OK, so we all know that taxation without representation is a form of tyranny. But as Kimberly Strassel and others have been pointing out, ”40% of Americans today don’t pay income taxes.”
What if, not implausibly, in the next administration that number rises to 51% or more? At that point, the majority of Americans not paying taxes would elect leaders who decide how much the minority must fork over to the government — to be redistributed to the majority through government programs and services.
A majority of American would enjoy representation without taxation. This is probably not a form tyranny that Jefferson, Madison, Franklin et al. envisioned.