Tax Slaves Existing for Government
by Paul Craig Roberts (January 2, 2001)
Alan Keyes, a candidate for the Republican 2000 presidential nomination, argues that the income tax is a slave tax and that Americans are slaves. He is correct.
A slave is a person who does not own his own labor. After tax, successful Americans retain no more of the income they produce than 19th century slaves -- and considerably less than medieval serfs.
The maximum that could be extracted from a medieval serf was one-third -- an amount extracted today by the combination of the payroll tax and the bottom rung of the federal income tax. Add in state sales and income taxes, and it is apparent that Americans are not a proud, free people.