thats a bit hazy. Some would say all taxes are unjust. For now our stand is that sales tax is really the only okayish tax while income/property/business tax are not. We are open to discussion on the matter and would appreciate input!
I would guess you are making an exception in the case of a sales tax, not for it being any less of a violation of the rights of the individual, but because to support a government you have to collect taxes somehow. For many people who support limited government they consider taxes to be a “necessary evil.”
My main question to people supporting a limited government is this: would you allow me to opt out? Let’s say I did not want to pay taxes or have access to any of your public services or national defense. If I wanted to use your roads (I would atleast for now, have no choice but to) I could pay a monthly or annual fee like a toll road. Are you going to force me to pay for your services or will you allow me to provide them for myself or through the market?
I never have understood why a sales tax is any less objectionable than an income tax. I would suggest to those that think anarchism is not attainable/desirable; and therefore some minimal government must exist to achieve basic services; that they rely solely on a poll tax to collect the necessary funds to support their system of government. Each participant in the “system” should be required to pay the same amount of tax. There should be competing systems. And participation in any system should be entirely voluntary. If you don’t wish to participate in the system, i.e. pay for the services and/or receive any of the services offered by any of the systems, then you can be left the hell alone. Oh, wait, the more I type, the more anarchist my ideal world becomes.
One white man named Lincoln supposedly fought the civil war to solve the race problem and the problem is still here. Another white man named Lincoln, again the same white man issued the emancipation proclamation to solve the race problem, the problem is still here. Some more white liberals came along with the 13th, 14th and 5th amendments which were supposed to solve the race problem, the problem is still here. Nine years ago, nine more white liberals, so-called, came up with what they called the supreme court desegregation decision and the problem is still here. And then another white man named Kennedy came along running for president and told Negroes what all he was going to do for them if they voted for him and they voted for him, 80 percent. He’s been in office now for three years and the problem is still here. When police dogs were biting black women and black children and black babies in Birmingham Alabama, that Kennedy talked about what he couldn’t do because no federal law had been violated and as soon as the Negroes exploded and began to protect themselves and got the best of the crackers in Birmingham, then Kennedy sent for the troops. And there was no—he didn’t have any new law when he sent for the troops when the Negros erupted that he had at the time when whites were erupting. So we are within our rights and with justice, with justification when we express doubt concerning the ability of the white man to solve our problem and also when we express doubt concerning his integrity, concerning his sincerity, because you will have to confess that the problem has been around here for a long time and whites have been saying the same thing about it for the past hundred years and its no nearer a solution today than it was a hundred years ago.
The years before 9/11 were most of my early childhood. Like most elementary school students I was concerned with things fairly trivial in nature and largely apathetic to the world around me. But ever since, I haven’t been able to ignore the police state that erected itself after that day. It was intended to protect the people who supported it, but it’s become clear that it has consequences for everyone. The current state of liberty is grim in New York, especially with a population more pre-occupied with their safety rather than their freedom, but it is even worse for the poor and weakest among us.
Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.