France will soon be monitoring social media accounts to catch suspected tax evaders. The endeavor could label anyone as suspicious who so much as posts a “taxation is theft” meme or a poses with a nice car. The country’s budget minister, Gérald Darmanin, called the court-approved experiment ‘one more tool to fight fraud.’ Exemplified by this move toward dystopian financial surveillance is the economic elephant in the room: fiat monetary systems are not only broken, inefficient, and financially unsound, they’re also immoral.
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No Means No, Except When It’s the State
Every ethical transaction between peaceful humans involves informed consent. From romance to retail, exchanges that are forcefully perpetrated on another individual without agreement are rightfully identified as violent. Should your local department store charge you for an item you don’t want, and then leverage violence to obtain that “fee,” they’d be shut down in a heartbeat. Should someone in relationship…