It seems that every debate among libertarians eventually breaks down to the “purist” versus “pragmatic” approach. The purist approach is a tough line to sell to most people, simply because Americans have been duped into the Republicrat – Demolican political spectrum farce. If you want your constitutionally protected (note I didn’t say granted) rights to be respected by any law enforcement, you’ll get the ‘extremist’ label faster than Bush can say, “What Abu Ghraib torture?”
I tend to be a purist at heart. I don’t swat bees while sitting at the picnic table. I get a can of Raid and take those little suckers out John-Woo-style (can in each hand, diving to the right, and in slow motion). You can swat bees endlessly. But if you are merely kill one here and one there, you’ll give up like most disheartened libertarians have.
Of course, and example is in order. Let’s take a topic that pisses off ever libertarian – excessively high TAXES. Now, we know that the average American is getting hosed approximately 30+ percent on the income tax alone. We know for a fact that getting a long term tax cut from our beloved congress is not going to happen when their own numbers show a 7 trillion dollar debt and 45.9 trillion (see pg 16 of the pdf) dollars in outstanding liabilities! This 45.9 trillion dollars that is already earmarked to be paid out with funds they don’t have. What on earth makes you believe taxes will go down?
Trying to swat away the inevitable tax increases seems like an endless endeavor on our already limited libertarian base. So, what is the “hive” in this case? Is there a silver bullet? A can of Raid?
But of course, my dear libertarians! It’s called (drum roll please) the LAW. If you’ve actually read the constitution, relevant sections of the internal revenue code, and have a basic grasp of jurisdiction, you’ll find that there is no law making ordinary people, like you, liable for such a tax. In fact, you make yourself liable by claim only (thanks to your signature on w4).
Now comes the sad news. The powers that be don’t want to hear it. They obviously benefit by duping and forcing people to abide by these nonexistent liabilities. And before I get super-sized from “extremist” the category to “anarchist”, let me quickly point out that most of the infrastructure of our government is supported by imposts, duties, and excises. The income tax only pays off debt to the federal reserve (more on that on another post). They will try to get the money from you anyway, and even the most knowledgeable Citizens will have trouble fending them off (but that is changing).
Obviously, you probably have questions, contentions, and rebuttals galore regarding this issue. There are books ranging from 20 pages to 1800 pages documenting the history and legal issues. My favorite, due to accuracy and brevity, is the federal zone by Paul Mitchell. Give the first few chapters a read before making bold claims.
I hope this example serves as an eye opener to the libertarians that read this site. Many problems that face libertarians today have an Achilles heel, yet few are even aware they exist. Now are you just gonna swat bees for years and years, or are you gonna RAID on their ass?
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