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At What Population Size Does Taxation Become Legitimate?

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posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 01:50 PM
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In this article I authored on Libertarian News, I present a series of scenarios followed by a series of "yes or no" poll questions. The first scenario starts out small, while subsequent scenarios progressively build up in size and scope.

The first scenario:


A group of 10 people were stranded on a very large island due to a shipwreck. The ten people set about helping each other produce things that were necessary for each others survival. Of the ten, John happened to be exceedingly industrious and managed to create more goods than the others on the island. John loved to trade the goods he created with the other people on the island, but John almost never gave any of this goods away for free. He always expected to be paid for his goods in either labor or in trade.

The others on the island began to resent the wealth that John had created for himself and decided that John should be forced to give them some of his wealth without them having to give John anything in return. They did not like the fact that John had such a comfortable life while the rest of them were barely scrapping by. In order to equalize the wealth in their community, the nine other people took a vote among themselves to institute a new government. The new government (which consists of the nine other people) instituted a tax that only effected John, which allowed them to take and redistribute property from John which they felt was excessive and then redistribute that wealth among themselves.


followed by the poll questions:

Do the nine other people besides John have a legitimate right to do this to John?

Does John have a right to defend his property from the other nine people?

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Have fun and enjoy the article. I look forward to tallying your votes.


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posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 05:21 PM
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Taxation isn't needed until there are services that are needed by most, and infrastructure. If you're going to need roads, sewers, street lights, garbage dumps, etc, you're going to have to get the money somewhere.

If most of the people have children, or might still have children, logistically it gets hard to apply a school tax to only those that have kids, may have kids, or will have grandchildren that might go to school from their house. Or a renter of their house has kids. To apply it only to people that actually have kids of school age, there would have to be an intrusive census every year, and people don't like those.


Do the nine other people besides John have a legitimate right to do this to John?

He works hard. He should be able to keep what he makes. There's only 9 others, if they want what he has, they should work harder and longer. If some of the people didn't have the skills to do stuff, then maybe if he was a nice guy, John could teach some of what he knows. Trade the teaching of the skills for dinners or back massages



Does John have a right to defend his property from the other nine people?

Yes, certainly, it's his stuff.

Taxes shouldn't be to move money around from the wealthy to the poorest, but in a civilized society it isn't nice to let people starve or be homeless either. If the person isn't working because they're lazy, then they shouldn't get anything. Eventually, they'll go to work if they want food or shelter.

If the person isn't working because they've been injured and/or are unable, they should be looked after. It's what civilized people do. Society. Crap happens, and sometimes people need help.

If someone has paid into a fund for unemployment insurance, or retirement, that fund is there for a reason. It shouldn't be called "entitlements" in a sarcastic way, the way the media is portraying it. People are forced to pay into these funds from their paycheques so they should be entitled to the money when it's needed and they shouldn't be made to feel guilty about it.

I've been trying to figure out the deal with the infrastructure problems in the US. I hear people saying they don't want their taxes paying for it, but how else does it get done? Isn't that one of the main reasons people pay taxes? To have roads, and schools, and sewers, water treatment, dams, parks, buses, trains, etc.?


Up here we've even managed to fit medical into our taxes, and from what I've been learning on here, we don't pay much more in taxes than Americans, plus our corporate rate is only 16.5%, which is apparently way lower than the US.



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 05:26 PM
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It becomes illegitimate at two individuals.

Nobody ever has the right to steal others fair traded property.

Many bullies never make the bullying OK - tax is immoral

Does murder become ok if 100,000 people wants someone murdered ...?

Taking other peoples rightfully accuired property, without their consent, is called theft.

Millions of people agreeing on stealing, does not change that fact
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posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 05:33 PM
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Originally posted by snowspirit
Taxation isn't needed until there are services that are needed by most, and infrastructure. If you're going to need roads, sewers, street lights, garbage dumps, etc, you're going to have to get the money somewhere.

If most of the people have children, or might still have children, logistically it gets hard to apply a school tax to only those that have kids, may have kids, or will have grandchildren that might go to school from their house. Or a renter of their house has kids. To apply it only to people that actually have kids of school age, there would have to be an intrusive census every year, and people don't like those.


Do the nine other people besides John have a legitimate right to do this to John?

He works hard. He should be able to keep what he makes. There's only 9 others, if they want what he has, they should work harder and longer. If some of the people didn't have the skills to do stuff, then maybe if he was a nice guy, John could teach some of what he knows. Trade the teaching of the skills for dinners or back massages



Does John have a right to defend his property from the other nine people?

Yes, certainly, it's his stuff.

Taxes shouldn't be to move money around from the wealthy to the poorest, but in a civilized society it isn't nice to let people starve or be homeless either. If the person isn't working because they're lazy, then they shouldn't get anything. Eventually, they'll go to work if they want food or shelter.

If the person isn't working because they've been injured and/or are unable, they should be looked after. It's what civilized people do. Society. Crap happens, and sometimes people need help.

If someone has paid into a fund for unemployment insurance, or retirement, that fund is there for a reason. It shouldn't be called "entitlements" in a sarcastic way, the way the media is portraying it. People are forced to pay into these funds from their paycheques so they should be entitled to the money when it's needed and they shouldn't be made to feel guilty about it.

I've been trying to figure out the deal with the infrastructure problems in the US. I hear people saying they don't want their taxes paying for it, but how else does it get done? Isn't that one of the main reasons people pay taxes? To have roads, and schools, and sewers, water treatment, dams, parks, buses, trains, etc.?


Up here we've even managed to fit medical into our taxes, and from what I've been learning on here, we don't pay much more in taxes than Americans, plus our corporate rate is only 16.5%, which is apparently way lower than the US.


You don't need taxes to fund schools.

And if someone needs a handout because they are disabled, does that entitle them to use force against their neighbor in order to collect the "handout?"



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 05:37 PM
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the amount of people doesn't matter, its the situation that matters.

the first scenario isn't realistic because in that situation everyone would be trying to get off the island, not hoarding wealth.

carpooling can be a kind of taxation. people putting together their resources for the benefit of the group. everyone drives less and uses less gas.



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 06:00 PM
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1. no

2. yes

As to my opinion,

resent the wealth that John had created for himself

All these A-holes are doing is getting jealous that John is a creator, and then attributing wealth or assumed/imagined wealth. All the products he uses and fashions with are all just as available(i would assume) to him as the others. These people formed a government because they have no true value in the real world, as they see one guy in the same situation who in not encumbered at all. It's sad but 90% of people add nothing significant to those around them, they just consume and have sex wasting resourses of those who could better utilize things.

If John wanted to, he could coerce 2 males to do his bidding and rule the island as a mini tyrannt. However, he took most reasonable route simply asking for fair trade, as time cannot be gotton back. Instead, they destroy liberty and try to enslave the fellow(a nice demonstration of what democracy really is).



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 06:11 PM
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I agree that the article is a nice demonstration of what democracy truly is.

It is a gang of thieves writ large.



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 06:21 PM
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You don't need taxes to fund schools.

OK, take the school out of the equation, the school could be user pay, but then if the population gets large, and many people cannot afford the user pay system, then society could end up with too many uneducated people. Civilization should have educated people.

People could take turns contributing time teaching so their children can have an education, that might work.
It gets harder to manage as the population grows....



And if someone needs a handout because they are disabled, does that entitle them to use force against their neighbor in order to collect the "handout?"


No, force shouldn't be used, and neither should property theft.
Maybe someone nice will take in the person who is disabled, or maybe we can figure out another way they could contribute to the society. This only works if the society is small enough that the person disabled doesn't get forgotten about, and left to freeze and starve.

Maybe the disabled person could teach at the school, then they're contributing


I don't know what population size that people should start to be taxed. It would depend on the people's willingness to work together.



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 06:26 PM
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Originally posted by snowspirit


You don't need taxes to fund schools.

OK, take the school out of the equation, the school could be user pay, but then if the population gets large, and many people cannot afford the user pay system,


Why?

Why would things suddenly change with a large population?

Would things change because the government destroyed the economy and was preventing people from creating jobs?

You'll need to explain to me why things would suddenly change to where people could not get a job to pay for their kids education. People create jobs. Jobs are not something that the government provides. The only reason people can't create jobs is if the government is getting in their way.

As for the disabled people - they typically have families who can care for them. And for those very few disabled people who don't have families, there are a lot of very generous rich people who would take care of them through charity.

Prior to the welfare State we have in America today, the church took care of almost everything. The church ran the soup kitchens, the homeless shelters, the charity hospitals, the schools, and a host of other services. All provided for free through charity.


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posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 06:34 PM
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Size does not matter.
Authority does.

If you were taking about a land,
where one could go,,
and the land and the labour you produced
on that piece of land
given free to you, with no incumburences, leans or mortgages
no oaths to swear,
no tax too pay,,
just maintain the land, and be fruitfull and multiply,
and from your own bounty,
if you wished too give,
part of what you had,
too others,
freely,
would you go?
and would you stay even,
if the tax man showed up
for a piece off
your bounty?
And would you pay,
be killed
or go?



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 06:46 PM
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Originally posted by mnemeth1

Originally posted by snowspirit


You don't need taxes to fund schools.

OK, take the school out of the equation, the school could be user pay, but then if the population gets large, and many people cannot afford the user pay system,


Why?

Why would things suddenly change with a large population?

Would things change because the government destroyed the economy and was preventing people from creating jobs?

You'll need to explain to me why things would suddenly change to where people could not get a job to pay for their kids education. People create jobs. Jobs are not something that the government provides. The only reason people can't create jobs is if the government is getting in their way.

It made sense to me when I wrote it down, but you're right. Even a lemonade stand can be a good business if government rules don't shut them down

Politics is getting in the way these days more than ever.



As for the disabled people - they typically have families who can care for them. And for those very few disabled people who don't have families, there are a lot of very generous rich people who would take care of them through charity

Prior to the welfare State we have in America today, the church took care of almost everything. The church ran the soup kitchens, the homeless shelters, the charity hospitals, the schools, and a host of other services. All provided for free through charity.


I have to admit, I forgot all about the church....



posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 07:58 PM
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"I forgot all about the church."

don't worry,,God didn't forget,
,church maybe ,,sometimes,,
God never



posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 01:08 PM
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I voted yes to every single one of your poll options. As far as I'm concerned rights exist only where a person or people has the capability and the will to enforce them. In other words, might makes right.

For example, in the first scenario if the nine others decide that they want to tax John, they have the right to do so, provided that they can enforce this tax. John of course has the right to resist their attempts to tax him, provided he can back up this right with force if necessary.



posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 01:19 PM
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triple taxation with out rep, you pay a state, fed, income tax then a sales tax some states do not have this tax so you pay the dif in property tax a school tax a service tax fire police and med/ rescue, then there is the use tax, fees are a tax, just a new name for tax, user fee, reg fee, license fee, all tax, permits are a tax,



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