“A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul.” George Bernard Shaw
WHAT GOVERNMENTS WOULD RATHER WE DID NOT KNOW: about the nation's finances
Ignorance about the nation’s finances is but one tool in the government's armoury with which they can pursue their ends without the rest of us noticing what is happening. Important is that we do not see what is going on. This has happened on every level, immigration, education, ‛political correctness ’and everything else. They show utter contempt towards the people they rule. And we, miserable souls, only notice the mess when it is too late. ...
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.
The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has a rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber. He has not acquired impudence enough to be merely a "protector," and that he takes men's money against their will, merely to enable him to "protect" those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these. Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you down 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 you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you out of more money as often as he finds it in his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to you 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.
from Lysander Spooner, No Treason: the Constitution of No Authority (Larkspur, Colorado, USA) p.17
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LEGITIMATE TAXATION OR CRIMINAL RIP-OFF?
Modern governments seize the property of their subjects primarily through various forms of taxation. They function as an institutionalised monopoly. No one else can demand taxes. Were any other organisation to operate in the same way, it would be considered extortion, robbery, fraud, or some kind of protection racket such as that run by Mafia families. When a shady character approaches a business demanding a percentage of the profits to stay in business, we call it a protection racket. Yet, when the Inland Revenue does the same at rates determined by government, we call it taxation. But then, at least Mafiosi do not pretend to be depriving us of our money for our own good. In essence there is only one definitive dividing line between these two, namely the laws drawn up by the governments themselves permitting them to demand payments from the rest of us at will.
"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it starts raining." Mark Twain