If we still used the Constitutional system of direct and apportioned taxes, the citizenry would be more involved and more informed. (and it would encourage the threat of succession frequently) It would also be much easier to stop government spending. I have thought about it a lot - I would be fine with taxes under this system. If you are going to have a nation, and a government, a republic or other, then everyone participating on an equal level just increases equality. The current Marxist system does not put everyone on an equal level, nor does everyone participate. The Constitutional system also makes elected representatives much more responsible to their constituents.
While I think it is a grand idea to have no taxation at all, I don't see how that would work. If, on the other hand, all taxes were local & state (for fire services, police, etc....) and the federal government only received an apportioned overage of those taxes, I would be fine with that as well.
I think at minimum, with modern technology and warfare, there needs to be military spending - and that takes some form of revenue. Now, I believe we should have a smaller defensive military - but with current technology, a large militia that can be called on, and a stockpile of weaponry in case we need to defend ourselves.
"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain
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