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Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Path To Peace, Part III

In my previous post, "The Path To Peace, Part II" (http://livefreeormove.blogspot.com/2006/02/
path-to-peace-part-ii.html
), I wrote,

In sum, government extracts the resources it needs to wage war in four ways: it taxes, it prints, it borrows, and it steals--it forces individuals to provide services under terms that the individuals in question do not agree to freely. If we truly are for peace and not for war, we will work to end the income tax, end the ability of government to print money, end the ability of government to borrow, and end the ability of government to force individuals into servitude of any kind.

What do these four ways--taxing, printing, borrowing, and conscripting--have in common? They all involve force or coercion. Taxing involves the coerced extraction of citizens' wealth or income. Printing money involves the forced debasement of the citizens' money. Borrowing involves forcing future generations to pay off someone else's debt. And conscripting involves forcing some citizens to provide services under terms that they do not agree to freely.

Thus, when government wages war on terrorists or foreign states, government also "wages war" on its own citizens by taxing, printing, borrowing, and conscripting.

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