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The Utopian Schemes Of Leveling

Posted by | August 8th, 2009

“The utopian schemes of leveling and a community of goods,  are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government unconstitutional.”

– Samuel Adams

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2 thoughts on “The Utopian Schemes Of Leveling

  1. Sean

    There are two ways to take someones property: legally, by giving its owner something of equal value, or illegally, by force or fraud. Our government likes the force option, though it is seldom used, as the threat of force is usually enough.

    Consider Eminent Domain:
    The Government can appropriate privately held property for its own use or for what it deems to be the public good. It must, in return, compensate the owner at fair market value. Well and good, but consider that once the deal is done, the former owner must pay taxes on the money that he has received for his property. The implication is that money is not property and that it can be seized without due process.

    You will notice that I did not differentiate between federal, state, and local governments – I see no more point in doing so than in differentiating thieves who have stolen my property. The crime is the same regardless of who the perpetrator is.

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  2. markross Post author

    Yes, that is under The 5th Amendment:

    "…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

    As if The 16th Amendment wasn't bad enough, you raise a great point: the government gives a person money for property that they have likely paid for over many years, or have paid off; then, they hit you for taxes on the money they have given you, as if it were income. In my mind, taxing income is not only ludicrous, but it is downright immoral, and should be made unconstitutional; as it once was in The United States.

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