Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is considered one of the greatest novelists of all time. War and Peace and Anna Karenina have inspired millions over the last century. Less well-known about Tolstoy, though, is that his interpretation of Christian ethics has had a profound effect upon the world, especially regarding non-resistance and pacifism. In this paper, I will examine the development of these themes in Tolstoy’s philosophy as they appear in The Kingdom of God is Within You.
Ah taxation, how we despise thee. You make some richer, but most poorer. You daily remind us that we live not in a free society, but under shackles. Let us count the ways you oppress us:
- Lost Productivity
- The Truth About Government Spending
- Privacy and Personal Income
- Your Tax Dollars at Work
- Withholding Taxes
- Caesar’s Benevolence
- Living in Fear
- Taxation is Theft
- Lost Prosperity
(And there’s an Epilogue too!)
Thanks, everyone, for your comments and encouragement. It was quite fun (and challenging) to compose these articles. I hope you benefited from them as much as I did from writing them.
This series was featured on the LewRockwell.com Blog on April 13th, 2009.