Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Episode 158, Social Justice Warriors

Social Justice Warriors--heard of these guys? (Whoops, you're not supposed to call mixed-gender groups of people "guys" anymore.)

SJWs are collectivists, of course, a particular form of collectivist, very easy to identify. They’ve become so visible and so obnoxious that I thought it would merit an entire show talking about them, in the manner that an entomologist might talk about a particularly nasty breed of locust.  

In this show I cover who they are, what they do, why they do it, and why they need to die. Yes, they need to die--die out as a phenomenon, of course, not advocating any killing here.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Episode 157, Taxation is Theft

Theft: The taking of another person’s property without that person’s permission or consent with the intent of depriving the rightful owner of it.

Does taxation meet the definition of theft?  Let's check the key conditions....

Taking another person’s property?  Check! Income tax takes part of a person’s income, which is their property (unless you believe there is no such thing as private property).

Without that person’s permission or consent?  Check!  The withholding of taxes from one’s paycheck removes, for most people, the presumption of consent. When you file your taxes, unless you commit fraud you are unlikely to produce a return that results in the government returning the money. Unless you truly give your approval to the taking of taxes from you, you have not consented to the tax.

Intent of depriving the owner of property?  Check! What argument would the IRS give that they do not intend to deprive a taxpayer of the income it collects as taxes? They are doing it by accident?

This show lays out the arguments that people make when claiming that taxation is NOT theft, and, of course, destroys them.  And it covers alternatives to taxation and the monopoly of government.

And don't miss the 5-minute spoof, "I Love Paying My Taxes". It should peg your sarcasm meter!

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