A Trilemma for “Taxation is Theft”-Libertarians

Source: Radical Classical Liberals
by Fabian Wendt

“Claiming that ‘taxation is theft’ is an effective way to signal that you think of yourself as a libertarian of the more radical, uncompromising, and possibly more Rothbard-inspired sort. But are there substantive reasons to endorse the slogan? … In the following, I will try to sketch a trilemma for libertarians who endorse the ‘taxation is theft’-slogan, arguing that none of the three basic positions one can take on the role of legal conventions supports their cause.” (07/15/21)