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Comments on Comments #32

December 9th, 2008

Comments on Comments is a regularly irregular post, in which I attempt to respond to all thoughtful reader comments, inquiries, complaints, suggestions, etc.

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Mysteriously, my pagerank appears to have dropped from four to zero. In going through comments this morning, I notice that a number of obvious spam comments have slipped through Akismet. That’s a first. I’ve deleted them, maybe that will help.

I had 4,300 uniques last month, which was almost double the traffic from October, and through 8 days of December I’m already over 2,000 uniques, which is a good start because I imagine the last week or so will be abysmally slow.

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Ray left a new comment on an old post, Do We Have to be Afraid of Being Shot:

I think the notion that ultimately taxation is enforced by the death penalty seriously needs to be examined, because the US, at least, this is a completely specious argument.

Specious? I told ray that he completely flunked the final, and in fact his commentary is so devoid of reasoning as to hardly warrant any response at all. However, in the interest of furthering the ideas of liberty, I am obligated to respond to such drivel, if only because so many people believe it, and someone needs to point out the gun in the room.

Ray suggests that it would be “less sensationalistic” if I were to argue “that taxes are enforced with the door of a prison cell.” To which I respond, that the door of a prison cell is in-fact enforced with the barrel of a gun. Ray proposes that “resisting arrest” is “enforced at the point of a gun.”

Here’s the disconnect: If a man is non-violently resisting his taxes, and another man or group of men decide to violently seize his person or his property (i.e., with guns and without his permission) and in order to forestall this seizure the previously non-violent resister becomes violent, and he is ultimately killed for trying to preserve his own life, which he was doing in a non-violent, non-threatening, and non-confrontational manner until some jackboots decided he owed them some money, well, he got his due, and he “wasn’t shot for [tax resistance].” Ray, it seems, sees absolutely nothing wrong with The Clown Suit Defense.

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Mike Gogulski left a comment on Free Market Money:

I hope you’re getting more feedback, and good at that, than I’ve seen here. This is good stuff.

Thanks Mike. I was hoping that one would get more action than it did. Oh well. On the other hand, Property Taxes Are Not “Rent” got some good play on Reddit | Libertarian, even cracking the first page of “what’s hot” for a day or so.

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I wrote an open letter to Park City Resort, complaining about their booking/quoting engine. Much to my surprise, a PC employee responded directly to my post, apparently in his marketing capacity, part of his job consists of monitoring the web (he found me using Twitter) for instances of the brand name, and consumer discussion/reaction. Since I do market research on customer satisfaction, I found that really neat. It’s amazing how this series of tubes completely breaks down walls.

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On that note, thanks to Jeff Molby who helped me fix a bug in MS Excel.

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A number of people commented on The Labor Theory of Value, in particular, Jeremy’s first comment cleared some things up for me. Thanks also to Toban and Anarcho-mercantilist for contributing.

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  • Mike Gogulski says on: December 9, 2008 at 10:55 am

     

    Cheers, David. It is kinda creepy how so few people are willing to see past their own blinders to the reality of what taxation is.

    BTW, I’m stateless! Or something :)

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