Friday, October 21, 2011

Tax Theft 1

This series explores how tax policy exploits money from the body politic. A few introductory notes are in order.

Firstly, the concept of theft through taxation must be understood. It does not mean that all taxes imposed by government(s) are thefts in and of themselves, or that all or any taxes are wholly acts of thievery/extortion. Rather, it implies a more advanced system of thievery where taxes are imposed upon everyone, and tax-exemptions allow select individuals to "avoid" taxation. Thus, the individuals who do not avoid taxation have been robbed, in the sense that they have had money taken from them based upon a concept of fairness, which concept is unfairly applied. More importantly in the aggregate, the body politic has been robbed, because it has not received its theoretical due. Everyone within the taxpaying community has been stolen from. The robbery does not occur through direct physical force most of the time, because most people pay their taxes rather than go to jail, however, the theft becomes extortion when the unfairness of the tax regime is enforced by armed sheriffs when necessary.

Example: suppose that in Town A, there exists Individual Z and Individual Y. Tax is imposed upon all individuals of $50. If Individual Y comes up with a strategy whereby individuals named "Y" do not have to pay their tax, then the body politic has been robbed of $50. Individual Z pays $50, while Individual Y pays nothing. The body politic would have received $100 total ($50 each from two individuals) but instead it receives $50. The body politic has been robbed.

Similarly, Individual Z has been robbed of $25. Let us say that the tax was imposed because $50 was required to run Town A for the fiscal year. Thus, Individual Z and Individual Y should each have paid $25. However, because Individual Y avoided his tax liability of $50, Individual Z had to pay the entire amount. He was thus robbed of $25.

The aristocracy in America employs direct tax theft to extract resources from the masses using the techniques described above. They do this because it is much easier to get money from people by pretending that everyone owes taxes, and then exempting the aristocracy from them in complicated ways that most people do not understand, than it is to enforce open, acknowledged tithes to their authority. As a result, most people have a general sense that things are unfair, but they cannot figure out how, and feel less emotionally slighted. Thus, violent conflict is postponed or avoided.

Succeeded in Part 2.

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