posted by BoatShoes
I received shares in my families business entities in northern Ohio when I was born. I currently disagree with some of the things my Uncle does as the president of said entities as opposed to paying more profits out as dividends to shareholders. Yet, I retain my stock that I inherited and do not alienate it. Do the uses of revenue that I disagree with constitute theft? No - it's ultimately a begrudging acceptance because I have the liberty to dispose of my interest.
The same goes for citizens of the United States. No one is forcing you to keep your franchise that you inherited. The United States is ranked only 12th in the world in Economic Freedom. Switzerland is currently ranked number 4, has strong firearm rights, English is a popular language and it has more immigrants than any other country in the Western world.
These facts indicate a clear begrudging acceptance to the terms of the U.S. Constitution.
In any case I do think it would worthwhile to the cause of civic virtue to demand explicit manifestations of consent to the laws of the united states so we'd never again have to hear libertarians make the same arguments about the state stealing from them that communists make about capitalists and move on to figuring out what types and how much taxation are appropriate.
Your arguments again are a textbook example of circular reasoning, that the government is legitimate because the document written to establish the government says that it's legitimate. It's nonsense of course, the only "legitimacy" comes from the ability and willingness of those in charge to use violence against people it has no moral or ethical right to rule. And you as a lawyer (supposedly) claim this to be a "contract".
The argument you make in your humblebrag about your family empire is again flawed by this absurd notion of legitimacy. You leaving your business interests behind is worlds apart from the idea of having to physically leave my home to escape threats from thugs. A better analogy is saying, "if you don't want to deal with the mafia, don't start a business in New York, go somewhere else".