National Stockholm Syndrome Day

Need a tax expert? I ask because National Stockholm Syndrome Day is almost upon us. All across the nation the American people are paying their federal masters not only with money but with time and worry. Meanwhile the tax reporting preparation pimps are hawking their wares like toy merchants in November. They know the time is coming for their wallets to grow fat upon the desperation of the quiety fearful tax cows.

Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Ser...
Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Service. The design is the same as the Treasury seal with an IRS inscription.

Only a few anti-state nutters –like the staff and readers of TDV– see the federal guns pointed at us all as the IRS rifles through our pockets, accounts and mattresses for our “fair share” to Uncle Sam. The majority of tax cows, however, like to pretend that they are voluntarily and eagerly paying their taxes…that they are paying for the good things in their lives that the market simply wouldn’t provide. After all, without government to steal from us, who would educated the kids, build the roads, make sure the food and water are safe, or defend them from invading armies? Right?

It simply amazes me that people can see the market providing all the other things they want…but when it comes to certain things they want –clean water, education, transportation– they assume that no one will step up and provide those things in the absence of an armed gang. They certainly can’t imagine that the market would do any of those services better, even though it absolutely would. They are also imagining that the government is giving them what they want with the services it does provide, which isn’t even close to true…

Education? It’s actually nothing more than indoctrination and mass produciton of drone workers and soldiers. Roads? Ha! An ancient, inefficient system that diverts money from developing even better systems. Lord knows how much better our cities and suburbs would be laid out and what sci-fi hover car and bike fantasy we might be living in right now if it weren’t for the government stealing our money to keep ploughing into into the stone age technology of roads.

Then there are the courts and police that first become so inefficient and then so corrupt. People are kidnapped and caged for non-crimes while most real crimes go unremunerated. And need we mention the national “defense” that has grown into a textbook imperial global offense the likes of which the world has never seen?

But like hostages who’ve spent years under the care of their abusive kidnappers, Americans have come to identify with their kidnappers. In order to keep living, instead of feeling and exhibiting resentment that might bring more abuse, Americans have taught themselves to empathize with those who use them as bargaining chips and who are willing to shoot them dead if they resist too much.

They watch the cheery tax preparation commercials as if they were the most normal thing in the world. As if they were commercials for oil changes or lawn care. As if tax preparation weren’t token protection from the threats and larceny of those in control of the prisons, judges, cops and armies.

It’s no accident that the tax code is so hopelessly complicated, so rife with opportunities to report something incorrectly. It keeps the sheep afraid, hoping that they don’t attract the wrath of the IRS. That’s why we crypto-anarchists and voluntaryists are so happy to see Bitcoin emerging as a credible way to perform transactions. As of right now, Bitcoin is extremely private. It keeps financial activity outside the scope of the state.

Of course, the feds really don’t like this whole decentralized, private currency and exchange thing. Eventually there will come laws and penalties aplenty to dissuade the use of Bitcoin. But Bitcoin is probably only the start. And it’s a good one. But others like it will come. Technology is making it harder for the antiquated notion of the state and its pet banks to keep its grip on the minds and money of its victims. The whole bad idea of centralized coercion and monitoring is starting to fade like a horrible dream upon waking. Let’s just hope there aren’t too many casualities along the way.


Gary Gibson Editor, The Dollar Vigilante

About Land & Livestock Interntional, Inc.

Land and Livestock International, Inc. is a leading agribusiness management firm providing a complete line of services to the range livestock industry. We believe that private property is the foundation of America. Private property and free markets go hand in hand—without property there is no freedom. We also believe that free markets, not government intervention, hold the key to natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. No government bureaucrat can (or will) understand and treat the land with as much respect as its owner. The bureaucrat simply does not have the same motives as does the owner of a capital interest in the property. Our specialty is the working livestock ranch simply because there are so many very good reasons for owning such a property. We provide educational, management and consulting services with a focus on ecologically and financially sustainable land management that will enhance natural processes (water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics) while enhancing profits and steadily building wealth.
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