Indeed, if owning 100 percent of one’s work is slavery, at what percentage does it stop being slavery? Without the use of the middleman (government), this would clearly be theft.
But let’s put this utopian tax-free world aside for a moment and admit that *some* taxes are necessary for the functioning of government (public security and justice, mainly). Even when one adds up the (inefficient) welfare state in the equation, one still has to remember that government money was first taken from someone else. Money can also be printed out, but it invariably ends upterribly.
And when extracting that money for public purposes, officials often forget about the power of incentives. Imagine for a moment that, for every dollar you earn, 40 cents went directly to the government – that’s how high corporate taxis in the U.S. right now when averaging federal and local taxes.