Hatred for Taxation blinds up to what is possible

TheGrandmaster We Are Better Than This

This book argues that the strand of contemporary American political thought that defines itself through its hatred of taxation is narcissistic self-pleading wrapped in a flimsy sheath of economic lingo. Personal economic liberty, of course, is one foundational principle of our country and our economy, but it is not the only principle that defines us; and the emaciated government that …

Taxes are a form of wealth

TheGrandmaster We Are Better Than This

When you set out to buy a house, you think carefully about how big a house you can afford, but in the end you are not poorer for the money you spent, because you acquired something useful, namely, a new home. Why then in fiscal debates do we look only at the cost of government, and not at the collective …

Taxation doesn’t kill jobs or Entrepreneurs in Nordic Countries

TheGrandmaster The Nordic Theory of Everything

The Nordic nations are living proof that even with higher taxes on the wealthy and on certain consumables, a country can remain competitive, rich, and happy. The dynamism and wealth of Nordic societies in fact give the lie to the argument so often heard in American political debates that higher taxes, especially on the rich, would discourage entrepreneurial activity, innovation, …

Tax rates have fallen dramatically in recent decades.

TheGrandmaster The Nordic Theory of Everything

A majority of Americans actually seem to agree with these Nordic attitudes. Many surveys have been conducted in which Americans say that taxes on the wealthy should be raised. And yet that hasn’t happened; in fact the reverse has. “The effective tax rate for the wealthiest in this country— the rate actually paid after factoring in exclusions, deductions, credits, and …

Tax Cuts can cost.

TheGrandmaster We Are Better Than This

And finally, as chapter 6 describes, there is a large cost today to not raising taxes, particularly against the backdrop of our current low levels of taxation in the United States, in the form of much higher interest costs to finance increasing federal debt. Those higher interest costs have both financial stability and “crowding out” implications. (The latter term refers …

Taxes are your share in America

TheGrandmaster American Amnesia, Anti-Libertarian Philosophy

In a radio address shortly before tax filing day in 1943, Winchell drew a blunt connection between taxation and citizenship: “Attention Mr. and Mrs. United States. . . . Your income tax blank is not a bill from your government. It is your share in America. Our nation is composed of one hundred and thirty million shareholders— shareholders in civilization. …

Property Taxes

TheGrandmaster People's writings

For those who complain that they shouldn’t have to pay property taxes used to fund schools, when they have no children in school: With respect to property taxes, I think it is helpful to think of taxation as having purposes other than funding spending. At the state and local level, taxes have to be collected if spending is to occur …

Taxation is a part of world history

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, First Line of Defenses, Sapiens

In 221 BC the Qin dynasty united China, and shortly afterwards Rome united the Mediterranean basin. Taxes levied on 40 million Qin subjects paid for a standing army of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and a complex bureaucracy that employed more than 100,000 officials. The Roman Empire at its zenith collected taxes from up to 100 million subjects. This revenue …

Cost of Rights – Democratic Policies pay for themselves

TheGrandmaster Cost of Rights, First Line of Defenses

Unlike social costs, “net costs” (and benefits) cannot be temporarily put to one side. Some rights, although costly up front, increase taxable social wealth to such an extent that they can reasonably be considered self-financing. The right to private property is an obvious example. The right to education is another. Even protecting women from domestic violence may be viewed in …

Libertarianism and Taxation – Fundamental

TheGrandmaster First Line of Defenses, People's writings

We are said to deserve the fruits of our labor, and why and certainly to what extent do we owe our labor to others? It stumps so many people because it is a very clever framing trick. His entire premise presupposes the myth of “Pre-tax income.” If people deserve the money their labor earned, would it not be the case …

MTO 7 – Born into a system supported by the public

TheGrandmaster First Line of Defenses, Myth of Ownership

The conventional nature of property is both perfectly obvious and remarkably easy to forget. We are all born into an elaborately structured legal system governing the acquisition, exchange, and transmission of property rights, and ownership comes to seem the most natural thing in the world. But the modern economy in which we earn our salaries, own our homes, bank accounts, …

MTO 6 – Private Property is legal convention.

TheGrandmaster First Line of Defenses, Myth of Ownership

Private property is a legal convention, defined in part by the tax system; therefore, the tax system cannot be evaluated by looking at its impact on private property, conceived as something that has independent existence and validity. Taxes must be evaluated as part of the overall system of property rights that they help to create. Justice or injustice in taxation …

Myth of Ownership 5 – Tax as the stasis for dabate

TheGrandmaster Myth of Ownership

Much of the controversy has to do with the justice or injustice of outcomes produced by a market economy-the relation between market outcomes and reward for productive contribution, the degree to which the determinants of economic success or failure are arbitrary from a moral point of view. What is the moral basis for a right to hold on to one’s …

Myth of Ownership 3 – Taxes

TheGrandmaster Myth of Ownership

Disagreements over the legitimate scope of government benefit and constraint, and over the way that scope is affected by individual rights, are likely to underlie differences over taxation, even when they are not made explicit. These are disagreements about the extent and limits of our collective authority over one another through our common institutions. The Libertarian ideal believes one has …

Myth of Ownership 2 – Taxes

TheGrandmaster Myth of Ownership

In a nonsocialist economy, without public ownership of the means of production, taxes and government expenditures are the primary focus of arguments over economic justice. Every debate that can occur in Economics, on some level, at least to some degree and at most entirely, is concerned with taxes and how they are spent. You can be certain the stasis of …

Myth of Ownership 1 – Taxes

TheGrandmaster Myth of Ownership

In a capitalist economy, taxes are not just a method of payment for government and public services: They are also the most important instrument by which the political system puts into practice a conception of economic or distributive justice.

The Virtues of Taxation

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, First Line of Defenses, People's writings

Charles has decided that it’s not his responsibility, nor is it right for him, to pay his taxes. In an effort to help him out, I’m looking to raise money to help him pay his taxes for him. God bless him and his fight against imagined tyranny. Your generous donation will go to helping young children actually get the chance …

Protection antecedent to Wealth

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, The Fine Print

Wealth could not be created and maintained without laws that defined property and other rights, the presence of courts to adjudicate disputes, the power to enforce court decisions and a military to protect riches from marauders. All this in turn depended on having a means to pay for it— taxes. Perfect rebuttal, once and for all, to the idea that …

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarianism: Markets Philosophy and Myth

I have an object if I have just stolen it from you and am now refusing to give it back. (Anti-Libertarianism, Location 185) Perfect Sawyer example. Possession does not tell us everything, most or perhaps even anything about ownership. Ownership is a complex nexus of social conventions from custodianship, perception, law, enforcement, and philosophy. In a world with no Government, …