CONFISCATE: verb (used with object), con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing.
What's to stop your money from being made illegal to hold and spend? Have we not discussed this?
It's always done against the will of the people even if they think confiscation is benign. In this case benign is a notion of such soporific insanity that the mere uttering of the word makes crazy people look sane.
To say taxes are an good thing is the first resort of a cavil ruling authority using armed thugs to enforce their demands that we give of our substance to support their activities.
Frederick Douglass was a magnificent and brilliant thinker who called out taxes, government theft, slavery and the taking of a man's labor without his consent, as commonplace then as it is now, as slavery. Whether it was 3%, 10% 50% or 100% of his labor; efforts and fruits of labor taken by force or implied threat of force is and always will be slavery.
It's not "your" money. It's "their" money.
Which is of course key to resolving the problem. Not that "they" will appreciate your attempts to solve it when you do so.
I didn't know he came out against taxes so strongly. Do you have an online source for his writings on the subject? It would be good to post a few of his more powerful points on the board. (I believe in the power of education, in that I'm formerly educated, myself ;>]
Norm, you hit the nail on the head. More accountability to the public is the only way a nation can survive under "citizen legislators" and it's what we are missing in our system of government. But what does that look like, if we modified our system, with the wave of the hand?