If taxation without consent is not robbery, then any band of robbers have only to declare themselves a government, and all their robberies are legalized.
- Lysander Spooner
Author of the book The Federal Mafia, this man broke the tax code, finding that no wage earning American was liable for paying an income tax. He was targetted by the IRS and died in prison. His defense was that there was no law, and demanded the prosecution prove there was. The judge unlawfully ruled 'I will not allow the law in this courtroom.'
After hearing a rumor that there was no law, this special agent from the criminal enforcement division of the IRS sought out to prove that there was a law. After years of searching, he realized that the IRS and the income tax were both unconstitutional and resigned from the IRS.
The power to tax involves the power to destroy.
Chief Justice John Marshall in McCulloch v. Maryland, US Supreme Court
But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.
- Frédéric Bastiat, The Law