Leonard E. Read wrote (1960), "It is only when we understand that government can have no rightful powers of control, over and beyond the powers that inhere in individuals as moral rights, that we can clearly recognize the proper limitations of the State. With this recognition will come the trimming process: government reduced to the enormously important function of securing the rights of man. Limited to this role — its only competence — government will become an aid, not an ailment; a bargain, not a burden. Taxes will then be a matter of relative unimportance. Summarized, this paper insists that the only way to reduce taxes is for each devotee of liberty to become, as best he can, a moral philosopher. Too difficult? Only if the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments, and the Declaration of Independence are beyond one’s scope!"
How to Reduce Taxes | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty