Taxation is theft because words have definitions. Words evolve so perhaps one day taxation will not be theft. However, the idea will be the same despite having to be expressed using different words.
Taxation is theft even if you buy me something nice with the money.
Taxation is theft even if you buy someone else something nice with the money.
Taxation is theft even if you give me some of the money back.
Taxation is theft even if you steal the money from businesses instead directly from individuals.
Taxation is theft even though we’ve been doing it for a long time.
Taxation is theft even if you can’t come up with a way to fund something voluntarily.
Taxation is theft even if you steal the money when I’m buying something instead of when I’m earning it.
Taxation is theft even if you want to use a more descriptive term like extortion because extortion is a type of theft.
Taxation is theft even if you come up with a really really good reason to do it.
This fact might make you upset. It is still a fact. It’s not debatable. It’s not my opinion. It’s not something we can agree to disagree on. I can agree to be right and to let you be wrong because taxation is factually theft.
So, how do we pay for all the things we need without taxation? The answer is voluntary funding. This may sound like wishful thinking at first but that’s only because we’ve been taught to believe that we can’t survive without the state. The fact of the matter is that communities come together all the time to voluntarily fund things like fire departments, animal rescues, food banks, homeless shelters, and countless other community programs.
As a matter of fact, most goods or services in existence are voluntarily funded. The grocery store you shop at is voluntarily funded. So are Netflix, the gas station at the end of my road, Vlassic pickles, the Miller Brewing Company, even Nickelback is voluntarily funded. Surely if we can find enough people to voluntarily fun the band like Nickelback, we can come together as a community to fix the potholes.
In reality, of the millions upon millions of goods and services that are available to us today, only those provided by government are funded involuntarily. Is it because people wouldn’t voluntarily pay for the things they use on a regular basis? No, people do that all the time. Is it because people wouldn’t take care of the needy? Clearly not. We come together on a regular basis to feed and shelter the homeless or to find homes for stray pets or to raise money for a neighbor in need.
In fact, we are so charitable that government feels a need to regulate how we give back to our communities by stopping us from serving food or setting up housing options.
So, why is compulsory funding necessary? Much like the mystery of the Tootsie Pop, the world may never know…