There is no way you or I would tolerate a destitute father demanding child support benevolence at the point of a gun. Why should honorable hard working Americans tolerate similar behavior from a President and Congress? The only difference between these two robberies is the amount of deadly force being brought to bear on the victims.
There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.
But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice. Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator?
Those who have been intoxicated with power…can never willingly abandon it.
Government has, step by step, invaded the free market and seized complete control over the monetary system. We have seen that each new control, sometimes seemingly innocuous, has begotten new and further controls. We have seen that governments are inherently inflationary, since inflation is a tempting means of acquiring revenue for the State and its favored groups. The slow but certain seizure of the monetary reins has thus been used to (a) inflate the economy at a pace decided by government; and (b) bring about socialistic direction of the entire economy.
Inflation cannot go on forever. For eventually people wake up to this form of taxation; they wake up to the continual shrinkage in the purchasing power of their dollar.
Yes indeed we know, people will find a way to go, no matter what the man says.
If government can find ways to engage in counterfeiting–the creation of money out of thin air–it can quickly produce its own money without taking the trouble to sell services. It can appropriate resources slyly and almost unnoticed, without rousing the hostility touched off by taxation. In fact, counterfeiting can create in its very victims the blissful illusion of unparalleled prosperity. Counterfeiting is another name for inflation. And now we see why governments are inherently inflationary: because inflation is a powerful and subtle means for government acquisition of the public’s resources, a painless and all the more dangerous form of taxation.
To override the free choice of individuals and use force to get what we want is unjust, uncivilized and destructive.
The hubris that motivates some people to use the power of the state to impose their well-intended visions upon others derives, in part, from an ignorance of the inherent uncertainties that are embedded in complex systems. Arrogance is grounded in the unstated assumption that one’s understanding is so complete as to render their actions infallible. This is why, on the whole, mankind has suffered less from ill-motivated persons who intend us harm, than from the unintended consequences of goodness.