Originally Posted by Unit
The analogy with childcare would be to tax people who invest a lot of time and effort in having a good relationship with their parents. Let's tax Cadillac parents!
Right. The analogy is that the Child Protective Services you referenced are paid for by taxing the citizenry, which includes good parents. So, in effect, we are
taxing the Cadillac parents. Why? So that children with awful parents can be rescued from shitty circumstances and given a chance at a better life.
And if you're a true libertarian, you are opposed to this practice. I realize a lot of people call themselves libertarians in a more informal sense, like the guy who wants to smoke pot, or the one who wants to ride a motocycle without a helmet. But a true philosophical libertarian is considers taxation for child services to be tyranny, and an illegitimate exercise of government power. Which is why libertarianism will never amount to more than either (a) a tiny fringe political movement, or (b) a more robust movement that is less doctrinaire about what it means to be a libertarian (e.g., Brink Lindsay).