Represenation without Taxation
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Jonesy0311 posed the question of whether America is on the road to serfdom. He then clarified his point by saying, "Look at your paycheck and recognize the percentage which goes directly to your Masters. Did ancient serfs ever pay 40% to their lords?" The answer to this question may actually surprise many of you. We are already there. We are already slaves of one sort or another due to governmental meddling. We are not free.
The Great Overlord Sam
The use of taxation to "redistribute wealth" and the system by which it is justified (the concept of a "social safety net") makes it so you are either a participant or a victim in the destruction of freedom. Consider filing for taxes. It is required by law no matter if you made $1000, or $1,000,000. If you don't and get caught there are a variety of varying punishments received. So we all filed taxes because the Great Overlord Sam has demanded it under the guise of the IRS (none of which individuals who work for or run it are elected). If you make over a certain amount you are taxed. If you make under a certain amount you are given money. There is no choice in the matter. Since I am currently a student I have gotten money that does not belong to me. They call it a tax refund, but it isn't. It is theft. So what can I do about it? Should I give the money back? Who to? The fact of the matter is we are serfs. We have no control over this. If you or I refuse to pay taxes the result is fines, the forced taking of our property and final imprisonment. If we refuse to go willingly and attempt to defend our freedom the next result is bodily harm and injury. Government is violence controlled. Big government is violence uncontrolled.
The Lie of Free Money
What is more, the people who have no scruples about taking money that is not theirs are electing people who give them more. This is the case of the people of Rome voting for more bread and circuses. I have coined a phrase for this phenomena which I call Representation Without Taxation. These people have no vested interest in the economic success of the nation accept where it related to how much "free money" they get. The lie is that this money is not free, but comes with chains attached. It is there for interesting to note that for the most part people who are on government welfare programs or who are extremely low income vote predominately liberal (in the USA that is Democrat, for the rest of the world, any party that advocates socialist behavior). I have written an article on this subject and I hope you will have time to enjoy it. It is titled Give Me Liberty or Give Me Security: The Castration of Freedom.