“If you don’t like it leave…”

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You know how it is. You have a couple of libertarians debating taxation in mainstream (statist, that is) internet forums or blogs. Almost like clockwork (or perhaps Godwin’s Law), sooner or later someone will say, “You complain too much. If you don’t like the taxes, you are free to leave.” Except that now there is a series of exit taxes passed recently to prevent folks from easily renouncing citizenship to avoid being plundered by the feds:

Giving up a U.S. passport will soon carry a steep price tag. A new law passed by the U.S. Congress and sent to the President will subject certain individuals who expatriate or give up their green cards to immediate tax on the inherent gain on all of their worldwide assets and a tax on future gifts or bequests made to a U.S. citizen or resident.

I have a better idea. I would like the state to leave me alone. If they don’t like radical libertarians, they can leave.

12:29 pm on July 17, 2009