Have you ever considered the legitimacy of property taxes? It's one thing for the government to take a cut from your income, but there's something deeply offensive about the idea of property taxes. It's the idea that you have to pay your local government, year after year for the rest of your life, for something you've already paid in full. It's complete nonsense.

It calls into question whether you even own your property in the first place. After all, do you really own it if you have to keep paying for it? It seems to closely resemble the medieval system of serfdom. The peasants didn't own the land they worked on. They had to pay a yearly fee for the right to work that land, which went towards the nobles and knights. It was protection money. So at least they had the benefit of protection from the warrior class in those societies.

In reality, you don't "own" your house or the land it sits on, even if it's been paid in full. That's another benefit those peasants have on us. They didn't have to pay some bank for decades, only to have their land taken from them when they didn't pay their "yearly fee". They were never under the illusion that the land belonged to them.

Who really owns your land and your house? You or the town of Framingham?

No one should have to pay a yearly charge on something they own. If you don't pay your "debt to the state" they will try and come throw you off of your land, for mere dollars I might add, then take your property and sell it for a whole lot more than the tax dollars you owe them. The rest is free money to do what ever they want with. Which is generally partying, and buying more nice things for themselves. Property tax is at the top of the list of taxes that I think should be abolished.

Your property taxes as you see it.

Your property taxes as your appraiser sees it.

Your property taxes as your buyer sees it.

Your property taxes as your lender sees it.

Your property taxes as your town's Tax Assessor sees it.

Next in antiquity is the tax on land, which is at least easy to collect. This is akin to protection money paid to the gangster, the basic idea of feudalism. The cultivator of land is vulnerable to the extent that his whereabouts are known and the extent of his property defined. He cannot disclaim ownership without losing it, so that he will pay for the recognition of its boundaries and the exclusion of other people's cattle. The amount he will pay is roughly equivalent to the cost of moving to another area beyond the gangster's reach and becomes exhorbitant when no such place can be found.

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