I’m disappointed that the law didn’t pass. However, it was encouraging! 25% of the people voted for greater freedom!
A pro-State troll says “75% of the people voted for the property tax! Therefore, the property tax is a valid law!” The majority does not have the right to steal from the minority. Why should those 75% be allowed to steal from the 25%, via property taxes?
As an individual, you do not have the right to steal my home. Therefore, you cannot authorize the government to tax/steal my home. Voting does not legitimize taxes, because you can’t delegate a right that you don’t have.
The most evil taxes are the income tax, the inflation tax, the property tax, and the regulation compliance tax. Via the income tax, the State steals a huge chunk of your labor. Via the inflation tax, the State steals your savings. Via property tax, the State steals your home, at a rate of a couple percent per year. The cost of regulation compliance is added to the bill whenever you buy something. Regulations make it hard for a new small business to compete with an established large corporation.
Some people argue about which tax is most evil. All taxation is theft, no matter how it is collected or how big the tax is.
The property tax is evil, because you never really own your land or home. All property is owned by the State. Via property taxes, all Americans are homeless slaves, living on property owned by their masters.
Via the property tax, you only own a perpetual transferable lease. Your landlord, the State, can arbitrarily raise the rent/tax at any time. As the voting outcome in North Dakota shows, voting does not prevent State thugs from increasing the tax/tribute.
People’s savings and salaries don’t keep pace with true inflation. Property taxes do keep pace with true inflation, as State parasites demand an increasing slice of a shrinking pie. The property tax forces retired people out of their homes, as the tax rises and their savings shrink.
In some parts of the country, the housing bust was really bad. In some areas, the annual property tax due is greater than the value of the house! In that case, there’s no reason to pay; abandon your home when the tax foreclosure occurs. Under normal circumstances, property tax is only 1%-3% per year, so you don’t notice that the State is gradually stealing your home. If there were no property tax, home values would be much higher; the tax is a drag on housing prices.
That’s why I advise physical gold and silver over real estate as an investment. With real estate, you can be robbed via increasing property taxes.
The property tax makes subsistence farming not viable. Suppose you have a farm that produces just enough food to feed yourself and your family. That isn’t good enough, because you also must pay property tax. Either you need surplus food to sell, or take a wage slave job to earn money to pay the property tax. The property tax forces you to participate in the State economy, earning money to pay the property tax. Once in the State economy, you’re subjected to the income tax and inflation tax, further enhancing the ability for the State to rob you.
If the law did pass, “Move to North Dakota!” would be a serious option for a hardcore anarchist. If North Dakota had no property tax, a hardcore agorist in North Dakota could pay practically zero taxes! Allegedly, in New Hampshire and the Free State Project, many people are avoiding the income tax and inflation tax, but they still bend over and pay property tax.
The only way to raise money to pay property tax, is to sell goods and services to members of the State economy. With a system of corrupt debt-based money, new money is only created by banks. The property tax makes all slaves dependent on banksters, so they can get State money to pay the property tax.
The property tax also is regressive. Middle class and wealthier people tend to own a single-family home. Poorer people tend to rent. In NYC and most states, the property tax rate for apartments is greater than the property tax rate for single-family homes! The renters don’t know the true property tax cost, because it’s merely added to their rent.
In California, there’s a ballot law that limits property taxes and other tax hikes. There also are California ballot laws that require money be spent on certain things, leading to California being a mess.
There was an amusing bit. State employee unions lobbied against the property tax repeal! It is unfair that a State employee, dependent on taxes for his salary, can vote against a tax decrease or lobby against a tax decrease. That isn’t democracy. That’s corruption.
It is almost impossible to shrink the State by voting. People dependent on the State will always vote against or lobby against shrinking government.
Paradoxically, wealthy people and insiders like high taxes, because they’re negative taxpayers. It’s no hardship to pay $500M in taxes when you receive a State perk worth $1B+. Besides, the super-wealthy have many trusts and tricks, to avoid taxes. Taxes make it hard for successful small business owners to bootstrap with reinvested earnings and compete with insiders. Taxes make it hard for me to save and start a business. Warren Buffet likes high estate taxes, because heirs of successful small business owners are forced to sell to him to pay the estate tax.
That answers the question “Who really owns your home?” Via property taxes, you don’t own your home, the State owns it. More precisely, your home is owned by politicians, State employees, and other parasites who earn a living leeching off the government. Your home is actually collectively owned by State parasites. They provide you with the illusion that you own it, as long as you keep paying the tax/tribute.
A pro-State troll might say “Wait a minute! The teacher also pays property taxes!” If would be logically equivalent to say that the teacher owed no property tax, but the salary was reduced by an equivalent amount. State employees actually pay zero taxes. That’s just an illusion. Instead, their salaries could be reduced by the tax paid, and it would be logically equivalent.
Similarly, a bankster pays zero taxes. He receives direct and indirect State subsidies, but then pays a tax of part of the stolen money. If you steal $2B and pay back $1B, that’s logically equivalent to stealing $1B.
All taxation is theft. The property tax is evil. The property tax reduces American workers to homeless slaves, renting their home from their masters.