The parasite - the state - has to have a host. First there had to be production before there could be something to tax or steal. Kings waged dynastic wars requiring high taxation. Revolutions and secession resulted.
Archived from the live Mises.tv broadcast, this lecture by Danny Sanchez was presented at the Taxes Are What We Pay for an Impoverished Society seminar, hosted by the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 15 April 2013.
Dan Sanchez is a libertarian writer and an editor at the Foundation for Economic Education. He is a contributing editor at Antiwar.com, where he writes a regular column, and an independent journalist at Anti-Media. His work has frequently appeared at such websites as Zero Hedge, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and David Stockman's Contra Corner. His writings are collected at DanSanchez.me.