"I'd rather pay taxes into a common pool to keep myself in a stable, secure environment. Having secured transportation and access to secured markets seems like it offers a better life on average than having to raise my own security force.
Noone siad you had to raise your own security force, you could do like they do in detroit now, pay a few bucks a month to private security to protect you. That's fine if you'd rather pay taxes and be a slave than use a voluntary solution to transportation, but i dont want to so don't force me to, let me opt out.
"It doesn't matter if that common pool goes to a king, lord,boss, government, or general as long as they hold up their end of the deal, I'll be safer and more successful."
There is no deal, and to think you would trust politicans gave me a chuckle. Slave masters from the days of chattle slavery would provide their slaves certain freedoms because it made them more productive, the state provides us certain benefits because it makes us more productive, we produce more which in turn means they can TAKE more. That's it.
"You call it enslavement, but the power of the tax collector rests on them upholding their end of the contract. while they are upholding their end of the deal, its a mutually beneficial, consensual arrangement that I would enter into willingly, which is quite different than slavery. Only when they fail to provide the security, stability, and enhanced chance of success does it become robbery or enslavement."
I call it enslavement because thats exactly what it is, enslavement. You either own yourself and thus the product of your labor or you someone else does. It's that simple.
What contract? Show me a contract i signed to agree to be ruled by politicians and a government. A contract which changes overtime without the consent of the signer is void, as is a contract which never existed(in this case).
You didn't enter into this contract willingly since there never was a contract to begin with, and if you resist you will be forced into it. That it not a legal contract in any sense of the word.
Do you really think the government provides security, better opportunities and economic stability? The government provides nothing which they first did not steal from someone else, either directly or indirectly(inflation and borrowing).
"Yep. I would rather trade anarchist freedom to be part of a group that mitigates risk and provide more chances to be successful, and thus more chances to be happy. "
More chances to be successful? I dont see how having barriers to entry that the state erects at the behest of corporations gives your more chances to be successful. I don't see how having 50%-75% less money makes you more likely to be succuessful or happy. I dont see how being thrown in jail or killed for purusing your happiness doing activities that the state made illegal but hurt noone makes you more happy.