Taxation is Theft


Suverans2's picture

After being an Individual Secessionist[1] for about ten years now, here's how I have come to believe it works.

Income tax is an "involuntary contribution[2]" on "voluntary members". If one chooses to be, or remain, a member of a "country club" one must pay his "dues[3]".

When one withdraws from membership in the "country club" (secedes), and no longer partakes of its "member-only benefits", one no longer owes "dues".

These "dues" (involuntary contribution) should not be confused with a "greens fee" (voluntary contribution). An example of a "greens fee", or a voluntary contribution, is shopping at a store, when that store must pay a sales tax because it is licensed by the government. Paying a sales tax is purely voluntary, for the shopper, because we are not being "forced" to shop there, notwithstanding that we have strayed so far from being self-sufficient it may seem like we are.

This is why Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991) defines "Taxpayer" thusly: "One who is subject to a tax on income, regardless of whether he or she pays the tax." [Emphasis added]

If the foregoing is correct, we now know, "who is subject to a tax on income". This is why it has been said that the income tax is voluntary, because membership is voluntary.

"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...".

I do not consent.

[1] Secession. The act of withdrawing from membership in a group. – Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 1351
[2]CONTRIBUTION, n. ...Contributions are involuntary, [such] as taxes and imposts; or voluntary, [such] as for some undertaking. - Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language
[3] Dues. Certain payments, rates or taxes. As applied to clubs and other membership organizations, refers to sums paid toward support and maintenance of same and as a requisite to retain membership. - Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 501 [Emphasis added]