I've always been puzzled by the self satisfied anti-tax rhetoric in the U.S., where resisting taxes is looked upon as patriotism. For most of the industrialized world taxation is looked at as a necessity, a necessity ensuring that people don't die of starvation, live in the streets in mass numbers, have a decent standard of living, as well as good schools. Coincidentally, we in the U.S. who put on our virtual powdered wigs and invoke George Washington on taxes, even if we don't know a thing that Washington actually said or wrote, have lots of people who are "food insecure" and are only getting by because food stamps remains an "entitlement" program, meaning that if you're hungry and qualify you can get food; the homeless population is growing, people are being thrown out of their market financed homes, general standards of living are well below those of most European countries, and whether or not you get a decent education depends solely on whether you live in a rich community or not. And food stamps are always under attack by Republicans. The fact is that taxation is needed for collective survival and it always has been.
Take this example: a village council decides that the farmers who live there have to give a certain percentage of their grain crops for a common grain storehouse for use in emergencies. The chief and elders request it and it's done by the citizens. This is an example of taxation. Because of the tax on wheat, or corn, the village has something to fall back on during a particularly harsh winter or during a time with less crops than were forecast. Market fundamentalism, which is what anti-tax doctrine is, strips away all the possible protections for individuals when bad times hit, and then blames the victims for things that are out of their control.
But, forsooth, we need none of these Kingly and Popish devices.