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A Retort to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Those who look first to government to solve problems are fond of quoting the late Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., who said, "Taxes are the price we pay for civilization."

Christopher Chantrill, writing yesterday at American Thinker, notes that Holmes also said, "I like taxes. With them I buy civilization." However, Chantrill admits that until now, he had "failed to come up with a retort to this challenge." But here's Chantrill's answer:

"No. Taxes are not the price of civilization. Taxes are the Cost of Compulsion. Taxing is just what governments do, all of them, from the grandest continental power to the meanest guerrilla band taxing the villagers in its jungle hideaway.

Now, that is pithy!

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