So, are you saying that we lost our Freedom around 1914? I'm very curious, what was happening then? Well, there was the build up to the Great Depression. I'm probably giving you too much credit. You probably just don't know how old our country is.
Federal Income Tax. Evidently, I know your history at least somewhat better than you do.
The Free Market is a lie. It has never existed, and it never will.
That's putting it straight, sure... Completely false, but nicely straightforward, thank you.
Mind you, the CIA and the NSA have been doing this shit for decades now
CIA and NSA are only invading my privacy. It is a serious transgression, to be sure, but they don't care, how I raise my children, what I am paid, what sort of light-bulbs I use (a new excuse for the government to check my bedroom), nor, indeed, where and I how I buy my car — just to put this conversation back on topic.
You should read up on what the US did in South America
Stopping the spread of Communism — the deadliest school of thought known to man (even Hitler's peculiar strand of Fascism is but a distant second) — was and remains something to be proud of. Compare Chile, where we succeeded, with Cuba, where we failed... One is Latin America's top economy, the other a crap-hole, which even Michael Moore's brilliant propaganda can't turn into a chicken sandwich.
But we are talking about domestic laws, not foreign policy, so let's stick to that.
If you don't want to help the needy, fund basic education for the betterment of all
I don't want to be forced at gun-point to pay for all those things — and that's exactly, how IRS collects the monies. But, if I must subsidize those poor, would you accept their disenfranchisement? For any recipient of public assistance is to state the Pauper's Oath — and not participate in any poll while receiving such assistance and for, say, three more months after recovering their self-sufficiency?
Why wouldn't you accept that — the unfortunates temporarily down on their luck will not care, while the life-long takers will, at least, lose their say in the affairs of the country. No, it is neither a poll tax nor a property requirement — you can be dirt poor and still vote, as long as you don't ask for public assistance.
Still a no?..
I don't know where you got shelter and telephone service from...
From the government's subsidies for housing projects, fuel assistance, and the telephones — both wired and cellular (affectionately referred to as "Obamaphones"). Evidently, I know more about the country's present than you as well — not just history.
go live in fucking Somalia
(Manners, young man, manners. If you lose your temper, I win.) Why don't you instead go live in fancy North Korea — where laws abound, effective taxes exceed 90% (what is not government-provided is unaffordable) and every one is equally poor?
With my taxes, I buy civilization. I'm going to bike my hippy ass to work tomorrow on publicly funded roads
Is not it terrible, that one still has to pay for the bicycle to enjoy those publicly funded roads? Is not it time, we started buying ourselves even more civilization by providing free bicycles (and, of course, helmets) too?
Start with something by Howard Zinn.
Sorry, but no. I read enough garbage written by Communists (and Socialists — the Communists-lite) while growing up — had to. Worker's paradise, you know... But, if we are exchanging reading suggestions, may I recommend Robert Heinlein?