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Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax Hardcover – February, 1999
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"In the centuries to come, when scholars want to know how America evolved from a free society to a totalitarian state, Sheldon Richman's book will provide them with the answer. Throughout history, free societies that degenerated into despotisms did so through the taxman. An old sad story. This book is a must read for every person who loves liberty." -Charles Adams, author of For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on Civilization and Those Dirty Rotten Taxes
Top Customer Reviews
Richman shows that the ideas behind income taxation are evil. Like an evil tree, you can try pruning it, but it will bear evil fruit again inevitably. Therefore the only solution is to cut it down!
A consistent version of the American political idea would not tolerate income taxation, for it is too invasive and exploitative. It facilitates misspending and unaccountability.
Almost without exception, when the boys in Washington declare war on anything or anybody, it's a diversion. You should know that while we're being told to "prepare for a long long war on terrorism," the IRS is trying to tool up to take over you life as never before, via advances in computer technology coupled with no meaningful change in the tax system.
Now we're being told that not only must we bomb in Kosovo, but we may also follow up this action with some punishment of war crimes. In contrast, when IRS comissioner Charles Rosotti was asked whether the known abusive agents of the IRS would be punished, he said that they'd be look into it, but didn't want to be too hasty because acting hastily had caused problems in the past. (Am I the only one who finds a pattern with this President's administration wherein it betrays those closest to home while focusing much attention elsewhere?
Buy this book. Muster some courage. Vote Libertarian. Let's go into the new millenium as a free country for the first time in over 80 years!
Professor Kevin J. Browne
November 29, 2002
Your Money Or Your Life
Sheldon Richman's argument is based on the moral issue of the income tax and why this tax should be abolished.
Richman presents us with facts and claims of how our government is flawed by forcing the American worker to give up a portion of his income, though no one actually consented. Along with surrendering a percentage of our earned income, we must allow them to have access to our personal financial records of the exact amount one earns. The tax enforcers accomplish this through lies and deceit. Both which preceded and followed the Sixteenth Amendment.
The American wage earner is "commandeered", says Richman, by this taxation, and if you do not, the government will institute a fine or even have you imprisoned. His conclusion is this is theft and unjust.
Richman's other basic argument's for abolishing the income tax is as follows:
1. The state demands a sum of our money, and refusing to give it up is punishable.
2. It is a voluntary system.
3. Repercussions for not volunteering.
4. It is wasteful.
5. It illustrates the corruption and out of control spending by the government.
6. Lawmakers need a never-ending flow of cash
7. The income tax is the only tax allowed that corrupts society.
8. The income tax is a blank check for the government.
9. The income tax makes you poorer.
Richman presented clear and convincing arguments for his reasons to abolish the income tax.Read more ›
Sheldon's first argument is that there is a constant battle between the people and the IRS. If the system is "voluntary" why are punished so harshly for not paying taxes? His next argument attacks the immorality of the income tax. Taking money is theft but the government takes fifteen to thirty percent from everybody before they even receive their paychecks. The IRS can force an individual to furnish personal information about sources and amounts of income, so financial privacy is now compromised. He believes if people have a natural right that property (income they earn) then the government claim of that property is illegitimate. Sheldon's next argument is that the government used to be the servant and the people were the master; the government used to serve its people. He thinks we would have more freedom and prosperity without the income tax. The tax system does not have public consent but was slowly developed over time so the IRS could find ways to bring in more money to the government. The tax code itself is so long and complicated no one understands it and this puts the people at a disadvantage.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The IRS is a lot more powerful than you think. If you want to be shocked, buy this book.Published 20 months ago by Tondy
You are not the best citizen you can been if you don't understand the facts put forth in this book.Published 22 months ago by WayMeister
Look what has happened to the USA
The Government is the problem. and most if not all was cause buy the money being taken away from the average person. Read more
The framers gave us a republic that held the government in check for over 100 years -- and Americans flourished like no other society in history. Read morePublished on April 19, 2008 by George F. Smith
Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish Income Tax by Sheldon Richman is a well presented argument on why the Income Tax should be abolished in the... Read more
This book strongly states the need to abolish income tax. Richman drags on about the control the government, especially the IRS, has over our lives by having working people pay... Read morePublished on November 19, 2005 by Maggie Devine
Professor: Kevin J. Browne
Richman presents a very strong argument as to why our tax income should be abolished. Read more
Sheldon Richman's Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish Income Tax presents a good arguement for which income tax in America should be abolished. Read morePublished on December 5, 2004 by KT Star