What "taxes" provide

in taxation •  3 years ago 

My 9 year-old daughter already understands that "taxation" is theft.

But today she asked a question about how "taxes" work, and here's the illustration I gave her.

I told her that if she wants an ice cream sundae, she can choose the kind of ice cream and toppings she wants. If the price is what she (or I, as the case may be) is what she is willing to pay, she can buy it.

But, when "tax" money pays for something, you might get a similarly good sundae- or not.

Maybe the ice cream is obviously contaminated with rat droppings. Maybe the toppings are things you don't want to eat, or don't want on a sundae. Chicken nuggets and mushrooms with mud, perhaps. But I force you to buy it anyway, and in the price I include the fee you must pay me for deciding what will go into making this government sundae. If you want an edible sundae, you are still forced to pay for the nasty government sundae on top of the one you can actually eat and enjoy, so basically you have to pay twice to get something decent.

Exactly as in the case of government kinderprisons and actual educational choice. Or anything else "provided" by "taxation" and coercion. Pay twice- once for worthless crap you don't want, then again for the product or service which actually fills your need. Strange "system".

Maybe she understands better now.

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I do agree. I would go further and say taxation is worse than theft. A thief takes what you have and spends it on what they want. A government takes what you have and spends it on ways to take more of what you have, and punish you if you do not comply. Bowing to taxation is the same dynamic as negotiating with terrorists. Their thirst is never ending. There is, however, the idea that one should never punch a rabid bear in the head.

taxes are also for the common good...roads, schools, parks, laws.

There's no such thing as "the common good". You can't be "good" by committing evil. And taking someone else's property against their will is evil- even if you spend it on things you believe they need. If something is wanted and needed, people will willingly pay for it. You won't need to threaten them with death (and yes, all "taxation" is committed on threat of death). If you have to force people to buy something, it may not be as wonderful as you claim.

I'm all for roads- if needed. Of course, without government stifling innovation in flying cars, roads might not even be "necessary" today. Plus, roads were built before gangs of bullies came up with calling theft "taxation".

Same with schools. I don't want your inferior "public" schools. They are child abuse and if any education occurs, it is incidental. Keep them to yourself and don't force me to fund them. That's really nasty.

I love parks, but I realize it's evil of me to rob you to finance something I like. And the same goes for things you want.

As far as your "laws" go... there are only two kinds of "laws": the unnecessary and the harmful. Keep them off my life.

perhaps you should try Somalia.

"Go to Somalia!" That's how you know a slavery-lover has lost the debate. LOL.