Taxation in American States and Cities

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CHAPTER II.
GENERAL PROPOSITIONS RESPECTING TAXES.

TAXES ARE NOT PAYMENTS IN EXCHANGE

IT is well to specify some things which taxes are not, in order to bring out more clearly what they really are, and first of all, I will elaborate further the idea of which mention has already been made, that taxes are not one part of an exchange of services.

This has been implied in the definition. They are one-sided transfers of goods or services, and are not mutual. The citizen pays because he is a citizen, and it is his duty as a citizen to do so. It is one of the consequences which flow from the fact that he is a member of organized society. Man, as a human being, owes services to his fellows, and one of the first of these is to support government, which makes civilization possible. Only an anarchist can take any other view. To the ordinary man it appears right that he should be called upon to give not only his property for the promotion of common interests, but even his life, if need be. He asks only that it shall be by some common rule. While the citizen and all human beings derive benefits from the existence of government, these benefits come to them as citizens and as human beings. A failure to pay taxes never works a forfeiture of the common rights of citizens, and the pauper who receives from the community instead of paying to it, has inalienable rights as well as the millionnaire, and under certain circumstances all

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