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<Most people get it that it is immoral for citizens to use coercion against each other, but they don't get it that it isn't any more moral for the government to use coercion.>

Ayn Rand fled the horrors of Soviet collectivism, which murdered millions. She had a fanatical opposition to any whiff of collectivism. Yes, I read all her writings in my youth.

What Ayn Rand missed was that democratic societies are not totalitarian. As all elections show, opinions differ as to what society should accomplish and who should foot the bill.

Most people agree that American society should provide collective goods such as infrastructure, national security, first responders, schools, and consumer protections (FDA, FAA, EPA, etc.). Obviously, these collective goods require tax collection.

Greece is a perfect example of a nation with no coercive tax collection. Tax evasion is rampant and Greece would already have defaulted if not for the troika rescue.

It is moral for a democratic government to use coercion to collect taxes. There's no point parroting Ayn Rand because her mindset was based on totalitarianism, not democracy.

< What's the magic number of people to transform thuggery into democracy? I have no idea.>

Read the laws. If you believe American democracy is "thuggery," move out of the U.S. Every country has laws and every country that provides services imposes taxes.

Democracy is messy. As Winston Churchill said, "Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."

Not appealing to an Aspie's black-and-white preferences, but true.

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