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It then was determined that Mr. Byler had a total of six horses, so it was decided to seize three in order to satisfy the tax indebtedness. The three horses were sold May I, 1961, at STRIFE AS A WAY OF LIFE public auction for $460. 80 which was returned to the taxpayer. The Byler case like all others in the same category presents an unpleasant and difficult task for the Internal Revenue Service. However, there is no authority under which Amish farmers may be relieved of liability for this tax. With respect to those who remain adamant in their refusal to pay, as in the case of any person who refuses to pay any federal tax that is lawfully due, it is incumbent on the Internal Revenue Service to proceed with collection enforcement action as provided by law.
Simply because most of us meekly acquiesce, that is, uncomplainingly go along with the machin3 See The Law by Frederic Bastiat (Irvington-on-Hudson, N. , 1950), 76 pp. 75 cloth. 44 ANYTHING THAT'S PEACEFUL ery of socialism, we tend to lose sight of the fact that it is founded on strife and violence. The seizing of the Amish farmer's horses generated widespread feelings of remorse and resentment. " Of course they didn't mean it. Nonetheless, these projections of property-seizure and even death are nothing more nor less than the inevitable consequences of admitting the socialistic premise into American policy.
That policies founded on strife and violence are growing is evident enough to anyone who will take the pains 4 See One Who Survived by Alexander Barmine (New York: G. A. Putnam's Sons), and I Chose Freedom by Victor Kravchenko (New York: Scribners, 1946). 5 To understand why gangsters rather than humane human beings must occupy political office in a socialistic state, read "Why the Worst Get on Top" in F. A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1944). , Irvington-on-Hudson, N.