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vbaculum
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3/14/2014 5:08:34 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
If a government were to make the payment of taxes optional, and the governed largely chose not to pay taxes anymore, would that imply that the government was not legitimate to begin with.
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Raisor
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3/14/2014 10:34:18 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/14/2014 5:08:34 PM, vbaculum wrote:
If a government were to make the payment of taxes optional, and the governed largely chose not to pay taxes anymore, would that imply that the government was not legitimate to begin with.

No.
Ipsofacto
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3/14/2014 10:37:36 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/14/2014 5:08:34 PM, vbaculum wrote:
If a government were to make the payment of taxes optional, and the governed largely chose not to pay taxes anymore, would that imply that the government was not legitimate to begin with.

Not sure where we are going with this?

Nozick? Locke?

The essential functions of governance?
Raisor
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3/14/2014 10:43:13 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/14/2014 10:37:36 PM, Ipsofacto wrote:
At 3/14/2014 5:08:34 PM, vbaculum wrote:
If a government were to make the payment of taxes optional, and the governed largely chose not to pay taxes anymore, would that imply that the government was not legitimate to begin with.

Not sure where we are going with this?

Nozick? Locke?

The essential functions of governance?

Even Nozick would say no.
Ipsofacto
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3/14/2014 10:45:56 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/14/2014 10:43:13 PM, Raisor wrote:
At 3/14/2014 10:37:36 PM, Ipsofacto wrote:
At 3/14/2014 5:08:34 PM, vbaculum wrote:
If a government were to make the payment of taxes optional, and the governed largely chose not to pay taxes anymore, would that imply that the government was not legitimate to begin with.

Not sure where we are going with this?

Nozick? Locke?

The essential functions of governance?

Even Nozick would say no.

That's what I'm thinking. I am unclear if the supressed thesis is how limited, a limited state may be.