Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on October 5, 2012

in Myths and Fallacies, Taxes

… is from page 275 of Liberty Fund’s 1980 collection of some of Frank Chodorov’s writings, Fugitive Essays; specifically, it’s from Chodorov’s 1946 essay “Socialism via Taxation”:

Taxation has surrounded itself with doctrines of justification; it had to; no miscreant can carry on without a supporting philosophy.  Until recent times this pilfering of private property sought to gain the approval of its victims by protesting the need for maintaining social services.  The growing encroachments of the state upon property rights necessarily brought about a lowering of the general economy, resulting in disaffection, and now taxation is advocated as a means of alleviating this condition; we are now being taxed into betterment.

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