On Property Taxes
IF IT CAN BE TAXED, THEN YOU DON’T OWN IT
“When you consider socialism, do not fool yourself about its nature. Remember that there is no such dichotomy as ‘human rights’ versus ‘property rights.’ No human rights can exist without property rights.” –Ayn Rand
It is annoyingly lacking, the degree of public outrage to this most basic and pervasive farce in America, as well as the blatant violation of individual rights that the taxation of primary domiciles thus commits.
Is it the payroll tax pre-deduction principal that, because the majority of “homeowners” are paying a mortgage in which the local taxes are included, transparently, in the payments, that people don’t really see how much of their lives are being stolen from them?
Perhaps it’s the Altruistic nature of the religious majority, who are too mentally lazy to design a society whereby the “easy” way out, via taxation, is taken to funding all the nefarious government “services” and activities. The common complaint, you see, is “who would educated the children and build the roads?”
There is not an honest answer in these people’s minds, an answer that does not involved armed robbery, extortion, stealing and looting from the working class. They simply lack the ability to understand a system by which people would be free to choose the services they wish to buy, and the market would ensure the availability of services that people really need.
You see, if people really wanted what the government offered, they would voluntarily pay for such services. People voluntarily hire painters, plumbers and stock brokers, because these people provide real, valuable services that produce or protect wealth and property. What does the government offer? The strangulation of our children’s minds, inane nanny state rules on human behavior, aggregious violations of property use rights, violations of our own bodies and how we dispose of same, and the list goes on. No wonder they have to point a gun at our heads and demand we buy their “services”!
Look at public shools: once past the early elementary stages, school systems start to infuse political ideology into children. For many rational parents, this is a disservice that will cost them countless hours to reeducate their children that these ideas taught them in schools are invalid and destructive to human existance. Thus, the taxpayer is forced to fund ideology that runs contrary to his own, via public school taxes. The biggest problem lies with Americans being able to admit that there is such a thing as philosophical bias that can be introduced when you teach children. Speaking of the response from your average Democrat/Socialist Liberal, to like-minded persons, all seems quite well and proper with the current education system as it stands.
The other problem is that most people fail to reject unsound philosophical premises because of an innate bias tied to their education since childhood. Moreover, the vast majority of functional adults do not bother learning the intricate details of higher-level philosophy, and rather act upon what they assimilated in the earlier years of their education.
Property rights are inviolable moral principles, protecting each individual’s sovereign right to keep the material values he earns and use them to support his life. This principle is violated when when property rights are infringed for the very first time.
If legal professionals systematically avoid telling people they have a moral right to their property, there will be less messy resistance when those rights are taken away by government fiat. Under this concept, property rights can be selectively violated (or eradicated) by majority vote—rendering them in fact (but not in name) “bundles of permissions.”
Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.
The recognition of individual rights entails the banishment of physical force from human relationships: basically, rights can be violated only by means of force. In a capitalist society, no man or group may initiate the use of physical force against others. The only function of government, in such a society, is the task of protecting man’s rights, i.e., the task of protecting him from physical force; the government acts as the agent of man’s right of self-defense, and may use force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use; thus the government is the means of placing the retaliatory use of force under objective control.
— Ayn Rand, “What is Capitalism” Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal, p. 19.
Objectivism holds that because the opportunity to use reason without the initiation of force is necessary to achieve moral values, each individual has an inalienable moral right to act as his own judgement directs and to keep the product of his effort. The fundamental right is the right to life, with other rights following from it, including rights to “liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.”
“A ‘right’ is a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man’s freedom of action in a social context.”
These rights are specifically understood to be rights to action, not to specific results or objects, and the obligations created by rights are negative in nature: each individual must refrain from violating the rights of others.
Objectivists reject alternative notions of rights, such as positive rights or rights belonging to anything other than an individual human being, such as collective rights or animal rights.
It is possible to live independently only if one is allowed to do so. One’s choices must be voluntary if they are to be freely made. Fundamentally, only the threat of deadly force can undermine one’s ability to reason and choose.
The power of government is the power of the gun. It has the power to enforce a set of rules in the territory it controls, a power that is often turned against freedom. Objectivism therefore advocates a strictly limited form of government: a republican system that has only those powers and takes only those actions required to secure our rights to freedom from force.
There must be a military force for defense against external enemies.
There must be a system of legislation and law courts to establish the law and to adjudicate disputes in which force might be used.
And there must be a system of enforcement of the law such as the police, to make sure the law is a social rule, not empty words.
Until the majority of individual citizens in America recognizes the fundamental and sacred right to property that is rightfully earned and acquired, no person can enjoy the benefits of the Fourth Amendment. No person can be safe from exposure to the elements, psychological depression from the denial of the psychological security and stability that property ownership brings, and no person can be free. As long as people willfully accept that working a second job to pay property taxes is not slavery, then America cannot truly be the America that our forefathers fought and died on this continent for.