EDITORIAL
Three Kinds of Theft
By Joe Jarvis - November 11, 2017

Taxation is theft. But I’ve seen some people defend taxes with typical arguments like, “It’s not theft because you get something for your money.”

Perhaps the confusion lies in the fact that not all thieves act the same. There are at least three different types of theft in which the government engages.

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1. The Con

The con artist cheats you out of your money. He makes you think you are getting something of value, or he tricks you into being robbed without your knowledge. Most people are conned into supporting taxation, assuming taxes are the price of civilization. They assume that is the way it has to be, and that taxes are justified because people get government services in return.

So when someone argues that taxes aren’t theft because you are getting something for your money, this is a con. Yes, the government maintains the roads, but both the price and delivery are the con. You must use the government to get the roads, you have no choice. The con artist convinces you roads could be built in no other way, and for no lower cost. The same goes for security, education, food safety, and so on.

And of course sometimes long after the government has taken your money, you realize that they never delivered on whatever promise they made: to keep you safe, to create more jobs, to strengthen the economy, to reduce crime etc. Think you’ll get your money back? Think again, you’ve been conned.

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2. Extortion.

Maybe you see the con coming, as many of us do, and refuse to pay taxes. Well, then comes the extortion.

“You’ve got a nice home here, it would be a shame if someone seized it for back taxes. Come on man, don’t make us come back here, we’re not gonna be as nice next time around. You don’t have health insurance? What’s gonna happen if someone breaks your kneecaps? Pony up buddy.”

Those of us who aren’t conned into thinking taxes are necessary or proper generally pay because we don’t want the government to ruin our lives. It’s the classic mafia style, being forced to pay protection money, even though they are your largest threat. Sure they might keep other thugs off the block, but then again, they might not. Either way, you are going to pay, or they will hurt you in any way they can.

Ultimately, all taxes are collected under the threat of violence. Obtaining something through threats or force is extortion.

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3. Armed Robbery.

Finally, if you refuse to play into the con, and you refuse to be extorted, you will face a home invasion, which is really the final phase of extortion. When your home is invaded you will either be kidnapped or killed, depending on your reaction to the assault, and the mood of your attackers.

Then they will take everything of value until the original amount they said you owed is paid, plus some extra for not cooperating. If they claimed you owed them an especially high figure, they will keep you caged as an example to others who refused to be extorted.

So yes, taxation is theft, and most people that disagree have been so easily conned that they simply think they haven’t been robbed. But they never bother to think about what would happen next if they didn’t accept the sham products and overprices services!

Being conned is theft: we are tricked into letting go of our money, or having it taken while we aren’t looking (like inflation). Extortion is clearly theft as well: the “alternative” of having your kneecaps broken or business burned down is no alternative at all, it is simply a method of having you turn over your money in order to avoid a violent attack. And armed robbery is clearly theft. You are in the midst of the violence and can no longer avoid it. You must turn over your money, or see the violence escalate until ultimately you are killed.

No matter how you slice it, taxation is theft.

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  • Terrie

    Absolutely correct. Property taxes means you will never really own anything, because someone always has a right to take it from you. Asset foreclosure is theft as well. You have no due process.

    • Col. E. H. R. Green

      Eminent domain also usurps private property rights.

      For private property rights to prevail, all coercive taxation, civil asset seizures, and eminent domain must be completely, unconditionally, and permanently abolished.

      • Bischoff

        Eminent Domain does not usurp “private” property rights, simply because it does not apply to private property. It only applies to “real” property. Only Escheat applies to both “private” and “real” property.

        To understand the legal difference between “private” property and “real” property, I recommend reading John Locke on the subject.

        Eminent Domain procedures can only be initiated by the state or by its administrative sub-division, the county. That’s why the Supreme Court decision of Kelo vs. City of New London is garbage…….. pardon my language. The City of New London is a municipal corporation which does not possess rights to alter fee simple titles issued by the county to guarantee the exclusive use of allodial lands.
        So, if you base your argument about usurpation of rights on Kelo vs. City of New London, I will agree with you. In this case, the “exclusive use rights” to “real” property are transferred from one private individual to another private individual by a municipal corporation, such as the City of New London, which has no jurisdiction over “real” (allodial) property rights. Only the state and its administrative sub-divisions, the counties, have such jurisdiction.
        If on the other hand you claim that “real” property is also “private” property, you are completely mistaken.
        Eminent Domain merely cancels the “exclusive land use rights” conveyed with a “fee simple” title issued by the county recorder.
        In order to be successful in an Eminent Domain procedure, it must be proved that the lands under “fee simple” title need be used for public purpose as no other alternative exists. The final arbiter of an Eminent Domain procedure is a State Supreme Court.
        If an Eminent Domain procedure is successful, the fair value of the “private” property attached to the “real” property, i.e. buildings and other improvements, must be compensated under provisions of the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

        • Terrie

          “it must be proved that the lands under “fee simple” title need be used for public purpose as no other alternative exists”-This part of the clause is interpreted to mean anything that brings revenue to the state or city. So anyone’s property can be stolen. Ask those that have their property condemned then stolen for less than market value from the city then given to the sports owners if their private property rights were protected.

  • Col. E. H. R. Green

    I have prepared myself to fight to the death anyone, including those from government–sociopathic legalized thugs all–who tries to forcibly take my money and other property away from me, for whatever reason, whether it’s just because they want it, or in the name of “law enforcement”. .

    The goons from government may “succeed” by murdering me, but all they will have afterward is my dead body. They will neither get my wealth, for it’s hidden where only I know where it is, nor will they have my obedience.

    To all IRS agents and their civilian supporters who lurk on this site: Hunt for me, confront me–alone–and try to rob me. I will make things very interesting–and fatal–for you.

    • Keith

      Unfortunately, most of us are born into slavery (look into birth cert., marriage cert., SSN, etc.), so we own nothing, including the “money” we are allowed to use to discharge debts (real money is gold or silver). Thus, the authorities have the power to take what is actually not ours. Most Americans are convinced they are free; it the illusion of freedom that helps keep them complacent in the face of what is perceived as blatant theft.

      • WinChll

        The birth certificate and subsequently Soc. Security # are a “license” to participant in the commercial economic system.

      • WinChll

        Aldous Huxley on “servitude””
        “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the
        all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers
        control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because
        they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in
        present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers…. The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.” – Aldous Huxley Brave New World foreword to 1946 edition”

  • Yes, life is like that . Take me as an example. I have worked 45+ years and paid taxes everywhere since 1960. I am not a great spender. I save. Or invest. You never know, what will happen next, so it is nice to have some money around. Or I worked too much and hard not having time to spend. It was great fun. Great life!
    Anyway, now I am semi-retired, i.e. an expensive consultant at little income. BUT, pensions, real estate and investments make me richer by the day in spite of my paying tax on pensions, real estate, investments and on dividends of investments, etc, etc.
    Last year my stock broker told me I had to declare my total wealth in order to pay an extra solidarity tax on fortune. Why not? The only result was the tax people called and asked why I hadn’t paid that tax before! I told them I was not rich enough to do it then. It is nice to be rich. I don’t feel being robbed or subject to extorsion.

    • Don Duncan

      “…life is like that.” ?? For you, yes, because you chose it. I chose to not pay taxes, to resist as much as practical (I’m no martyr). I do so on the principle that I have a right to my life, property, happiness. When my property, e.g., wealth, is taken I feel robbed. I resent it even more when I am told by the majority I am better off and I should be grateful. I feel like a stranger in a world of the self-enslaved.
      When I learned that the Nazi German Jews volunteered to go to the camps to prove their loyalty I was not surprised, based on humanity’s loyalty to authority worldwide. The same is true for most born into slavery. They believe they are property and to escape would be theft, immoral.

      Not all Jews stayed. About 25% saved themselves. Not all slaves stay slaves, even when other slaves around them are happy/content and do not understand their discontent, exclaiming “Life is great!”.

      I don’t begrudge you your life or your feelings. Don’t dismiss mine. I am not you. I am not the majority. I am not a slave.

  • Boysie

    Your argument sounds good – it even appears to be logical – unfortunately only afew individuals wili agree with your conclusions – Taxes are meant to enable administrators to “Level The Playing Field”

    unfortunately – in America – everything has the mark of the beast / Corrupt / – and so Taxation in no exemption –

    however because your systems are totally corrupt – does not mean that the original idea as not a good one..

    • Don Duncan

      The fact that a logical argument can be rejected by all but “a few” is the problem. It is proof of an irrational world populace. Rationality is essential to survival. That is why Larken Rose calls the superstition of authority “The Most Dangerous Superstition”.

      What you refer to as “your systems” are not my systems. I do not accept responsibility for the irrationality I have fought against all my 75 years.

      • Boysie

        Unfortunately – irrational it might well be – however until you come up with a system that reflects the aspirations of th original founders – we have to play with the hand that we have –

        I will be 77 next month – and I am suggesting for one moment that you should abandon your lifes work

        However in such matters – I am minded to reflect on Freud

        Doing the same stuff – while expecting a different result – is

        I let you decide.

        Best old sport and best of luck

        But I will refrain from holding my breath

        BD

        • Don Duncan

          So many false conclusions. 1. I got the result I wanted, I maximized my freedom in an unfree world, for the most part. Strategical mistakes were made when young but I learned not to compromise or make decisions based on imagined fears. 2. Challenging me to come up with a system to replace “aspirations” of dead people? Can you be more vague? Voluntaryists have rejected the political paradigm based on violence. The end does not justify the means, i.e., good intentions are not a blank moral check that justifies all.
          Don’t hold your breath, open your mind and read about it.

  • Ron

    In the context of the government we currently have, you are entirely correct. I think it’s worth noting that there could be a tax that would not constitute theft, if it were voluntary. Ayn Rand, proposed as just one of many possible methods to fund a government, that people entering into business transactions or contracts could choose to pay a fee (tax) to the government, as a way of insuring access to the court system in the case of dispute. Of course such a government would bear little resemblance to, and cost but a tiny fraction of the one we now endure.

    • Don Duncan

      No govt. exists that is voluntary, despite their propaganda to the contrary. What does that imply? Is it part of the definition of govt.? Some would say “yes” some “no”. Some would like to keep the idea of governance, but remove the compulsion. Is that possible? It depends on how you define “govern”. Some definitions imply the initiation of force by not excluding it.
      As a voluntaryist I don’t care what word is used to denote a system of social interaction as long as it is clear no initiation of violence, threat thereof, or fraud is considered moral, i.e., civil.

    • HanzP

      “Ayn Rand, proposed as just one of many possible methods…Of course such a government would bear little resemblance to, and cost but a tiny fraction of the one we now endure.”

      Are you sure about that? The same Ayn Rand who personally inculcated fiat king Alan Greenspan amongst her prized devotee of the Objectivist inner circle — an incestuous cult called “the Collective”? Philip Rothschild’s mistress and author of the psychologically penetrating myth Atlas Shrugged? Not a lot of well functioning concepts (or people) came out of the “greed is good” cult for oligarchs…largely the domain of the Koch Brothers now.

      The history of man is largely defined by slavery or subsistence level feudal existence in exchange for the protection of the lord — there are no taxes or government or property to steal in that system. That system is also historically the outcome of systems like ours, a failing democracy with no constitutional protections to speak and power usurped by entities called corporations.

      The best solutions I know of for our current predicament, are local commonwealth structures with the direct representation of highly enlightened people who are able organize power and operate in highly efficient systems of the common’wheel’. Unfortunately most are simply too ignorant and debased to support any structure like that today and those commonwealth structures that must exclude 90-95% of people to properly function. This article is precisely the type ignorant hubris that has been inculcated in the masses since beginning of the 20th century to destroy the very foundations of civilization on which freedom depends. If people want to know principles and values are required for human freedom, read the Declaration of Independence.

      As Thomas Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

  • jackw97224

    Good article. The fallacy of anyone asserting that taxes are OK because you get something in return is obvious; you are compelled to pay and that makes you a stinkin’ naggar slave on the plantation state operated by masters/politicians and overseers/enforcers/judges/IRS agents and a host of other bureaucrats. Visit the No State Project by Marc Stevens. Read Lysander Spooner’s No Treason No. 6, The Constitution of No Authority. Or purchase Away From Freedom by Vervon Orval Watts.

    • HanzP

      Yeah, I dunno…might pass on whatever your reading.

      • jackw97224

        OK, here ya go:

        No Treason No. 6, The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner (http://praxeology.net/LS-NT-6.htm)
        The NoStateProject blog by Marc Stevens (http://marcstevens.net/)
        or (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNuFxsBow8k&feature=youtube_gdata_player)
        Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt (http://www.fee.org/library/detail/economics-in-one-lesson-2)
        The Inflation Crisis and How to Resolve It by Hazlitt (http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/details.php?ebook=1686)
        The Law by Frederic Bastiat (http://www.fee.org/files/doclib/20121116_TheLaw.pdf)
        or (http://praxeology.net/LS-NT-6.htm)
        That Which is Seen and That Which is not Seen (http://bastiat.org/en/twisatwins.html)
        Stephen’s Guide to the Logical Fallacies (http://www.onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm)
        For A New Liberty by Murray Rothbard
        (http://mises.org/sites/default/files/For%20a%20New%20Liberty%20The%20Libertarian%20Manifesto_3.pdf)
        The Political Thought of Étienne de la Boétie, by Murray N. Rothbard, https://mises.org/library/political-thought-%C3%A9tienne-de-la-bo%C3%A9tie
        The Zero Aggression Project (https://www.zeroaggressionproject.org/)
        Away From Freedom by Vervon Orval Watts
        Our Enemy The State by Albert Jay Nock
        Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
        Fiat Money Inflation in France by Andrew Dickson White
        German monetary history in the first half of the twentieth century.
        http://www.thefreelibrary.com/ German+monetary+history+in+the+first+half+of+the+twentieth+century.-a085368687
        Bresciani-Turroni, Constantino. 1937. The Economics of Inflation. A Study of Currency Depreciation in Post-War
        Germany London: G. Allen & Unwin Ltd.

        I don’t see how anyone has the right to take a vote to sanction the politicians to use lethal force against you to control your person and property. I don’t see that as a right, I see it as a crime.

        “Understanding begins with calling things by their proper names” (Ancient Chinese proverb -Confucius): ‘Taxation’ is simply a euphemism for extortion committed by the state. Start with the proposition that no one has a right to take your property against your will and then ask where could the legislative authority to do that possibly come from? [Gleaned from words of a good and wise friend. ***

        Taxation is extortion. It is not a “service” and you are not a “customer.” You are compelled just like some stinkin’ slave on the plantation state, where politicians are masters and the overseers are enforcers. So then do not be deceived by politicians when they spew the taxation words and know they are speaking about extortion and legalized plunder. As Confucius said, the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names. So, taxation is extortion. As my dad used to say, you can lie to other people and that is a sin, but when you lie to yourself and begin to believe those lies, then “the game” is over, meaning you are corrupt and in Satan’s power.

        “Of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship . . . Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” (at the Nuremberg Trials, shortly before being sentenced to death) – Hermann Göring, Hermann Göring, Reichsmarschall

        The politicians create problems and then when terrible things happen they tell the people they are in danger and government must use violence, force, aggression via all sorts of political
        action so as to correct the very terrors that they created. Wilson provoked Germany prior to WW I, FDR provoked Japan prior to WW II, Wilson imposed the Prohibition Era (a drug war on alcohol) and Jimmy Carter imposed his drug war in the late 1970s. And now Trump is backed into the corner of having to deal with opioids addictions that were caused in part by the drug war that began in the late 1970s. The simple truth is that Amerikans have made the mistake of sanctioning government/ politicians to tell them how they must live; government was never supposed to be such a tyrant as it has become; government has not justification for using force, violence, aggression to dictate how we live our lives. It is a shame that people vote to approve of such political violence; it is not Christian. Do the clergy of the main stream religions teach this simple truth?

        “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” — Benjamin Franklin

        “The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and
        holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.” ~ H.L. Mencken

        And in the September 1895 American Federationist, Stephen T. Byington assailed the money monopoly: “No legal tender law is ever needed to make men take good money; its only use is to
        make them take bad money. Kick it out!”

        The Federal Reserve Act was imposed in 1913 and Elihu Root warned that it would lead to catastrophe and so it did as The Great Depression hit beginning with the Stock Market decline in early September 1929. Fiat currency, the so called “dollar” is an evil creation of the politicians and is perpetuated to this day. Fiat currency financed the wars of slaughter. Fiat currency facilitates the looting via inflation of all Amerikans and is most harmful of the poor, but notice the DemonKraits (Democrats) do not put an end to the pain and that then exposes these scoundrel politicians as liars, deceivers and yet the masses continue to vote for them. How utterly diabolical is that? People en masse have approved of the immorality, the crime of fiat currency. Disgusting!

        “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” (Barak Obama) Yeah, tell it to the criminal IRS, Lois Lerner, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, Chuck Schumer, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Leslie Marshall, Harry Reid and that whole commie/socialist cadre of criminals and liars. “I got a pen and a phone,” hears a thought, “Do something.” And remember, I,I,I I’m just tellin’ the truth now I, I, I don’t have to run for office again. (so he admitted he and his cadre of commie/socialists previously lied…heh, heh, heh…so many lies, so many gaffes so little time left to terminate him) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdR8uILg7TQ
        [Sadly, obumma got 8 years to impose all sorts of economic damage and his commie/socialist DemonKrait political pals approved of his evil, anti-Christian, rubbish. Obumma was raised as a Muslim.

        “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” (Barak Obama) Really? Where are your college records? Where is your LONG form Birth Certificate? Where is the truth about the Benghazi massacre? Why did you cover-up Eric Holder’s involvement in Brian Terry’s murder? What benefit did you get in bailing out your “green energy” criminal pals? Why did you bias the issues of Prof. Henry Louis Gates and Trayvon Martin against Sgt. James Crowley and George Ziummerman, respectively? Why did you and your henchman and criminal attorney general bootlicker Eric Holder and your MSM commie/socialist pals bias the people against Darren Wilson in the Ferguson, Mo. shooting of Michael Brown? And more recently, why are you forcing FBI agents to sign non-disclosure forms regarding the Hillary Clinton hearings on her criminal act of violating email security?

        The first casualty of emotions is reason and the first casualty of war is the truth. The first casualty of war is the truth.

        Kakistocracy: Government under the control of a nation’s worst or least-qualified citizens; government by the worst men [Politics is violence as Tolstoy wrote and the evidence is the slaughters of wars, the destruction of property, the economic recessions and The Great Depression and the looting perpetrated via government sanctioned fiat currency inflation.]

        Gresham’s Law: Bad money drives out good

        Triffin’s Dilemma: Industry is destroyed at the source of money creation. [Witness the “Rust Belt” of the Midwest Amerika where the heavy equipment and auto industries have foundered and the businesses have moved off-shore. Remember that businessmen, entrepreneurs have a responsibility to shareholders such as retirees who depend on dividends and stock appreciations to sustain them in old age.]

        Quis custodiet, ipsos custodes (who will guard the guards) – Juvenal – Roman Poet [This points out the defect of democracies, of political government, i.e. who will prevent the politicians from using aggressive force, initiating violence and performing criminal acts? The gd supreme court is part of the government, it is part of politics and as such, as history attests, does not prevent criminal acts of politicians.]

        Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie. — Russian Proverb [Sadly and tragically, Amerikan voters have chosen the latter and it has got them slaughtered in wars and destroyed in economic catastrophes and looted by inflation of their criminally, politically imposed fiat currency.]

        Molon Labe – come and take (should be the motto of politicians and their thugs in the IRS)

        The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.” – Thomas Sowell

        Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves. – William Pitt, the elder

        Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel – Samuel Johnson [Commie/socialist politicians, especially DemonKraits, mainstream media, snowflakes and social justice warriors, denounce some for a lack of patriotism so as to deceive and distract peoples from looking at the root cause of problems and keep them chasing symptoms of the “cancer” of political government.]

        Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. – Oscar Wilde [As above, the vicious condemn those who disagree with them as lacking patriotism so as to win emotional support from those who are not discerning or lacking in ability to reason. The first casualty of emotion is the loss of logic/reason.]

        Luke 19: 44 and they will dash you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave a stone upon a stone in
        you, because you did not discern the time of your being inspected.”

        Luke 11:52, Woe unto, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye enter not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

        Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

        Deu 25:13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small. Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small. [But] thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. [The US Gov, the Fed Bank and their fiat currency are dishonest and thus are Satan’s children acting in defiance of Jehovah God.]

        2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. [Jehovah God has spoken out against political force to impose the minimum wage. The min. wage is the result of violence/aggression/force to loot the employer and thereby the consumer. In short the minimum wage is legalized theft.

        Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, [Note: Not all, whose fathers have sinned, only those that hate Jehovah God will be punished. This is an important distinction that escaped me for a long time.]

        Mark 14:7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always [the poor in spirit, good parable, the financially poor are always with us, too.]

        Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. [Sadly, Amerika has become a state of commie/socialists, anti-God children and the majority have followed Satan.]

        Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

        excerpts from Black’s Law Dictionary, 4th ed. of definitions of those three words.

        MARRIAGE. Marriage, as distinguished from the agreement to marry and from the act of becoming married, is the civil status, condition, or relation of one man and one woman united in law for life, for the discharge to each other and the community of the duties legally incumbent on those whose association is founded on the distinction of sex. 1 Bish.Mar.& Div. § 3; Collins v. Hoag & Rollins, 121 Neb. 716, 238 N.W. 351, 355; Allen v. Allen, 73. Conn. 54, 46 A. 242, 49 L.R.A. 142. [emphasis mine]

        A contract, according to the form prescribed by law, by which a man and a woman, capable of entering into such contract, mutually engage with each other to live their whole lives together in the state of union which ought to exist between a husband and wife. Shelf. Mar. & Div. 1; Seuss v. Schukat, 358 Ill. 27, 192 N.E. 668, 671, 95 A.L.R. 1461.

        The word also signifies the act, ceremony. Or formal proceeding by which persons take each other for husband and wife. Davis v. Davis, 119 Con. 194, 175 A. 574, 575.

        In old English law, marriage is used in the sense of “maritagium,” (q.v.) or the feudal right enjoyed by the lord or guardian in
        chivalry of disposing of his ward in marriage.

        HUSBAND. A married man; one who has a lawful wife living. The correlative of “wife.” People v. Snyder, 353, Ill. 184, 187 N.E. 158, 160, 88 A.L.R. 1012. [emphasis mine]

        MARRIAGE LICENSE. A license or permission granted by public authority to persons who intend to intermarry, usually addressed to the minister or magistrate who is to perform the ceremony, or, in general terms, to any one authorized to solemnize marriages. By statute in some jurisdictions, it is made an essential prerequisite to the lawful solemnization of the marriage. [emphasis mine]

        WIFE. A woman united to a man by marriage; a woman who has a husband living and undivorced. [emphasis mine]

        When government controls marriages, it intervenes in Jehovah God’s arrangement and thus usurps that authority and thereby evidences that Satan controls politics.

        Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

        Mark 14:7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.

        Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.

        Well, there ya have it. Long winded but hope you enjoy.

        • HanzP

          Hey thanks, I appreciate the fact to took the time share information with genuine purpose. Kudos for H.L. Mencken and Benjamin Franklin, you can’t go wrong reading the works of either one — but the selected quotes betray their larger philosophical values that must expressed as part of a system of thought.

          One of the most difficult struggles I went through in High School and my early years of college was moving past Ayn Rand, the Austrian School and much later in life the Chicago School — the last when I quit working as consultant in economics. All three are based on false epistemologies and agendas that take root from deliberate emotional inculcations and our innate desires for the promises liberty and freedom against government tyranny. The problem in the arc from worst (Rand) to the (Austrians) to the least bad (Friedman) — is they are all emotion based systems and they take hold of us as ideological beliefs systems (like religion). There are reasons for this that will become readily apparent *if* you study where these systems originated and who funded them controlled them (hint: Rockefeller, Rothschild, Koch Family, City of London/ methods: buy the gov’t/blame the gov’t/privatise public property/financialize & commodize w/ Fed debt/ Fiat king Alan Greenspan came from Rand’s inner circle, “the Collective”). Out of the entire lot, I can say Murray Rothbard genuinely challenged some of the activities of the banking parasites and has some worthwhile material.

          Worst of all, these systems have been so degraded by Koch Funding Networks in the last 10 years, foundations like the Mises institute are overt propaganda mill for Koch interests. Sorry for the ramble, but it’s hard explain in short order…the point is people in these systems with still be yelling about big gov’t in 10 years from now. You gotta get out and adopt a genuine philosophical system based on sound non-emotive based objective reasoning and truth *seeking*. Probably the best exercise get that process started would be critically research these systems, see how they operate, who benefits (Koch Brothers made 13 Billion in the two years after the 2007 financial collapse) and how they they use believers to enrich themselves.

          Phew….I will leave it here. If you want self-examine and get at the truth of our controllers — lemme know and I can send you some links to review. If not, good luck just the same.

  • Earn nest

    Dollar devaluation.

    • Don Duncan

      Currency depreciation is theft by fraud, made possible by trust in authority, “the most dangerous superstition”. Inflation is worse than the mafia’s extortion. It is less honest, difficult to understand, and more destructive of the economy. See: Austrian Economic Theory.

      • WinChll

        J. M. Keynes:
        “”By a continuous process of
        inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an
        important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method, they not
        only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and while the process
        impoverishes many, it actually enriches some….The process engages all
        of the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and
        does it in a manner that not one man in a million can diagnose.” – John Maynard Keynes Economic Consequences of the Peace, 1920″

        Read more at http://chasvoice.blogspot.com/2011/08/john-maynard-keynes-lavender-bolshevik.html#oEjUh4m0iAwW2o6m.99

        • Don Duncan

          Yes, Keynes knew his economic theory was perfectly suited to fraud. He also knew it would make him rich/famous thanks to TPTB who benefit from the worldwide political paradigm based on force/fraud. He didn’t care that it was not sustainable, as he admitted at a party when confronted by this fact. His explanation for providing TPTB with a tool of exploitation is perhaps the same motivation TPTB use to justify to themselves their life. He claimed he would benefit and probably die before the fraud was discovered. And it happened. Does this make him correct, if immoral? Is immorality sometimes practical? I would not have wanted to be him. He must have suffered from self-loathing all his life. That is no way to “live” I want any part of.

          He overrated his brilliance, e.g., “…one man in a million…”? His ruse was not that deceptive. It is easy to deceive if the subject is “willfully ignorant”. Isn’t that the cognitive state of most who self-enslave, e.g., forfeit their sovereignty to a ruling elite, a sovereign state, and then claim to be free? Isn’t this the lie Americans tell themselves as they grovel before their rulers?

  • Don Duncan

    I once had a person tell me tax was not theft because “he” paid it willingly. I asked him if it was theft for someone who did not pay, but had the tax taken against his will. He suddenly got “stupid” and said people don’t mind being taxed, most of the time. I told him he was not answering my question and he looked at me puzzled.

    He was unwilling and therefore unable to consider the case where a voluntary exchange was different from an involuntary one. I’m sure an analogy that pointed out his evasion would have been met with “That’s not the same”. This person was determined to defend his belief in taxation even if it meant intellectual dishonesty. For him, a contradiction was just a temporary irritation to be rationalized away.

    His motivation was not to analyze and learn but to defend a cherished belief that was part of his very being and to lose it (admit it to be false) would be to lose part of himself. This defense would be experienced as a life/death struggle accompanied by fear which overwhelmed him. Getting past this fear would be essential to communicating. I could sense that but did not have the psychological skill.

  • Varangian Guard

    Hard to get a progressive to think that the GUB taking a working persons money so the $ can be redistributed into the progs pocket is ANY form of crime. The prog believes in their heart they are owed and entitled to the money that the worker earned because they didn’t find a job this week. They didn’t look for one either, but that’s another conversation

  • Bischoff

    As regards this editorial about taxation, I am amazed about the logic and reason employed to produced it.
    Taxes are simply funds employed to cover the cost of government. The author of the editorial never enquires about the nature or kind of government, or whether government is even needed. One look at the U.S. Constitution would have answered that question for him.
    As regards the taxes under the U.S. Constitution, there are four types of sources of funds to cover costs of the federal government. They are 1) “Duties”, which are a charge levied on foreign products to prevent domestic markets from being undermined, 2) “Excises”, which are a charge on domestic products to discourage and limit the use of intoxicating substances in order to maintain societal stability, 3) “Imposts”, which are a charge on gambling activities in order to discourage giving in to human instincts which wants to realize gain without “work” and 4) a “Capitation”, which is a charge “per person” levied on the sovereign states to pay the expense incurred by the federal government for border protection, national defense and conduct of foreign relations .
    These four types of “Taxes” enumerated in the U.S. Constitution are to be uniform throughout the United States. The collection of duties, excises and imposts are handled by the federal government. As to the capitation, it is to be collected by the sovereign states from its citizens based on the latest U.S. Census.
    As to the nature of the capitation, the U.S. Constitution leaves little doubt that this tax should be a rent on land parcels as part of a state’s allodium which are recorded and assessed by counties as administrative sub-divisions of the state.
    Under the U.S. Constitution, any funds to defer the costs of government at any level has to come from the rent on allodial lands based on the assessed value. Why….??? Because the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly states that …private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation.
    What is “private property”…..??? Ownership of private property requires the input of “labor”. Therefore, “Wealth” and wealth used in production termed “Capital” are private property. The proceeds from furnishing labor which are “Wages” are private property as well, as the proceeds from the use of capital which is “Interest” is private property. However, the registered parcel of allodial land, guaranteed for exclusive use in perpetuity by a fee simple title, is not private property since the creation of the earth and the land did not involve the input of “Labor”. Therefore, the funds collected as “Rent” from the use of allodial lands, aka “Land Value Tax”, is the only constitutional and lawful source of funds or “Tax” to cover the cost of government.
    The “Land Value Tax” an extortion……??? I don’t think so……….
    The 16th Amendment an “unconstitutional” constitutional amendment…..??? Yes…… Get rid of it. It clashes with everything else in the U.S. Constitution.
    As to “Money”, we haven’t had a “Money” system, i.e. redeemable currency since 1933. What we have as currency is irredeemable monetized debt. Yet, that is another story…….
    If this reply ever passes the sensor and will actually post, it will be a great amazement.

    • WinChll

      Excellent post!

    • Keith

      …the private central banking system (the “Federal” Reserve) foisted upon Americans, which has siphoned trillions of “dollars” through the federal government. Federal income taxes pay nothing toward government, but end up at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and used for loans to desperate governments. When the federal government needs funds, they get them from the private Bank called the Federal Reserve, who racks up more debt and more interest on top of the debt–called “the National Debt”.

      • Bischoff

        As I mentioned in my post, the monetary system is a whole other story……..

        To reply to your comments, I just want to say that the Federal Reserve today is no longer a private, government monitored Banking Reserve organization the way it was originally established with the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. The popular history of the establishment of the Federal Reserve is fraught with untold inaccuracies. The original Federal Reserve System consisted of twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks each headed by a governor. These reserve banks where membership owned by private bank members within the region. The regional reserve banks created redeemable Federal Reserve Note currency for their members based on the “Real Bills Doctrine” set forth by Adam Smith.

        Beginning in 1920, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, headed by its governor Benjamin Strong, started to violate the FRA of 1913 by engaging in Open Market Operation with U.S. Government Bonds. The Board of Director of the Federal Reserve, a congressional oversight body, did nothing. The illegal Open Market Operations of the FRBNY continued throughout the 1920s, and it let to the 1925 Florida real estate bust and the 1929 stock market collapse.

        The illegal Open Market Operations amounted to inflating the redeemable FRN currency. When people in the early 1930 became suspicious of the value of the FRN, they flooded the banks with requests for redemption. Subsequently, banks were eventually no longer able or willing to redeem Federal Reserve Notes as required by the 1913 FRA. Politically, this situation led to the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt as U.S. President who declared a “Bank Holiday” in March of 1933 which closed the banks and shielded them from depositors for the time being.

        Instead of prosecuting the governor of the FRBNY and sanctioning the bank for violating the 1913 FRA, FDR confiscated the gold savings of the American people and gave them irredeemable Federal Reserve Notes in exchange for their redeemable ones they had deposited with the banks. Any bonds purchased, which matured into gold, hence forth paid off only with irredeemable FRNs.

        Now you know why the Social Security Act of 1935 was a necessity. It was a necessity, because after 1935 the American people could no longer save for their retirement, and unless they had a retirement income, they were screwed. The National Banking Act of 1933 and 1935 made the irredeemable currency system legal for U.S. citizens.
        For U.S. Dollars held overseas, FDR devalued them by 33% and promised that the U.S. Treasury would buy from and sell to foreign central banks gold at $35/ounce.

        The banking Act of 1935 eliminated the membership system of regional banks. The governors of regional Federal Reserve Banks were replaced with Directors. A Headquarters for the Federal Reserve was created in Washington, DC and the twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks became
        District Banks answering to HQ in Washington, DC. The NBA of 1935 included an unconstitutional law in that it legalized the illegal Open Market Operations the FRBNY had been engaging in since 1920. The 1935 NBA also required that a Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) be created as part of the newly formed Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve sitting in the new Federal Reserve Headquarters in DC.

        The story starts getting too long. In short, congressional debt is turned into U.S. Government debentures brokered by the FED HQ to prime dealers to enter the Open Market. Open Market Operations require payment of
        interest on U.S. Bonds sold. However, since the U.S. Congress must continually run deficits, i.e. debt which can be monetized, there is a compound interest problem which exploded in 2008 to put the irredeemable FRN on the road to an abyss. I’ll stop there, except to say that you are incorrect to state that the FED is a private organization. It is a government agency…!!!!

        However, it may as well be a private organization as the NBA of 1935 requires that the Board of Governors of the FED be staffed with individuals from the banking system and that their decisions are shielded from interference by the U.S. Congress. The organizational feature of the FED being a government agency is only there to protect the central bankers from prosecution and direct interference by politicians.

        There is a lot more, i.e. how the irredeemable FRN is circulated, how the FOMC sets prime interest rates and why interest rates are halved and halved again, but why they will never go to zero and much, much more……

      • Bischoff

        Just to let you know , Keith……….I did reply to you comments, but my comments evidently failed to pass the DB censor.
        Sorry about that…!!!

  • snow27

    “Taxes are simply funds employed to cover the cost of government.”

    Besides the issue of what government should actually be involved in (should be very limited, I think), we are getting terrible value for our money. Government is a massive overreaching monopoly and an ineffective and inefficient squanderer of our taxes.

    What’s more, as government gets larger and larger, it squeezes out all competition, because there is no bottom line. How can a private business compete against that? In my field, the small private companies can’t hope to compete because the government offers the programs ‘free’ to the ‘customers’. There are almost no private companies left now and the few stragglers left have become NGOs funded by the government to survive. When I worked for one of these private companies, they provided a better product at a fraction of the cost.

    Government spending is out of control and they continually want to rape us for more and more!?!?

    Can’t people see this? Don’t they have a problem with this?

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