Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Barter, Taxes and Property
Some really good advice and postings floating around the various blogs today on barter, starving the government and protecting ourselves from the government theft it uses to pay for it's over reach.
The problem as I see it however is anyone thinking about or attempting to enter the barter lifestyle either now or during a post collapse situation is almost sure to be dependent one way or another on the ownership of real property. Perhaps not directly owned by the producer but with only a few exceptions any long term bartering production is going to have to pull resources from somewhere and it's a good bet someone is going to own that little bit of somewhere and the raw materials you are bartering for.
Taxes have long been determined to be Constitutional but are they fair? I would say that yes taxes as we have them set up are in fact fair under a Constitutional Republic where those voting on their taxes have skin in the game and a fair say in what is taxed and at what rate.
Under an open Democracy? Not so much. It becomes little more than Government sponsored theft by the mob. Of course the mob is going to see nothing wrong with taxing the minority group. It doesn't effect the mob directly.
Need more money to float teacher pensions? Why let's increase the property taxes on the 30% who have to pay them. Ok let's vote on it. Why look at that 70% of the voters think it's a good idea....
This is in fact the trap that Benjamin Franklin warned us about all those years ago. A Democracy eventually traps enough citizens to the payout that what is considered out right theft 200 years ago is now looked at as just something we have to live with.
Under normal circumstances the entire process would have fallen apart long before we got to this stage. Under FIAT currency, Usury and government debt being masked by the Federal Reserve however it just keeps growing.
Besides the danger of Mob rule democracy taxing property ownership right out of existence it would also quickly endanger any sort of barter plans a prepper might have. Bartering may let you fly under the radar on some taxes but you cannot hide the property that supplies those barter resources from the Government Mob nearly so easy. Even in a barter existence you the producer will have to pay those property taxes.
Personally I cannot think of any barter-able skill that doesn't in some way rely on raw materials besides prostitution and some repair skills.
Think about it and if you can see a barter item/skill that doesn't rely on real property in some way and is therefore easily taxed I would like to hear about it.
Maybe Medical Skills?
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!