Government without Taxation

by | May 3, 2012

In a capitalist society, the initiation of force is banned from the interactions between individuals. In a capitalist society, there is no regulation of businesses–no FTC, FDA, SEC, OSHA, or EPA. In a capitalist society, all funding for government is provided voluntarily–no IRS. You may think, “If funding for government is voluntary, what if nobody […]

In a capitalist society, the initiation of force is banned from the interactions between individuals. In a capitalist society, there is no regulation of businesses–no FTC, FDA, SEC, OSHA, or EPA. In a capitalist society, all funding for government is provided voluntarily–no IRS.

You may think, “If funding for government is voluntary, what if nobody volunteers?” The fact is, most people would volunteer, and we have ample evidence of that fact. For now, I will just look at one example.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 1,046,760 security guards working in the United States in 2008. This is about 163,000 more than the number of police. Americans spend more than $100 billion per year on security alarms, security guards, and other security services, which is twice what is spent by the nation’s police departments combined. These are private, voluntary payments for the express purpose of protecting the rights and property of individuals and businesses.

The protection of your rights is a value. And, on a daily business you voluntarily pay for the values that you want and need. You buy food, cell phones, gasoline, internet access, and much more. No coercion is required to motivate you to spend money for these values. Why would anyone conclude that you would not also spend money for the value offered by a proper government–the protection of your rights?

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Brian Phillips is the founder of the Texas Institute for Property Rights. Brian has been defending property rights for nearly thirty years. He played a key role in defeating zoning in Houston, Texas, and in Hobbs, New Mexico. He is the author of three books: Individual Rights and Government Wrongs, The Innovator Versus the Collective, and Principles and Property Rights. Visit his website at texasipr.com.

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