What the state does

While reading Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard, one point leaps off the page at me where Rothbard speaks to the oppressiveness of the state with its acquisition of others’ resources. The political means Rothbard refers to is the state’s means for securing (siphons production) resources to support itself given its ability to forcibly, under the threat of imprisonment for noncompliance, tax peoples’ production.

“The “political means” siphons production off to a parasitic and destructive individual or group; and this siphoning not only subtracts from the number producing, but also lowers the producer’s incentive to produce beyond his own subsistence”.1

While it is possible to write volumes on the injustice of this means of wealth confiscation and its immoral nature, understanding its power holds the key to the method of stopping or slowing the state’s growth.  Simply put, all citizens should work towards eliminating or at least diminishing, the taxation of income (personal production).

1. Rothbard, Murray N., and Murray N. Rothbard. Anatomy of the state. Auburn, Ala.: Ludwig Von Mises Institute, 2009. Print


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