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My finding of this statute allowing for recovery of the payment of property taxes in Washington State under protest of duress is in response to a commenter laughably claiming that purported anarchist, Lew Rockwell, seeking a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for the Mises Institute wasn’t a voluntary agreement.

Here’s what a real anarchist would do if he/she chooses to pay taxes, and that’s pay under protest of duress, as I suggested in my response to his comment.

From the Washington State Department of Revenue’s document, Paying your Property Taxes Under Protest:

To preserve your right to seek a court ordered refund, you must submit a separate written statement to the county treasurer at the time you pay the tax stating (1) you are paying the tax or a portion of the tax under protest and (2) all of the reasons why you believe the tax paid is unlawful or excessive.

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Walter WilliamsAustrian School supporter Walter Williams, writing for LewRockwell.com, equated defaulting on one’s debt to theft in his July 31, 2012 article, How Times Have Changed (emphasis mine).

Years ago, spending beyond one’s means was considered a character defect. Today not only do people spend beyond their means but also there are companies that advertise on radio and TV to eliminate or reduce your credit card and mortgage debt. Students saddled with college loans have called for student loan forgiveness. Yesterday’s Americans would have viewed it as morally corrupt and reprehensible to accumulate debt and then seek to avoid paying it. It’s nothing less than theft. What’s worse is there’s little condemnation of it by the rest of us.

We can see a pattern, with fellow Austrian School supporter Gary North calling for a fool’s gold free market standard, whereby the government that he says lies, cheats and steals would enforce contracts, yet it is expected to get completely out of money-issuing, which even globalist David Rothkopf says is a fundamental right of states. Specifically, states have the ability to issue money debt and interest-free, which is the real reason governments are targeted by private central bankers and Austrian School devotees, alike.

I also caught North deliberately omitting the fact that United States Notes are interest-free, and giving the false impression that they are no longer valid.

For Williams to specifically focus on student loan debt is revealing, since it is the very fact that large international banks — like those that Daily Bell founder, Anthony Wile, admitted to consulting for — which are largely responsible for lobbying U.S. and Canadian governments to make it impossible to wipe out your student loans in a bankruptcy. Big corporations, on the other hand, including banks, have no such constraint.

Is it any wonder, then, that fellow Austrian School supporter, Tom Woods, posed the question in an article, Are We Austrians Shills for the Bankers?

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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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