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Nathan FraserOn the January 20, 2013 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism, I interviewed anarchist Nathan Fraser of livefree.fm.

We discussed the lack of consent to be governed through voting, a driver’s license or Social Security Number, the conflict of interest of the government in civil and criminal cases, and other issues.

I was very impressed with Nathan’s presentation, including his response that he wasn’t against all government services — he was only against the provision of them by force. He also challenged the notion that silence equals consent, saying that silence during rape doesn’t equal consent.

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It is common in libertarian circles to hear the blanket catchphrase, “taxation is theft.”

It is completely untrue, of course, since indirect taxation isn’t theft, since you are voluntarily choosing to pay the tax by freely choosing to buy a product, in the case of retail sales taxes.

This blanket statement is an example of one of the mantras of keyboard commandos on libertarian blogs, like the derision of “fiat money,” in reference to money not backed by gold or silver, despite fiat money meaning money issued by the sovereign, which also includes gold and silver coins issued by the government.

While I have sympathy for the argument that taxation is theft if you are a voluntaryist, that criticism is mitigated by evidence that, taken as a whole, could be construed as evidence of the person’s consent.

I’m referring to the use of a birth certificate, a Social Security Number, a driver’s license, government-issued currency, and voting.

A birth certificate is government-issued evidence of a birth, but if you are using it for your identification, you are recognizing the authority of the government, which is unnecessary, and totally voluntary.

A Social Security Number is a tricky matter, since regardless of the constitutionality of the personal federal income tax, if the mafia tells you to pay up or else, I don’t advise you to tell them to take a hike, as there could be — and usually are — serious consequences. This is certainly the case with not paying your personal federal income taxes, as Ed and Elaine Brown of New Hampshire found out the hard way.

But if you’re using your SSN as optional identification or not going out of your way to legally minimize your tax bill as much as possible, then I construe that as part of the evidence of your consent to be governed.

A driver’s license is necessary to drive a vehicle, but not necessary to travel in a car without transporting anyone for a fee. The proof of this is that no lawyer in the United States will say that you don’t have a common law right of travel. Practicality is another matter, as you are certainly likely to get repeatedly stopped by the police for traveling without a license plate, but it’s perfectly legal, and Steve Jobs did it, showing that it’s not just for a Freeman.

If you live in a big city and choose to drive with a license, then I consider that as evidence of your lack of seriousness in thinking that all taxation is theft, as you are directly paying licensing fees and indirect gas taxes, all without the excuse of necessity or practical necessity, which would have some credibility if you are living in a small town with no, or wholly inadequate, public transit.

Federal Reserve Notes and bank credit aren’t government-issued currency, but government-issued coins are, and since they represent such a miniscule portion of the money supply, they can be avoided by truly principled opponents of taxation, and private charities could certainly use the money.

If you vote, then I consider that to be direct evidence of your consent to be governed, and the U.S. system of government isn’t a democracy, and, therefore, you don’t get to vote on every issue, but instead, you elect representatives who vote on your behalf, and if they vote to levy a direct tax on you, then you are consenting to it, unless you subsequently produce strong evidence against it and stop voting for would-be representatives.

The basic question is, what are you really doing to buck the system you purport to be against if you truly regard taxation as theft? There aren’t many who say taxation is theft and really do something about it, and hence my designation of them as the “taxation as theft” blowhards.

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You aren't a person -- you have a person

Have you ever heard anyone say that you don’t have to pay personal income taxes in the U.S., or that you can “drive” without a license?

If so, were those ideas discounted with typical tactics employed by those who intend for you to not do your own investigation?

If not, it’s because these matters are actively discounted and suppressed by the mass media, and, ironically, by many influential members of the liberty movement.

At the start of the first segment of the August 18, 2010 episode of The Divided Kingdom, the co-host stated:

There is one element of the patriot movement that we don’t care for. That element seems to want to get people into trouble, with the IRS, or, get them to, get bizarre, what can I say, cop-outs from the system, that maybe aren’t going to be looked at, well, in other words, instead of a driver’s license, some other kind of a pass, a passport — all kinds of different things.

And from that same area of the patriot movement, we always get a condemnation of the Social Security.

By “that element,” does she mean the one that accurately states that:

  • You don’t need a driver’s license to lawfully travel by car. (Note, I said “travel” and “car,” not “drive” and “vehicle”).
  • Statute isn’t law, and you can go through a process in all common law jurisdictions to be exempt from all statutes.
  • You aren’t a person — you have a person.
  • In my estimation, makes a strong case that the personal income tax on U.S. citizens is unlawful.
  • Social Security is unlawful, as a consequence of being unconstitutional.

For more details, go to thinkfree.ca and watch some great free videos that woke me up to some of these intentionally suppressed facts and their eye-opening consequences.

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