Libertarians often talk about getting rid of government (or at least, “excessive” government”). But we don’t often see it happen.
It did happen recently in Ohio, and even if not perfect, it deserves applause and encouragement.
According to Fox News, a town in Ohio, Amelia, voted:
“After 119 years of history, almost 70 percent of the residents of Amelia, Ohio, voted to oust the local government after it secretly passed a 1 percent income tax on all residents and workers. The 5,000 residents who live there will now be split, with half becoming residents of one municipality and the other half becoming residents of another.”
Way to go. Even if they ended up becoming part of several other towns or townships, I have no doubt that none of those town governments will be too keen on secret taxes or any other taxes!
As western communities demonstrate constantly, you don’t HAVE to have a town or city government to live a good life. And you certainly live better with one that is not made up of greedy, lying, tyrants.
More communities should imitate this action by a lot of frustrated, angry people in Ohio. “Reforming” government is a useless exercise. We need to get over government.