Taxation as forced labour

The recent St Andrews student philosophy society debate was on ‘possible answers’ (i.e. different refutations) of Robert Nozick‘s idea that taxation is forced labour. The two sides of the debate argued whether a utilitarian or a non-utilitarian refutation is best. Not a single person of about 50 students (apart from me) questioned the consensus. Most of them seriously asserted that “forced labour can be justified”! They should have heard themselves say these things. I felt like I was in a debate about slavery about 150 years ago. But noone was even defending the obvious and my obvious questions were largely ignored. (I bet they thought I was the weirdo.)