I notice that every time the Libertarians refer to taxes, they use the word "confiscatory." Do Libertarians agree that taxation is the price we pay for civilization? I think everyone would agree that some taxation is necessary--roads, armies, police, a "reasonable" welfare safety net, etc. What is the Lib perspective on taxation?
Mike. "Libertarians" don't have one set position on public policy. The only thing we actually agree on is the basic principles, that people have rights and that government should protect those rights. "The" Lib perspective on taxation doesn't really exist.
You are right that you hear the word "confiscatory" a lot regarding taxation. I agree that's inflammatory. I've used it myself. It's mostly the anarchist-wing of the LP that uses that language.
There are reasonable arguments as to what should form the basis of government finance, and what mechanism might be a more fair and just system. My personal view, which is not shared strongly here in the LPPa, is to a flat, single tax with a large, single deduction per individual. However, I strongly favor the Land Value Tax idea as well. Many others argue that a "consumption tax" is more fair and just. You decide.