Taxation Is Not Slavery

Does taxation equal slavery? It doesn’t. Taxation may have many similarities to slavery, such as the coercive nature of it. However with taxation, are we truly held in a bondage that we have to risk our lives to escape from? No. Taxation is something we can purposely choose to avoid or cheat (while at significant risk), based on our vocation or how we receive our pay. While I may not be able to make as much money in choosing to avoid taxation, it’s certainly not compulsory.

How can we equate our lives and the standard of living when we have to men, women, and children being forced to work in fields all day, often with little or no food? Taxation takes away what we could use to do greater things with and is morally reprehensible, but is on no par with what was referred to as the “peculiar institution”.

Slavery was eventually ended, at heavy cost to the country. Taxation is something that we can limit and eventually eliminate at the state, local, and national level with adequate political, social, and capital action.

The reason why taxation has been compared to slavery is that it seems it will never end.  Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, notable abolitionists of the time, saw an end, yet knew not what direction it would take. We should seek to be like Douglass and Garrison and make the conditions for the end of taxation possible. We have already done a great deal with the 2008 and 2012 campaigns of Texas Congressman Ron Paul in the war of ideas as well as other forms of legislation and activism that are only growing in scope. More and more Americans grow wary of taxation, especially at the Federal level, in the light of the Affordable Care Act.

Taxation is something that will no longer be sustainable. As Margaret Thatcher said about socialism, “… you eventually run out of other people’s money.” As those programs and taxation are unsustainable, market solutions will be called upon to take and compete for what the government once did with those tax dollars, more efficiently and with a profit.

Taxation is not slavery and it will eventually be phased out as it becomes more and more infeasible economically – just as slavery would have, had there been no War Between the States. The future is ours, it just depends on what we believe we can accomplish with the influence and power (political, social, and capital) we can obtain in our generation; we can either create or destroy.

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7 responses to “Taxation Is Not Slavery

    • I think Lysander Spooner made the point that voting for a politician doesn’t grant consent. But even if it did grant consent, those in the minority — ipso facto — wouldn’t have a say.

  1. I think the principle is the same, just not the degree. Consider Nozick’s “The Tale of the Slave.” Taxation is more properly theft of the fruits of labor, and slavery theft of labor itself (whether the slave gets to partake of the fruits or not) as well as the time the person could have spent doing things he preferred, whether they involved labor or not. They are not the same as each other, but they are both theft.

  2. I agree that taxation is not exactly slavery–at least in the sense that slaves have to work, but taxpayers can just quit pulling the welfare wagon and climb in and enjoy the ride while it lasts.

    What taxation is, is theft, actually the worst form of theft. The legal name for this is robbery (defined as theft by use of force or the threat of force), and it is always and everywhere immoral.

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