Tax Nuts

Question: Why is it that whenever you hear of a modern-day tax protester who is willing to die/go to jail/be otherwise horribly punished for publicly refusing to fork one over to Caesar, it's never for the principled libertarian (not to mention quite reasonable and obvious) notion that taxation is theft, but because of a belief in some wacky conspiracy that no such law actually exists that requires people to pay income taxes (or that the law was improperly ratified)?

Is it because only someone wacky enough to believe in conspiracy theories in the first place would be willing to go through the trouble of fighting the government mano a mano? And would these same protesters gladly pay the taxman his due if they could be convinced that the tax laws are in fact legitimate? (Legitimate in the legally ratified sense, if not the moral sense.) Which seems kind of silly if true: an immoral law gets me a lot more riled up than a moral albeit improperly ratified one.

And now I have that Stevie Ray Vaughan song stuck in my head.

Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
'Cause I'm the taxman
Yeah, I'm the taxman
Should five percent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
'Cause I'm the taxman
Yeah, I'm the taxman
If you drive a car, I'll tax the street
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat
If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat
If you try to walk, I'll tax your feet
Don't ask me what I want it for
If you don't want to pay some more
'Cause I'm the taxman
Yeah, I'm the taxman
Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
'Cause I'm the taxman
Yeah, I'm the taxman

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