The parasite - the state - has to have a host. First there had to be production before there could be something to tax or steal. Kings waged dynastic wars requiring high taxation. Revolutions and secession resulted.
The myth of the fair tax is the myth of the just tax. Taxation is a coerced, not voluntary, exchange. It is false to say bureaucrats pay taxes. They consume taxes. They plunder. They are the tax eaters. The rest of us are tax payers.