Ronin of the Spirit

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A desperate tyrant

of I’ve been looking at my bloging. I’m having a hard time to find something to write about everyday, but I feel like it is really good for me to write everyday, so I am going to start that back up. Firm determination not withstanding, I’ve still very little to write about. I am in a mode which experienced military members call “hurry up and wait”

If you have never been in the military you don’t know what that really means. I go to briefing after briefing, and each one says basically the same thing

1.Don’t Be Stupid.

I suppose for sake of padding bloglog little I must be more specific.

1. Don’t break the law, (2.) show up on time and looking presentable (3.) Do what you are told.

But these lectures go on and on in painful specification. It gets somewhat tiresome. Randomly, I do learn some interesting fact buried in the verbal debris. This isn’t the easiest thing for my addled brain; its sort of like have a radio stuck in scan mode. I hear snippets of sense here and there but over all it just sort of becomes noise.

But I have been thinking about taxes. I read the FairTaxFairTaxal. (That is to say I read the actual actaulhat the FairTaxFairTaxself published.) I sat on that for a while, sort of chewing it with my thinker. Recently, I read the wikipediawikipediaon it. Wikipedia Wikipediafends some people (for instance, did you know that some DobsonitesDobsonitested a wiki sourcwikincyclopedia that has guaranteedguarenteedive content? Its called ConservipedConservipediay GAparentlyis to say James Dobson or wDobsonr pseudo-zealpsuedoney pumping sellout is is the party leader over at Jesus Inc. this month.] forbids people to read ideas they might disagree with. But anyway wikipedia iswikipediat at offering balanced view points, and the article is excellent. It got me thinking about taxes.

Taxes are the single greatest man made force on Earth. Disagree? Think for a minute. What payed for every atrocity Hitler attrocity. The trcommited marched on Nanking (an oftenNforgetten genocidforgettenunded. Someone had to pay for the bullets and the uniforms and the training and the bayonets and the food. That someone was the Japanese taxpayer.

No war ever took place that wasn’t funded. Who won WWII? We did. With what? American lives? Definately. But all the Definatelyall the iniciative, all the patriiniciative of it, it runs out red on the ground with no bullets, no tanks, no oil, no boots, no C-rations. And you know what buys the bullets, the tanks etc? Again the taxpayer. Taxes started the worlds greatest war, and taxes ended it (In 1945 49% of the GNP was going to the DOD. Verses a decade high of 4% today.)

Taxes are not just something the government does, Taxes ARE the government. Every part of the government, every policy, every act, depends on taxes.

What is tax? Tax is not government income. Government income comes from taxes. Tax is the government taking property from the governed. Before cash was available people were taxed one head of stock out of 10 (10% property tax on movable assets in ttodays terms.)Now, I must say hertodays government can and must tax. People think very short term. If people paid taxes purely voluntairly, no one would pay taxesvoluntairlycountry was under attack. During an invasion, is of course, not really the best time to invent an Army from the ground up. Taxes allow the wealth of the whole community to purchase protection for the whole community. Without it, only the rich would live in peace, and without peace only the children of the rich will be rich in the future. But it leaves me with an interesting question, a parable if you will…

Imagine a tyrant. He has total control over the whole society in every way but one. All of his decrees must be obeyed excepting one. And that one is: He may not take the property (including money) of his people by force, he is supported only by gift. Though a tyrant, and though having total power in all areas but tax, is would live in constant fear of his own people. No task could be completed without public support, because the public will simply not pay the king until he resumed tasks which they approve of. My question is this: Is the tyrant more democratic than an elected official with near unlimited power to tax?

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March 19, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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