Taxation is Theft is Actually a Big Understatement

By: Michael Boldin

A lot of my friends like to use the phrase “taxation is theft.” I do as well.

But if we adopted the view of James Madison – we’d see this as a pretty huge understatement. Taxation is actually one of the primary tools of oppression.

“The Law” by Frederic Bastiat

Bastiat’s definition of Plunder:

When a portion of wealth is transferred from the person who owns it – without their consent and without compensation, whether by force or by fraud – to anyone who does not own it, then Life or Property is violated; and an act of Plunder is committed.

What are the results of Lawful Plunder?

  • It erases from society’s conscience the distinction between justice and injustice.
  • It forces the choice between losing moral sense or respect for the Law.
  • People begin to erroneously believe that things are just, because the law makes this so.
  • People feel they are no longer responsible for morals as the Law does the Plundering on their behalf.
  • People who doubt as to the morality of these Laws are ridiculed as being dangerous subversives, who would shatter the foundations of society.
  • The Law can now sanction anything, e.g. NAZIism, slavery, oppression and robbery!