Originally Posted by BRussell
...the current US situation, with probably the lowest tax burden in the developed world...
You keep saying that as if it is true.
First, it is not "the lowest in the developed world." There are at least four countries that are much lower: New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore, Chile. I'll take those any day. I'd move there right now if I could. More importantly, there are other measures that probably better reflect the tax burden which include per capita tax burden
: "The United States is indeed a low-tax country as judged by taxes as a percentage of GDP, but as judged by taxes per person, the United States is in the middle of the pack." This measure actually takes into account this next point because tax revenue only counts taxes paid now, but GDP factors in government spending (including deficits) which must all ultimately be paid by taxes (or printing money).
Second, it isn't just about current
) tax burden but the accumulating debt that points to future tax burden and the money printing that operates as a stealth tax.
Third, it isn't just about taxes...it's about the overall trend in the US. By one index
that attempts to measure economic freedom, the US has been on a clear and steady decline.
Fourth, the US government's attempts at tighter and stricter tax collection have actually turned more explicitly violent in recent years.
Finally, taxation by its essential nature is theft. It is money taken under, ultimately, the threat of violent enforcement. This is a fact. That sometimes the burden is higher or lower or some places take less or more doesn't change this essential fact. That some don't put up a fight not unlike the mugging victim who takes the most practical option offered when the mugger says "your money or your life" also does not change this essential fact.
In the end, there's little to recommend any other diagnosis than that offered by Rothbard when he said "the state was a criminal gang writ large."