But still a cost, and taxation is still a vile form of theft.
Indeed, and that's why I long for the business paradise of Somalia, where no one ever has to pay any taxes.
The larger point should be clear to everyone though: people with money always end up paying a portion of it to those with power. If they're lucky, they pay a small portion that is used to benefit them in a democratic society. If they're not so lucky, the money is extorted to fund warlords and terrorists and they get nothing in return. The inability to differentiate these two scenarios is a principal indicator of political and economic ignorance.
Silly me. I interpreted "[...] Somalia, where no one ever has to pay any taxes" as indicating a belief that in Somalia, no one ever has to pay any taxes.
We all post in ignorance. Just say "oops, my mistake". You won't be kicked off HN for making a mistake, I would have been gone long ago if pg did that.
Nice job with the advertising.