Declare Independence From TyrannySubmitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 09:46
Gary North asks, “What would libertarians – even conservatives – give today in order to return to an era in which the central government extracted 1% of the nation’s wealth? Where there was no income tax?
Would they describe such a society as tyrannical?”
Which leads to another question, “can a government be tyrannical absent an income tax?” I say “yes.” While a tax on income is oppressive, governments often pass laws and regulations which hinder individual freedom. There are oppressive laws and regulations on how business is conducted – supposedly passed for “public safety” which serve only to hinder entrepreneurs from staring new businesses. There are also laws which violate individual privacy, freedom to travel as one sees fit, consume substances as one desires and seek medical treatment as one wishes. During an interview with Aaron Russo, Congressman Ron Paul said, “there’s not much we can do without permission,… you can’t open up a business, you can’t develop land, you can hardly do anything, you can’t go to the doctor without government knowing what you are doing. They talked about medical privacy, that is gone. Financial privacy, that’s gone. The right to own property, that is essentially gone. You have to get permission from government on almost everything, and that is a definition of a police state.”