"Except that [tax is not slavery]. Even with a rate of taxation of 100%, no one would be forcing you to labor, they would merely (“merely”) be forcibly extracting 100% of the proceeds of your labor."
My further comment to thread:
BallsAndStrikes and Matt don't seem to understand that this issue falls entirely on voluntarism versus coercion.
A free society cannot exist without an ethos of self-reliance and self-responsibility. Thus yes, you have to work otherwise through the tax surveillance state the state will force me to work for you.
But working in the private sector, in absence of state regulation, is 100% voluntary. You can choose what job or career you do. You can choose who your employer is, and you can change that employer. You can choose to work for yourself and employ others. It is also remarkable how little work you need do to get by: it depends on what your goals and aspirations are. This is a society based on voluntarism.
Regarding the tax state, and its prerequisite, the tax surveillance state, your every relation is governed by force, giving you merely the slave's choice of comply, or lose your freedom. Under the tax state you have no right to privacy; no right to refuse interrogation in room 101; here in New Zealand, IRD can raid without warrant; even the burden of proof is turned against you, meaning for the victimless crime of not paying your taxes, before the law you are at the disadvantage of murderers and rapists whom the state must prove the guilt of (in tax jurisdiction the IR simply assesses you and you have to prove them wrong); and finally the state routinely applies both tax law and precedent retrospectively to rewrite a taxpayer's history.
Because the tax state and tax surveillance state can and does, daily, surveil its citizens, plus by force punish citizens for victimless crimes, that tax state under any definition most certainly owns you.
And if that's not slavery what is? .