Voluntary Taxation

Marcy nailed it,
The Bay Area is a "playgroup". And all the kids are waiting for some new leaders to depose the old ones. Then it would be up to the new leaders to set the standards of the playground. If that included defending each kid's lunch money from confiscation, I'm sure the children would figure out what they wanted to buy with it, even if they had never before had the chance.

To me, the whole world is a playground and its occupants behave in exactly the same way as the kids did all the years I served on "yard duty" at my daughter's school!