By: Benjamin Bussiere
The income tax is the most degrading, demoralizing, and totalitarian systems of taxation. The implementation of the income tax asserts that the government owns a percentage of the labor and livelihoods of each citizen within the United States. Furthermore, the progressive income tax is the second plank in the Communist Manifesto. The centralization of government and growth of the Federal Leviathan is subjugating the individual to servitude.
The progressive tax system was pivotal to the arguments of Marx and Engel in The Communist Manifesto. They argue for a progressive income tax ““to wrest, by degrees, all capital from the bourgeois, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state.” While the ideals of communism have not prevailed in American society the principles of socialism have prevailed in the Democratic Party. These ideals are in direct contrast with those of our founding.
John Locke is notable for stating “Man being born, as has been proved, with a title to perfect freedom, and an uncontrolled enjoyment of all the rights and privileges of the law of nature, equally with any other man, or number of men in the world, hath by nature a power, not only to preserve his property, that is, his life, liberty and estate, against the injuries and attempts of other men (and government). – Second treatise on Government
The role of government should be the preservation of private property, not the extraction of it. The United States government denies you the right to the value of your labor and claims a proportion of it as their own. When the government claims a portion of your income they are essentially saying “your labor or income are not your own and we own a portion of it, and we will allow you to keep some of it, because we understand your needs not your right to it.” The 16th Amendment must be repealed to restore power back to we the people in appropriation of our income and property.
The 16th Amendment puts no limit on the level of extraction that government can derive from the individual’s labor. This amendment allows the government to take everything that the individual earns, subjugating him entirely to the state. The 16th amendment establishes that government is solely the master and citizens are simply subjects with no inalienable rights to their private property.
The United States could exist without a federal income tax system and it did before the year of 1913. The federal income tax raises about thirty-three percent of tax revenues within the United States. If we were to reduce our levels of government spending to levels in the 1990s we would not have to replace the progressive income tax with an additional or increased tax rate.
Abolishing the federal income tax would put more money into the pockets of our citizenry. The current tax system leaves individuals with less capital for housing, food, school, investment, savings, and luxury goods. This tax puts more capital in the hands of government, allowing them to make the purchasing decisions rather than the individual engaging in the free market system. The increase in savings will be used for investment by the entrepreneurial and additional consumption spending will boost economic growth.
The American citizenry would no longer have to navigate themselves through an increasingly bureaucratic and complex income tax system. In America, Tax Day is one of the most stressful of the year, and abolishing income taxes will diminish this stress and make our lives easier. It will give us the liberty to dedicate our time to things such as spending time with family.
Our limited resources would be put into the hands of the individual rather than the state. We live in a world of scarcity, in which the resources provided are limited in nature. An increase on our income leads to greater capital in the hands of the state rather than in the hands of the individual and private business. The income tax extracts billions out of the private economy and penalizes the productivity of work.
The abolition of the income tax would diminish social engineering in the United States. The income tax is used to shift our society in a certain direction using certain advantageous rules. For example, individuals can receive tax credits for investment in solar energy which incentivizes individuals to shift capital to alternative sources of energy.
If the 16th Amendment is to remain, we will continue down the road to serfdom. The right of our citizenry to their private property is under assault. The revolutionary ideals that formed are nation are under assault as well, and I am not willing to give up on the principles of freedom.
Frederich Hayek stated “the system of private property is the most important guarantee of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not.”
If we are to preserve the ideals of freedom we must abolish the 16th amendment.