Ed Driscoll

Anti-Tax Equals Hate Speech?

Tigerhawk writes:

This is really quite something, right there on the pages of the New York Times:

Anti-tax zealots denounce all taxation as theft, as depriving citizens of their right to spend their hard-earned incomes as they see fit. Yet nowhere does the Constitution grant us the right not to be taxed. Nor does it grant us the right to harm others with impunity. No one is permitted to steal our cars or vandalize our homes. Why should opponents of taxation be allowed to harm us in less direct ways?

Apparently advocating lower taxes for moral, rather than technocratic, reasons warrants jail, never mind that silly First Amendment. The author of that insanity is a professor at Cornell, so it was probably easy for him to get it published in the NYT.

Who is an “Anti-tax zealot”, anyhow? Is it someone who believes in lower taxes, or as the passage above implies, no taxes? If it’s the latter, now the Gray Lady sees conservatives and libertarians as anarchists; only a few weeks ago, they were Stalinists — the latter word possibly for the first time ever, used pejoratively by a Timesman: