The State is an Extortion Racket:The power to tax is the main source of state power. Without tax revenue,everything else the state does is toothless. Somebody could get to thetop of a hill and shout the laws, but without either agreement from thepeople, or the violent enforcement of those laws, he's just shouting intothe ether. He thinks he's the state, but there's nobody around him whocares about what he says. Perhaps his authoritarian attitude leads tosome people following him, or perhaps it leads to him getting beat up,but it doesn't lead to, what most people would call, a state.It is with tax revenue that the state can pay soldiers and policemen whoenforce the law. Now once this is achieved, the state can then build offof that, monopolizing roads, canals, railroads, though today in the USmainly just roads. Monopolizing some types of mail delivery, monopolizingschools and forcing people to go to school for 12 years, which creates acompliant population trained to follow the orders of the teacher, whichresults in even greater extortion. All of this stems from that basicability: to tax. When talking about politics, people talk about so manythings - war, the economy, healthcare - but they don't see the basicissue, they forget that it all comes from taxation and they don't
.Most people pay the taxes assigned to them because they think it isnecessary, or legitimate, or something along those lines.Here is the legal definition of extortion:
The obtaining of property from another induced by wrongful use of actual orthreatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.
That it is identical to taxation. Because what happens if you don't payyour taxes? You get thrown in prison. And if you resist arrest, and thenresist being thrown into prison, you will be killed. Perhaps it is anecessary evil to keep things running, I don't think it is, but it isstill extortion. And I
oppose this extortion on many grounds
.I don't mean to insult your intelligence if you already see theextortion, but there are a lot of people who don't.When I bring this point up, I often get the response, "yes I know thestate is an extortion racket, so what!? You still haven't proved how law,defense, schools, regulation, and many other things can be done in astateless society! There are many people who still believe that the stateis not an extortion racket, or that the extortion is justified, which iswhy I'm talking about this.Most of this book will be making the case for the functionality of astateless society, but for now let me just address the social contract.When pointing out that the state is an extortion racket, many will saythat it is justified because of an implicit agreement. By living in aplace called, "the united states", you are agreeing to pay for various