I’m not one of these tax-hating people–there seem to be so MANY of them these days!–and I tend to think that the government (local AND federal) does many useful things, in spite of occasional excesses. (How occasional, of course, depends on your attitude and feelings about government.*) Irrespective of that, this fellow, Josh Kornbluth, is quite cogent and eloquent in support of his thesis that taxation is a civic duty and a civic virtue.
*Well, um. Let’s just say that my political upbringing, as it were, was probably about as confused and emotionally weird as my religious/spiritual upbringing was… Maybe I’ll go into it sometime.