Brad Miller

A different libertarian take on taxes

In Taxes, True nature of the State on May 11, 2017 at 8:51 pm

Taxation is theft,  right? 

I firmly believe that it is but I just read something today that made me reconsider this idea. 

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of creating my own country for years. During my recent research into Seasteading I bought the classic book “How to start your own country” by Erwin S. Strauss  A fascinating book that any freedom loving person should own. 

How to start your own country – Erwin S. Strauss

Erwin covers the many ways one may go about creating your own country including declaring your home a sovereign nation. Peter Griffin actually did this in an episode of Family Guy and called it Petoria. It didn’t go so well for him. He should have read “How to start your own country” before raising his flag. (I’ll be covering how Peter could have used Erwin’s advice to create a better outcome in a future post).

Erwin doesn’t pretend that you’ll be able to flaunt the law of the government surrounding your plot of land. Peter Griffin learned this the hard way. By declaring your home a sovereign nation is an easy way to as Erwin retire “dip your toe in the new country water”. And you get to create your own flag!

Taxation is one of the main reasons  why people want to start their own nation. The power to tax is at the heart of the nation state.  And taxation becomes the number issue if you do declare your home an independent nation within the territory claimed by another nation. The problem isn’t you collecting taxes from yourself and your family. 

Borders mainly exist to delineate who gets to take your money in the form of taxes. 

If you refuse to pay your taxes what will happen. The exact same thing that would happen if you don’t pay your taxes now as a citizen. The U.S. government will use force to collect it. We all know trying to use  force to repel the unlimited police/ war machine of he U.S. Federal government  is not an option. 

If you declare your home an independent nation inside of the U.S., you instantly have the largest most deadly military and police force in the as your not so friendly neighbor. How do you defend against them seizing your property or committing violence against you? 

All nations have a defense budget. Why? A large part has to do with the military industrial complex and the psychopathy that propels politicians to wage war. But the stated purpose of a defense budget is to keep the lives and property of the “citizens” safe within its borders. 

As a microscopic, poor, ally-less nation how could you possibly survive? According to Erwin your best option to defend your person and property from harm is to pay your taxes to the state and federal governments. Your tax bill is simply part of your defense budget for your nation. This is the idea that got me to reconsider if taxation is truly theft.!

How much do you think Assad would pay in “taxes” to avoid being attacked by the U.S. government? 

That is an interesting way to look at taxation. Is taxation still theft in Erwin’s scenario if it’s labeled “defense spending”? 

Do you consider your tax bill as a part of your personal “defense budget”? 

Please leave a comment on your thoughts about taxation and the viability of creating micro-nations within an existing country. 

Brad

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