How Libertarians Could Eliminate Government Tax Coercion Overnight

Pay your taxes voluntarily. Alright?

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  1. Odd use of the possessive. How does a government demand become "mine?"

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    1. I know libertarians hate acknowledging that they are citizens of this country. But nevertheless you are.

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    2. Another famous libertarian tactic: "your taxes" is a completely normal use of the possessive. But libertarians love to pretend that when people speak the way 99% of everyone else does, they are using words "oddly"!

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  2. Gene, this reminds me of the meta-ethical theories of non-cognitivism. Non-cognitivism holds that when we speak of 'x is good', we are really just asserting a psychological emotion (this view is sometimes called 'emotivism') to a statement, akin to saying 'Hurrah for x!' or 'Boo on y!'

    Unfortunately, this is not how people use evaluative language. The non-cognitivist, like the libertarian, uses a new response: calling evaluative statements correct because 'that is how people use these words' is begging the question.

    This response does not work (for the non-cognitivist) for several reasons, but I think that libertarians are attempting to use a similar move: just because 'we use language that way' or 'we think of things being this way' does not mean that it is good, or justified, etc.

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    1. Who called something correct "because 'that is how people use these words'"?

      Not me Alex. I said it was invalid to claim that how people use these words is an "odd use" of language.

      Why would you turn that into a claim about something being "correct"?! Were you not paying any attention to what I actually wrote?

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    2. Gene, relax a bit, okay? I was just making an observation. I'm glad to know that I was wrong in characterizing what you have said, but there is no need to be so temperamental. Please be more gracious in your replies, or I will not post on your blog.

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    3. You were delivering a lecture to me on a philosophical point I have understood for decades.

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  3. Kids, how to stop your mom from forcing you to eat liver: start liking liver!

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    1. More like: so you don't have to be forced to behave morally, do it voluntarily.

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  4. From what I understand, you are trying to ridicule the position of "Remove illegal immigration by removing borders" by flipping it back on libertarians. Yes or no?

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  5. I don't think this line of argument is a good one.

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