A lot of people like using the little phrase #TaxationIsTheft, and it’s caught on with Libertarians and some Conservatives. I personally love the meme’s that are associated with it. Meme’s are one of the best ways of communication these days, and a meme can have so much meaning to it as well.
I mean, look at these:
But there are those who have yet to grasp the concept. My mission here is to help explain it to those who haven’t figured it out.
Why Is Taxation Theft?
Taxes are compulsory with no choice but to pay them. If you don’t pay them, you’re hounded by IRS agents, other alphabet-soup agency agents, and can very well end up having guns pointed at your head. In not paying your taxes that the government imposes upon you, the IRS magically assumes the authority to garnish your wages or salary. They assume the power to take (aka steal) money from your bank accounts. They assume the power to seize your assets, such as your home, car, property, etc…
In addition, taxes are used for things that I oppose (see war, spying on citizens, militarizing police, clamping down on free speech, etc…). I don’t get to redirect my money away from that. I don’t want to pay for that. I don’t get to do that.
At the end of the day, taxes are actually theft. And no matter where I go on the planet, I have no choice but to pay taxes. They are not voluntary. You have no choice but to pay them. You may be a really rich person or a celebrity who can afford an accountant who will find you every way to lower your tax bill to almost $0. Meanwhile, the average person (like me) is stuck without much hope of knocking down that staggering tax bill.
Example Of Why Taxation Is Theft
Recently, a Soda Tax was enacted in Philidelphia, PA. The city voted to impose a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks. As a result, city residents and visitors have seen the prices for soda’s and sugary drinks rise, and in some cases, skyrocket. Here’s a few examples:
Here is a bottle of cream soda. The base price is $1.39. However, the taxes imposes a $1.52 tax. This is going to be passed on to the consumer to pay. The business already has a lot to deal with, and they will recoup their losses and reflect higher costs in their prices. And the result ends up being almost a $3.00 bottle of cream soda, more than double the original price.
But it goes beyond a bottle of cream soda. Philly.com, a Philadelphia publication, has detailed several instances in which the tax hike has effected numerous kinds of drinks, from juices to soda, and beyond.
The result of this tax is as follows: poor people who originally were able to afford these items will now be less able to buy them. As a result, they’ll be forced into alternatives, which I don’t believe the city had intentions of doing. But unintended consequences always come with taxes.
In addition, folks who shopped for these items in Philadelphia will begin looking outside city limits for them, where the prices aren’t being effected by the new tax. As a result, businesses inside the city will take a blow as they will see less revenue.
There are plenty of other ways of seeing this tax. For one, I can call it anti-fat and body shaming. I can call it complete thievery, since it’s robbing the people of more of their hard-earned money. It’s even a lose lose for the city, since they’re going to be using the funds of this to fund their early childcare program. With people looking outside, and restaurant go-ers switching to alternatives, the revenue they project will be much higher than what they will really collect, and it won’t be nearly as much as they need for the program.
Austin Petersen did a good livestream on this, and I have to say, he laid out the case for why this is a load of bull pretty well. I highly recommend watching it:
In the end, taxation is theft. You have no choice but to pay, or else endure the wrath of the state. Taxes like the stupid “Soda Tax” can have all the fluffy intentions they want. Their reality has a whole different meaning. They are a drain on the public, and are used and spent by bureaucrats who will always be raising their budgets to get more money.
What can be done about taxation? Lowering it is one step. Getting rid of with-holding would actually force people to have to write a check and mail it into the IRS, and not just receive a check back later on as a tax refund. Doing this would show people just how much they have robbed from them. Getting rid of stupid taxes like the Soda Tax is another step that would let people keep their money and put it into the economy or save it. Lotteries can be used to raise funds for projects, as well as privatizing more services that government shouldn’t be involved in, such as trash collection. There are plenty of ways for things in government to be funded without the use of coercion and theft.