Taxation is Slavery

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel adams 01 aug 1776

Why do I say that taxation is slavery? Because building an entire tax structure on  violent opposition to the 8th and 10th commandments is not without consequence.

Income Tax is Slavery

When anyone can claim a prior lien on the fruits of your labour (your income), you are by definition, a slave.

Wait… What?

First, let us define our terms:

A lien is “the right to keep possession or property belonging to another person until a debt owed by that person is discharged.”

So, a prior lien is “a lien that is recorded prior to any other claims.” Prior liens must be paid before any other claims.

In Washington’s view, you owe the debt that it has incurred (also known as Treasury Bonds). So they withhold a percentage of your income every payday until your portion of the debt is discharged (annual accounting is done April 15th). You do not get to see that money taken from you every payday. Government must be paid before any other creditor.

Government gets your money first

It matters not that you have a family to support, children to feed, or a mortgage to pay. Government gets front of the line privileges when it comes to taking what’s yours…er…theirs.

If you overpay, they will send you the remainder (without interest) when you file your income tax statement. If you underpay, you will send them the shortfall.

If you do not pay them on time, you will owe interest and penalties. If you dispute the amount owed, you will pay it on time as specified, and then dispute the amount. If dispute resolution is decided in your favour, they will return the disputed amount (with no interest).

Property Tax is Slavery

“Here we go again Jones! What are you talking about?”

In Medieval Europe, Serfs lived on the land owned by the Lord of the Manor. In return for allowing them to live on his land, serfs were expected to work in the lord’s fields, and take up arms in service of the lord.

Serfs were allowed to work a portion of the land on which they lived in order to provide subsistence for themselves.

You are a Serf on Government Land

While the variables have changed slightly due to economic specialization, the basics are still the same. Government owns the land, you just live on it. Each year, you must render to government, a percentage of the “assessed” value of your property. You pay the same “tax” on the same land over and over again. If you do not, government will take “your land” from you, and give it to someone who will pay the yearly tribute.

You don’t believe me? Try not paying your property tax bill. Men with guns will show up, take everything you own, throw it out onto the street, and force you at gunpoint from the home in which you live.

Befehl ist Befehl

Translated, it means “Orders are orders,” and is a phrase commonly referred to as “the Nuremburg defence.” In the united States, the variation on this theme I have heard most often is “I don’t make the law, I just enforce it.”

What is a “Fair Share?”

What do most people do when it comes to taxes? They bleat incessantly that “the rich should pay their fair share” of the tax burden. They say “you should take more from my boss, because he has more to give.”

I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume that when they speak of “the rich” who don’t pay enough…they are referring to the Warren Buffetts’, the Bill Gates’, the George Soros’, of the world. NOT the shop owner down the street, or the small manufacturing facility that employs 30 people.

“Soak the rich” has been such a bestseller for so long, that progressives (both “R” and “D”) push that button like B17 on the jukebox every time election season rolls round. Because in truth, it’s “their song.”

Higher Taxes Means Fewer Jobs

However, in practice, the tax and regulatory structure espoused by the progressives, punishes the middle class, not the rich.

The small business owner cannot afford to expand because he must pay more of his earnings in taxes. That means he will not be able to hire the employees that his expansion would require.

Instead of investing in higher salaries to retain the best workers (good employees are increasingly scarce)…He is forced to pay insurance premiums so burdensome, that he has to cut the hours of the employees he wants to keep. These employees have families to feed. So they are forced to seek additional employment, or to find a job with a corporate giant, whose economies of scale enable them to more easily absorb the cost of increased taxes and regulation. OR…worst of all… these employees may finally throw in the towel, and take a government job.

Meanwhile, the Very Wealthy are Untouched

The truly wealthy… the aforementioned Buffett, Gates, Soros, and so many others… have long since protected their wealth from the grasping, acquisitive hands of the useful idiots who push the very ideas that the top 0.01% want to put in place.

Taxation is Slavery that Keeps You Poor

Enacting higher taxes, and burdensome regulation, is like erecting a concrete and steel barrier around an exclusive neighbourhood. It is a barrier to entry into the ranks of the wealthy.

All the useful idiots whining about the rich “not paying their fair share” will accomplish in the end, is the destruction of the middle class, and the consignment of their children to perpetual servitude and debt. Ergo, Taxation is Slavery.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.

Thomas Jefferson 1809

It is instructive to note that the income tax, the federal reserve corporation, and the 17th Amendment, were foisted upon the united States at about the same time.

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