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Armed Robbery or Death by Exclusion?

Wnope
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1/2/2013 12:41:23 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
There is a common analogy given to taxation of an armed robbery. I'd like to offer what I consider to be a much more appropriate analogue to the ethical implications of government taxation:

You are in the desert dying of heat stroke. The only object in walking distance is a tent with a man in it.

You ask the man to enter, but he will only allow you in if you give him all the money in your wallet. If you decline the offer, you're on your own and will die of heat stroke.

Is the man acting unethically?
Maikuru
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1/2/2013 1:04:16 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Why is it analogous to say one of the men is dying? Wouldn't it be sufficient to say one man man has resources the other would like to have?

Anyway, this reminds me of the little game inside the book The Pigman. Anyone ever read that in school? I think I'll start a thread about it.
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Wnope
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1/2/2013 1:51:41 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/2/2013 1:04:16 AM, Maikuru wrote:
Why is it analogous to say one of the men is dying? Wouldn't it be sufficient to say one man man has resources the other would like to have?

Anyway, this reminds me of the little game inside the book The Pigman. Anyone ever read that in school? I think I'll start a thread about it.

I do it because the armed robbery example involves life or death.
Khaos_Mage
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1/2/2013 1:56:01 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/2/2013 1:51:41 AM, Wnope wrote:
At 1/2/2013 1:04:16 AM, Maikuru wrote:
Why is it analogous to say one of the men is dying? Wouldn't it be sufficient to say one man man has resources the other would like to have?

Anyway, this reminds me of the little game inside the book The Pigman. Anyone ever read that in school? I think I'll start a thread about it.

I do it because the armed robbery example involves life or death.

I think the armed robber represents force, not death. The arming of the robber makes it simple to see the unbalance of strength.
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socialpinko
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1/2/2013 10:36:57 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
So the presumption is that without taxation by the State we would all die? Pretty sure that's not true.
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