Is Taxation is Theft? Essay

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Taxation, the government acquisition of property from the individual has mixed support in any Western democratic system. To make its way into the good will of the majority, taxation has surrounded itself with doctrines of justification. No law which lacks public approval or acquiescence is enforceable, and to gain such support it must address itself to our sense of correctness. This is particularly necessary for statutes authorizing the taking of private property. Sometimes depicted as ‘theft’ by those who are subject to taxation, the accusation is commonly based on the sentiment what do I get from it? However, one chooses to live in a democratic welfare state and to take up the services society has to offer the individual; the argument…show more content…
The relationship between the individual and the state is reciprocally beneficial. Through democratic participation, the social contract is two-way; the individual receives a multitude of supports from government and pays taxes in return. As the democratic ‘contract’ is made in representation of the individual, it is a mutually agreed transaction of services, and therefore, not theft. In exchange for taxes, the individual receives medical and welfare support when required, infrastructure, protection at a personal and national level, as well as utilities such as water, electricity, garbage disposal et cetera. Liberals have two lines of argument against those who reject the idea of the social contract. The first is that if they reject it, they should not consume the government's goods and services. How they can avoid this when the very currency that the economy is based upon is printed by the government is a good question. Participating in the economy without using public roads, publicly funded communication infrastructure, publicly educated employees, publicly funded electricity, water, gas, and other utilities, publicly funded information, technology, research and development, is essentially impossible. The only way to avoid public goods and services is to move out of the country entirely, or at least become such a hermit, living off the fruits of your own labour, that you reduce your consumption of public goods and services to a

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