but try not paying taxes for a while and somebody with a gun and handcuffs will visit you eventually.
I'm pretty sure they send you a letter first. Maybe two.
Well it depends on how much money you make. I had some college drop-out friends simply skip taxes a couple years. Nothing really happened, I mean, the IRS has a lot more important things to do than pay a professional to harass a kid over a few hundred bucks. Eventually he got back on track, paid some fines, and got on with his business.
Now, if you are your typical libertarian who has daddy's money and business opportunities lining his pockets, then yeah, the IRS will care. They'll send some letters, and some more, and all your friends and associates will call you crazy and stupid, and eventually someone will show up with cuffs.
But "the threat of force" is a hyperbole. It makes you sound like a fool. It's ludicrous. I mean, when you pay the ice-cream man his $1.50 for a cone, are you doing it under "the threat of force"? No, you can simply choose not to buy. Likewise, you can simply opt out of this economic system that the government fosters and go be some sort of hermit in the woods. Find someplace secluded and no one will care. (Or Somalia). If you have no income, the IRS won't give a shit. If you DO make a buck by doing business under the protection of the military, over pubicly funded roads, with government cash, etc. etc. then the majority of us have agreed that it's only fair if you pay some taxes. Deal with it.
[efficiency] Would you want it differently?
No, of course not. I'm not a big fan of waste. But you're deluding yourself if you think the corporate world is any better. The larger the organization, the larger the waste, and also the more power and control it has.
But anyway, let's look at the topic on hand: Canada is turning a blind eye to science. It's axing a lot of it's environmental protection. Why do you think that employing scientists to be watchdogs on business activities is not the most cost effective way to do things? There are a LOT of resources out there that depend on an ecosystem that can be disrupted in a myriad of ways. And businesses have a LONG history of screwing it up. Some times they even know they're doing it and just don't care. If they say fuck science let the business suits do what they want, and say, all the fish die or something, how would you price that destruction of resources? How would you prevent such activity from happening? History shows you can't trust businesses to put the welfare of the people ahead of their quarterly profits.