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    • mdear

      I never quite understood the claim that taxes are a way of “forcing people” to do something. People in the US live in a democratic republic, which means they implicitly partake in a social contract that requires participation in a collective politics. When they lose out on politics, be it through some measure increasing taxes or something else passed in legislation, they’re still contractually a part of the collective because they still reap the benefits of being in that collective - they have political representation, they use publically funded resources, and (like Rand) they might use publically funded services such as social security/medicare. Now, if someone wants to opt out of the contract that binds our democratic republic, he or she can do so. Just revoke your citizenship and stop using those federal/state resources. This is basic political theory, here.