William CobbettWilliam Cobbett, (1763-1835) English pamphleteer, farmer, journalist

William Cobbett Quote

“The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor, to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor, and to give it to those who do not labor.”

William CobbettWilliam Cobbett
~ William Cobbett


Ratings and Comments


L. Hanson, Edmonton, AB

So how do we build and maintain infrastructure to keep the country functioning without taxation?

Jim K, Austin

Taxation, for whatever purpose, is legalized theft.

Mike, Norwalk

The second plank of the communist manifesto is the primary tax being referenced by the quote. As to L. Hanson's ignorance, the once free people before 1913 did not pay that tax and became the most generous and prosperous in history (infrastructure and strength was maintained and grew before the referenced labor enslaving tax was implemented). Now that the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land has fully adopted socialism as its national establishment of religion, unemployment and poverty's advancement are being financed by the few remaining productive laborers (government work is not productive)..

Ronw13, Yachats Or

Persecution can follow a particular people for thousands and thousands of years. Long ago a people of Jonadab, his descendants were forbade to live in cities, they were and are a separated people unto God. They were persecuted by the Syrians who were accustomed to living in cities and given to drinking wine and being merchants. I would say there is no love lose today between the Syrian Jew and the Bedouin Jew. The Bedouin Jew being of the ancient line of Israelites. Kenites, Moses married a Kenite, tent dwellers,, hunter gatherers. We find in this nation an interesting line of opposition never spoken of. And perhaps more so than not, true to core. Liberty our sacred cause, is in direct line with these ancient people at apposing ends. I will not say who inhabits the north, Although easy to see, but I do know who came to inhabit the south from which I am from. One line clings to the city, the other the rural country. One seeks Liberty the other enslaves his brother. Now you can do the math. Give me Liberty or give me death. One line is a testament against the socialism of the other. " Therefore thus saith the Lord of Host, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me forever." Jeremiah 35:19.

Jack, Phoenix

Except he was talking about the ruination of poor people by taxation, the benefits of which went to bankers and holders of capital. 

Ronw13, OR
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Ronw13, OR Jack, Phoenix 3/18/19

Jack, Phoenix, A shallow statement, Who is your master ? One taxes the poor for food, the "rich" for gold and silver, power of course ! If you are addressing my statement ? speak on. 

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