Asked by hogwartskeyhole
The fundamental misunderstanding behind that person’s argument is that government is stealing their money by collecting taxes, which would only be true if citizens received nothing in return for their tax dollars. In actuality, taxes are more like membership fees. The idea of a country of, by, and for the people is great, but only works if everybody gives their fair share.
If you’re doing well financially, but not putting forth your fair share, then you are enjoying the benefits of America without contributing to them. It, like most things, is kind of like pizza. Imagine you and a group of friends were having a pizza party. One person has to bring the dough for the crust, another has to bring the sauce, another the cheese, another the meat toppings, and one last person is bringing vegetables.
Now, one of your friends (let’s call him Joel) is absolutely broke and can’t afford to bring any of these things, but he’s just a great guy and you want him at your party, so he’s going to help you make the pizza and clean up after the party and he gets pizza even though he hasn’t contributed any of the ingredients.
So you all arrive, and the situation is being explained when all of a sudden the cheese guy is like “Wait, so Joel didn’t bring anything and he still gets pizza?” The sauce lady says “Yeah, he can’t afford to bring any of the ingredients, but he’s working really hard, helping us out with chores we hate, and he really needs the food, so we figured he could have a little slice.”
The cheese guy is irate and says that if we’re just handing out pizza to this “freeloader,” then he doesn’t want to let anyone use his cheese. The sauce lady, the crust bro, and the genderfluid person who brought the vegetables explain that if he doesn’t want to give them cheese, they’ll all pitch in to get different cheese, but that he won’t be allowed to have any pizza.
He then claims that you’re trying to bully him into giving up his hard-earned cheddar (see what I did there) with threat of witholding food.
He doesn’t understand why his refusal to contribute is met with hostility, but that Joel’s inability to contribute is met with sympathy.
The same goes for the people you’re arguing with. A world without government, in this scenario, is one where there is no pizza party. Apply the “world without government” idea to this hypothetical, and you’re just eating pepperoni, you’ve got a dude eating raw pizza dough, a genderfluid person chomping down on onions and peppers, a lady chugging marinara sauce, a dude eating straight cheese, and one starved-to-death Joel, and believe me, that is a depressing party when instead everyone could just pitch in what they’re able to so everyone can have pizza.