Other than the tired, fraudulent claims statists of all stripes use to promote war, the defense of taxes is the most mendacious myth of them all.
Without fail, your average tax defender will eventually fall back to one default position: “Taxes are the cost of society.” Yes, they are the club dues we pay to relieve ourselves of the Hobbesian nightmare of Nature. Taxes aren’t bad. They’re good! Of course! They pay for all the things myopic, atomistic Ayn Rand-worshippers take for granted.
"Without you in my life
I'd slowly wilt and die
But with you by my side
You're the reason I'm alive"
-Motley Crue, Without You
Roads? Check. “National defense?” Check. Police? Check. Clean water? Check.
The point of this piece is not to point out patently false claim that private activity can’t provide any and all of these. No, instead, it’s to ask rhetorical questions to please you, Dear Reader. Because every time I ask them to the pro-taxers, they storm off in a huff or inexplicably accuse me of Nazism. (Because we all know those guys hated government and taxes.)
If taxes are the cost of society, I clearly have a different view of what constitutes society than the pro-taxers.
Was the fire-bombing of Dresden society? How about Sherman’s March to the Sea? No, I’ve got it. The Trail of Tears. Is that society?
What about the Kent State Massacre? What about My Lai? The nuclear