Imperator Caesar Divi Filius Augustus was trying to hold an empire together when he directed Publius Sulpicius Quirinius and his assistant Coponius to conduct a census of Judaea and Syria so that they could start raising taxes from them. What were those taxes used for? To maintain the pax Romana, of course--the first prerequisite of a civilized society.
What, after all, have the Romans ever done for us?
John Scalzi: Tax Frenzies and How to Hose Them Down:
I really don’t know what you do about the “taxes are theft” crowd, except possibly enter a gambling pool regarding just how long after their no-tax utopia comes true that their generally white, generally entitled, generally soft and pudgy asses are turned into thin strips of Objectivist Jerky by the sort of pitiless sociopath who is actually prepped and ready to live in the world that logically follows these people’s fondest desires. Sorry, guys. I know you all thought you were going to be one of those paying a nickel for your cigarettes in Galt Gulch. That’ll be a fine last thought for you as the starving remnants of the society of takers closes in with their flensing tools.