A viral meme campaign that has taken social media by storm got some mainstream television coverage when a man seated behind home plate at a Texas Rangers baseball game stood up to reveal a shirt bearing the words “Taxation is Theft.”
The recent “taxation is theft” campaign has taken the Internet by storm, raising awareness about the concept of taxation as a form of theft.
If you are confused by the term “taxation is theft,” just think of the government as people without any special privileges, as they are meant to be representatives of the people, not omnipotent beings granted special rights.
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 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.
And while there are social welfare programs and infrastructure projects that benefit some people, this is a minuscule fraction of the total amount stolen by the government in the form of taxes. The vast majority of the money that is brought in through taxes is used for bureaucratic budgets, collection enforcement and paying the costs associated with maintaining a global military empire.
Since the government is allowed to extract money from its citizens by 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.
When you see an entire wedding party killed in Afghanistan by an armed U.S. drone, be aware that the weapons that killed them were purchased with the money stolen from you under threat of violence.
It is amoral to pay taxes to an entity that uses the funds to wage unjust wars and reap death upon millions across the globe.
It is this rational deduction that has led to one of the most epic photobombs in sports history. Below is friend of the Free Thought Project, Kory Watkins, letting the world know — Taxation is theft.
Apparently the camera man even felt the moment as he zoomed in at the exact same time Watkins stood up to show his message. Bravo Kory Watkins and bravo camera man.
Jay Syrmopoulos is a political analyst, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, Raw Story, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.