Re: I think you might be overlooking a couple things
I'm not paying 30% or 35%, but it sure as hell feels like a protection racket all the same. In addition to federal and state tax, I pay the equivalent of your council tax. In exchange I get roads, schools, police, and fire department. My federal and state taxes give me prisons, judges, and an army, among other things.
The police and the army are there for what, exactly, if not to keep the chavs from breaking in and taking my stuff.
It's all about how much I pay, or should be paying, for the service, right?