Taxation is Theft

Germans 13:1-7

by Ned Netterville [Editor’s Note: Christian patriots often offer up Romans 13:1-7 (Render unto Caesar – in other words, the Roman authorities – what Caesar is due) as a biblical reason for paying taxes to their federal and state governments (reproduced at the end). Rarely do they realize that their argument applies equally to democratic …

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The Rescue Project: “We Coerce You in the Name of Preventing Injustice to Others”

By Carl Watner with Excerpts from Craig Duncan Craig Duncan is an associate professor of philosophy at Ithaca College (New York). He and Tibor Machan authored a book titled LIBERTARI­ANISM (2005): Tibor arguing for, and Craig against. I first became acquainted with the book in late September 2017, after Gerard Casey called my attention to …

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Meeting the State Head-On

  by Anonymous [Author’s Note: This article was sparked by recently reading two older voluntaryist essays by Carl Watner: “Highway Tax vs. Poll Tax: Some Thoreau Tax Trivia” (Issue 71), and “Charles Lane: Voluntaryist”, the Introduction to A VOLUNTARY POLITICAL GOVERNMENT: LETTERS FROM CHARLES LANE.] In Henry David Thoreau’s famous essay “Civil Disobedience” (which was …

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My Taxes

  by Karl Hess On April 15 [1969], I sent the following letter, accompanying my filled-out 1040 Form to the Tax Collector: The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America establishes a bill of particulars in regard to intolerable infringements. abuses, and denials of political power which belongs to the people. The Federal …

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Jesus on Taxes

Excerpted from www.jesus-on-taxes.com (website no longer available) (pages 8-9). This essay contains three hypotheses. The primary thesis is that, contrary to what most people have been led to believe by their church and government leaders, Jesus did not condone taxation nor endorse the concept of the nation-state when he said ‘render unto Caesar therefore the …

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Is Taxation Theft?: An Exchange of Letters

  [Editor’s Note: I wrote the following letters to J. Budziszewski, who is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Government and Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. Professor Budziszewski did not give permission to reprint his replies.] October 30, 1999 Dear Dr. Budziszewski:I first learned of your new book, The Revenge of the …

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An Open Letter on Taxation to the Global Ethic Foundation

from Carl Watner January 18, 2009 Doctor Hans Kung Global Ethic Foundation Waldhauser Strasse 23 72076 Tubingen Germany (email: office@weltethos.org) Dear Doctor Hans Kung: Re: Hans Kung and Karl-Josef Kuschel (eds.), A GLOBAL ETHIC: The Declaration of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, New York: Continuum, 1993. I recently read your book and was glad …

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Soul Rape

by Carl Watner The modern nation-state is predicated upon exercising control over a certain geographical territory, and depends on revenues which it generates by means of threats and/or compulsion. The English colonists, when they emigrated to New England in the early 17th Century, replicated much of the political and religious environment they had left behind. …

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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S CONFUSED IDEAS ABOUT STEALING

By Mark R. Crovelli Like virtually all Christian denominations, the Roman Catholic Church derives its moral philosophy in very large part from the Decalogue; that is, the set of ten moral precepts handed down from God to Moses that lay bare the moral responsibilities of man vis-à-vis God and other men. The predominant position of …

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A Moral Challenge

By Carl Watner    I have recently been having correspondence with my son about the morality of government taxation, and it prompted this “challenge.” I maintain that taxation is theft and contrary to the universally accepted moral principles: thou shall not steal and thou shall not murder. While these two principles are found in the …

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