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Person A sells something to person B. Both are happy. Where's the problem? Give it a moments thought and, at the end of this paragraph, I'll give you the answer. This blog entry is an attempt to nail an idea to the post which will help people understand how they're being lied to and controlled by an entity which, even by its best advocates, can best be described as an awful fire breathing dragon. The problem with the trade, from our Government's point of view, is: no one got taxed.
Enter person C. Person C corrects the 'problem' by stealing some of the money from both person A and person B. Person C then goes on to invent a series of excuses as to why that's fair. They usually start by renaming their theft as "tax". Then person C pays some of his ill gotten gains to others and they inevitably tend to line up and add additional excuses as to why theft or "taxation" is fair.
I was discussing this with a friend recently. We were talking about the UK's NHS. "But taxation creates jobs for people" was the direction of the conversation. The NHS is a big employer in the UK. However, go back to persons A, B and C. Imagine if person C was to use this logic as an excuse at the time. When A and B looked on in shock as they were being robbed blind there'd surely be laughs all round if person C tried to argue they were creating a job for themselves.
Generally most people trade their time and labour with each other so we can assume persons A and B are lot busier than person C. This means there's time for person C to establish something called 'Government bureaucracy'. This is basically a whole industry which makes excuses as to why they are entitled to steal from us all.
"The burecracy is expanding to encompass the ever expanding needs of a growing bureacracy"
Now this argument is bluntly stated, and I'm not sure I agree with it entirely, but the point of this entry is to remind you that there are two sorts of people in this country. One lot live because they are paid by person C. The other lot are paid because people choose to give them money in proportion to a value which the market decides.
If you're a lefty like I used to be there will now be a thousand internal voices leaping to defend things like the NHS and the welfare system. I have no answer to those problems. It's just worth remembering that Government and the state steal money off you. That's what they do.
 The Leviathan is a creature used by a philosopher Hobbes to describe Her Majesty's Government in its most favourable light. Hobbes believed life was at core, "nasty brutish and short". He thought of the Monarchy as being alike to a fire breathing monster called a "Leviathan". This creature was the biggest bully on the pitch and as a result controlled everyone else. Systems of right and wrong, morality, culture and so forth all came from its preferences. Gold, for example, has no intrinsic value but if dragons like it and you're controlled by one you might think it was very precious.
Further reading: Ayn Rand. This piece is inspired by her.