Self ownership/ self government/ self control is a bundle of rights. Within that bundle of rights are the right of use, right of transfer, right to privacy, right to speak, right to exclude, etc, etc, etc, and right to exercise all his/her rights or none at all. A person may consent to give up one or even a few of his self rights in exchange for something else of value, such as a limited government, or becoming a member of a society/ group/collective, or working for someone else in exchange for money.Society as a whole decides what is legitimate or not. Rationality is one method some people use to convince others that something is legitimate. Other people use loyalty, compassion, or some other consideration - you know, things that don't appear on business ledgers.
Where I differ with Libertarians is the right to labor. Libertarians think that everything they earn is rightfully theirs and that taxation is forced labor. I disagree because Libertarians consented to have a government and gave up certain self rights in exchange for governments protection of their other rights. One of the "certain" rights they gave up is immunity from taxation of their labor. A Liberatarian depends on government to protect his right to get paid for his/her labor. But no one is forcing the Libertarian to work and if he doesn't work, he doesn't have to pay taxes. Ergo, no forced taxation or labor.
We did this when?Originally Posted by Moot;1060621776Libertarians think that everything they earn is rightfully theirs and that taxation is forced labor. [B
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