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A Philospher Answers Question of Whether Taxation is Theft

In a recent op-ed posted at TechCentral.com, Keith Burgess-Jackson, philosphy professor at the University of Texas at Arlington answers the question of whether taxation is theft. He notes that socialists argue that since "wealth is (largely) undeserved, the coerced taking of wealth through taxation is not theft." He concludes otherwise, and adds that socialists "should not despair, however, at their inability to justify taxation, for if socialists were to pool their "undeserved" wealth, they could probably provide for the needs of those for whom they profess to care."

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