As the IRS scandal continues to develop, it highlights a deeper and more fundamental injustice in our social order, an ongoing First Amendment crisis fostered by the intersection of tax policy, campaign finance regulation, and civil rights law. Any response to this most recent episode which does not address the root systematic injustice will be incomplete, inadequate, and morally inexcusable.
As philosopher/novelist Ayn Rand observed long ago:
"The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible.
"Just as man can’t exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one’s rights into reality—to think, to work and to keep the results—which means: the right of property."
Once the government gains control over your property, whether by a complex, arbitrary form of taxation or regulation, it can coerce you in a thousand different ways.
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