"The State provides a legal, orderly, systematic channel for predation on the property of the producers."
Murry Rothbard (1926-1995)
Dr. Rothbard was famous for saying a lot in few words.
Just the word "predation" says it all!
What is a predator? Most animals, and some plants, are predators. They position themselves to watch whatever the group. They understand behavior, can see weaknesses, and when they strike, they strike at group members that cannot defend themselves.
Have you every thought of bureaucrats and politicians as predators? Why not! The word fits, and when something fits it might as well be worn, even as a moniker.
How about predation that involves legal, orderly, systematic channels? When $6+ trillion is removed from the economy by the federal gubment, and another $6+ trillion removed by state and local gubments, and on top of that other taxes attached to services, utilities, sales, usage fees, et al, that, THAT, composes an incalculable number of channels!
WHAT A HUGE DRAIN THAT IS ON VIBRANCY AND ACTIVITY, THE ACTIVITY WE CALL BUSINESS. BUSINESS IS REALLY THE COMBINATION OF TWO WORDS - BUSY AND NESS. THE SUFFIX "NESS" MEANS ACTIVITY OR PROCESS. WHEN TOO MUCH IS TAKEN FROM THAT SECTOR OF SOCIETY, ITS BUSY NESS SLOWS DOWN.
Study the habits of predators and you will see the predatory habits of statists out looking for more and more and more of what is produced.
And remember, no money, NO MONEY, can be given to the non producers until it has been taken from the producers. The predators produce nothing for themselves. It has to be derived from real producers. Non producers produce little to nothing for themselves. It has to be derived from real producers.
How do groups fend off predators? By sticking together.
Remember Franklin's famous statement. At the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, he said, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
What a wonderful, metaphorical model for what we face today.