Is Taxation Theft in One Page or Less
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My theory on rights is that they all derive from self-ownership, or that I own my life. Any good or service I voluntarily purchase without violating the rights of others (that equally derive from self-ownership) can now be considered my property based on the fact that I own myself and it was myself that voluntarily decided to purchase that good or service.
Now, before answering the question, it’s important to first define the 2 keywords being used:
Taxation: The governments ability to claim ownership of another persons property using force or coercion.
Theft: An individual not associated with the government that claims ownership of another persons property using force or coercion.
The only real difference in the definitions is one act is being carried out by an individual or individuals that are members of this thing we call government and the other act is being carried out by an individual or individuals that aren’t a member of of this thing we call government.
To understand the difference we need to understand what law is and what law is not. Law is a set of rules to uphold all the rights of individuals that are derived from self ownership. Government doesn’t operate under the rule of law, it operates under the rule of force. Any individual or group of individuals that use force to claim ownership of another persons property are not obeying true law and are absolutely committing an act of theft no matter what they might label themselves as.