One Group’s Viral Meme Campaign Taught the Internet that “Taxation is Theft”

irsBy John Vibes

Sharing memes won’t save the world on its own, but it can help to raise awareness about important ideas and get people curious about concepts that they have not considered before. One recent example of this phenomena is how the phrase “taxation is theft” has recently become mainstream thanks to a viral meme campaign.

Hundreds of memes, some that are funny, and some that don’t even make sense, relating to the “taxation is theft” theme have littered the Internet in recent weeks; and while some people may be getting tired of them, they are having an incredible impact in raising awareness about the idea.

In fact, a quick look at Google search data shows that the last month has seen a massive spike in online interest in the term and that Web searches for the term are at an all-time high.

CaptureIf you are confused by the term “taxation is theft,” just think of the government as people without any special privileges. If an average person takes money from someone under the threat of force it is called robbery, but if the government does it is considered legal and moral, and is called “taxation.” No one actually ever agreed to this arrangement; it has been forced on millions of people against their will, and a long list of justifications have been created to convince people that they are not being stolen from.

Since the government is allowed to extract money from its citizens at the barrel of a gun, this guarantees that they will have funding for any kind of project they want, even if those projects are unpopular with taxpayers. This is because the public has no choice but to pay taxes; therefore, they have no say in how their money is used and are typically forced into paying for their own oppression, and the slaughtering of their neighbors.

Sure, there are some social welfare programs that do benefit some people, but the money that these projects cost are a tiny fraction of the money that is actually received from taxation. Most of the money that is brought in through taxes is used for bureaucratic budgets, collection enforcement, and the gluttony of federal and state governments. So, while a portion of the revenue is being used for beneficial projects, a majority of the money is still being wasted or used for nefarious means. Some researchers have described this as a thief giving you five dollars, while at the same time taking a hundred dollars from your back pocket.

There is an unbelievable amount of fear directed at this concept because for so long, our civilizations have been propelled by violence instead of rationality. Immediately upon hearing about these ideas of doing away with coercive taxation, many people who are new to the idea will immediately scoff, “if taxes were not collected under threat of force then no one will pay them and there will be chaos and the poor will die in the streets.”

This statement shows that taxation isn’t working for the average person. Therefore, ideas about “the consent of the governed” and “the social contract” are complete fallacies. If someone explicitly states that people wouldn’t pay taxes if they weren’t mandatory, they are then admitting that tax revenue is not used to benefit the public and that no one would pay if they didn’t have a gun to their head.

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When a need arises in a community, people naturally come together and take care of what needs to be done; they don’t need someone with a gun in their face telling them how to do it. For our species to have any chance on this earth, we must start thinking about more peaceful ways of going about things, and stop justifying the use of violence in all circumstances, even soft-core violence like legislation, taxation, and indoctrination.

These two got married and didn’t ask government for permission.The Free Thought (Y)#TaxationIsTheft

Posted by The Free Thought on Thursday, March 24, 2016

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32 Comments on "One Group’s Viral Meme Campaign Taught the Internet that “Taxation is Theft”"

  1. CarolinaPride | March 26, 2016 at 5:10 pm | Reply

    Do away with payroll deduction. After people are forced to write checks at the end of the year for thousands of dollars to uncle sam the sheep will awaken.

  2. “No one actually ever agreed to this arrangement; it has been forced on millions of people against their will.”

    Uh, really? Article I of the Constitution gives the Congress the power to levy taxes, and the 16th Amendment allows Congress to tax income. Seems that both of these provisions were ratified by a majority of the States by their legislative, representative bodies.

    • Time to do your homework.

      • Louis Charles | March 27, 2016 at 2:06 pm | Reply

        I love the way these statist boot-lickers always say “it seems” when presenting an argument.

        • Texas Arcane | March 28, 2016 at 4:54 am | Reply

          “It seems” I have to put these leg irons on your ankles and this collar around your neck because “it seems” I have the right to do that. Or so “it seems.”

      • Obviously, I did.

        • And your homework gets an F.

        • Texas Arcane | March 28, 2016 at 4:51 am | Reply

          You couldn’t be more wrong. The 16th Amendment skipped ratification and went right to enforcement. It was never properly ratified because the States would simply never vote for something that stupid. Your promotion of illegal statutes that never became law because the American people weren’t stupid back then makes you a collaborator in these crimes. If I show up at your house with a document I say was ratified and tell you to turn over your payroll money, wouldn’t that just be clever robbery? Yet do it every week of the month for a couple of years and pretty soon people might forget I just made that up out of thin air.

          • The Sixteenth Amendment DID NOT skip ratification. It was proposed by Congress in June 1909 and did not go into effect until February 1913, two and a half years later, after being ratified by the requisite 3/4 of the states.

            There are a lot of kooky theories about why the Amendment isn’t valid, but “because the States would simply never vote for something that stupid” is quite novel. Here is a list of the states and the dates on which their state legislatures ratified the Amendment. Apparently they were just that stupid. All of them.

            I’m not promoting anything. I’m just citing history. Well-documented history. SMH

          • Texas Arcane | March 29, 2016 at 6:13 am |

            Time for you to migrate out, shill. Fifty years ago would have been a lot better.

    • Louis Charles | March 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm | Reply

      Were the Founders perfect with their first attempt at setting up a nation based on Individual Sovereignty? NO. Regardless of the “seemingly” approving posture of the Founders allowances (and the Congress of 1916), does it change the nature of TAX = THEFT? No it does not, JMax

  3. The real problem is that the money we pay to the ir s from theft goes to a Puerto Rico Trust run and owned, privately just like the fed and run by and for the benefit of the imf, vatican, crown and fed. Get the idea?

  4. You can turn taxation in an income by offsetting future tax liabilities based on present(or past) income against future earnings with a tradeable tax credit. Now, we can create a carbon tax and force everyone to pay increased prices for consumable goods while forming a market for tradeable financial securities that enrich major corporations, politicians and Wall Street but somehow it is impossible to do the same for ordinary working class people?

    There is simply no way to allow ordinary people to benefit from a tax credit scheme?

    How about a Meritocracy where time spent performing labor or services for charities are credited against your future tax liabilities by the I.R.S. and Treasury Department? How about a tradeable security being issued by government valued at fixed base(1/2) but tradeable upwards to full income levels(BLS median wage) which corporations can purchase as an offset against their tax liability? …at a market price.

    Totally impossible to gainfully employee every American using a ‘valuation-as-instrument’ that actually doesn’t exist until they work but in fact allows them to either earn an income(tradeable security) or offset a future liability giving them a higher income once employed….just impossible to do anything in America right? Zero interest from members of Congress, the media or Hollywood-types in this idea…and idea that makes people AND Wall Street wealthier. Imagine that.

    Our country is a fraud.

    • We Need a Totally new system – I’m glad your working on one. Maybe try to make your bits fit into the bits that come from other peoples.

      • Bartering works well. I’m all for cutting out the middle man. We will see a lot more of it when we become a cashless society. Coming soon to a town near you.

        • Large scale bartering was amazingly effective at getting Germany out of the Great Depression. They did stuff like directly swap machine tools for grain without the ‘middle man’, not even money.
          There is a South African guy called Micheal Tellinger who’s been thinking about this stuff and I heard him once talking about a system he calls Ubuntu which is a a form of contributerism. (sp?)
          He gave an example of everyone donating one hour per week to the community and collaborating to get all the things done that the local council would normally do.
          He pointed out one hour from each person would provide far more manpower hours than the council would normally have in a week. Add another hour and you could start a major infrastructure project.
          One thing he thought important was that the Hours have the same value, ie the Doctor and the Sweeper provide equal amount of hours in exchange for life in the community.

  5. desertspeaks | March 27, 2016 at 1:17 pm | Reply

    an interesting thing occurred the last few years, the US government has repeatedly and openly admitted on the record, that they have aided what they term as “moderate rebels” in Syria.
    18 USC 2331 Definitions; UNEQUIVOCALLY defines the so called moderate rebels AS TERRORISTS!
    18 USC 2339 A-C makes it a FELONY to give aid to known or EVEN SUSPECTED terrorists or those aiding them.

    This makes the US government a terrorist organization according to their own laws and admissions and definitions!

    Paying/giving the US gvt any money would make you a FELON! as you would be AIDING TERRORISTS AND TERRORISM!

    Interesting, no??

  6. Louis Charles | March 27, 2016 at 2:13 pm | Reply

    Taxation based on property value is theft.
    Taxation to pay for public “education” is theft.
    Taxation added to the cost of purchasing something is theft.
    When taxation is not theft, it is properly termed “excise tax” or user fee. And your $400k did go to some pretty nice vacations…. just not your vacations.

  7. Louis Charles | March 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm | Reply

    At $10 per hour, that is 40,000 hours work you did for your slave master(s). Are you insane? And I don’t care if you are worth $100 per hour… which would illustrate you have a superior intellect to most. But it also proves HOW DAMNED STUPID YOU ARE TO FORK OVER THAT MUCH CASH (or you 4,000 hours) TO PARASITES WHO OWN YOU.

  8. Louis Charles | March 27, 2016 at 2:17 pm | Reply

    I believe it is God who said in His 8th Commandment. THOU SHALT NOT STEAL… or at least that’s what Moses reported He said…..

  9. Doug Stevens | March 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm | Reply

    “Taxation is nothing more than the continuation of the Primitive and Arrogant medieval confiscation mechanism behind a Militaristic Intimidation Structure. Nothing has changed. The king and his entourage has only been replaced by another assortment of psychopaths and sociopaths in the socio-political control apex.
    People should pay for services rendered. This is not what happens where a confiscation mechanism has been installed.”

  10. Doug Stevens | March 27, 2016 at 4:01 pm | Reply

    Taxation is the Root of all Evil.

  11. And Bernie Sanders wants to raise taxes to somewhere around 75-80%. I’ve even heard him say he’d like it at 90%. Anyone for having 90% of your paycheck stolen?

  12. I figured with that title, you’d mention which group.

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