At the heart of the citizenship-based taxation debate, is the issue of “what is a citizen” – isaacbrocksociety.ca/2013/02/05/yet…
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) February 5, 2013
Or to put it another way:
Is a citizen the property of the government or is the citizen a member in a voluntary member of a community?
The 14th amendment of the U.S. constitution was enacted for the purpose of ensuring that former slaves had equal citizenship, the U.S. Should that same 14th amendment be interpreted to create permanent slavery?
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Note this interesting comment by Badger:
For a very illuminating discussion of the ‘chilling’ effect of conditioning and coupling expatriation from US citizenship with satisfying the IRS, and the concomitant barriers the US has designed to deny all access to the fundamental right to expatriate, as well as a dissection of US government behaviour and arguments on this issue, see:
‘The Constitutionality of the Taxation Consequences For Renouncing US Citizenship’
byWilliam Thomas Worster
1020 Florida Tax Review [Vol.9:11
“……….This method of taxation goes to heart of what it means to be a citizen. Is a citizen simply an individual receiving benefits from the legitimate monopolizer of violence or is the citizen a member of a common endeavor to create and sustain a government among equals? If the people are the former, existing in a separated and adversarial relationship with the government, then perhaps the government should be empowered to tax all who it can reach for its own enrichment. If, on the other hand, the citizens are engaged in a collective relationship, with the government merely acting as their representative and agent, then when a citizen elects to leave the community and no longer
receive the rights of the community, then the individual should not have lingering obligations upon leaving the state” http://www.academia.edu/1228417/The_Constitutionality_of_the_Taxation_Consequences_for_Renouncing_US_Citizenship
My question is: What is citizenship? What does it mean? Who does it belong to? What responsibilities does it entail? What are its benefits?