From first principles, there can be no other conclusion that non-voluntary taxation/deprivation of any individual of the fruits of their labour (i.e. violating their property rights) is, in fact, a form of slavery.
Let’s not forget that under the feudal system of serfdom, at the beginning, the workload required of the serf was relatively light: for example, in Poland, it was 1/2 day per week of labour per adult serf. But, as time went on, this amount kept creeping up and up, until, between the work required of the serfs for their lord and the Church, all adults and children laboured 6 days a week, from sundown to sunset.
With the growth of our government, forced taxation will inevitably lead to the same level of oppression!
Oh, you say, but we have more personal freedom than serfs ever did.
Perhaps, for now.
After all, the lord could control who may or may not travel (no fly list, anyone? … try to cross a border without a passport), the guilds controlled strictly who may or may not practice which trade (try practicing a trade without a license now – under Ontario’s new regulations, you may not even cut another person’s hair without first being accredited by and paying license fees to the government) and you could only live where your lord permitted you to (try building a house on your own property in Ontario – good luck!)
Worth a thought, isn’t it…
June 28, 2013 at 18:37
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