Who says, “Taxation is Theft”?

Have you ever heard someone say, Taxation is theft? How does it strike you? Is it shocking or appalling, perhaps even frightening? Although it seems self evident to me today, I can vaguely remember the first few times I encountered that saying. Probably about 19 years ago. It did not shock me exactly. But I was confused and not sure I could believe such a bold claim. Yet the more I revisited it and the longer I examined it, the clearer and more meaningful it became to me. It is now an obvious and integral part of my understanding of this mixed up, mumbled up world in which we live. If you want to understand the thinking going on in my personal skull and others like me (Libertarians, anarchists, minarchists, and Ron Swanson) then you may want to consider the expression. Not that you’ll agree with it. But it is helpful if you want to see our framework for the sake of empathy, or even for the sake of better dealing with us in a debate. I’m not worried about giving you an unfair advantage in that debate. Our case is so strong already. ūüôā

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Again, you may or may not agree with the concept. But if you can at least wrap your mind around it then you’ll be¬†superbly equipped¬†to understand your “crazy” libertarian friend or family member. Hopefully this will open up a whole¬†world of communication.¬†You’ll see where they’re coming from. And more than likely you’ll be able to help them see where YOU are coming from.

Briefly, what does it mean to say that taxation is theft, and how could that be true? Consider the following line of reasoning… If I held a gun to someone’s head and demanded their money then you would plainly agree, I hope, that is theft. Even if I wanted to use that money for a worthy cause. Now suppose a group of us got together and voted on taking the money. It would still be theft. And if the entire population voted to elect people to make¬†decisions about¬†taking that money and how to use it, then it would STILL be theft. And of course that is exactly what we have in the institution known as taxation. At least that’s how we tend to view it. If one does NOT pay their taxes, then ultimately men with guns will take them away by force.

If you can grok that one basic idea, then you’ll have the key to the entire libertarian mindset. Essentially, any regulation or¬†prohibition or¬†act of government which is not dealing with a direct¬†act of violence such as theft, rape, or murder – is in ITSELF an act of violence. The only justifiable use of force is in response to such acts.¬†It is called the Nonaggression Principle. (NAP)¬†Thus government run welfare programs; restrictions on what you can do with your own body; and foreign invasions; are all considered immoral acts of aggression.¬†By the way, I’ve seen too much evidence that those activities¬†only benefit the corporate elite, keep people impoverished, and create more enemies for us around the world. But even if¬†we assume¬†hypothetically those programs have some¬†worthy and¬†beneficial outcomes, they are still funded by theft and enforced by¬†violence. They are still¬†immoral.

Love it, hate it, call me crazy, but PLEASE try that on for size. The paradigm of your friendly neighborhood libertarian. And I hope it gives you some insight.

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Libertarians’ #1 Issues (Southwest MO 1/20/2018)

A sizable gang of liberty lovers and I took the three hour road-trip from Kansas City down to Springfield, Missouri to be guests at the Greene County Libertarian Party annual convention. I brought my video camera with me and did a whole bunch of short interviews with Libertarians from several parts of Missouri and Kansas as well. The question of the day, “What is your number one Libertarian issue?” The results are a wonderful sampling of the current issues driving the Libertarian Party today.

Comfort the Afflicted – Sunday Talk 7/10/16

Guest speaking at Unity of the Heartland. This is a slightly condensed audio recording. The talk grew from a previous blog posting, Comfort the Afflicted: We’re All Afflicted.

In the wake of recent police shootings and tragedies including Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas – I drew from the following article, A Buddhist Cop’s Approach to Justice¬†by Cheri Maples 7/7/16.

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What is Metaphysics?

Specifically, what is meant in New Thought (Unity, Religious Science,…) by the term “Metaphysical interpretation”? As in Metaphysical bible interp. I break it down for you in this video. And I give an example to make it easy to relate to.

Below is a summary. But watch the video, because it is really fun.

Metaphysical, in this context, can be¬†described as Intrapersonal Allegorical Metaphor. Use “I AM” to help you remember that. In reverse order…

We know what metaphor is. Characters or things are used to stand in for other things. This is done to make them more relatable.

Allegory is a metaphor which seeks to impart a lesson, or tell the moral of the story. Think Aesop’s Fables, for example. By the way, I know¬†it’s redundant¬†since an allegory is a type of metaphor.¬†But I wanted to emphasize first the aspect of metaphor (using symbolism), and next the aspect of allegory (teaching a lesson). Besides, I really liked the I.a.m. acrostic device.

Intrapersonal means it is taking place “within the person.” As opposed to interpersonal which focuses on relationships between people. Every character, place, thing, and event in the story can be thought of as aspects of your own being: strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, emotions, love, hate, states of consciousness, and so on.

In this way we can use a bible story (or any narrative from a book,¬†movie, or TV for that matter) to explore our own true self. It can be helpful and fascinating to learn how other people interpret these lessons. Yet, I would not get bogged down in trying to ascertain what is the official “correct” interpretation according to such-and-such. Use the interpretations to go deeper into your own heart and find meaning.

Namaste, Ned

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