Saturday, March 17, 2012

Wronging a Right

The Indiana legislature is in the process of passing a bill that would give homeowners the right to defend their homes and persons against illegal entry by the police, in some circumstances.

This is in response to the Indiana Supreme Court ruling last year (stories here, here, and here) that homeowners and others have no right of such defense. The bottom line from the ruling is this statement from the Court:
"We hold that there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers."

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The No-Tax Men: Uncivilized

Laurence M. Vance, mentioned in the first part of this article, is a no-tax man. In article after article, he states variations of, "Tax is theft." Here's just a few cases:

  • "The twin truths that taxation is theft (no matter how the money is collected) [...]" The Fraudulent Tax
  • "[...] the FairTax is a fraud because it is based on the fallacy that government theft (taxation) [...]" The Fair Tax Fraud
  • "There should be no income tax. Taxation is theft on a grand scale, [...]" Cut the Tax Cuts
  • "Libertarians oppose the taxing of corporations for the same reason they oppose the taxing of individuals: taxation is theft." Is GE Paying Its Fair Share?
  • "'There can be no such thing as 'fairness in taxation.' Taxation is nothing but organized theft, and the concept of a 'fair tax' is therefore every bit as absurd as that of 'fair theft.'" " Can a Tax Be 'Fair'?

After these, it should be pretty clear that he believes that taxation itself is a crime. So if our society requires cooperation in the paying of taxes, and if it must enforce that cooperation, then his statements make it clear that he will cooperate only "with a gun held to his head".