Can I move to a different place and nullify the social contract (just somewhere else)? Does this destroy the moral justification for taxes?

  • It's unclear what the parenthetical "*(just somewhere else)" refers to. Who or what specifically is somewhere else? – agc Sep 6 '19 at 18:53
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The social contract is not a contract in the legal sense, it is an abstraction to describe society in moral and philosophical debates.

You leave the social contract by leaving your society, i.e. by emigrating to another one or to a place where no other society exists (such places are hard to find on 21st century Earth). This puts the taxations of non-residents into question, not taxation in general.

  • But if I can change cities does that work. – user28055 Sep 6 '19 at 5:35
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    @user28055, it will never "work" because the social contract is a moral concept. Rejecting a moral concept does not mean you have left the jurisdiction of the revenue service. Changing cities will get you a different municipal tax office. – o.m. Sep 6 '19 at 5:54
  • But which jursdiction has the contract – user28055 Sep 6 '19 at 16:37
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    @user28055, it is not a legal contract. It is a metaphor to describe the relationship between citizen and state with mutual rights and obligations. – o.m. Sep 7 '19 at 4:56

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