Is Taxation Theft: An Exchange of Letters

by Carl Watner

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Rodger is a long-time libertarian activist, the founder of PaxLibertas Productions, host of The LAVA Flow podcast, Vice Chairman of the NHLP, Regional Captain for the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence and former Chairman and Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas. Rodger has also served on the national Libertarian Party Judicial Committee.


  • Lots of people will say that Taxation is Theft, and that it may even be slavery, but others still disagree. Chodorov has said it is robbery. Nozick says it is like forced labor. What do you think? What are you favorite sources on this?

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  • Would any Aussies like to weigh-in on this? I realize posting a story like this in the forums is like throwing chum to ravenous sharks. Let the feast begin!

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  • These are a few thoughts I had after listening to the recording of the class Should Libertarians take Money From the state conducted by Walter Block. -when the government or anyone else “steals” something, the claim of the original owner is against the thief, not against the liberator. If the original owner succeeds in getting a judgement against the thief, then the thief would then have to make a claim against the liberator and establish, in the first place, that they had a justified ownership of the item which claim you “stole” from them.  Under current law, of course, it would be against the law to steal from government, but under libertarian law the government would not be able to establish that they have a justified claim against what you took. -salvage rights should be negotiable. I suspect that the 1/3 salvage right probably came about to avoid quibbling and continual haggling and simplify the process rather than being based on any libertarian supportable principle. -another “benefit” of taking money from govt. even if it gives them an excuse to take more from the people, is that you are adding to the load that may increase the pressure upon the people to reach the point when they decide that they’ve had too much.  This is an additional de-stabilizing effect on the government.

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