151 DSR – Kings, Peasants, & Taxation

February 20, 2014 — 2 Comments


Why do we pay taxes? What are they used for? What if we stopped paying them?

If America is such a great country, why aren’t taxes voluntary? If we all love living here so much, wouldn’t we voluntarily pay them? Why are they extracted by force of law? Make taxes voluntary and see what this country would look like in 5 yrs, 10 yrs. etc.

1) Why do we pay taxes?
To keep the government running? The government is a corporation, a business. Businesses need money. Why does government take your money to operate it’s business but you have to use your own money to run your business?

2) What are our taxes used for?
To hide the invisible tax of inflation.

3) What if we stopped paying? Stop paying taxes and the corporation known as government will send its collections agent to visit. That agent is The Internal Revenue Service. Resist The IRS and you’ll have armed officers of the law to deal with.

Ayn Rand
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2 responses to 151 DSR – Kings, Peasants, & Taxation

  1. Hi Greg,
    I completely disagree with your conspiracy theory in regards to taxation. I come from a country where people do not pay taxes and it is very unlike the U.S. Basically, there was no order, lack of authority and corruption. Have you ever lived in a country where people avoid paying taxes? In my viewpoint your rant was logical t some level, but very ignorant. Have you heard of the chaos in somalia? Do you know the taxation situation there? You would not even have a job or a house or even the job you have at the mortgage company without the environment provided by the governement and the laws that you rant about. Try living for a year outside the U.S. before you criticize the basic duty of paying taxes and getting in return stability and sense of safety. Also, do you know that the U.S. Is one of the countries with the lowest taxes? Try living in france or Germany for a year where taxation is over 50%.

    Also, you mentioned Ayn Rand. Do you know that her literature and her philosophy is romantic? In her own words, the word as it should be, not as it actually is? I like listening to you, but when you go on rants, you have very radical views. This is not how this country works. This is not how the world works. I do not think you have the authority or the data to say that the U.S. Government is stealing from its citizens. You are entitled to your opinion, but it does not make it right. Do you know how many people dream of coming to the U.S. because it offers opportunity. Do you know why? Because there is economic, political and safety stability. And yes, all of it is due to what the government does. It has many flaws, but it works better than any other government in the history of the human break.

    Also, Obama a king? Give me a break. How was he able to get elected? Through fear? Violence? Corrupting the electoral system? You need to be more realistic and ground your arguments on reality.

    I like you. I like what you have to say i terms of empowering people to take charge of their destiny. In your last episode, you are calling for anarchy, distrust and conspiracy. You gotta be more precise in your thinking and in what you suggest. I plead you to return to your role as a motivational force. This crap does not cut it, and it is dangerous. People listen to you, man!

    • Hello Anders,

      Outstanding comments. Most people don’t take time to really go to the length you did to clarify their ideas/feelings on an episode. Ayn Rand said art should depict life as it should or could be. My ideas about living without forced taxation are a vision of life as it should or could be. Certainly not the current reality, as you stated.

      A conspiracy only needs two people in on the deal. Everyone else involved doesn’t need to know what the others are doing or why they’re doing it. Government has operated this way for centuries. It’s called compartmentalization. “Conspiracy Theory” is a trigger term used to shut down all logical, rational discussion of how corruption operates. Obama as king? Barack and Barrack (a military term) aren’t spelled exactly the same by mistake.

      Anarchy is Greek for “absence of a ruler, without rulers.” If envisioning life without rulers isn’t empowering or motivational, I don’t know what is. The need to be ruled is a sign of our spiritual immaturity. We constantly look for the father figure in the world. Can man live a moral life without presidents or God? Of course.

      Thank you for reminding me not to be vague. I forgot to offer suggested reading in the episode, so here goes. Voting Fraud: Ballot Tampering in The 21st Century.

      Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of The American Empire at The End of The Age of Oil

      Thank you for listening. Keep listening if you are lead. Freedom of speech includes the good, the bad, and the ugly. Once in a while I feel it’s necessary to include the seemingly ugly side of life.

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