From the Libertarian Christians blog comes the ninth installment of a “Ten Things I Hate about Taxes” series of posts, explaining why taxation is theft. One of the best parts of the post (but there are several of these, so reading the whole thing is worth a few minutes) is a quote from Jean-Baptiste Say, best known as the originator of Say’s Law:
It is a glaring absurdity to pretend, that taxation contributes to national wealth, by engrossing part of the national produce, and enriches the nation by consuming part of its wealth…
Taxation is the transfer of a portion of the national products from the hands of individuals to those of the government, for the purpose of meeting public consumption or expenditure. Whatever be the denomination it bears, whether tax, contribution, duty, excise, custom, aid, subsidy, grant, or free gift, it is virtually a burden imposed upon individuals, either in a separate or corporate character, by the ruling power for the time being, for the purpose of supplying the consumption it may think proper to make at their expense; in short, an impost, in the literal sense.
Taxation — in the best case scenario — would only move money around and result in no net loss to the national wealth. This is made impossible in practice by the administrative costs of collection, at the very least. In the vast majority of cases, however, taxation amounts to nothing more than the forceful taking of money from productive elements of the economy and giving it to less productive elements, namely the government. The government then pretends to be omniscient, and allocates the money where it (erroneously) thinks best.
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