I just wanted to point out that not all places that have a volunteer fire department charge. The town that I grew up in had a volunteer fire department. They were first on the scene when my parents house burnt down. They did not get a bill, instead they got an outpouring of love from the community. There are many fundraisers (dinners, auctions, ect) both there and where we live now as well.
I am not sure how the homeowners didnt know. My inlaws have a vacation home in a resort type community, and when they built it they were told since they didnt have a fire dept their homeowners insurance would be substantially more. I would think that the insurance company would be all over that
If they did know and still didnt buy into the fire dist then they should be billed, it was a chance they took.
Alyssa, I dont know any libertarians that do not believe that fire protection is one thing the government should provide.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
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Fire service is one area that taxes are designed to cover.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
I didn't say Tea Party, I said Libertarian. All of the Libertarians I know think that taxes are theft because a person shouldn't be forced to pay for something (yes, even fire services) that they may not want, and in their perfect world the free market and privatizing all services would take care of it.
From on their official party website (Libertarian Party | Maximum Freedom, Minimum Government)
I have specifically asked my LP friends "What about fire departments? Police stations? Roads?" I don't think they run on that platform because it's so extreme and would've so unpopular, but more in a "perfect world" kind of scenario, that is what they would want.Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.
We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life -- accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action -- accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property -- accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.
Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.
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