Taxation Without Representation

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A phrase, generally attributed to James Otis about 1761, that reflected the resentment of American colonists at being taxed by a British Parliament to which they elected no representatives and became an anti-British slogan before the American Revolution; in full, “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

I wish we could voice our opinion on what the mayor spends our money on..sidewalks no one uses, parks that are rarely visited. How about maintaining the infrastructure. Paving roads and many other improvements. I live here , spend my money here and receive very little representation from the local government. Taxation without representation.

By the way thanks for this site. gives me a chance to vent.

Otis, pictured above, was a lawyer in colonial Massachusetts who contested the law and power of the British by arguing that Writs of Assistance, what we now call search warrants, were a form of tyranny.

A young John Adams, who heard the speech, said that Otis’ role in contesting British writs was “the spark in which originated the American Revolution [and] breathed into the nation the breath of life.”


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