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Quotations about Liberty and Power Taxation

Adam Smith on the need for “peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice” (1755) Adam Smith 2013-05-06
Jefferson on Taxes and the General Welfare (1791) Thomas Jefferson 2012-07-30
Sven Forkbeard and new Yuletide Taxes (11thC) Snorre Sturlason 2011-12-18
Adam Smith on how governments learn from each other the best way of draining money from the pockets of the people (1776) Adam Smith 2011-11-14
Luke, Taxes, and the Birth of Jesus (85) Saint Luke 2011-05-01
Mises on the public sector as “tax eaters” who “feast” on the assets of the ordinary tax payer (1953) Ludwig von Mises 2011-04-10
Knox on how the people during wartime are cowered into submission and pay their taxes “without a murmur” (1795) Vicesimus Knox 2011-01-18
Lysander Spooner argues that according to the traditional English common law, taxation would not be upheld because no explicit consent was given by individuals to be taxed (1852) Lysander Spooner 2009-08-18
Thomas Paine responded to one of Burke’s critiques of the French Revolution by cynically arguing that wars are sometimes started in order to increase taxation (“the harvest of war”) (1791) Thomas Paine 2009-07-13
Adam Smith claims that exorbitant taxes imposed without consent of the governed constitute legitimate grounds for the people to resist their rulers (1763) Adam Smith 2008-08-11
Alexander Hamilton denounces the British for imposing “oppressive taxes” on the colonists which amount to tyranny, a form of slavery, and vassalage to the Empire (1774) Alexander Hamilton 2008-07-28
Jefferson tells Congress that since tax revenues are increasing faster than population then taxes on all manner of items can be “dispensed with” (i.e. abolished) (1801) Thomas Jefferson 2008-05-26
William Graham Sumner reminds us never to forget the “Forgotten Man”, the ordinary working man and woman who pays the taxes and suffers under government regulation (1883) William Graham Sumner 2007-03-14
Frank Chodorov argues that taxation is an act of coercion and if pushed to its logical limits will result in Socialism (1946) Frank Chodorov 2007-03-05
John C. Calhoun notes that taxation divides the community into two great antagonistic classes, those who pay the taxes and those who benefit from them (1850) John C. Calhoun 2005-11-28
David Ricardo considered taxation to be a “great evil” which hindered the accumulation of productive capital and reduced consumption (1817) David Ricardo 2005-07-11
Thomas Hodgskin noted in his journey through the northern German states that the burden of heavy taxation was no better than it had been under the conqueror Napoleon (1820) Thomas Hodgskin 2005-03-21
Thomas Jefferson boasts about having reduced the size of government and eliminated a number of “vexatious” taxes (1805) Thomas Jefferson 2005-01-24

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