The Future of Freedom Foundation
April 16, 2018
As the April 17 deadline for filing income tax returns and paying federal income taxes approaches, it is important that we all remind ourselves of an important point: Income taxation and the Internal Revenue Service are irreconcilable with the principles of a free society.
Another way to put it is this: If you’re living in a society in which the government wields the power to seize the fruits of your earnings, you are not living in a free society, no matter how convinced you are.
Americans lived without income taxation for more than a century. They also lived in a society in which there was no welfare state and no warfare state. No Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies, welfare, food stamps, public housing, drug laws, immigration controls, public schooling, Pentagon, military-industrial complex, CIA, NSA, FBI, EPA, DEA, SEC, Homeland Security, ICE, or most of the other myriad agencies of the welfare-warfare state.
It was that way of life that defined an American. That’s what Americans defined as freedom. That’s what made the United States the most unusual society in history (notwithstanding the horrible exception of slavery).
Succeeding generations of Americans give it all up in favor of socialism, interventionism, and imperialism.
- They embraced and adopted the variation of socialism known as the welfare state.
- They embraced and adopted the totalitarian structure known as a national-security state.
- They embraced and adopted drug laws, which are the hallmark of tyrannical regimes.
- They embraced and adopted the regulated, controlled, and managed economy.
- They embraced foreign wars, foreign interventionism, partnerships with dictators, coups, assassinations, torture, and other practices long employed by dictatorial regimes.
- And of course they embraced and adopted the means by which all of this statism is…