When something is stolen from you, you never get it back. That’s theft. Someone takes your iPod out of your car one night and you never see it again. You iPod was stolen and you are a victim of petty thievery.
When you are taxed, money is forcefully taken from you. This much is true. But you do get it back. You get it back through public roads and services and what have you. You may not want the things that your taxes buy. Fair enough. You can be pissed off at the state for taxing you.
But do not call it theft. That is an extreme reduction fallacy made classic by right libertarians.
Taxation is not thievery.
So you’re saying Person A can take $100 from Person B by force and it’s okay as long as Person B can walk down Person A’s sidewalk every day? They’re getting an advantage in return so it must be okay.
Taxation is absolutely theft. I do not want my earned money taken from me by force. If I don’t pay I’m thrown into a federal prison for quite a long time. That’s force. That’s aggression. I pay for innocent people in the Middle-East to be slaughtered and if I object to it I am then punished by the state. It’s against my will. If it’s not theft, then it’s robbery.