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Accentuating the Liberal in Classical Liberal: Advocating Ascendency of the Individual & a Politick & Literature to Fight the Rise & Rise of the Tax Surveillance State. 'Illigitum non carborundum'.

Liberty and freedom are two proud words that have been executed from the political lexicon: they were frog marched and stood before a wall of blank minds, then forcibly blindfolded, and shot, with the whimpering staccato of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ resounding over and over. And not only did this atrocity go unreported by journalists in the mainstream media, they were in the firing squad.

The premise of this blog is simple: the Soviets thought they had equality, and welfare from cradle to grave, until the illusory free lunch of redistribution took its inevitable course, and cost them everything they had. First to go was their privacy, after that their freedom, then on being ground down to an equality of poverty only, for many of them their lives as they tried to escape a life behind the Iron Curtain. In the state-enforced common good, was found only slavery to the prison of each other's mind; instead of the caring state, they had imposed the surveillance state to keep them in line. So why are we accumulating a national debt to build the slave state again in the West? Where is the contrarian, uncomfortable literature to put the state experiment finally to rest?

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Growth of the Western Taxing Surveillance State has Reached Frightening Levels. #Privacy #UN

Excerpt: ‘More people read my blog than will pay just $5 to subscribe to the New Zealand Minister of Taking’s belief in destroying our liberty by means of growing the taxing state: his political party has so few paid members, it has been deregistered.’

Simple equation: taxing state = surveillance state = death of liberty. Even the UN says so. And the growth of the taxing state in the West is voracious. Three stories from the last week show the truth of this, and the implications of it.

The small principality of Andorra is one of the few left without an income tax, and unsurprisingly it is prosperous. But instead of learning from that, the inept Masters of Europe, unable to control their spending – as with New Zealand’s own ministers, including the Minister of Taking, who insists on the need for unrestrained spending as a principle – have now bullied the principality, so as to force its destruction:

Andorra is to introduce a tax on personal income for the first time as it faces pressure from  its European neighbours to tackle tax evasion.

Antoni Marti, the head of the Andorran government, told French President Francois Hollande that he will introduce a bill before 30 June.

The principality will "gradually meet international tax standards", according to the office of the French president.

There is currently no income tax applied to individuals or corporations.

Note this is nothing to do with the welfare mantras that have been used by statists to destroy Europe; namely, equality and fairness, for the Eurozone is in the end-game: these measures are only to grow that huge Western surveillance web being built by the taxing authorities –  government bureaucracies that are starting to make the KGB, Stasi, et al, look like amateurs given the size and breadth of the intelligence organisation they’ve forced on their victims:

EU finance ministers have agreed to start talks with Andorra - along with Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, and San Marino - on swapping bank account information.

Recently, the European Commission told the European Parliament it wants EU-wide exchange of all types of income data as part of the fight against tax evasion.

EU tax authorities already automatically exchanged information for income such as employment, pensions and insurance but not for income such as dividends and capital gains.

You have to understand how hard it is for me writing this, without simply descending into the gutter with my language: these swine. Hollande has become the monster of Europe. With the history of the twentieth century to show them where a Big Brother state always leads, yet still they do this.

It is as unremarkable as is Andorra’s former prosperity, that these arrogant Masters of my universe continue to foolishly hold to their historically discredited belief in central planning – and despite proof still provided daily. Laughingly, New Zealand’s Minister of Taking is so inept he has even managed to misplace his political party, deregistered for not having more than five hundred members: more people read this blog than will pay just $5 to subscribe to Mr Dunne’s belief in destroying our liberty by means of growing the taxing state to shore up the full-blown surveillance state.  Yet never fear, as dumb as these people are, they manage to be thorough when it comes to the destruction of that freedom once won by Western classical liberalism. Even when individuals and businesses are not breaking the draconian rules of the taxing state, the state’s first recourse is always to shock and awe, regardless. There should be a Western Spring on the substance of the below quotation alone – my highlights:

On May 9th the IRS, the Australian Tax Office and the UK’s HM revenue & Customs announced a plan to share information with tax administrations of other jurisdictions.  This information, which has been gathered and analyzed by the three countries includes data on entities and trusts organized in a number of jurisdictions including Singapore, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and the Cook Islands.

While the IRS acknowledges that there is nothing illegal in the use of such entities, the Service points out that such structures are often used to avoid or evade tax.  The announcement does not acknowledge that avoidance of tax is legal.

The information to be shared includes not only the individual owners of the entities but the advisors that assisted in establishing the structures as well.

Do none of the perpetrators of such infamy understand that the Western taxing surveillance state, is always the end of the liberty which was our birth-right? As strange as it is for me to be quoting anything from the UN, I am wholly in agreement with the below report: who will take a wager that our politicians, so keen to take up every UN report supporting state theft, will be running from any knowledge of this one:

In a landmark report, the United Nations today has broken its long-held silence about the threat that State surveillance poses to the enjoyment of the right to privacy.

The report is clear: State surveillance of communications is ubiquitous, and such surveillance severely undermines citizens’ ability to enjoy a private life, freely express themselves and enjoy their other fundamental human rights. Presented today at the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the report marks the first time the UN has emphasised the centrality of the right to privacy to democratic principles and the free flow of speech and ideas.

Issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of opinion and expression, the report breaks a tradition long-held by UN human rights mechanisms to remain relatively silent on State surveillance.

After the the naked power of the taxing authorities has been unleashed to fund the intellectual deficit of crony capitalism that caused the global financial crisis from August 2008, I have to believe that impudent blogs such as this one, are imprudent, and I am most probably foolhardy to continue with it. To the politicians, some of whom I know will read this – and again, please read my disclaimer at the bottom of every page - then know that every day you go to work on the endeavour of the surveillance state, you spit on the graves of every man and woman who died fighting the surveillance states of fascism in WW II, and surveillance states of communism in the Cold War; that every day you go to work in the Fortress of Legislation, you are making life worse, not better. You should be as appalled at what you have done, as we free men and women are disgusted by you.

And this in the week that National, the party which farcically believe in small government, despite every annual budget government dollar spend being greater than the last, announced plans to increase middle class welfare by increasing the Working for Families credit for those having bigger families, so that out-of-control family of nine, at the expense of our liberty, can have that extra state house bedroom for their Sky remote.


  1. Good post Mark. The National party is so far removed from its philosophical roots that it no longer represents individual liberty or freedom, if it ever truly has.

    1. How come they don't get that? The term middle class welfare in relation to WFF's came from Key, yet now they increase it.

  2. I once had the good fortune of spending some time in Andorra. I learned that not only did it have no income tax, it didn't have any laws that interfered with people going about their legitimate business at all. Being a Catholic state, the criminal law was essentially the Ten Commandments (including coveting thy neighbour's wife) and very little else. I'm no religionist, but my observation was that this made for a happy populace containing virtually no criminals or prisons to house them.

    The reason for the lack of legislation was simple - it was the world's only true democracy in that laws were passed by a show of hands by the entire electorate turning up in person in the town square. As you might imagine, very few proposed laws passed through the pragmatic debate that this process engendered.

    I believe in recent years Andorra has taken on many of the trappings of Western 'liberal' democracy and life isn't as happy there as it once was.

    Incidentally, the country had the best steak restaurant I've encountered in Europe - owned by a Kiwi lady.

    1. I'm going to have to find the place on the damned map :)

    2. That doesn't sound right? You are saying its a democracy(e.g not of the western representative democratic tradition), and the electorate are not engaged in enforcing a police state tyranny on each other? Certainly challenges everything Mark has told me about how democracy works.