Okay, so bear with me here. If the government forces everyone to pay a tax simply to own their own property that they paid for, and evicts them with a lien (and then goes on to sell that house), isn't that essentially the same as renting it from them (or some might say bribing the government not to confiscate your property)? Things like selling and evicting tenants are very much actions of a landlord/property owner.
I'd like to cite a few quotes that put this into words a little better than I can.
This is from "How I Found Freedom In an Unfree World" by Harry Browne (p.94). "[The government] gives you the one-sided choice of paying property taxes or losing your property. So, as economist F. A. Harper has pointed out, you don't actually own anything; you rent from the government. Sales between individuals are only exchanges of the privilege of renting property from the government. He who doesn't pay the annual rental is forcibly evicted from his property."
"Property taxes are a reality of life for almost every property owner in the world. In the Land of the Free, some homeowners pay five figure sums every year to live in modest homes in places like New York and Southern California.
Heck, people in New York are paying tens of thousands of dollars each year just to live in their own homes.
Going as far back as ancient Egypt, these mandatory tithes to the government are proof that you don’t really OWN your home or land. Rather, you are indebted to the government for the use of that land and, consequently, must pay.
Unlike many private sector services, you can’t simply buy a “lifetime membership” for annual multiple and call it a day. You must pay property taxes by the due date each and every year — and not a moment too soon." http://nomadcapitalist.com/2014/05/27/countries-with-no-property-taxes-really-home/
"If you don’t pay your property taxes in California, the delinquent amount (which includes taxes, interest, penalties, and costs resulting from the delinquency) becomes a lien on your home. Once the past-due amount becomes a lien, the tax collector can sell your home. Most tax-defaulted homes are sold at a public auction." http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-happens-if-i-dont-pay-property-taxes-california.html
So reddit, change my view.
Where I got other information:
Edit: This video pretty much sums up what I'm postulating here.
Edit 2: My opinion on the matter has not really changed. Only the title is wrong by a technicality.
Edit 3: I understand that society as a whole could be worse off without property taxes, but that doesn't really make my statement untrue.
Edit 4: Being able to sell your house does not mean you entirely own it. As /u/AnarcoCapitalist put it, "Let's say I owned a house and allowed someone else to live in it for a monthly rent. Then that tenant was allowed to sell the house to another tenant for its value at the time. But I as the true owner will always be taking my rent money from whatever tenant lives there."
It's just how the tenant/landlord contract was set up.