Why Do Libertarians Pay Taxes?

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It has nothing to do with the 16th Amendment, the tax code, any congressional legislation, or any federal law. Whenever I write about taxes (like I did today), I always get e-mails from those who say that most Americans do not really have to pay income taxes, the 16th Amendment is invalid, they haven’t paid any income taxes for 20 years, etc., etc., etc. Whether these things are true or not true is irrelevant. Libertarians pay taxes for the same reason that anyone turns over his money to a robber who points a gun at his head.

7:17 pm on September 3, 2014