That’s a Nice Economy You Have There. I’d Hate for Anything to Happen To It

On Reason.com, a little perspective on what taxes really are from Sheldon Richman (Ha! Get it? He’s a Richman, so he’s against taxes! Golly, wordplay is fun.): Far from some enlightened institution, taxation began when conquerors realized that formal and continuing appropriation of a subject population’s wealth was preferable to hit-and-run pillaging. For this to work, however, the rulers needed More …