Arguments that #libraries are beneficial really don't have anything to do with the #consent argument against #taxation, so they are really quite uninteresting, and not at all even an argumentative response to the good professor. That being said, it's important to understand…
#Libraries are terribly underfunded, when they should be a top priority for civic spending. It is not inconsistent to be pro library funding and con taxation, if you argue for a #noncoercive yet still #compulsory financing source, i.e. Just Rent #LVT. Most libraries cannot…
accept donated books, because they simply cannot afford the staff and infrastructure required to preserve and maintain an ever-growing stock of physical texts. #Libraries must therefore concentrate on what items #librarians deem important or popular in their community. …
My local #library has a copy of Heino Engel's "The Japanese House". It's the only print copy of this tome I've ever seen, as you can imagine, not a popular book. I have pled with my small town library never to dispose of this book, but I fully expect to someday find it gone. …
In my previous life, I spent an enormous amount of my earnings on books, but in my current state, can no longer afford to house them. No library will take them. In the past few years, I have donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of books to my local charity shop…
which sells them for $1/ea, dispersing them into the community (hopefully), where they will languish instead of being shared. When I think of the amount of redundant printed materials we as a society cause to be manufactured compared with the climate crisis, I despair. …
I am, if I may say, a very intelligent, well-educated, and well-read person. My #library contained a dazzling array of often esoteric but always important knowledge and wisdom. My books were carefully chosen. I believe they deserve preservation, but who will pay for it? …
Imagine how much more we as a society could afford, if we did not spend as much private wealth on private #libraries, and instead used that money to fund public libraries. Imagine the savings in natural resources, alone! The issue of #taxation is an important issue, and…
as a #geolibertarian, I agree #taxation is #theft; however, #coercion in public finance is a solvable problem requiring no further analysis. It remains only to be implemented. If #consent is important to you, and it should be, work to establish reclamation of economic #rent
rather than blathering on about how onerous you, the Chair of a university Economics department, find your piddling $495/yr in #library tax, whilst tens of thousands of your tax dollars are going to the military/security/police/prison-industrial complex, which affronts #liberty
to a far greater extent, so much so that it is ludicrous to bleat about #librarytax. Your tax dollars are being used to commit crimes against humanity by the Trump Administration, but you want to complain about #library finance? Get a grip, sir, I implore you! Lives are at stake!
Lives which would be greatly enriched by public #libraries, even at dismal current funding levels. I've long said, #IfIHitTheLottery, establishing a #library would be among my top priorities, if for no other reason than it would make my personal collection public and preserve it.
The "great men" of American history expressed their #egotism by public works. #Libraries were among their prominent beneficiaries, institutions of #education and #art, similary featured. Only a paltry, petty miser would loathe or disparage even the appearance of public #service.
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