Today I am going to show a passage from the book “The Problems With Socialism” by Thomas DiLorenzo and my problems with it.
When talking about income tax overall, not even specifically a progressive tax, DiLorenzo mentions, “When the government decides what percentage of your income you keep, your income, which is your property, has been socialized; and if you don’t agree with ‘the needs of government,’ you can face a long prison sentence” (128).
I have so many issues with this passage.
First off, for any income tax, the income taken out for taxes is inherently not yours. You never receive the money because it is taken out of a paycheck before you receive it, so how is it your property if you knowingly will never receive it? But no, according to DiLorenzo it is socializing America to have income taxes– which makes no sense. No government could run efficiently without an income tax: it is part of living in any country, not exclusively a socialist one. It does not matter how “capitalist” a country is: to have a country even running in the first place, taxes are necessary.
Secondly, it is oddly unpatriotic coming from a conservative standpoint to not “agree with the needs of government”.To not want to pay income taxes is intrinsically unpatriotic, let alone question the fact that taxes are a basic civil duty rather than a burden on your imagined property. This is hypocritical to not want to fulfill a citizen’s duty (in any country), yet claim conservatism is the real, patriotic, American value.