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Income Taxes Are A Form Of Slavery

April 15, 2009 By: Phred Category: Uncategorized

I am not against all forms of taxation.  I am not an anarchist.  I understand that a government must exist to protect the rights of its citizens.  I understand that we need a military, a police force, and a well funded and objective court system.  It is not the taxation in and of itself that bothers me; it is the mode of taxation.  Even if you believe that the government should be in the business of building highways and providing social programs, a tax on income is immoral and is the wrong way for the government to collect funds.  A broad based consumption tax would be less intrusive than an income tax and would be able to provide the government with all necessary funds.  A tax on consumption is less intrusive than an income tax, does not discourage production, and does not reduce the laborers of this nation to involuntary servants–as does a tax on income.

For years, income taxes have been accepted by most people as a necessary evil.  Recently, however, a growing number of us have realized that while they are an evil, they are not necessary.

Many people do not realize that the income tax in this country is less than 100 years old.  Thats right.  The 16th Amendment was ratified in 1913, meaning that we had survived as a Nation for 137 years without an income tax.

A tax is an inducement to change behavior.  If you want to decrease smoking, you levy a tax on cigarettes.  If you want to discourage consumption of fatty foods, you levy a tax on those food items, as the city of New York is doing.  If you want to discourage speeding, you levy a tax on speeding (through a speed limit and fines).  If you want to discourage driving, you levy a tax on gasoline. If you want to discourage pollution, you levy a tax on carbon emissions, as President Obama has proposed.

And yet, the same people who openly admit that the above facts are true fail to admit that a tax on income can discourage wealth accumulation.  Taxes on income create disincentives to save, disincentives to invest, and disincentives to engage is risky entrepreneurial activities including starting new businesses or investing in new technologies or potential inventions.

But, besides economic issues, there are moral issues that need to be considered.

This blog is my property.  I use my mind to think about what to write and I write using my own hands.  I have advertisements on this blog that pay me money in exchange for referring my readers to their services.  Any money that I make from these advertisements is a direct result of me using my mind to write.  The government forces me to pay income tax on these advertisements, effectively taxing the products of my mind.  Even worse, the government uses the money that it expropriates from my mind to “serve the common good.”  They use it to fund social programs for others, without my consent or approval.

The same is of course true for any job.  Anyone who works is forced to pay income taxes.  The fact that everyone is forced to do pay them does not make it any less wrong.  Anyone who refuses to pay their income taxes risks being thrown in jail, hence the above usage of the word “force.”

On top of this, the government takes these taxes levied on the labor of men and uses them to fund social programs.  These programs provide money, health care, or other services to selected groups of people.

Think about this.  The government taxes your labor through force and gives it to others for their benefit.  In other words, you are being forced to work for benefit of others.  A person who serves others against their will is called a slave.  By using forced labor to fund social programs, the government has turned all workers into slaves.

The 13th Amendment bans both slavery and involuntary servitude.  Any tax which has the result of forcing one to work for the benefit of others is a blatant violation of the 13th Amendment.

In the Soviet Union, workers were forced to labor in order to build roads, highways, other public works, and provide for the welfare of their fellow citizens.  Here in the United States, the fruits of the labor of hard working Americans is expropriated in order to build roads, highways, other public works, and provide for the welfare of our fellow citizens.

The Soviets were threatened with being sent to Siberian prisons if they refused to obey.  Here in America, we are threatened with prison if we refuse to obey.  The end result is the same:  obey or lose your freedom.

No matter how much you feel that we “need” these social programs, you cannot deny the fact that the government is using forced labor (taxes taken by force and derived from the labor of men) to fund these programs.  As I said above, this is a blatant violation of the 13th Amendment.

Besides embodying a form of forced labor, our tax system is intrusive and does not respect the privacy of Americans.  The Supreme Court cited the right to privacy when it declared abortion to be legal.  Intrusive income taxes are a violation of privacy rights in the most basic form of the right.

The government expropriation of private citizens income for the purpose of protection is no more moral than the mafia doing the same to businesses in its sphere of control.  The only difference between the two scenarios is that the governments’ actions carry the force of law, while the mafia’s actions are outside the law.  However, the fact that there is a law behind an action does not make the action moral.  There were laws supporting discrimination against Jews in Nuremberg and against African-Americans in the American South, yet the force of law behind an action does not make it correct.  In the above example, both the government and the mafia collect the money through extortion.  They will both cause you harm if you refuse to pay, and they both justify their monetary expropriations on the grounds of protection.

And the sad thing about the above example is that if you were to pay both the government and the mafia for protection and you needed a favor, there could be little doubt that the mafia would be the one who would deliver the favor.

Americanly Yours,

Phred Barnet

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9 Comments to “Income Taxes Are A Form Of Slavery”

  1. First of all, I absolutely agree with you; this is ridiculously unnecessary, and Congress should be ashamed for the hundreds of billions (perhaps trillions) of dollars that they have stolen from the American people this way. I have but two questions:

    1. You say that we should change our current income tax with “A broad based consumption tax… less intrusive than an income tax…”. Could you explain what you have in a mind a bit more clearly? I’m personally partial to the the “Flat Tax”, but what you are describing sounds similar to the “Fair Tax”.

    2. You said: “Even if you believe that the government should be in the business of building highways and providing social programs, a tax on income is immoral…”. Although I wholeheartedly believe that it is the wrong thing to do, it is hard to call something immoral without first defining morality; how do you base your morality?

    Once again, I have thoroughly enjoyed another one of your articles and look forward to the next one. I like them longer like this 😉 .

    – A Young Conservative

  2. Jeffrey Bowman says:

    So a consumption tax like the fair tax would be an appropriate solution in your eyes, or do you know of something that I don’t know of, and if so please let us know.

  3. In your example you indicate that all taxes serve as a form of disincentive. Would you say that property taxes are a disincentive to own real estate or that sales (or consumption) taxes are a disincentive to purchase goods and/or services? Maybe they are disincentives to a certain degree but are viewed as a more acceptable and less intrusive method of taxation, I don’t know.

    The tax code will struggle to change due to the fact that so many people’s livelihoods depend upon it. CPA’s, lawyers and the like hang their hat on their abilities to navigate the tax code. While their services are in many instances tax deductible, it is (much like the prison guard union in California with relation to criminal code revisions) a significant hurdle to overcome.

    I personally am in favor of leaning more towards a consumption tax. I would also say that America has a much more sophisticated infrastructure and that the government provides a greater quantity and quality of services than it did pre-1913 (airports, interstates, general well being). That being the case, now is precisely the time to sit down and try and understand what exactly we want government to do. We must also find a way to continue providing essential services and begin paying down the national debt (as you’ve hit on previously). Can we do all of these things and lower the tax burden when a significant percentage (40%?) don’t even pay income taxes after deductions.

  4. Phred – what happened to you? You were on Facebook one day, and gone the next! Were you too “right” for Facebook? I miss you!

  5. I’m linking to this, okay?

  6. go for it

  7. Hey Phred this is a great article.

    “The 13th Amendment bans both slavery and involuntary servitude. Any tax which has the result of forcing one to work for the benefit of others is a blatant violation of the 13th Amendment.”

    I had never thought about it in that way! A very good point you make there.

    Would you be interested in joining us at ?

    Possibly as a contributing blogger?

    I hope we can work together


  8. I’ve been included in taxes for lengthier then I care to acknowledge, both on the personal side (all my working lifetime!!) and from a legal stand since satisfying the bar and following up on tax law. I’ve rendered a lot of advice and corrected a lot of wrongs, and I must say that what you’ve posted makes impeccable sense. Please continue the good work – the more individuals know the better they’ll be armed to handle with the tax man, and that’s what it’s all about.


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