Toine Manders Explains Taxation Is Theft
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[Toine Manders Explains Taxation Is Theft]
JUDGE: Source: LYBIO.net
You believe that taxation is a form of theft.
TOINE MANDERS: Yes.
JUDGE: We use taxation to provide services to all citizens. Do you see that as a legitimate use of taxation?
TOINE MANDERS: No.
JUDGE: You live in social housing.
TOINE MANDERS: Yes.
JUDGE: Made possible…
TOINE MANDERS: Made possible?
JUDGE: Because others…
TOINE MANDERS: Sorry, that’s very unnuanced. The government took everything away from me. They took my house away. So that I was compelled to use social housing. And you want to tell me I should be thankful that they were kind enough to provide me with social housing? It sounds like the DDR when you say that.
JUDGE: Do your children go to school?
TOINE MANDERS: That’s the same reasoning that was used by the directors of the DDR. You’ve enjoyed an education provided by the East German state and now you want to escape? You’re anti-social! That’s the reasoning I hear from you. It’s shocking to me that you dare to say that.
JUDGE: I asked… if you used it. I assume your children go to school. That’s paid for through taxation. Do you think that’s a legitimate use of tax funds?
TOINE MANDERS: I’m happy to answer, but I don’t see how it’s relevant to the purpose of this commission. But I’m happy to tell you how I see it.
JUDGE: Yesterday we had a tax advisor here, and a professor, how know everything about income tax, as you also claim to, who informs clients and guides them. He says “Yes, of course you have to pay taxes!”
TOINE MANDERS: Source: LYBIO.net
Okay. I’ll tell you how I see it. My vision is that every person has rights to his body and property. And everyone may do as they please, as long as they don’t violate those rights of others. That’s a fundamental human right, The right of self-determination. The government violates that right in several ways. Including compulsory military services, that still hasn’t been abolished. And also by imposing taxes.
I earned my living by advising people who were obligated to serve compulsory military service on the subject of avoiding conscription, because I saw it as a great injustice. A form of force labor imposed on innocents. When that was suspended I directed my attention toward tax avoidance. Because, according to the same principles, I believe taxation is a violation of property rights.
The right to own the fruits of your labor. For the first few thousand years, the state used that money to enrich the nobility and the king. And that they began giving a part of that money away to the people. They distributed gifts to the people to legitimize taxation. But that doesn’t legitimize it. The term theft applies when property is taken from you under threat of violence, when you have not caused damages that you refuse to compensate and when you are not in breach of an agreement that you voluntarily entered. And that’s exactly what the government does. If you have to pay taxes, according to the rules the state imposes, and you don’t do it, then people will come to empty your home. And if you resist, you’ll be treated as a criminal.
If you don’t make tax declarations, you’ll be locked in a cage for a maximum of four years, for failing to file tax declarations. That’s how the state gets its money, by threatening to lock people in cages. And I have no problem if you do that with murderers, rapists, robbers or fraudsters.
But if you do that to innocent people who haven’t hurt a fly. Such as those called for military service, or taxpayers, then that’s huge injustice. And I fight against that injustice. And that’s why I’ve not only dedicated a large part of my life to spreading these ideas in the form of my political leadership of the Libertarian Party, but I also decided to devote my career to protecting individuals against the injustice that the state attempts to inflict on them.
And the fact that part of that money isn’t used by the political elite to line their own pockets but is distributed as gifts – that we haven’t asked for – doesn’t legitimize theft.
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