Tim Starr has suggested that a conscientious objector status ought to be established for taxes that would allow individuals to opt out. He seems to be talking about something other than simply making contributions to government voluntary, but what?
I think what’s going on here is that Starr is engaging in a form of special pleading. There are people he respects who reject taxes on principle, and he would like to be able to grant them an exemption even though the thinks public action and thus public funding is necessary now in the War On Terror. But to whom would he deny conscientious objector status? And if he’s not going to deny anyone such status taxation is finished along with the entire public sphere of action because all actions are then private.
That would be fine, but it’s clearly not what he has in mind since he holds that private action will not now suffice in the War On Terror.