to those who were forced to contribute and that there are all too many net-tax recipients who can neither be classed as bureaucrats nor as politicians. – JZ
TAXATION: Taxation is a special privilege assumed by the ruling class to levy tribute on their subjects, and is a violation of the liberty of those who do not want a ruling class." - Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.24.
TAXATION: Taxation is a wealth hazard." – Source? - In balance it is also a wrongful burden upon the poor. - JZ, 20.3.11. -
TAXATION: Taxation is an unprovoked, immoral and coercive act with all the advantages on the side of the coercer. – JZ, 15.5.79, 8.6.82. – Compare: “Do not commit any crime, for the State does not like competitors!”
TAXATION: Taxation is another concept I have chosen to dispense with, since the terms 'theft' and 'extortion' cover the situation adequately (unless you still believe in government of course." - THE DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP, No. 6.
TAXATION: Taxation is based on voluntary compliance." - Cathy Fullmer, on a tax protest placard, 1973/4. - If only that were quite true! - JZ, 20.3.11.
TAXATION: Taxation is becoming a bigger and bigger theft and robbery every year. – JZ, 22.12.81, 23.7.08.
TAXATION: Taxation is contrary to the basic principle [of libertarianism] because it involves aggression against non-aggressive citizens who refuse to pay. It makes not the slightest difference that the government offers goods and services in return for the tax money. What is important is that the so-called “trade” (tax money for government services) is coerced. The individual is not free to reject the offer. Nor does the fact that a majority of the citizens support this coercive taxation make any difference. The initiation of aggression, even when endorsed by the majority, is not legitimate. Libertarianism condemns it in this area as it condemns it wherever it occurs.” – Walter Block, Defending the Undefendable, p. 12.
TAXATION: Taxation is extortion under the name of the law." - Mark Tier
TAXATION: Taxation is force." - Bob Howard, in an A.I.R. talk. – ( Alliance for Individual Rights )
TAXATION: Taxation is hazardous to your liberty." - - Stanford Young Libertarians. - I would rather say: "... inevitably restricts your liberty!" – JZ
TAXATION: taxation is highwaymanry made respectable by custom, thievery made moral by law; there isn’t a decent thing to be said for it, as to origin, principle, or its effects on the social order. Man’s adjustment to this iniquity has permitted its force to gain momentum like an unopposed crime wave; …” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p. 267/68.
TAXATION: Taxation is immoral and unfair." - Workers Party Platform, draft, 1975.
TAXATION: Taxation IS Legalized Theft." - LIBERTARIAN OPTION, Jan. 75.
TAXATION: Taxation is neither justified nor necessary. – JZ 16.10.88. – But all alternatives to it have still to be sufficiently publicized and discussed. – JZ, 6.8.08.
TAXATION: taxation is no longer considered as intended to meet the needs of the State, but as an instrument by means of which fortunes may be divided”, said [Yves] Guyot, although Article 16 of the Declaration of 1793 enunciated that “The right of property is one which belongs to every citizen and which enables him to enjoy and dispose of his labor and industry.” But then, Article 25 declared that “The suzerainty dwells in the people, that it is one and indivisible; that no portion of the nation can exercise the powers which belong to the whole nation.” – S. Hutchinson Harris, The Doctrine of Personal Right, p. 74. – PROPERTY RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL VS. TERRITORIAL SOVEREIGNTY, TERRITORIALISM VS. PANARCHISM, REDISTRIBUTIONISM, TRANSFER SOCIETY
TAXATION: Taxation is not a method by which the community corporately provides itself with essential services, but a fund to be divided between different interests with political claims upon the state.” – Neville Chamberlain, Budget Speech in the House of Commons, 1934. – LOBBIES, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, TRANSFER SOCIETY, WELFARE STATE, SUBSIDIES, HAND-OUTS
TAXATION: Taxation is nothing but organized robbery, and there the subject should be dropped.” – Frank Chodorov, The Economics of Society, Government, and State, New York, ANALYSIS Associates, 1946, p.116. – That is a title I have never seen. Hopefully, by now it is online as well. – JZ, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: taxation is of necessity a fixation in the political psyche. Yet, like all mental rigidities, it came by way of a rationalization. The institution of taxation rests foursquare on the axiom that somebody must rule somebody else. (*) Were the notion to get around that people could manage without political power, it would be hard to make out a case for taxes. Therefore, uppermost in the thought pattern of the political cosmos is the doctrine of power.” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p. 49. - (*) Or that somebody must “run the country”. – JZ, 5.8.08. - DIS, STATE, TERRITORIALISM, RULERS, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT, SELF-OWNERSHIP, POWER
TAXATION: Taxation is repugnant to the principle of free choice – it is inherently coercive and is nothing more than a means of forcing people to pay for programs which they oppose.” – From a brief of the Libertarian Law Council and The National Taxpayer Legal Fund, in LIBERTARIAN LAW NOTES, Fall 78. – Quoted in Reason, 4/74.Without a comprehensive libertarian library, index, abstracts, review collection and encyclopedia, such remarks can easily be buried somewhere for 30 years! – JZ, 18.7.08. - However, it is still a rightful burden upon those, who do individually agree with it. It is not rightfully imposed only upon those, who would secede from the taxing government if they were free to do so. Among its then remaining victims it would amount to voluntary contributions. - JZ, 20.3.11.
TAXATION: Taxation is robbery under arms. If you doubt this, try to resist it, openly. – JZ, 25.3.97.
TAXATION: Taxation is robbery under the pretence of doing you good. – JZ, 23.10.93. – I can’t see the moral difference between this method and a Mafia protection racket. – JZ, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: Taxation is robbery, based on a monopoly of weapons.” – Robert Anton Wilson, Illuminati Papers, p.21.
TAXATION: Taxation is simply 'legalized theft'. It's a way of forcing people to pay for things whether they want those things or not." - Libertarian Party
TAXATION: taxation is simply a form of civil war, where the stronger pressure groups win." - George Hardy, The Doom of the Welfare Society, p.12.
TAXATION: taxation is supposed to be related to 'ability to pay1 and ranges from 14 to 70 per cent on earned income, but ... loopholes and exemptions for special cases produce a situation in which taxation is often inversely related to income. Other obvious examples are tariffs and quotas which may be introduced to benefit oil producers who are hardly in need of public assistance." - Milton Friedman, Special Interests and the Law, in Dr. Rhodes Boyson, editor, Down with the Poor, p.20.
TAXATION: Taxation is the main process of legally 'laundering' stolen funds – with the difference that the Mafia's 'laundered' funds are usually more productively employed. – JZ, 25.9.81.
TAXATION: Taxation is the price we pay for failing to build a civilized society.” Mark Skousen. - He might have pointed out that forms of voluntary taxation are steps towards civilized and free societies, free at least by having only voluntary members. - JZ, 29.1.02. - & CIVILIZATION, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, PANARCHISM
TAXATION: Taxation is the wrongful and coercive conscription or requisitioning of a large part of your earnings and of your property. – JZ, 1.2.97, 18.7.08.
TAXATION: Taxation IS tyranny. – JZ, 16.10.85, upon reading the title of Samuel Johnston: „Taxation No Tyranny“, 1775. – I really wonder what gave him that idea. – JZ, 21.7.08.
TAXATION: taxation levied on incomes is theft – or a form of civil war.” – George Hardy, PROGRESS, 4/78.
TAXATION: Taxation means non-representation! – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: Taxation means the conscription of funds for all kinds of wars, external and internal ones. – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: Taxation misdirects consumption and savings, while preventing the build-up of capital and the growth of the standard of living. – JZ, 17.12.93, 20.3.11.
TAXATION: Taxation must not take from individuals what rightfully belongs to individuals.” – Henry George, The Condition of Labor, p. 11.
TAXATION: Taxation never gives you your money's worth. - JZ, 30.8.01. - PUBLIC SERVICES, GOVERNMENT, STATE, HANDOUTS, WELFARE STATE, BUREAUCRACY, POLITICIANS, BUDGET, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, SUBSIDIES
TAXATION: Taxation of earnings from labor is on a par with forced labor. Seizing the results of someone's labor is equivalent to seizing hours from him and directing him to carry on various activities. – Robert Nozick, Harvard philosopher - FORCED LABOR
TAXATION: Taxation of earnings from labor is on a par with forced labor. Seizing the results of someone's labor is equivalent to seizing hours from him and directing him to carry on various activities. – Robert Nozick, Harvard philosopher – IS FORCED LABOR, SERFDOM, SLAVERY
TAXATION: Taxation of wages is slave labor, indeed." - J. Charles King, "reason”, 12/79, p.31.
TAXATION: Taxation official to taxpayer: 'I'm afraid we can't allow you to deduct last year's taxes as a bad investment.' " (Burbank), READER’S DIGEST, 7/75. – JOKES
TAXATION: Taxation only continues to exist because too many people still believe in taxation either as a just means to a supposedly good end or as, supposedly, the lesser evil. Taxation will fall with these delusions. – JZ, 20.7.82m 20.3.11. – “Detaillieren heisst interessieren” ( “To bring details rouses interest.”) was a remark often quoted by Ulrich von Beckerath. Thus imagine e.g. every tax and every government budget item becoming subject to a referendum decision! (In Switzerland, at least to some extent, this is already the case and in the USA on some local taxes or public loans. I do not know the results of such practices.) To rouse interest, every tax declaration should have an attachment on all the different forms of taxes now raised and allow the tax-payer to cross out all those taxes that he considers to be wrong or harmful. The results should be compiled and when a certain percentage of all tax-payers opposes a particular tax, then it should be abolished. Electronically this job could now be done easily and fast. Consider also the part-voluntary taxation option for the taxpayer to allocate whatever he was to pay in income tax e.g. only to those budget items that are favored by him, with certain percentages for each of them, or with e.g. all of his income taxes to be allocated by him to only one of them. Then, moreover, all budget items not favored by a minimum of all taxpayers should be automatically canceled for the next budget. With such and similar steps one could gradually introduce voluntary taxation. The individual step that I like most is that of individual secessionism. What the secessionists do later within their own communities of volunteers, to finance their common objectives, would be entirely their own affair. – “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!” – as an old Chinese proverb has it. - JZ, 2.8.08.
TAXATION: Taxation rests on the notion that the use of force for some alleged good end is moral, and that your life ( from Jan. to May of each year ) doesn't belong to you but to government." - Eugen Guccione, REASON, Nov. 74. - Not your life but your incomes. - JZ, 20.3.11.
TAXATION: Taxation robs us of much more than all the other crimes combined. – JZ, 14.1.00, 20.7.08.
TAXATION: taxation takes from the people not only the wealth which is brought into the treasury, and the cost of collecting it, but all the values of which it obstructs the creation.” – Harriet Martineau, Illustrations of Political Economy, vol. IX, p. 60. – And the costs of government spending it. – JZ, 2.3.87, 20.3.11. Foremost among these obstructions is by now, probably, the central banking system, with its dishonesty and monetary despotism, leading to deflations, inflations and stagflations. – JZ, 5.8.08, 20.3.11.
TAXATION: Taxation taxes living and, in wartime even life. – JZ, 10.4.88. – When another and supposed “national” hero, who was conscripted or foolish enough to volunteer, had died for what is said to be “his” country. So much “his” country that he was not free to secede from it and its imposed burdens! – JZ, 10.4.88, 2.8.08. – INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, NATIONAL HEROES, PEOPLE AS PROPERTY OF THE STATE.
TAXATION: Taxation tends to deflate the money supply under the money issue monopoly, while spending additionally issued legal tender money in “deficit-financing” does inflate the money supply. The two factors are rarely in balance. Mostly the inflationary spending is larger, but, sometimes, taxation with deflationary effects is.– Only under full monetary freedom, and financial freedom, without an issue monopoly and without legal tender power for any currency in general circulation, and without compulsory taxation, can both economic disasters be prevented. This solution is not impossible, either, but, merely, outlawed. –JZ, 15.6.85, 4.8.08. – MONETARY FREEDOM
TAXATION: Taxation treats people as children who can't make their own decision." - a liberal M.P. on radio, 10.12.75.
TAXATION: Taxation turns all of us into looters, enjoying or fighting for “their share” of the loot. – JZ, 4.9.87. A just distribution of stolen funds is not possible. – JZ, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: Taxation turns much of our earnings into revenues, treasures and bribery funds for the State and “pocket money” for politicians, bureaucrats and their favorites. – JZ, 21.1.80, 8.9.82.
TAXATION: Taxation turns politicians, bureaucrats and their hand-out recipients into parasites and taxpayers into sacrificial victims or tax slaves. – JZ, 2.3.95, 18.7.08.
TAXATION: Taxation turns the whole country into a big commune - with involuntary membership. – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: Taxation under every form presents but a choice of evils; if it does not act on profit, or other sources of income, it must act on expenditures.” – David Ricardo, Principles of Political Economy, ix, 1817.
TAXATION: Taxation wastes not only our money but also our time and energy. – JZ, 25.11.99. – I am still a tax slave, even in years when I do not have to pay any direct taxes, apart from local rates.. - JZ, 20.3.11.
TAXATION: Taxation which falls upon the process of production interposes an artificial obstacle to the creation of wealth." - Henry George, "Progress and Poverty.” - He wrongfully assumed that his "single tax" would not be a wrongfully imposed burden. - JZ, 22.3.11.TAXATION: Taxation without consent is plainly robbery, when enforced against one man, as when enforced against millions; and it is not to be imagined that juries could be blind to so self-evident a principle." - Lysander Spooner, Works II, "Taxation".
TAXATION: Taxation without representation is tyranny. – Otis. (JZ retranslation from the German version: “Besteuerung ohne Repraesentation ist Tyrannis.”) – Rather: Taxation without voluntary membership is tyranny. – JZ, 4.7.92. - Taxation with “representation” can be tyranny, too, as we do experience now every year. Only the members of voluntary communities have the right to tax themselves or give their consent to their taxation simply by remaining voluntary members, instead of seceding. – JZ, 21.7.08. – “Taxation without representation is tyranny." - James Otis, attributed by John Adams and others. And taxation through representatives may even be worse! – JZ – How can those, who rob others, be considered as “representatives” by their victims? – JZ, 17.10.08. – Q.
TAXATION: Taxation, like any other public action, must be inefficient, unjust, and uneven. There is no more injustice about taxation than about any other big public scheme, which can never, from its nature, fit itself to all the many variations of individual circumstances.” – Sir Ernest Benn, Confessions of a Capitalist, p.231. – TERRITORIALISM VS. PANARCHISM
TAXATION: Taxation, like charity, should be quite voluntary and the beneficiaries of both should have neither a legal right to it not should they be subjected to welfare States and private charities, against their will. However, as voluntary members of organizations in form of exterritorially communities of volunteers, they should be free to apply any kind of statist, charity or libertarian system, as well as any other system, among themselves - until they run out of voluntary victims or supporters. – No limit to freedom of contract and association! – JZ, 19.12.92., 24.7.08. – Except associations with involuntary victims! – JZ, 17.4.09, 20.3.11.
TAXATION: Taxation, more than anything else, keeps consumers from ever getting their money's worth; the 35 cents taxed out of every dollar keeps consumers from ever getting more than 65 cents worth out of a dollar." – Source?
TAXATION: Taxation, regulations, laws, and bureaucracy are serious obstacles to labor, industry and, talents, and thus of the growth of wealth based upon labor, industry and talents.” – JZ, 9.1.98, 16.7.08.
TAXATION: Taxes ... are economically counterproductive." - George C. Leef, THE FREEMAN, 9/78, p.561.
TAXATION: taxes … have provided generations of politicians and bureaucrats with a way to live beyond their means.” – G. Harry Stine and Wilfred C. Smith, in ANALOG, Feb. 88, p. 79.
TAXATION: Taxes "force the productive to support the unproductive." - Henry Hazlitt, THE FREEMAN, 2/79, p.96.
TAXATION: Taxes "Soak the Poor". – Frank Chodorov, heading in “The Income Tax”, p.51.
TAXATION: Taxes "take more money out of the hands of the producers and give it (by government orders backed by guns) to the non-producers." - John Hospers, in "reason", 9/72.
TAXATION: Taxes always harm the rich less than they harm the poor." – Proudhon, 1848
TAXATION: Taxes amount to a unilateral declaration of dependence. – JZ, 7.8.94.
TAXATION: Taxes amount to coercive mal-investments of all too much of labor, capital, energy and other resources. – JZ, 24.7.91, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: Taxes and government services only for volunteers. All others to be free to get along without either. – JZ, 6.9.89.
TAXATION: Taxes and government spending do increase rather than reduce problems. – JZ, 25.8.98. - GOVERNMENT SPENDING, PROBLEMS, SOLUTIONS
TAXATION: Taxes and the way they are spent, and by whom, are the problem, not the solution. – JZ, 16.8.98.
TAXATION: Taxes are "a coercive levy". - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p.56/57.
TAXATION: Taxes are a democracy’s way of keeping the citizens in servitude.” – Patrick Bedard, THE MERCURY, INTERNATIONAL DIGEST, Sept/Oct. 1980, p. 45.
TAXATION: taxes are a direct preempting of the rewards for private initiative.” – PURSUIT, Oct. 76. - Or an indirect one, through indirect taxes. - JZ, 20.3.11.
TAXATION: Taxes are a liability. – JZ, 79.
TAXATION: Taxes are a mixture of a) over-charges for legally monopolized services, b) compulsory levies for no corresponding services to oneself, used to pay other people’s bills, c) compulsory charges for the costs of disservices to oneself. – They are not justified on any of these 3 points. As for a) Free people would make other and better choices for goods and services competitively offered at market prices, if free to do so. b) Insurance, credit, mutual aid societies and charities can cover the emergencies of life much better and cheaper and in accordance with individual preferences. c) That is somewhat like buying a gun for one’s robber or murderer. – JZ, 30.6.91.
TAXATION: Taxes are a nasty combination of fraud, skilful theft and open robbery. – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: Taxes are a relic of barbarism and despotism. – JZ, 21.12.93. – Their degree of wrongful imposition is indicated by the fact that they go on and on in spite of numerous criticism of them. - JZ, 20.3.11. – TRIBUTES
TAXATION: Taxes are about as high as people will tolerate." - Rene Baxter, in THE FREEDOM FIGHTER, 17.9.75. - We will still have to proceed from the distributed unity (unconscious unity) of the will of all (no one loves paying taxes but most think they are still alone in this) to the collective unity of the will of all (all are fully aware that they and most others dislike taxes), a Kantian insight, before the refusal to pay taxes and to resist all such extortions will be practised by sufficient numbers to make such an effort successful. – JZ – An even then, from mere general dislike of taxation to rightful and rational actions against it is still to a long way. See for instance, how insufficiently even libertarians have so far surveyed all the different tax strike and voluntary taxation proposals. - JZ, 16.10.08.
TAXATION: Taxes are basically robbery. Only prices mean services. – JZ, 74/81. - Taxes are based on coercion. Only prices indicate an exchange of services. – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: Taxes are by now penalties for working. – JZ, 80.
TAXATION: Taxes are chains imposed upon us. We’ve got to cut them off to become free. – JZ, 11.8.92.
TAXATION: taxes are collected to run schools where the legitimacy of taxation is taught.” – Istvan Teleki, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION 76, 8.5.78. – SCHOOLS, EDUCATION
TAXATION: Taxes are counterproductive and reduce the general standard of living. Instead of promoting wealth and fighting poverty, they destroy wealth and spread and perpetuate poverty. – JZ, 12.9.81.
TAXATION: Taxes are demoralizing. - Free after Alan Reynolds in REASON, 12/78, p.21: “When taxes on such conspicuous activities are sufficiently demoralizing, however, many people drop back into the inefficient barter economy or drop out of work altogether.”
TAXATION: Taxes are extorted for projects the taxpayer does not approve of." - SIL of Nevada.
TAXATION: Taxes are going up so fast that government is likely to price itself right out to the market.” – Dan Bennet. – . - Yes, if it were reduced to voluntary subjects and thus to voluntary taxes and personal laws. – JZ, 24.7.08. – That would cease to be a joke and become quite serious once all present territorial states become dissolved into exterritorially autonomous communities, societies and competing governments, all with voluntary members only, all only exterritorially autonomous and, as a result, with all their financing methods amounting, in effect, to voluntary taxation only, thus introducing full consumer sovereignty, market, free enterprise, free pricing and free contract and free association principles and practices into one of the most important spheres. – JZ, 2.8.08. – JOKES, PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLISM & COERCION, GOVERNMENT
TAXATION: Taxes are higher than ever ... to pay people for doing nothing. To pay for what doesn't need doing." - PURSUIT, 16.11.70. -And to provide obstructions for creative people! - JZ
TAXATION: Taxes are killers. – JZ, 13.9.75.
TAXATION: Taxes are legalized and juridically sanctioned and coercively imposed tribute payments to people who did not earn and deserve any “tributes”. – That some of them are returned to some of its victims is merely a cover-up operation. - JZ, 21.12.93, 19.7.08.
TAXATION: Taxes are legally and coercively imposed and levied because the services supplied with them are, largely, unwanted or only monopolistically supplied, i.e. competition with them and consumer choice are excluded. – Fees for competitively supplied and wanted services are one thing, extorted tributes to finance unwanted services - or even disservices - are another. - JZ, 20.3.12, 18.1.13.
TAXATION: Taxes are levied under the pretence that they would finance the provision of justice, peace, order, security and well-being. Instead, they support injustice, war, chaos, insecurity and poverty. – JZ, 12.9.81.
TAXATION: Taxes are like a bloodletting. Even a little does no good. More does weaken you significantly and too much is deadly. JZ, 81
TAXATION: Taxes are like the human and other sacrifices to the “gods” of old – and just as wrong, vain and wasteful. – JZ, 9.9.91. – HUMAN SACRIFICES, SACRIFICES, STATISM, GODS
TAXATION: Taxes are mainly evil because they do force people to feed territorial governments, in spite of all the inherent injustices and irrationalities of such organizations. – JZ, 28.12.92, 25.7.08.
TAXATION: Taxes are needed ONLY for one thing: Their abolition! – JZ, 19.6.85. – JOKES.
TAXATION: Taxes are not an ethical means to finance anything that is quite sound, moral and rational. Precisely for that reason are taxes made compulsory rather than optional and voluntary. Governments depending on voluntary taxation and competitive money issues would be very much cut back and could hardly issue any bonds or “securities” based on tax slaves, either. – JZ, 6.7.07, 31.10.07.
TAXATION: Taxes are not for the benefit of the taxed. – Anonymous
TAXATION: Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed." - Robert A. Heinlein, Lazarus Long's Notebook, Time Enough for Love, p.250. - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. - I just read that Russia’s most recent “democratic” autocrat managed to accumulate a secret capital of over 45 billion dollars, making him the richest man not only in Russia but in Europe. All, naturally “quite honestly” acquired. – JZ, 3.1.08. - “Taxes are not for the benefit of the taxed.” – Anonymous. - Although this is almost always the pretence or excuse. - JZ, 25. 11. 06. - But mainly for the benefit of the taxers. They are prepared to share the loot so that they can stay in this game or racket. – JZ, 26.3.12. - WELFARE STATES, TAXES ARE PRIMARILY LEVIED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TAXES. THE WELFARE STATE SERVES ONLY AS A COVER & FOR PUBLICITY & PROPAGANDA PURPOSES & COSTS MUCH MORE THAN IT DELIVERS
TAXATION: Taxes are not only necessary to mismanage a country, they are already one of the worst features of its mismanagement. – JZ, 15.9.87.
TAXATION: Taxes are not only paid in kind, a kind of forced and exclusive currency of the government, or corresponding bank account transfers – but also and mainly in liberty. - They and their governmental usage do, as a rule, reduce liberty by being forcefully levied and spent contrary to the will of the tax-payers. – JZ, 29.8.87, 5.8.08. – A shorter version, also of 29.8.87: Taxes reduce liberty twice: when levied and when spent.
TAXATION: Taxes are not owed - they are extorted. – JZ, 9.9.81. – Just like tributes. But they are levied under an almost neutral term. – JZ, 16.10.08.
TAXATION: Taxes are often blamed for price increases, even for inflation. Rightly or wrongly so? Do any taxes raise or lower prices? – If taxes were 100 % then no price increases would take place, simply because there would be no production and soon even no survivors. (Unless black or free market activities would fully take over.) - - If taxes were zero, then, apparently, no effect on prices would occur, either. - - But what about all the situations in-between? There is no single and simple answer: - - (1) Taxes will increase prices insofar as they allow some people to live without production at the expense of the producers, thus reducing, directly and indirectly total production and increasing scarcity. A the level of 90 % taxation we would, probably, be close to a subsistence economy only and would have to produce largely without the help of modern capital, trade, transport and technological facilities. Relatively little would be produced at high costs in labor input. - - (2) To the extent that taxes would merely forcefully re-distribute earnings differently and would have no effect on total production (a false assumption!), they would not increase prices. - - (3) One ought to distinguish the influence of taxes on prices a) under a system of an exclusive and forced or monopoly and legal tender currency and b) under a tax-based and competitive currency, in which many private and cooperative money issues would also exist, all using sound value standards and being subject to refusals or discounting and thus limited to the amounts required for monetary exchanges. In case a) more notes are likely to be issued than would be kept at part with their nominal value, if it is a sound one, by the taxes imposed. – Under b) issues and taxes will tend to keep a natural balance. An increase in taxes without an increase in the tax foundation money, would make this money scarcer but alternative note private note issues could then be used also for tax payments. Otherwise many taxpayers could be driven into bankruptcy, reducing production, and thus increasing prices. - - (4) Progressive taxes do rise with the inflation of nominal incomes, paid in governmental monopoly money. They do not cause the monetary aspect of the inflation of prices. As progressive taxes they would tend to reduce productivity and this factor would add to the increase on goods prices, on top of the nominal price increases, reckoned in such legal tender money, through over-issues of it. The thus reduced productivity would also increase the prices of goods and services still expressed in sound value standards. - - (5) To the extent that taxes are extra costs – licensing and registration costs for instance, they will raise prices – but not in an inflationary way, but merely through the reduction of the supply of goods and services. If extra taxes are raised, without a correspondingly increasing the tax foundation money, to pay the increased tax total with, while monetary despotism is continued and alternative means of payment cannot be freely issued to make up for this deficiency, then the resulting deflation would tend to reduce prices. - - (6) All taxes are interventions in the economy, interventions with free enterprise, free trade and free market production and exchange. Every intervention causes costs. Increasing costs would increase prices. - - (7) Some taxes are specifically designed to increase prices, e.g. custom duties, sales taxes. Less of the protected goods will be offered and this at higher prices. But it should not be overlooked that these taxes do also lower the purchasing power remaining for the protected and other goods, and to that extent they would tend to reduce prices, especially when the sums collected remain idle for a while in governmental bank accounts. - - (8) Taxes raised under an exclusive and forced currency regime, and used by the own governmental central bank as currency reserve or such currencies in the hands of or other governments’ central banks as “reserves” for them, will also tend to bring about deflationary price reductions, unless the issues of such currencies are correspondingly increased. - - (9) Under a forced and exclusive currency hording might occur and bring about a deflation, worsened by continuing high tax levels, so that a deflationary spiral begins: More and more hoarding in expectation of further price reductions. (Only fallen prices encourage buying, falling prices deter from it.) - - (10) When all non-cash transactions are booked or computerized and can easily be traced by tax inspectors then more cash will be held and used than would be objectively needed and, if the cash supply is not correspondingly increased, then deflationary effects might occur, i.e. price reductions. There would then also be discounts achieved for black market purchases done tax-free with cash. - - (11) Under a forced and exclusive currency, there might be an oversupply of it or an under-supply. At best, and only to the limited extent that a central issuer could do so and then only temporarily, as much of such a currency is issued as is needed for the time being. If there is an oversupply of such a currency, higher taxes might reduce that oversupply or come close to keep it in balance. (Without free market rating of a currency against a sound value standard and a corresponding issue policy of the monopoly issuer, an equilibrium will only rarely be achieved and then only temporarily and it will not be as optimal as a competitive supply of sound currencies would be.) But if the issuing monopoly central bank issued too little of its forced and exclusive currency then the resulting deflation would be worsened by an increase in taxes and this deflation might lead to further hoarding of such monopoly money and thus to further deflation and correspondingly reduced prices. - (12) Production may not only be reduced through taxation but also to some extent increased, e.g. when people’s after-tax income is unsatisfactory, they will often engage in more overtime work or take up a second job and their wives might be induced or forced to go to work as well, to support a family. Naturally, this extra production incentive is somewhat counter-balanced by the aversion of those people disinclined to work much overtime or engage in a second job, if they do not have to, when such extra earnings brings them into a higher tax bracket and thus, in their opinion, they are not worth the extra effort. I once met (in the open air speaking place. within the park called The Domain, in Sydney, a business man, who had just closed down his second shop and gladly enjoyed the extra spare time that he had thus gained. As a result of progressive taxation the second shop brought him a quite insufficient return for his extra management work, so he rather did without it, following G. B. Shaw’s advice, “Freedom is Leisure!”. Bachelors may work less under such conditions and parents more. - (13) By taxing private capital savings away, which might be productively and profitably invested, if they were not taxed away, production is reduced and thus prices increase compared with what they would be otherwise, under increased productivity. Governments only very rarely invest tax funds productively. (14) Very generally speaking, tax consumers as well as tax producers have a reduced incentive to produce. The tax consumer will slacken because he gets income without effort while the tax producer will slacken because extra efforts would only increase his tax burden. In a Welfare State man can live off the efforts of others, like bureaucrats, without productive work. The counter-productive activities of politicians and bureaucrats will make everything more expensive. - (15) If governments really could do what they are supposedly able and willing to do, namely run essential or important public services better and cheaper than private enterprises, self-help and mutual aid and insurance companies could, then they would, to that extent, help to reduce prices or costs for such services. But, according to David Friedman, everything the government does, costs directly or indirectly at least twice as much. - (16) Taxes cannot be simply added to the prices of goods and services because the potential buyers may be unable or unwilling to pay the increased prices or the potential producers may give up producing them at the increased prices, because at these increase prices they could not sell enough of them at a profit to themselves. For instance: Doubling the prices of cars and houses through various taxes imposed upon them will reduce the number of their sales and thus the number of cars and houses produced. It will also produce a degree of unemployment among the workers in these industries and many will have to do without cars and houses. - - Government interventionism is so extensive that those so rendered unemployed will not always and immediately find productive other jobs and thus, in a Welfare State, become another burden upon the tax payers. - (17) Generally speaking, more taxes means more unproductive spending and less productive spending, therefore more scarcity and higher prices.– If you can put all that and more into a short and catching slogan, please, do so. – JZ, n.d. & 22.7.08. - TAXATION & PRICE INCREASES
TAXATION: Taxes are paid in the sweat of every man who labors. If those taxes are excessive, they are reflected in idle factories, in tax-sold farms, and in hordes of hungry people tramping streets and seeking jobs in vain." - Franklin Roosevelt, in Pittsburgh, 19 October, 1932: – As if only taxes could cause unemployment and bankruptcies! – So ignorant was this particular president. And what was his solution? More taxes! More government “spending” and, finally, more abuses of the central banking system. – In 1648 Count Oxenstierna is supposed to have said to his son: You do not realize, my son, with how much stupidity this world is governed! JZ, 5.1.07. - UNEMPLOYMENT & BANKRUPTCIES, THE GREAT DEPRESSION
TAXATION: Taxes are revolting. Why aren't you?" - FREEDOM TODAY, 4/76.
TAXATION: Taxes are taking something from those who can do something for the country to give to those who can’t do something for the country.” – Peter Plisowski, 29.8.79. – As if all of us had to live and work not for ourselves but for the country. That is also a wrongful and territorialist-collectivist point of view, which would only be justified within corresponding communities of volunteers doing their own things only to or for themselves. – JZ, 22.7.08. – , TERRITORIALISM, NATIONALISM, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM
TAXATION: Taxes are that part of the individual's income which he surrenders in the presence of power." - H. S. FERNS, "The Disease of Government", p.80.
TAXATION: Taxes are the blood supply making the government cancer grow - and grow and grow, ending in State socialism, totalitarianism, general misery and even death. – JZ, 81.
TAXATION: Taxes are the main feed of bureaucrats and it is apparently impossible to overfeed and kill them in this way. Thus, to get rid of them, a starvation diet seems to be the only way out. – JZ,12.9.81.
TAXATION: Taxes are the modern equivalents to the ancient human sacrifices to imagined gods and demons. The old sacrifices were often compulsory as well. Lets make these sacrifices at least voluntary, if we allow them to be continued at all. For how much of these sacrifices is spend on armament and large armed forces, and further wasted in wrongful and useless wars, civil wars, revolutions and supposed “freedom-fighting”? – JZ, 5.8.91, 5.8.08.
TAXATION: Taxes are the most uneconomical method of regularly financing anything. – JZ, 9.9.81.
TAXATION: Taxes are the penalty for still believing in territorial governments or not yet having opted out from under them. – JZ, 20.7.87.
TAXATION: Taxes are the sinews of the State." - Cicero - Let's cut them! JZ
TAXATION: Taxes are tolerated by taxpayers as much as women used to tolerate beatings by husbands. – JZ, 3.1.79. – Just like slaves used to endure slavery and serfs serfdom – for centuries to thousands of years. – JZ, 24.10.08.
TAXATION: Taxes are tributes and should be called that. – JZ, 27.1.94.
TAXATION: Taxes are tributes paid to an enemy. – JZ, 75. – A very strong one, who has made himself at home even in our homes – by taxes the value of the land they stand on. Moreover, how much of the price of the building and of all of its contents, was due to taxes? – JZ, 29.6.13.
TAXATION: Taxes are unjustified, unnecessary and uneconomic costs and burdens. - JZ, 75.
TAXATION: Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. in the case of Comania General de Tabacos de Fililpinas v. Collector of Internal Revenue, 1904. – Rather: Taxes are what we pay for stupid, wrongful and barbaric statism. - JZ, 25.1.02. - Rather, taxes are what we pay for the lack of civilization achieved by territorial politics. – JZ, 23.9.07. – , POLITICS, BARBARISM, CIVILIZATION
TAXATION: Taxes buy for you either what you do not want or services at "prices" that are too high for any rational buyer and free. – JZ,13.9.75.
TAXATION: Taxes buy you the nuclear holocaust. – JZ, 75.TAXATION: Taxes can be successfully extorted only as long as most people still continue to believe that they are rightful and necessary. Then a tax strike of the former tax slaves will follow, together with various voluntary contribution-schemes to individually selected alternative societies and communities.” – JZ, 27.1.98, 16.7.08. – PANARCHISM, TAX STRIKES, VOLUNTARY TAXATION