Taxpayers, slaves, employees, wages, and gifts

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Ronald Reagan had a number of good quips, including this one: ‘The taxpayer; that’s someone who works for the federal government, but doesn´t have to take a civil service examination.’ And of course, doesn’t get paid for it. There is a term of doing work and not getting paid for it — actually there are a few. Some, like ‘pro bono,’ (lawyer and engineer talk), which is (presumably) voluntary on the part of the person doing the work and not getting paid anything for it. But the second, dirtier term for doing work for no pay is ‘slavery’ — the difference is that doing it is not voluntary. You either do it or you get punished, generally with torture or death. Slavery is what we are talking about.” (05/18/17)