One day you turn around and see that a gradual process has made massive changes.
The American war of Independance started with the Boston Tea Party - effectively a popular riot triggered by nothing more a feeling that taxation was unfair.
Today in england we have passively (maybe indoctrinated through state schooling) come to a place where many people seem to honestly beleive that the government is the boss, and they submit to its will.
An individual is allowed to cast a vote for a local MP every 5 years or so, and in return they appear to surrender any claim to self-determination.
Even the poll-tax riots of the '80s were not an attack on the system, they were an attack on the government of the time. And despite those uprisings, it resulted in absolutely no long term impact on the representation of the people. The same could happen all over again, in exactly the same way. Riots and uprisings end in one of two ways - either complete victory for one sie, or in an agreed declaration or charter setting out the settlement that the sides have agreed.
The poll-tax riots led to no such document and the system has not changed, so it must be that it was a victory for the state.
Each such victory for the state over the popular feeling of the people is another ratchet click towards totalitarionism.
People must be encouraged to remember that property rights are a funamental part of freedom. The state has no particular right to separate you from your property - whether the property is money, real-estate or other items, and whether the mechanism to deprive you is taxes, fines or any thing else.
The people may grant the state the power to raise taxes to the level essential to fund those things that are essential and best delivered en-mass. And there is discussion to be had on how such a burden is to be spread. However when the taxman collects, he should acknowledge the generosity of the citizen.
However, things are out of whack - the state beleives that all property belongs to it, and that it can do as it wishes without reference or regard to the individual. And what is most worrying is that many individuals passively accept this state of affiars - while it is expected that the political classes (who run the state) would be attacted to suc a level of control and influence, noone who beleives in freedom can approve of such a situation.
Noone (even the taxman) can be allowed to take an individuals property with such disragard for the indiviudal; and individuals must be educated to realise that their freedom (and the freedom of generations to come) from slavery is fundamentally predicated on them asserting this right to property.