wed 22 oct 2008 20:58:51 homewood
brief addendum to "notes of a fool"
i just took a moment to re-read "notes of a fool" http://www.postwar.nl/notes_of_a_fool and was pleased to find that i still agree with what i wrote then. nothing about it embarrasses me except that i've been unable to get many people to read it!
in light of my tax problems, i do want to go on record about one thing, now that i have a moment to think about it.
in chapter 11 of "notes", re "real resistance", i say that
"A hundred thousand people can gather in the square and shout their disapproval of what an authority is doing. But if they don't have something that authority wants and know how to use it then they are not resisting, only shouting."
this could be interpreted as an invocation of tax resistance, ie, withholding your cooperation by not paying your taxes, just as henry thoreau wrote of doing. since i've been here, three good friends have argued to me that tax resistance is in fact an honorable form of civil disobedience. maybe they're right, maybe it is.
but what i want to clarify is that this doesn't apply to me personally. for me to claim otherwise would be false. i am not a tax delinquent because of my conscience, but because of my propensity for financial mismanagement.
i will admit that since 2000, paying the US govt to do what it does became a lower priority for me. that much is true: hearing of their two wars, learning of their use of sometimes mortal torture, reading accusations of their constraint on human liberty for their own citizens, all this added onto my compelling need to prioritize first taking care of my loved ones, and my real (that is, contractual) creditors.
but unfortunately for my ego, i cannot claim that lofty title of civil disobeyer. i'm just lousy with money.