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Comment: Not legally!

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Not legally!

If somebody takes your property by use of force than taxation is theft practically, philosophically, objectively.

But theft is a legal term too, right? If it is in the law that they can tax than it ceases to be theft.

Jon Stewart was dinging John Boehner. Boehner said 'we don't want to steal any more money from Americans via taxes' and Jon ripped on him that the 16th amendment made it not theft as taxation was legal.

I thought this was interesting, because I bet a lot of people think that the law defines terms and by extension morality. They wouldn't think that there would be objective morality without somebody else defining it. Much like some Christians wouldn't think that an objective morality exists outside of what's dictated by God.

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