This is on-point as far as my morning tumblr interactions have gone.
The NEA principle
The idea represents the main principle of open-source development, where the ownership of a product is not exclusive and the granted access to the commons allows the greatest number of minds to contribute and improve on an idea.
I like this notion because it reminds me of the NAP (Non-Aggression Principle) of libertarianism.
Before anyone is confused or angered by this, this isn’t leftist, mutualist, communist thoery. Private Property rights and the NEA can co-exist with no problems.
One of my problems with Gary Johnson
- Good: He wants to abolish the IRS. He wants to abolish the income tax. He wants to abolish corporate taxes.
- Bad: He wants to then replace those taxes with the fair tax.
You don’t replace one cancer with another cancer. So why would you replace one immoral theft of property with another immoral theft of property?
He just isn’t a strong libertarian.
You can’t just abolish everything over night and expect society to continue to function without any issues.
Change, especially as dramatic as what you or I want, can’t be instantaneous. We need to implement the most acceptable of our, what other’s see as extreme, ideas. That’s where you start. If you want someone to jump out of an airplane you have to first convince them to put on the parachute and get on the plane.
Those taxes go to pay for a lot of goods and services. We can’t just leave these people out of a job over night. There has to be a period to transition. We need to wind down operations and allow private sector solutions to ramp up and replace what we will no longer be paying for.
Even Ron Paul has acknowledged that he wouldn’t abolish the Fed right away and maybe not at all. He’d only remove their monopoly and allow competing currencies to participate in the market place.
So, am I a fan of the fair tax? No, but it is a good start on a path to complete dismantling and removal of the income tax system.