Anti-Taxation Epigrams from Lost Rights

Income Tax Day spurred me to dip back into Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty (St. Martin’s, 1994) and pluck out a few lines from the “Taxing and Tyrannizing” chapter  that sought to capture the essence of the IRS and contemporary taxation:

*The federal tax system turns individuals into sharecroppers of their own lives.

*Current tax law effectively gives the IRS the legal pretexts to send millions of Americans to prison.

*Federal tax policy is now little more than oppression in the name of revenue maximization.

*Tax rates measure the nation’s most costly entitlement – how much of people’s income politicians are entitled to seize.

*Income taxes have created a moral inversion in the relationship between the citizen and the State.

*The Internal Revenue Service is the authoritarian means to pseudo-paternalist ends.

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*With payroll tax withholding, the citizen exists to provide financial grist for the State’s mill.

*The more of a person’s paycheck govt. seizes, the more of his life politicians control.

*Taxes are a debt to the State that politicians can increase at any time on any pretext.

*At what point does taxation become a form of political slavery?


One Response to Anti-Taxation Epigrams from Lost Rights

  1. Steve Friedrich April 15, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    We’re toast.