On the nature of government, few in history have really hit the nail on the head better than the late, great Austrian, Ludwig von Mises: The government says to the citizen, Pay taxes or my armed constables will imprison you. A state or a government is an apparatus of coercion and compulsion. Within the territory…Details
Ok, so it’s actually two questions, but they go hand in hand. From Paul Hein at Strike the Root:
1. If governmental action is NOT in accord with the Constitution, is the government legitimate?
2. If a government is not legitimate, can it command your obedience?
My answers? “No” and “only by force.”