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Comment: Didn't Jefferson say that government is a neccessary evil?

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Didn't Jefferson say that government is a neccessary evil?

Never mind, it was Paine.

If government is always evil/tyrannical to some degree, then shouldn't it have never been established?

The government, a government, will always persist - It just doesn't seem worthwhile, other than out of trying to attain full moral purity (which isn't realistic), to quit paying taxes and go to jail.

I may be mistaken but as a prisoner you are requiring the collection of taxes to pay for your shelter and 3 meals? Also some prisoners make license plates or other things - as a prisoner you would be providing cheap labor to a government you do not support?

I don't know - I just can't jive fully with what you are saying - you may very well be right, but in my mind it seems that the only solution is to lay naked, motionless on the ground until you die of thirst and refuse any help along the way because the ambulance would require gasoline which requires paying a tax to purchase - and be sure to die on land that is not-taxable.

I'm sorry if this sounds sarcastic - I'm being very serious, I'm just explaing what I'm thinking and how it sounds to me.

Maybe I just don't get it, or maybe I just don't want to.

"The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle."