Since Allen brought it up at this week's meeting, here is Mark Skousen's memorable gold-nugget essay, Persuasion vs. Force.
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, "Taxation is the price we pay for civilization." But isn't the opposite really the case? Taxation is the price we pay for failing to build a civilized society. The higher the tax level, the greater the failure. A centrally planned totalitarian state represents the comoplete defeat for the civilized world, while a totally voluntary society represents its ultimate success.