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Force or Persuasion?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on August 5th, 2007

I wrote a post on June 20, 2007 suggesting that often political advocates, after failing to persuade their fellow citizens of their point of view, use the government to force that point of view upon the rest of us. Government then uses force and forgets about persuasion altogether.

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John Stossel makes the point in his recent article, “Live and Let Live” on the ABC News website.

“Is it really necessary to explain that government is force? When the Salvation Army asks you for a donation, you are free to say no, and you suffer no consequences. When the U.S. government demands a tax return and a check on April 15, you can’t say no and go about your business. You comply or face fines or imprisonment. Yes, you get to vote for candidates periodically. But having an infinitesimal say in who will coerce you doesn’t change that fact that they are using force.”

What’s your take?

One Response to “Force or Persuasion?”

  1. Jason K. Says:

    Well, let me say this, I challenge anyone here to find a law that makes the avg. American worker(who provides labor for a company) to pay a federal income tax. Fact is, there is no law but the government uses force to enforce it and will imprison you for not filing. The Federal Reserve(secret, at least not published group of major banks in America) which is no more federal than Federal Express or Federal ammunition lends our government money, which they make out of thin air(therefore killing the value of the dollar) and then the treasury’s computers show x amount of dollars. And we the people pay all the interest. Why we gave a private corporation the power to make and distribute our money is beyond me, but it will be the downfall of our monetary system, mark my words. C’mon congress, do your job and at the very least, monitor them or better yet abolish them and let our government make the money…why would we(the American people) pay all that interest to banks when we can make it ourselves…the wealthy bankers control American policy believe it or not…it’s sad…this all came to be in 1913 when the Federal Reserve act was passed…America has never been the same…

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