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Hello, all--I'm new to Ayn Rand and this Forum, so I apologize in advance for a possible naivete of my questions: (1) Is the ethical prohibition to initiate violence against any individual is accepted in AR's philosophy as a self -evident principle (=axiom) ? Or is it deduced from some principles that are considered more basic? (1.a) If the latter, what are those principle and the logic by which the inference in question is made? (2) Is any taxation whatsoever considered in AR's philosophy as a violation of the tenet indicated in (1)? (2.a) If not, what are the exceptions? Thanks.