A Letter to the Government


Dear Government,

As tax season comes to a close, the existing arrangement between you and I has recently been at the forefront of my mind. Looking back over my year’s W2’s, and contemplating the amount of money you’ve taken from me, I couldn’t help but write to express my displeasure with our situation and to insist upon an alternative.

The current arrangement is such that you receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 35-40% of all my income. The services, and the quality thereof, which are provided in return are not adequate to meet my value demands based upon what I could pay for similar services on the market. I require a change to this arrangement.

I will hereby be opting out of all of your services. You can cross me off your list of future Social Security recipients. Don’t ever worry about me asking for medicare, medicaid, food stamps, section 8, cell phones, unemployment assistance, police, fire protection, or anything else that you seek to provide. I will make all of the appropriate arrangements, enter into the necessary contract agreements, and purchase the necessary insurances to substitute for all forgone governmental services.

In addition, I have no interest in funding your military. I believe that your wars abroad are immoral. I do no believe that they provide me with any additional safety, nor do I believe that my freedoms are being furthered through them. I do not want to be any peripheral part of the killing of innocent people. I am also not afraid of invasion – neither in the imminent nor the distant future. If my opinions on this matter change and I do become fearful of some kind of invasion, like in the paragraph above, I will make the appropriate arrangements, etc.

Despite the fact that I will be relieving myself of any and all services you have previously provided, I will still be sending to you, on a monthly basis, 10% of my income. The reason for this is that I am sure that I will occasionally find myself driving on government roads; that is unavoidable at present day. I believe that 10% constitutes a transaction that is more than fair, and that you are more than aptly compensated for this one particular service.

Please write back as soon as possible. It is my desire to move quickly on this matter, so that I may start improving my own personal financial well being. Once I’ve done that, I’ll be able to start helping improving the well being of others. And hey, isn’t that what all the taxation was about in the first place? Helping others?


Jared Wall

Jared graduated in 2009 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently employed as an energy efficiency consultant in New Jersey, drives for Uber in his spare time, and is an aspiring entrepreneur. He came to the philosophy of liberty through the Ron Paul presidential campaigns, and has evolved into a voluntaryist anarchist through reading LewRockwell.com and listening to the Tom Woods Show.

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