taxation

A Quote by Mark Skousen on society, civilization, taxation, failure, totalitarian state, success, and voluntary society

Taxation is the price we pay for failing to build a civilized society. The higher the tax level, the greater the failure. A centrally planned totalitarian state represents a complete defeat for the civilized world, while a totally voluntary society represents its ultimate success.

Mark Skousen

Source: http://www.mskousen.com/Books/PvF/pvftext.html

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A Quote by Frank Chodorov on ethics, taxation, rights, liberty, freedom, state, robbery, and property right

If we assume that the individual has an indisputable right to life, we must concede that he has a similar right to the enjoyment of the products of his labor. This we call a property right. The absolute right to property follows from the original right to life because one without the other is meaningless; the means to life must be identified with life itself. If the state has a prior right to the products of one’s labor, his right to existence is qualified . . . no such prior rights can be established, except by declaring the state the author of all rights. . . . We object to the taking of our property by organized society just as we do when a single unit of society commits the act. In the latter case we unhesitatingly call the act robbery, a malum in se. It is not the law which in the first instance defines robbery, it is an ethical principle, and this the law may violate but not supersede. If by the necessity of living we acquiesce to the force of law, if by long custom we lose sight of the immorality, has the principle been obliterated? Robbery is robbery, and no amount of words can make it anything else.

Frank Chodorov

Source: http://blog.mises.org/archives/007385.asp

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A Quote by Murray Rothbard on compassionate, justice, force, and taxation

It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost.

Murray Rothbard

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