Taking the last step towards freedomSubmitted by dwalters on Sun, 07/14/2013 - 18:42
Would you agree to making taxation voluntary? For instance, if you didn't agree with the wars, you could choose not to pay your taxes without fear of punishment. Going further, perhaps the taxes could be itemized - ie appropriated by the taxpayer? Does this sound attractive to you? Do you suppose that such a policy would have an effect to limit the government? After all, the credit used by a government to borrow is based upon its ability to tax the population by force. Without this ability, a government's means to pay would be called into question - especially if it was making unpopular decisions.
Some may try to argue that under such a system that no one would pay taxes, and therefore, a loss of "essential" services would occur leading to suffering. If that were the case, if the services were found to be essential, doesn't that necessarily mean that demand has been created? If so, wouldn't people begin paying taxes in order to regain the benefit of the particular services demanded? I think it is economically clear that if demand existed, then, those people desiring to consume would pay the price.
Under such a system, a market price would be established for the services of government through the dynamic equilibrium of supply and demand. Under such a system, the government has become no different than a normal producer in the market - a firm providing a service demanded by consumers. Taxation should be voluntary.
The final step towards freedom is to admit to yourself that the services that governments provide can be handled by the market. You can call the company "government" if you wish, but the "system" described above is akin to anarcho-capitalism.
Let the market decide what services are essential.
Welcome to the bright side (as opposed to the dark side).