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The Only Welfare Program Necessary: Silverwolf’s Destitution Camps

July 6, 2013

In a recent post of Silverwolf, he posited the seeming dilemma between Free-Market Libertarian Capitalism, which would have no government welfare, having it handled solely by charities, but in a society that was so generally wealthy and sulf-sufficient that few had to go to charity organizations, — this Capitalism as contrasted with Socialism, where those Individuals who had and earned capital would have it taken by force by a group or gang, acting through the government, to spend it on what the gang considered welfare programs. One  philosophy might lead to a man or child starving to death on the street (and did before the 19th century Industrial Revolution in the West, and modern times in India), though it guarantees in theory that no violence will be done to anyone without government coming to his aid and prosecuting the perpetrators, including government perpetrators. This is the Jeffersonian-Libertarian philosophy of the America of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The other Ideology, that of the Socialist, whether Democratic or Totalitarian, leads to a society where violence is permissible against the Individual (i.e. taxation and the threat of jail or bankruptcy if non-compliant with that taxation, i.e. coercion, which ultimately boils down, as Mao pointed out, to the barrel of a gun. ) Socialists permit violence against property in the name of promoting a just, peaceful society. That is a contradiction they not only don’t want to answer, but even gleefully endorse: Damn right we’re going to loot the rich to feed our poor brethren. Violence is what the rich deserve!

So between the “callous indifference” of those who refuse to commit violence unless attacked, and the “brotherly love” of those who would commit violence against others at gunpoint, there seems to be no meeting of the twain.

Silverwolf’s solution would be to follow the Free-Market Capitalist, Jeffersonian-Libertarian, Philosophy while maintaining, at least in a long interim of say ten years, a series of government-administered “Destitution Camps” across America.

These camps would provide succor to any American Citizen who found themselves completely broke, totally skint, down to the last nickel. Here, in these camps, they would find nutritious vegan food — whole grains, beans, fresh vegetables and fruits — without anything deleterious to the health being added to it (for example, salt), a basic change of clothing, and cot space or bunk space in a tent or barracks-building, etc. These would provide the basics of food, clothing, shelter, and sanitation. Inhabitants could choose to work off the cost of their keep by working at something useful in the camp, thus saving the government the cost of hiring workers to do these essential chores, and thus sparing the inhabitant from the dependent feeling that he was getting something for nothing. Depending on the current level of government debt (i.e. was it shrinking or growing, and at what pace?) there might even be an opportunity for people to work for profit on useful government infrastructure improvements and safety, for example, clearing roadside vegetation by hand instead of with pesticides in fire-prone rural-residential areas. This work might accrue them $10/day in savings, and when the person had accrued $3,000 or so, they would be ejected from the destitution camp, since they now had a few months living expenses in the outside world, and could try to make their own way. However, no inhabitant would be forced to work, although we can well imagine the effect on his social interaction with his chums if all nine of them went off to work to help keep up the camp, and he just sat around all day examining his navel (not so easy to do, try it).

Remember too that in our Libertarian-Capitalist society, business permits would be outlawed, and anyone could set up a vendor’s stall in publicly allotted market places, or on private property in contract with the owner. Vending would become a widespread occupation for many, and provide them with a living, but of course it is currently banned across the length and breadth of so-called Capitalist America, in her grandscale hypocrisy.

So vending and the elimination of all minimum wage laws would mean that many who would now have to resort to these camps under our current Fascistic mamma-Socialistic society, could find their way to self-sufficiency under a Libertarian-Capitalist society through vending and odd-jobbing.

But how would you fund these camps, Silverwolf? Aren’t you just back in the coercion camp of extracting taxes for what you, Silverwolf, arrogantly project as your own marvellous vision of the perfect society?

Well, not quite, because there would be no coercion involved in this taxation scheme, at least, no coercion of those who refuse to collaborate with coercion, and coercion of the deadliest kind.

Firstly, Silverwolf would ask for a “voluntary tax” to fund these camps. Since Americans under a Silverwolf government would be paying no income tax at all, and no social security or medicare deductions either if they had opted out of these programs, as they would have the Right to do under a Libertarian government, — because of these facts alone they would be far richer, and might feel or believe that they should give to this government destitution fund a small portion of what they used to be forced to pay for welfare costs under the old income tax, back in the wicked old days under the Democrats and Republicans. Hindu’s would no longer be robbed and have their religious principles desecrated by the Socialists in forcing them to pay for meat for the obese under the food stamp program. Muslims and Jews would no longer have to provide food stamps to be spent on dead pigs, nor would Atheists or Vegetarians be forced to pay for Hallal or Kosher meat. And Socialists could fulfill their dream of giving their neighbors something for nothing, just because they exist as human beings. Given the number of people in the Democratic Party and other parties, and in the major organized religions, that espouse their love for their fellow Americans and their belief in brotherly love, you’d expect that the coffers to fund these Destitution Camps would be overflowing.

But say the “voluntary tax” brought in nothing because the people had grown completely callous and stingy, and, even with no income tax, they still wouln’t contribute a red cent to Silverwolf’s pie-in-the-sky Destitution Camps, or contributed in such short measure so that the camps got some donations, but not enough to prevent them “slipping into the Red” as the Communists say? Then what, Silverwolf?

Then Silverwolf would propose to Congress a 1% excise tax on imports from countries that did not substantially comply with the Classical Liberal principles of Jefferson found in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, or with regimes that did have such constitutions but were generally conceded not to protect the rights those constitutions guaranteed. In other words, the world’s dictatorships, totalitarian regimes, or regimes that had wide-spread human rights abuses without any legal retribution taken against the perpetrators, especially government perpetrators.

Also regimes that treated certain animals in certain cruel and inhumane ways.

So, for example, Red Chinese imports would get “hit” with a 1% excise tax that the consumer would pay when he purchased the product, mainly because of its massive Human Rights Crimes, but also for crimes against animals, like dogs, cats and bears. Japan would get it for their whale hunting, but not for any human rights abuses. Western Democracies would be exempted, except for Canada, due to its clubbing and live-skinning of baby seal pups in front of their mothers. Short that Cannuck Buck!

The excise tax would also apply to countries, like South Korea, that ate dogs, and let them be treated and murdered in the most bestial and sadistic manner.

And since Red China and Seal-clubbing Socialist Canada are the U.S.A.’s two-largest trading partners, Silverwolf’s anti-Fascist excise tax on products from these two putrid countries would easily fund these Destitution Camps.

People who did not want to pay the excise tax could avoid it by buying the same product that was made in Red China or Canada, from Taiwan or Lichtenstein instead, so there would be no coercion involved in the paying of the tax. The only infringement is on that of the consumer who was willing to collaborate with these murdering, torturing regimes by buying their products. The Moral Libertarian will not be dirtying his hands with the blood of Chinese dissidents or Labradorian seal pups, when he buys his baseball cap made in the Netherlands instead of Sinjiang, or his condoms made in the Falklands instead of Alberta ( the recent floods prove that those made in Calgary leak).

Anyway, Silverwolf believes his Destitution Camp scheme would be the only welfare program necessary in America, except for a few possible programs like care of orphans or those in iron lungs, or those suffering from severe dementia, although in our envisioned prosperous Free-Market society, such programs would almost certainly be funded and run effectively by private charities, nurtured by the largesse of wealthy Individuals.

Silverwolf’s Destitution Camps: the only welfare program necessary in America.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

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Ron Paul and Thomas Jefferson vs. The Income Tax

September 25, 2011

O.K. class. Time for a pop quiz. Who said the following, Ron Paul or Thomas Jefferson?: “…, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one more thing, fellow citizens — a wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”

If you said Ron Paul, you were wrong, though the passage could well have been taken from one of his speeches. (The quote was taken from Jefferson’s first inaugural speech, March 4th, 1801.)  But the speech nutshellwisely illustrates the essence of their common political philosophies.

Most telling in Jefferson’s pocket edition formula for good, and American, government is the phrase, “and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread that it has earned”. In other words, the income tax is illegal under Jefferson’s conception of good government. And the only presidential candidate we currently hear calling for the abolition of that illegal income tax is Congressman Ron Paul. Therefore, a vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Thomas Jefferson, for the abolition of the income tax, and for his conception of government.

There are many problems and issues in discussing the taxation necessary for the running of the minimal functions that a Jeffersonian “Minarchist”, or believer in minimal government, would think are the few necessary. Some have called them “unavoidable collectivist necessities”, such as running the military, the contract fraud and violent criminal courts, with the ancillary jails and police, and some mechanism to teach reading to the public (since you couldn’t read the Constitution and the laws if you were illiterate), though this could easily be accomplished over the internet or in local community workshops instead of building the whole giant edifice of the public school bureaucracies, which hoover up taxpayer dollars for themselves and their employees, while leaving the students stunned with boredom and lacking the real education they need to survive in the brutal jungle of modern-day America.

One of the main taxation problems is “Which tax?” Some argue for this or that tax, an income tax but no sales tax, a sales tax but no income tax, a melange of the two, taxing only land, a graduated income tax, a flat income tax, etc. They all have advantages and disadvantages, and perhaps the most important point, at least in the “democratic” taxes, or those that affect all citizens like a sales tax or consumption tax, vs., say, a land tax that hits only landowners in society, — the most important point is the level at which the tax is set. An income tax of 1% would be much better, though less fair,than a sales tax of 15%, and a graduated income tax that went in a range of 1% to 3%, would be much better, though less fair, than a flat income tax of 25%.

It is clear from Jefferson’s phrase “and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread that it has earned”, that it prohibits the income tax, though some in the constitutional law community have postulated that it merely prohibits government agents from breaking into your house while you’re munching a sandwich, and ripping it from your mouth, assuming of course that you are a laborer. Apparently those who did not work, under this conception of the law, could legally have their sandwiches ripped from their mouths, not only within the sanctity of their domiciles, but even in public places like Zuma Beach or on top of Mt. St. Helens.

However, Silverwolf does not accept this latter interpretation of the so-called “Sandwich Munchers” School of Constitutional Law. No, he feels Jefferson’s phrase clearly and simply outlaws any kind of income tax. One of the main priniciples of Natural Rights Law, whose validity was accepted in Jefferson’s day as much as we now accept as valid that the Earth is round, was that Individuals were entitled to the fruits of their labor. This is a principle which Ron Paul has repeated, again and again, over the many years he has campaigned for the Presidency.

 The income tax is unconstitutional not only because it violates Natural Rights Law, but also because it is so intrusive into our private lives that it also violates the Right to Privacy, another pivotal conception in the American Constitution. What Individual citizens do with their money should be no concern of the government as long as they don’t violate the Libertarian Non-Aggression Principle that no man or group of men may aggress against the property rights of any other man, including his physical person. So the income tax is extremely dangerous as being conducive to a Big Brother, we have a telemonitor in your living room, kind of mentality. Crushing it would be a big step in crushing and then prophylacting the Fascist State.

Finally, the (graduated) income tax is extremely detrimental to national GDP, not including its graduated disincentive motivations that cause the wealthy to make less, and thus pay less tax, than they would if there were a flat income tax. Its detriment comes in the form of the vast amount of time wasted having to fill out income tax forms, study the laws, and comply correctly with them, while at the same time the taxpayer must support the vast bureaucracy of the IRS. The time and income wasted complying with these laws, and the amount of capital that flows to accountants, tax lawyers, and government bureaucrats, –all that capital could be going into capital goods equipment loans and production, or some other condition that will increase the quality or lower the price of consumer goods, or improve the life of the consumer.

Much of this problem of waste of time and law study could be bypassed by a flat income tax with no deductions, and, though still unconstitutional and something Libertarian Capitalists should oppose, it would still be a great improvement, liberating Americans from many hours of involuntary drudgery imposed by government, piled on top of the drudgery of their own daily labor.

A sales, or consumption, tax has its own problems. It hits hardest the poorest, so progressives and those on the left should be wary of it. It is fair, though, in the aspect of affecting everyone equally, with none getting exemptions. It does however throw the whole burden of collecting the tax on the backs of businessmen, and the small businessman especially will be hurt since he must do much additional labor in collecting and handing over the correct amounts, a task that will affect no other citizens. Since large firms can absorb these costs much more easily than the individual wildcat businessman, it will tend to wipe out the competition of the little guys challenging the big guys, something the large corporations have always loved.

Silverwolf’s own ideas for a fitting taxation revolve around an excise tax on products entering America from countries that do not adhere roughly to a Jeffersonian Constitution and Bill of Rights, i.e. Fascist dictatorships, using Fascist in a broad sense. For example, products from Fiji, Red China, and Syria would have a hefty excise tax thrown on them, products from Denmark, Canada, and Australia would not. Also, since the left is saying we should tax the wealthy, and since the Supreme Court has upheld the legal absurdity that Corporations are Individuals, and have the same rights as Individuals, a infamous ruling that must be overturned some day soon in the Court, —- if Corporations are Individuals, then they could be taxed as current individuals are, and Silverwolf would propose some kind of Income Tax, perhaps in the range of 1-5% on corporations whose net profit exceeded $5 million/yr, even if the personal income tax were abolished. This would truly be taxing the wealthy since these include many many multi-billion dollar corporations, and their huge corporate accounting departments could deal with the tax, instead of the single minimum-wage worker whose life is spent drudging for the Democrats and their welfare agendas. However, we should realize that even with this tax, the consumer will end up paying most of it in the form of higher prices for consumer goods, since the corporation will merely pass most or all of the tax on to the buyer through higher prices. Still, the savings in time, labor, and dissipated energy for the American Individual would be enormous.

It is time to bring America up to the level of Jefferson’s dream of good government, and one of the main keys to realizing that dream into reality is to abolish the individual income tax. This would necessitate drastic cuts in the overseas military, and the national government bureaucracies. These savings could cushion the cuts in welfare spending which could be phased out over 5-10 years, with major charities offering emergency care and affordable catastrophic medical coverage, and perhaps a residue government program, funded by the minimal taxes we’d have, taking care of any overflow the charities could not deal with.

So when you go into that polling booth next year, vote not only to liberate yourselves from the income tax, not only to put Ron Paul into the White House, but also to bring about Jefferson’s beautiful conception of good government: that government is best that governs least.

Let’s close the circle of our felicities.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf