Is Taxation theft?

 

From my journey reading blogs and message boards across the internet I have come across a interesting argument that people on the right side of the political spectrum tend to make when confronted with the idea of what should we do with the government. The right wing in the American political landscape on the libertarian side makes the argument that the government should only be as large as was originally envisioned in the constitution. Then a convoluted argument is created to attempt to justify the destruction of various government programs. The right libertarians argue that since taxation is theft all of those programs the government funds with tax are immoral since the money is stolen. Mu take on the matter is that argument is absolute nonsense and clinging to how the country was in the past is counterproductive. It reminds me a lot of the federalists and anti-federalist arguments that we read about earlier in the course.

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