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100% match21 November 2005…of U.S. air power that terrorizes and kills with escalating bombardment (as happened in Vietnam for several years after President Nixon announced his “Guam Doctrine” of Vietnamization in mid-1969). An effective antiwar movement must challenge the jingo-narcissism that defines the war as a problem mainly to the extent that it harms Americans. Countless pundits and politicians continue to dec…
100% match17 July 2013…ons were presented as if they were clear and unassailable pacifist measures rather than steps of desperation. Perhaps a confession of our desperation would have been more appropriate, but I do not know how others feel. The 15 August issue printed some excerpts from the deliberations that had taken place during the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s proceedings. Among these was this paragraph: Twenty cen…
100% match17 July 2013…n answer of some sort to this draft of our resources. It is an answer that, I believe, can be made only after those deep quakings of spirit which earned us the nickname we prize and would like to honor in our lives. In the 1 July issue, Philip Dudley Woodbridge wrote in to explain why he was “refusing to pay part of the income tax due at this time as a symbol of my intention not to support wars — past, present, or future.… I will not sup…
100% match17 July 2013…e in to explain why he was “refusing to pay part of the income tax due at this time as a symbol of my intention not to support wars — past, present, or future.… I will not support this mass murder and the possible destruction of mankind.” At that year’s New York Yearly Meeting, according to a report in the Journal, Realizing that Friends often are called to different witness and that we…
100% match13 June 2014…13 June 2014 Some bits and pieces from here and there: NWTRCC has reprinted Melvin D. Schmidt’s 1969 paper on “Tax Refusal as Conscientious Objection to War” at its site. The paper gives a brief historical overview of war tax resistance, describes the results…
100% match13 July 2013…x refusal” in a 1959 issue, and also something described as “the historical material” on the subject — “Early Friends and War Taxes” (perhaps the same leaflet). Here is some more of his work: In the 1 June 1969 issue, he responded in a letter-to-the-editor to an article that apparently suggested “that Friends drop their middle-class attitude of changing law and join the less privileged whose o…
100% match11 December 2012…ecting war policy, so much so that the President declares that he will not be swayed by them. Under these circumstances, tax resistance, distasteful as it is, seems to more and more people to offer the most effective channel of protest. This summer I participated in the formation of War Tax Resistance, which is working to transform tax protests from essentially individual acts into an integrated political factor. The leading figure in the organizat…
100% match5 April 2013…se irate citizens hope their actions will register as formal protests against the Vietnam war. The more optimistic among them envision the war-effort’s being actually affected, should enough people hold back on their taxes. It all began last summer, with an organization of New Left and pacifist opponents of the war called War Tax Resistance. WTR’s headquarters is a littered office on…
68% match11 December 2012…1969 — 1st4,000 2nd4,000 The figure for the third quarter of this year is not available yet, but the revived intensity of the anti-war movement, manifested in the national student moratorium on October 15 and the big dem…
51% match21 October 2004…ut one a week.… Bounties, raised by common subscription in amounts running anywhere from $50 to $1,000, have been widely reported put on the heads of leaders whom the privates and Sp4s want to rub out.… As early as mid-1969, however, an entire company of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade publicly sat down on the battlefield. Later that year, another rifle company, from the famed 1…
33% match11 December 2012…5,300 4th4,700 1969 — 1st4,000 2nd4,000 The figure for the third quarter of this year is not available yet, but the revived intensity of the an…
25% match31 October 2009…31 October 2009 The Ludwig von Mises Institute has put on-line a 1969 essay by tax resister Karl Hess: The Lawless State: A Libertarian View of the Status of Liberty. Here are some excerpts in which he addresses tax resistance as a tactic for the liberty-loving: This is not to say, of course, that totalitarianism is right around the…
25% match31 March 2010…e Supreme Court. Last spring, that ultimate tribunal refused to consider it. More recently, Ms. Kellems has been counterattacking the tax system on another front. The objective was a capital gains and dividends tax program instituted in 1969 and 1971 in her home state of Connecticut. Half the objective has been won already: after a drive in which she played a major role, the dividends tax was repealed in…
25% match31 March 2010…,000 worth. But so far she has paid only $813.30 for a medical deduction on her 1965 return which was disallowed by wrist-slapping IRS auditors in 1969. (The IRS is planning to take her back to court in June.) “The…
25% match30 September 2012…is led, consistent with its most fundamental beliefs, to resist government efforts to coerce an employee against their conscience in such historic Friends’ testimonies. The New York Yearly Meeting (of Quakers) in 1969 approved a statement in which they agreed that the meeting would refuse to honor salary levies directed at employees who were refusing taxes for conscientious reasons. The Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Fr…
25% match30 September 2008…the pluralism I’m talking about is possible because of the technology. The computers can be used, for example, to help people with similar interest and life styles get together. Technotribal utopianism circa 1969. Groovy. Earlier this month, I related the story of Mike Palecek, who got hit with a “frivolou…
25% match30 September 2008…aphrased in a position paper by John Yoo today, there’s an interesting appendix in which Mayer discusses his argument with young “fellows” of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (which published the book). This would have been around 1969. There’s a part of the discussion in which one of the participants says that perhaps a society composed of small, independent, diversely-organized communes might be a solution to Mayer’s dilemma. Mayer responds…
25% match30 March 2012…1991 confrontation with federal authorities that forced Kehler and his wife, Betsy Corner, from their Colrain home. Ellsberg said he first heard Kehler speak at an anti-war, draft resisters event in 1969 when Kehler talked about being willing to go prison rather than go to war. “He made a very strong impression on me,” Ellsberg said. So strong, he said, that he got up and left. “I went by mys…
25% match29 October 2011…29 October 2011 In 1969, The Massachusetts Review included the poem On Income Tax Refusal by William Whitman. It is addressed “To the Director of the Internal Revenue Service Center, Ogden, Utah” and reads: Sir, for this hour let us put aside personal joy and sorrow and consider our communal self…
25% match25 May 2011…IRS has grown. Last year, there were 1,648 who told the IRS they didn’t intend to pay taxes, but the agency was forced to collect in 698 cases. In 1969, 1,401 protested, but only 368 drew formal action by IRS. In 1968, there were 592 who protested and 140 tax-delinqu…
25% match25 June 2012…Brockley is reportedly the first member of the Capital Area War Tax Resistance; 727 Madison Ave., Albany, to receive such a tax refund since Richard and Melanie Evans, formerly of Albany, received a $231 refund in 1969 after claiming a Vietnamese mother and child as dependents. And here is the voice of officialdom, dutifuly transcribed by the Gazette:…
25% match25 December 2012…ns in Queens, New York began paying their property taxes into an escrow fund that they said they would refuse to turn over to the local government until it fired a Communist Party member from his post as a government advisor. In New Guinea, in 1969, natives in the Mataungan Association, upset at their political control being diluted in a local government that included immigrant representatives, set up its own tax agency and collected $29,000 “which, it says, it is ho…
25% match23 April 2010…t for many. “It troubles us to find ourselves in conflict with what we judge to be a fair obligation to pay the taxes,” said Joe Volk, secretary of the American Friends Service Committee’s Peace Education branch and a tax resister since 1969. Robin Harper is still an active tax resister. Lilian Willoughby remained a dedicated activist into her 90s, and died in 2009. J…
25% match21 October 2004…s. With extreme reluctance (after a young West Pointer from Senator Mike Mansfield’s Montana was fragged in his sleep) the Pentagon has now disclosed that fraggings in 1970 (109) have more than doubled those of the previous year (96). Word of the deaths of officers will bring cheers at troop movies or in bivouacs of certain units. In one such division — the morale plagued Americal — fraggings during…
25% match21 January 2011…dochina. Peacemakers, the War Resisters League, and other nonviolent groups urged refusal of this tax and in the following years countless thousands heeded their call. Under the leadership of Bob and Angie Calvert, War Tax Resistance was formed in 1969 as a separate organization to investigate all aspects and ramifications of conscientious tax refusal. During the war there were over 200 local war tax resistance centers, as well as a number of “alternative life fund…
25% match19 February 2005…t of opposition and resistance to the Vietnam War. (At the time, however, Brecher was taking an even more militant stand. In his critique of The Vietnam Moratorium from 1969 he called for a general strike to force the government’s hand.) I like where he’s going with this. So many anti-war declarations are just bombastic complaints. What’s missing is the “and here’s what we’re going…
25% match19 August 2007…dependent, guy. When it comes to convincing Americans to step off the treadmill, McKibben has a hard sale to make — though as one who stepped off and hasn’t looked back, I have a difficult time remembering what’s so hard about it. In 1969, people in the United States enjoyed a standard of living that was the envy of the world. Between then and 2000, labor productivity (the amount of economic value an American worker prod…
25% match17 July 2013…llow man. Friends recalled the 1776 statement by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on the use of our bodies and our resources, which has never been rescinded. That Minute, reading as follows, might well be our statement in 1969: “It is the judgment of this Meeting that a tax levied for the purchasing of drums, colours, or for other warlike uses cannot be paid consistently with our Christian testimonies.” What is important is that all Friend…
25% match17 July 2013…28 June 1968, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed a law that added a 7.5% surcharge to most income tax bills that tax year, and 10% for 1969. Johnson sold the tax as a necessary measure for the Vietnam War effort — “to give our fighting men the help they need in this hour of trial.” Some may hear in this message a call…
25% match17 July 2013…17 July 2013 War tax resistance in the Friends Journal in 1969 On 28 June 1968, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed a law that added a 7.5% surcharge to most income tax bills that tax year, and 10% for 1969. Johnson sold th…
25% match17 December 2004…stench of burning flesh in Dresden; they themselves give off more than a whiff of bad faith. The bombing of Dresden has been in the public eye at least since Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five was published in 1969. This was twenty-four years after the event, a time-span not considered too long for punishing child molesters. If [that] attack was so criminal, where were the loud calls for th…
25% match16 March 2006…ome ten million viewers… not bad. A couple of months back I noted the recent arrest of Ernest McQueen for deserting the military in 1969 during the Vietnam War. I speculated that the government was digging up an old case like this as a way of sending a message to the current mess of troops,…
25% match16 December 2010…s an immense list of signatures.] I’ve mentioned here before tax resistance in Papua New Guinea around 1921. Here’s a story of another tax strike there, this time from 1969 (from the 16 December 1969 Sydney Morning Herald). Ex…
25% match15 November 2006…15 November 2006 In 1969, Allen Ginsberg wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury David Kennedy to tell him why Ginsberg would not be paying his taxes. The Allen Ginsberg Trust has put this letter on-line. Excerpts:…
25% match15 July 2013…payments. Each year since 1949, I have resisted paying war taxes and the IRS has attached either my bank account or my salary. In 1969 the board of directors of the American Friends Service Committee, sensitive to the concern of some of its staff members, agreed to take action together with me and Leonard Cadwallader, another Quaker employe, to sue…
25% match15 August 2011…e. Hugh Barbour’s Quaker Crosscurrents: Three Hundred Years of Friends in the New York Yearly Meetings mentions it briefly, and also notes that: Conscription was a major concern of the 1969 sessions as well, and the yearly meeting approved a “Letter to Friends Troubled by Conscription” for distribution to the monthly meetings. They also agreed that the yearly meeting should refuse to honor liens on the…
25% match13 December 2006…ext month, how much coverage do you expect? They say they had 350,000 marching in New York City last April. Remember that? If that had happened in 1969, it would have been the biggest anti-war demonstration yet. In 2006 it earned a 521-word artic…
25% match11 December 2012…phasize that the number of refusers is only a tiny fraction of the total number of taxpayers. There were some 71 million returns filed in 1967, about 73 million in 1968, and 75 million in 1969. But again, tax-resistance leaders find significance in the fact that the very idea of tax refusal was unthinkable to nearly all of the resisters until their consciences impelled them to it. Furthermore, although the…
25% match11 December 2012…1968 there were 533 taxpayers who refused part or all of their income taxes and wrote the IRS that they were doing so in protest against the Vietnam war. This year there were 848 who set themselves against the law on grounds of conscientious objection to the war. The IRS spokesman told me that roughly th…
25% match10 May 2011…rs and the showing of the film Death not Taxes. The point of the film was that while death is certain for us all, voluntarily paying taxes for War is not. We can refuse, as I have done using one strategy or another since 1969. In my comments I encouraged everyone to set aside whatever fears we have of personal loss or what others may say — and just do our best to “sleep well at night”. I know that if my own actions (or lack of action) is…
25% match8 September 2006…The Harvard Crimson, 9 April 1970. Among the signers were “Salvador E. Luria, M.I.T.’s 1969 Nobel laureate, and George Wald, Higgins Professor of Biology and a 1967 Nobel winner.” The War Tax Protester…
25% match6 March 2013…scripted into the military, and had also refused to be drafted into an alternative civilian service position for conscientious objectors, and he was sentenced to two years in prison for his refusal. He also picked up a three-month prison sentence in 1969 for having burnt his draft card in 1966. Headlines of some other newspaper articles behind paywalls hint at other arrests for anti-war actions — including a conviction for desecrating the Am…
25% match6 July 2012…6 July 2012 The “Radical Libertarian Alliance” was founded in 1969 and lasted until 1972 — making it one of the earlier organizations in the modern libertarian movement. It was small, decentralized, and part of the left/libertarian outreach of that period — with free-market anarchists Murray Rothbard and Karl Hess among the more prominent members. It for a time issued a pub…
25% match5 April 2013…y portions of the 10 per cent surtax or the telephone tax “as a sign of our personal opposition to the continuing Vietnam War.” Salvador E. Luria, M.I.T.’s 1969 Nobel laureate. and George Wald, Higgins Professor of Biology and a 1967 Nobel winner, each signed the letters to their colleagues. Other Harvard signers are Harvey Cox, professor of Di…
25% match5 April 2013…In 1967, when the IRS first began to keep tabs on tax protesters, some 375 were counted. In 1968, there were 533, and last year, 848. Resistance leaders feel that even if the amounts of nonpayment are small, symbolic sums, they could have significant impact by snarling the tax-collecting machinery. In a hand-lettered flier, titl…
25% match3 September 2012…d say only “he talks with various groups from time to time.” Bromley did not attend [the protest/celebration, presumably —♇] because of illness, friends said. The tax assessment against the Peacemakers had followed a probe in 1969 of that group and other anti-war organizations by the now-defunct Special Service unit of the IRS. According to revelations which surfaced during…
25% match3 September 2006…nlawful purpose. Not surprisingly, the defence failed on the ground that the words of the Finance Act were unambiguous. Some years later, the Quakers tried to move the argument on to new ground, bringing in the Genocide Convention and Genocide Act 1969. Their case was lost in the Court of Appeal where, on the same day, a similar case based on an alleged violation of a fundamental civil right to protest was also lost (Langran v. Hayler,…
25% match3 February 2008…IRS would respond, but he outlined the general IRS position and policy regarding those who try to resist or evade their taxes. He cited the 1969 court case of Autenreith v. Cullan, in which a tax resister was trying to withhold part of his taxes in protest over the Vietnam War, as a key legal precedent…
25% match3 August 2009…by decree we have been left at the altar by our government. “Tolerance” from conservatives? Well, how about acceptance? Call me naïve, but is that too much to ask? Maybe it is. Yet recall the violent Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969, when gays prevailed over police harassment. Rights are rarely given — they are taken. Today the enemy sits in Congress. Instead of blunt force, we need brave souls to say, “I do!” to equal rights and hit Uncle Sam i…
25% match1 September 2007…gularly promotes illegal tax evasion: “The First Amendment does not protect speech that incites imminent lawless action,” the judge wrote, citing a 1969 Supreme Court decision. Because Mr. Schulz and his organization “are not merely advocating, but have gone the extra step in instructing others how to engage in illegal activity and have supplied the mean…
13% match30 August 2013…ut the only reference to war tax resistance I found in any of them was this one, from an obituary notice for Jeremy Hardin Mott, which came in the May issue: During this period [1969–70] he and Judy [née Franks] lived below taxable income to avoid supporting the military. Here is a list of tax resisters mentioned in the Friends Journal, with links (“♦…
13% match14 August 2013…courts to such change and concluded that, while civil disobedience in this area (i.e., war tax resistance) would continue to be essential, the principal focus of attention should be to change the tax laws. During the year 1969–1970, there was for me a struggle with my conscience, not in regard to what I believe on this issue but whether to take some action and what that action should be. Should I live below a taxable income level? mov…
8% match6 July 2006…izenry that they have a moral obligation to pay. One pivotal event in this intellectual curiosity came while reading Yes I Can, the autobiography of Sammy Davis, Jr. during the late 1960s as an undergraduate student. It was there that I learned the federal government was confiscating more than 90 percent of his marginal income, which led me to ask, “Who the fuck are these guys who can g…
6% match30 August 2013…in 2013 We’re finally at the present day, having reviewed the arc in which coverage of war tax resistance built from near-silence in the late 1950s to a near frenzy by the late 1960s only to fade back to a low simmer by the early 1990s and then to the frankly moribund state where it is today. I only reviewed this year’s issues up…
6% match29 November 2012…hen this money was seized by the government anyway through garnishment of wages, Anthony attempted to maintain his position by denying the IRS all information about his income from 1969–72. As the war drew to a close he filed returns for those years in 1974, but deducted all tax obligations. The key case used by the…
6% match25 May 2011…25 May 2011 Here’s an interesting case of government spin in the war tax resistance game. The peak of modern American war tax resistance came around 1969–72 when large numbers of people were resisting, including prominent and well-known people, and were being very public about their resistance. The government paid close attention to the tax resistance movement in those days and took steps to counter it. Th…
6% match11 December 2012…s at the end of 1968 in the belief that President-elect Nixon would end the war. A table of the telephone company statistics follows, giving the number of telephone tax refusers at the end of each quarter since 1966: QuarterNo. of resisters to telephone tax…
5% match30 January 2012…ker May 1972 The Catholic Worker has received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating that we owe them $296,359 in fines, penalties, and unpaid income tax for the last six years. As the matter stands right now, there might be a legal battle with delays and postponements which may remind us of Dickens’ Bleak House. Or, since we will not set up a de…
5% match30 January 2012…The Catholic Worker I wrote of the crisis The Catholic Worker found itself in when we received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating that we owe them $296,359 in fines and penalties and unpaid income tax for the tax years, 1966 through 1970. This was a very impressive bill, and we wondered what it would be if they started figuring out what they thought we owed them from the years 1933, when we…
5% match30 January 2012…. State Offices of the IRS stated: After examining your financial records and reviewing your activities for the above years (1966–1970), we find that you are not required to file annual returns for the years shown, and no further action is necessary regarding the proposals in our letter of January 17, 1972…
5% match17 November 2012…ystanders.” (2011) “It was blessedly sunny on Tax Day. We set up in front of our downtown post office, where we think there have been tax day actions since the late 1960s. … We had our traditional penny poll and WRL flyers. Several local nonprofit groups sent representatives to accept some of our tax redirected…
5% match2 April 2012…k in the day, and her legal battles against the federal income tax make her a sort of founder or at least distinguished ancestor in the Constitutionalist sect. Here’s how the story ends, apparently: In the late 1960s, she finally became an overt tax rebel by refusing to surrender her records to the IRS when they questioned her deductions. In reta…
5% match27 February 2006…U.S. on its long exit from Vietnam. …[P]ublic support for the Vietnam War never rebounded after March 1968. Yet the conflict dragged on for another five years. The ticker for that intervention kept racing higher because President Richard Nixon and his National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger were willing to take the tragedy Johnson made and adopt it as their ow…
5% match20 July 2013…, I have openly refused to submit any tax return to the Internal Revenue Service. I have preferred to risk jail than support an immoral, insane war. This year again, although legally required to file, I must publicly refuse to do so. Since 1968 I have been deducting the war tax from my telephone bill. I will gladly pay Federal taxes when my Government turns off on war and mobilizes against real enemies: Pollution, poverty, disease, ignor…
4% match21 July 2013…lence. In 1958, the publishing address was moved to the Gano residence but the records, funds and operations of the corporation and the newspaper were kept entirely separate. They still are separate. Between 1966 and 1971 a sharing fund administered through the newspaper received money from those opposed to the Vietnam war who wanted to help support dependents of imprisoned war objectors. Monthly checks were issued to th…
4% match3 September 2012…ral friends active in the organization. Earlier this year, the IRS technically seized the house against a claim of $33,000 the group allegedly owed in back taxes for the years 1966–71. None of the occupants was forced to move out. Talked With Bromley A spokesman for Alexander said the IRS district offi…
4% match7 April 2011…Reading Eagle on this date in 1973: Tax Revolt Julius W. Butler, 77, a millionaire land developer who has refused to pay state and federal income taxes since 1968, was arrested Friday in Chicago and charged with failing to file a state tax return for 1971. “Each year I send a protest letter to the sta…
3% match12 April 2011…imes trials, they did not want to contribute voluntarily to a government policy which they feel is immoral. E. Russell Stabler, a special associate professor of mathematics at Hofstra University who has not paid the balance due on his income tax since 1962, said: “I feel we are bound by a higher law. We canot abide by the U.S. income tax law and at the same time avoid responsibility for criminal acts…
3% match5 April 2011…ways protested the amount spent on arms,” Roy Kepler of Menlo Park, Calif., said Wednesday in a telephone interview. He said Miss Baez has refused for the past eight years to pay the percentage of her income tax she figures corresponds to the amount of military spending in the federal budget. In past years, the Internal Revenue Service has collected the am…
3% match28 October 2004…ar as are currently on the ground.… Yale University economist William D. Nordhaus estimated that in inflation-adjusted terms, World War Ⅰ cost just under $200 billion for the United States. The Vietnam War cost about $500 billion from 1964 to 1972, Nordhaus said. The cost of the Iraq war could reach nearly half that number by next fall, 2½ years after it began.…
3% match24 April 2006…ghanistan, up from $8.2 billion a year ago, a new Congressional Research Service report found. Annual war costs in Iraq are easily outpacing the $61 billion a year that the United States spent in Vietnam between 1964 and 1972, in today’s dollars. Thanks to John Fabiani at Yes Justice Yes Peac…
3% match5 November 2007…ental supplements are approved, the U.S. will have spent $660 billion for five-and-a-half years of war and occupation in Iraq compared with the (inflation-adjusted) $673 billion spent in the most expensive eight years of the Vietnam War (1964–72). In current dollars, the average month in Vietnam cost $5.5 billion, while Iraq costs us $12 billion a month. The government is going to have to do…
3% match24 July 2013…suffering and to maintain control over its own populace, began to assume some social responsibility. Possibly most Friends are in the same position as those who began paying the “mixed” taxes in the 1800s. But in the past ten years the whole world has witnessed the kind of horror that a powerful military state can unleash even without resort to the ultimate weapon. …In an individual such behavior would be deemed madn…
3% match30 July 2013…nd of the books, of which the reviewer said: “Most useful, I think, is the section entitled, ‘How to Refuse to Pay the Military Tax.’” The same issue had an obituary for Lois Mae Handsaker which noted: “Before there were any peace marches in the ’60s, she was apprehended during the picketing of the local post office to protest the use of income taxes for war.” The 1 April issue announced that the Iowa Peace Networ…
3% match26 November 2005…ue figure is as much as 50 per cent, according to ten years of research by Timothy Jones at the University of Arizona. …Adam Weissman, a freegan activist and sometime security guard in New Jersey, says freeganism grew out of the radical 1960s “yippie” movement but also has affinities with the hobos of the Great Depression who travelled around the country by stealing rides on the railways. “I have pity for people who have not figured out thi…
3% match24 October 2005…%26.9%11.5%17.2%2.5% 1960s42.0%20.4%18.4%14.9%…
3% match24 October 2005…The share that corporate tax revenues comprise of total federal tax revenues also has collapsed, falling from an average of 28 percent of federal revenues in the 1950s and 21 percent in the 1960s to an average of about 10 percent since the 1980s. The effective corporate tax rate — that is, the percentag…
3% match24 October 2005…of 25.3 percent of their profits in federal corporate income taxes, according to new Congressional Research Service estimates. By contrast, they paid more than 49 percent in the 1950s, 38 percent in the 1960s, and 33 percent in the 1970s A dubious source but perhaps a lead:…
3% match24 March 2003…mmunications systems more reliable and even guides U.S. bombs to specific enemy targets. The journey of these two businessmen underscores the quandary faced by other veterans of the 1960s anti-war movement who later became Silicon Valley technologists and entrepreneurs and who found themselves having the U.S. military as a key cust…
3% match24 March 2003…l paper today featured an article about the company I’m quitting. Some excerpts: Ethical quandry Ex-activists confront issues of tech and war As young men in the 1960s, D— and J— opposed the war in Vietnam and embraced their generation’s critical view of the U.S. military. But today, the technology they h…
3% match22 January 2008…s many people believe it to be. This message wasn’t delivered in a particularly convincing way, and it used some dubious factoids. Evans said (I’m paraphrasing from memory) that nobody gets put in jail anymore for war tax resistance like they did in the sixties because they’ve changed the laws since then. The radio host read another factoid from the campaign’s web site that reads “…
3% match22 January 2008…ce the 1970s only one war tax resister has been prosecuted, and he was sentenced to 8 hours per week of community service.” Neither of those statements is accurate. In fact, there were very few war tax resistance prosecutions during the 1960s as far as I know, but there have been four people who have done time for tax resistance since the Iraq War began, and at least ten…
3% match21 March 2008…ng-overdue: StealThisWiki.org. It’s modeled after Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book — a sort of Boy Scout Handbook for the politically radical counterculture of 1960s America — but brought up-to-date and given the benefit of Wikipedia-like group authorship. Caleb Johnson has written a piece for the New Hampshire Free Pr…
3% match15 January 2004…e radical individualism and focus on lifestyle change that allowed the group to stay focused during the conformist fifties scaled poorly to the sort of mass movement that coalesced around civil rights and Vietnam in the sixties). Among the budget proposal elements the Bush administration is expected to bring forward in 2004 is a plan to allow private c…
3% match12 December 2003…es paid, and the amounts they still owe or are owed as refunds. The I.R.S. says it can still process returns and send out refunds on time, but its dependence on the 1960’s-era Assembler and CoBOL computer languages makes it difficult to investigate and resolve taxpayers’ problems. Finding a record using the existing system can take a week; the n…
3% match9 February 2008…evasive about their motives. But part of the charm of Smith’s writing is how he shares his sometimes self-deprecating introspection into his own motives. If I had to guess from this, I’d say he’s not antisemitic, but mostly just ornery. In the 1960s, he ran a bookstore, and was arrested, jailed, and convicted for selling Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. This make…
3% match7 July 2007…We’ve even gone into español: Con mi dinero no se paga la Guerra de Irak Parece que no sólo volvemos a los 60 con la conmemoración del Verano del Amor en San Francisco. Ahora parece que se vuelve a extender un movimiento de protesta contra la guerra que siguieron entre otros la canta…
3% match5 April 2013…lide presentation entitled “More Than A Paycheck.” According to spokesmen, tax resistance in the United States has its roots in the Revolutionary War. During the Vietnam War as well tax resistance was popular. Prominent tax resisters in the 1960s included Joan Baez, Alan Ginsberg, Gloria Steinem, and Pete Seeger, the presentation said. Ed Agro, one of two part-time staff people at…
2% match21 December 2013…e of work and I think it has useful lessons for us today. The context for the essay is Czechoslovakia in 1978. The country had been behind the Iron Curtain for thirty years, and ten years had passed since the brief experiment in political liberalization known as the “Prague Spring” which had been quickly stopped by a Soviet-led invasion.…
2% match2 April 2012…accounts abroad where their money is safe from IRS scrutiny. The favorite tax havens for the superrich have been Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Panama, and some Caribbean islands. Since the late 1960s, however, a number of small U.S. banks have begun offering so-called “Honor Bonds” to their customers. Originated in Columbus,…
2% match7 January 2013…id past articles failed to capture the flavor of the farm. Campain has been with the movement since hitchhiking from the Midwest in 1978. She went to Tivoli, where an 86-acre Catholic Worker faxm operated from 1964 to 1978. Catholic Worker officials said they wanted a site closer to New York and founded the Marlboro farm in 1979. About 10 people came down from Tivoli, including…
2% match2 May 2013…the Internal Revenue Service exercises over citizens. He called on the members of the audience to follow his example and not give money to a government that used 60 per cent of its taxes for defense. “I haven’t paid any federal income tax since 1960,” said Meyer. “I don’t pay now and I don’t think I ever will.” Meyer does believe people have an obligation to contribute to society and said he does give his share, although not to the government…
1% match2 May 2013…ncepts of non-exploitation of others to all phases of their lives, Meyer said to a group of about 30 persons at the Lutheran Student Center Wednesday night. Meyer has been involved with anti-war groups since 1959 and served nine months in the Cook County Jail for refusing to pay federal income taxes. “Non-violence begins with overcoming our fears of economic deprivations, death, and loss of social status…
1% match11 July 2013…r more than twenty years.” Samuel Cooper I’m going to deviate from my chronological system here a bit so that I can follow the trail set down by Samuel Cooper, who wrote letters to the editor of the Journal up until at least 1981 promoting war tax resistance: There’s the letter I mentioned above, from 1964, in which he responds sympathetically to Andersen’s argument and n…
1% match28 August 2005…nd anarchist revolutionary thinking from Gandhi’s deputy Vinoba Bhave: SATISH KUMAR: For the last fifteen years you have been on the march. What are you aiming at? VINOBA BHAVE: At revolution. In other words, I am aiming at the liberation of people from all kinds of suppr…
1% match5 July 2013…earlier in 1955. The new magazine reflected this merger: The Friend had been the organ of the Orthodox meeting, and the Intelligencer that of the Hicksite meeting. From 1955 to 1974, the magazine shared offices with the “Friends Peace Committee” of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which may have led to some cross-pollenation, and increased coverage for peace testimony concerns in…
1% match10 June 2014…l tax” we have reached a level of absurdity that shows we are probably ready to drop the whole business. The historical connection with the dark days of the Middle Ages has also worn pretty thin. For all the university Left’s attempt in the past 20 years or so to present the Peasants’ Revolt as some glorious movement of early Chartism, that depressingly brutal episode in our history (in which the 14th-century poll tax played only a limited role) mea…
1% match5 August 2013…The July issue brought an article by Eleanor Brooks Webb in which she described her family’s telephone tax resistance, and damned it with faint praise. Excerpts: Since March of 1967, my husband and I have refused to pay the federal tax on our phone bill. This is an unheroic and inconsistent witness to our conviction that participation in war is wrong and that paying for…
1% match20 March 2010…on a course that harmonizes with the book as because the book doesn’t much move me) — any recommendations? Timewise, the books in my top ten have a couple of clusters: one around 1849–59 and another around 1957–78, with only one outlier, also the only book on the list from this century, Hochschild’s Bury the Chains. The president signed another law the other…
1% match23 July 2013…itary). The result: “5 respondents, including one paying no tax, $12,070.00.” Assuming this was a representative sample: “85 tax-paying units from Meeting list × ⅕ of above sum: $205,960.00.” In that issue also, Gertrude P. Marshall, who for more than twenty years had been a member of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s “Representative Meeting” (a sort of ongoing Yearly Meeting body with representatives from the various Quarterly Meetings that make up the Yea…
1% match14 April 2012…IRS nine years after he began to resist. Since court trials of war tax resisters are expensive and may generate publicity favorable to the cause, they are few and far between. From 1948 to 1971 seven pacifist refusers were criminally prosecuted, from 1972 to 1978 none, and in 1979 there were two criminal convictions.…
1% match12 July 2013…Journal reported on the vows of noncooperation and resistance he made there, including: “I refuse my financial support… I will not willingly pay my income tax.” 1965 represented a lull in coverage of war tax resistance in the Friends Journal, but things would pick up again the following year and then gallop on without let-up for the next twenty-five years or so…
1% match15 July 2013…Japan has led me to perceive that I could no longer voluntarily pay taxes for military purposes. I was willing to make an equivalent payment on an ear-marked basis to any nonmilitary government agencies that could accept such payments. Each year since 1949, I have resisted paying war taxes and the IRS has attached either my bank account or my salary. In 19…
1% match16 June 2011…entatives of the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination… [met in t]he 199th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)… ¶ …and reversed a 25-year-old decision defrocking a peace activist. Also Monday, the commissioners discussed “Presbyterians and Peacemaking: Are…
1% match15 July 2013…with the government’s requirement or if not, then to disobey the law so as not to violate conscience.” In commenting about the case, Lorraine Cleveland, who has been refusing to pay war taxes since 1949 and has been raising her concern within the Service Committee even longer, said, “There has never been any doubt in my mind that the Quaker peace testimony was protected by the First Amendment, and the con…
1% match4 December 2008…Meyer, who says he has earned between $13,000 and $18,000 annually since 1975, claims the IRS has managed to collect only $168 from him since 1959. He has quit jobs and moved bank accounts to prevent further collections. Michael McGrail, an IRS tax specialist, could no…
1% match28 July 2013…line budgeting. All that it collects goes where the government wants it to go, which in ever-increasing proportion goes to finance wars, past, present and future. Since 1952 I have not filed any tax returns, nor since that year have I paid any federal income tax. On December 12, 1958, on charges growing out of my refusal to pay this tax, I was given a six-month sentence, which I…
1% match28 July 2013…IRS does not practice line budgeting. All that it collects goes where the government wants it to go, which in ever-increasing proportion goes to finance wars, past, present and future. Since 1952 I have not filed any tax returns, nor since that year have I paid any federal income tax. On December 12, 1958, on charges gr…
1% match4 July 2013…, I see that the tradition had not died; it was only sleeping. It woke up in the early 1960s and regained its place as a core part of the Quaker peace testimony and a frequent topic of discussion at Quaker meetings. From the mid-1960s through the mid-1990s, hardly an issue of the journal didn’t have some discussion of war tax resistance, and there were periodic “special issues” on the subject (there was one as recently as…
1% match22 August 2013…will not be used by the military.” That’s it. Sorry. Fortunately this does seem to be the low point, and there is a steady trickle of war tax resistance mentions from 2005 to 2012 — nothing like the storm of the sixties, seventies, and eighties — but at least a flicker of the old fire. (2013, though, is looking a little sketchier… I’ve only seen one reference so far, and that one in an obituary.…
1% match16 August 2013…The November issue noted: Lake Erie Yearly Meeting minuted support for David and Miyoko Inouye Bassett as conscientious objectors to the payment of military taxes. Since 1969 the Bassetts have refused to pay voluntarily the military portion of their federal taxes. They have actively worked for U.S. Peace Tax Fund legisl…
1% match26 July 2013…Also in that issue was an update on the Richard Catlett case, in which he was charged with “willfully and knowingly failing to file income tax returns for the years of 1971, 1972, and 1973” — he in fact hadn’t filed since 1947. The Brandywine Peace Community wrote in with “some fundamental questions of reality and responsibility” for Quaker taxpayers. The community ran an alternative fund “comprised of refused war taxes, pe…
1% match23 October 2003…amatically. From 1960 to 1995, the percentage of government revenue derived from payroll taxes went up from 12 to 33. In other words, Congress has quietly legislated a fundamental shift toward payroll taxes over the past thirty years; these now provide nearly as much federal revenue ($506.8 b) as the income tax ($737.5 b).…
1% match21 December 2013…say for a bit. It’s a fascinating and surprising piece of work and I think it has useful lessons for us today. The context for the essay is Czechoslovakia in 1978. The country had been behind the Iron Curtain for thirty years, and ten years had passed since the brief experiment in political liberalization known as the “Prague Spring” whi…
1% match3 June 2004…etc. and how this relates both to changing government policy and to the science of coercive interrogation and torture as it was developed by the CIA in the middle of the last century. The current U.S. government, Danner says, “made a series of decisions about methods of warfare and interrogation… [that]…
1% match27 July 2013…tation Institute (for first offenders) in Kansas City, Missouri. That will be followed by three years of probation. Richard Catlett has been an antiwar activist since 1947, refusing to file his income tax return since that time. In 1976, his health food store was closed for non-payment of taxes (it is now under his wife’s ownership), and now, at sixty-nine years of age, Richard Catlett is treated…
1% match19 August 2007…though as one who stepped off and hasn’t looked back, I have a difficult time remembering what’s so hard about it. In 1969, people in the United States enjoyed a standard of living that was the envy of the world. Between then and 2000, labor productivity (the amount of economic value an American worker produced in a given span of work) increased by 80%. Why didn’t we decrease our hours worked, maintaining our world-envied lifest…
1% match1 November 2012…atistics to justify the creation of their group: each year Congress and local governments continue to spend 10% more than the previous year, right now, the taxpayer is spending 44% of his working time just earning enough to pay all his taxes and since 1939 state and local taxes have risen 1700% (WOW!). The NTU hopes to mobilize enough support by the creation of local groups and cooperati…
1% match27 July 2013… — is beginning his jail sentence of two months at the Kansas City Municipal Rehabilitation Institute (for first offenders) in Kansas City, Missouri. That will be followed by three years of probation. Richard Catlett has been an antiwar activist since 1947, refusing to file his income tax return since that time. In 1976, his health food store was closed for non-payment of taxes (it is now under h…
1% match21 January 2011…Peacemakers and eighty local groups. Nineteen eighty-three featured the largest show of war tax resistance actions in ten years, including Ralph Dull, an Ohio farmer and tax resister since 1951, who drove a truckload of grain to the IRS office as payment for his taxes. The…
1% match5 January 2013…ile a tax return.” Catlett isn’t embarrassed to be going behind bars. “I have absolutely no regrets,” Catlett said last week. “I’m unregenerate, proud of what I’ve done.” Catlett sees his refusal to pay federal taxes since 1947 as a moral issue, not a legal one. “It’s immoral to pay someone to do what it would be immoral to do yourself,” he said. “War is immoral, and I can’t pay taxes that will buy war.”…
1% match15 January 2004…Action: Radical Pacifism From the Union Eight to the Chicago Seven, which, coincidentally, I’ve just finished reading. The movement chronicled in this book includes many of the movers-and-shakers in the war tax resistance movement in the middle of the last century in the United States, which is part of what drew me to read it (war tax resistance only features in a small part of the book). The story in summary is about a small, dedicated core of acti…
1% match23 October 2003…its. There are actually two distinct payroll taxes: a 12.4% one to fund Social Security, and a 2.9% one to fund Medicare. While income tax rates have declined for most families in recent decades, payroll taxes have increased dramatically. From 1960 to 1995, the percentage of government revenue derived from payroll taxes went up from 12 to 33. In other words, Congress has quietly legislated a fundamental shift toward payroll taxes over…
1% match23 November 2003…t’s much more difficult to evade than the income tax and I quoted an article that said “more than 79 percent of U.S. families now pay more in payroll taxes than in federal income taxes” and “from 1960 to 1995, the percentage of government revenue derived from payroll taxes went up from 12 to 33.” All this presents a problem for a tax resister like myself. My goal is to stop paying for things like ne…
1% match4 March 2010…Seattle (AP) — Irwin Hogenauer doesn’t fret or fume as tax deadline nears. The 70-year-old Quaker and war protester just keeps doing what he’s done since 1948 — refuse to pay. To protest spending taxes on the military, Hogenauer hasn’t filed a tax return for 35 years. “I’ve lived a life of principle and I’ll continue to stand by it,” he says.…
1% match12 January 2012…IRS seizure is nearly complete, Harvey said his views on tax resistance haven’t changed and he has no plans to pay any money to the federal government. Harvey has not paid federal taxes since 1959, and Gravalos hasn’t paid since 1972. Supporter Jim Stockwell of Albion said, “I think (Harvey and Gravalos are) very proud of what they’re doing.” Stockwell pr…
1% match12 January 2012…1996: War Tax Resistance and Blueberry Fields Forever Arthur Harvey has not filed a federal tax return or paid income tax since 1959. His partner, Elizabeth Gravalos hasn’t filed or paid since 1972. Until recently, the Internal Revenue Service gave them little trouble. “They visited us twice, o…
1% match6 May 2012…ompost system for solid waste. “I just don’t think it’s realistic,” Gravalos said, referring to buyers who may be interested in purchasing the house. The couple call themselves tax resisters and Harvey hasn’t paid federal taxes since 1959 and Gravalos since 1972 as a way of protesting the government’s use of nuclear weapons and its policies on sending American troops and weapons overseas. The…
1% match6 May 2012…k and informed the couple that the federal agency was seizing all of their property as payment for unpaid taxes and penalties. The visit was not entirely a surprise for the couple since Harvey hasn’t paid any federal income taxes since 1959, and Gravalos since 1972. The two are politically opposed to the government’s use of nuclear weapons and its policies of sending American troops and weapons overseas, they…
1% match30 January 2012…n to being pacifists). When we first thought about Federal income taxes, most of which go for war or “defense,” we simplistically considered ourselves exempt because we had no income; no salaries are paid at the Catholic Worker, nor ever have been since we started in 1933. I myself have been questioned because of my writings, and lecture fees which were not really fees but offerings made to the work which covered all expenses of travelling and supported the wo…
1% match21 March 2007…ustry Booster, Let’s Have Another Moon Shot, Increase the House of Representatives Payroll, and Bailout State Health Insurance Boondoggles for the Children Act should come to a vote any time now. Steven Landsburg, in Slate reports on the increase in leisure time among Americans over the last 40 years — particularly among people at the poorer end of the economic scale.…
1% match12 July 2007…Ken and Noreen Gingerich. Excerpts: Ken Gingerich of Johnson County said, “I feel the military budget in this country and military spending is way out of line.” For 40 years, Gingerich and his wife Noreen have done their best to make sure their taxes do not fund any sort of violence. Ken said, “We’ve either lived below the taxable income or withheld a portion of o…
1% match27 September 2007…rces tied up in maintaining a warfare state that otherwise could be used for useful purposes. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, during the four decades from 1947 through 1987 it used (in 1982 dollars) $7.62 trillion in capital resources. In 1985, the Department of Commerce e…
1% match19 April 2006…David B. Berrian ain’t buying it: I can’t do this any more. I will no longer pay for war — the murder of civilians — with my tax dollars. For more than 40 years, I have paid federal taxes accurately and regularly. I’ve often supported new taxes when the proceeds would help people. Now I have to stop. Attached is my 2005 tax return that s…
1% match14 September 2005…ier) came to regret passing a bill appropriating $20,000 of other peoples’ money for the assistance of those who were left homeless and suffering in the wake of a large fire in Georgetown. For an overview of federal incomes and outgoes over the last forty years, there’s always the numbers from the Congressional Budget Office. (Hint: 11 years ago, the feds sp…
1% match12 December 2003…consistency of cost overruns and delayed deliveries.”… Five years into the project, some aspects are as much as 27 months behind schedule.… The I.R.S. went four decades with the same system because two previous modernization attempts, the most recent in the mid-1990’s, failed, costing taxpayers $4 billion.……
1% match5 August 2013…war activity. There were instances in World War Ⅱ of individual Friends refusing to pay war taxes, and the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting officially protested against certain war taxes, but the main movement against war taxes has occurred since 1945. During the Cold War and particularly during Vietnam, war tax resistance has become a major theme in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, since…
1% match1 October 2012…is in a way a school of living). So we do not need to pay federal income taxes. The Other Side Another Christian activist magazine, The Other Side, published between 1965 and 2005. Staff member Dee Dee Risher said: “We’ve built into our workplace certain small disciplines to remind ourselves that we are on this path of conversion. Our salaries are structured to allow staff m…
1% match1 February 2008…The Ruckus Society — a nonviolent direct action training group — has signed on to the Don’t Buy Bush’s War campaign: Say No to War Tax In the 40 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated for the audacity of his dreams, the “militarism, materialism and racism” he warned would be our downfall have…
1% match6 December 2004…dividends paid by businesses. In 2002, the gap between these two figures reached $961.1 billion or 13.7 percent of the Commerce Department’s estimate of AGI. This is the largest gap since figures began to be collected in 1959. It suggests that the federal government is losing at least $100 billion per year just due to the non-reporting of taxable income on personal tax returns.…
1% match27 January 2005…ear Total adjusted gross income was just over $6 trillion, 2.2% less than the previous year Taxable income dropped 4% to $4.1 trillion Total income tax fell 10.2% to $797.0 billion (“This was the largest percentage decrease since 1958.”) 103.5 million returns (80%!) came from taxpayers who had overpaid their taxes and were due a refund (meaning they gave the government a free loan during the year) From this last poin…
1% match27 November 2004…n we can kill them, progressives opposed to warmaking simply can’t deny a moral imperative: don’t turn your productivity over to the warmakers.… Karl Meyer, a pacifist guide for numerous war tax refusers, a man who hasn’t paid his taxes since 1960, takes a harder line than I do, but without his perspective I never would have been drawn into allowing the IRS to become my spiritua…
1% match10 April 2012…stop paying. Now I put all of my energy on the side of my values instead of being a reluctant part­time worker for the Pentagon.” Jan and David Hartsough of San Francisco, California, have been resisting the federal telephone excise tax since 1968, and today they also refuse to pay half of their federal income tax. “The U.S. Government has already taken Cindy’s son for the immoral and illega…
1% match24 April 2004…an spent at the height of the U.S.-Soviet standoff. It exceeds by over 50 percent the average annual sum ($4.2 billion) that the United States spent — again, in real dollars — throughout the four and a half decades of the Cold War. There is no nuclear arms race going on now. The world no longer offers many suitable nuclear targets. President Bush is trying to persuade other nations — especia…
1% match12 January 2012…lueberry fields. It’s not that the 72-year-old organic farmer, inspector and book seller has filed early this year. Instead, Harvey, who lives with his family across from the town office on Main Street, has not paid federal income taxes since about 1959. He won’t pay because he is opposed to where his dollars would be spent. “My fundamental objection is to nuclear weapons,” he said Thursday while seated at a small table off his kitchen, sur…
1% match23 February 2012…a graph that shows how the percentage of Americans has been rising who are neither federal income tax payers nor a dependent of someone who is.…
1% match6 August 2005…the height of the U.S.-Soviet standoff. It exceeds by over 50 percent the average annual sum ($4.2 billion) that the United States spent — again, in real dollars — throughout the four and a half decades of the Cold War. U.S. policy & Osama’s creed…
1% match14 June 2005…tax in protest against the American war on Mexico hardly stopped the war. But the resonance of that most unpunishing and briefest spell of imprisonment (famously, a single night in jail) has not ceased to inspire principled resistance to injustice through the second half of the twentieth century and into our new era. The movement in the late 1980s to shut down the Nevada Test Site, a key location for the nuclear arms race, fai…
1% match4 February 2008…Ralph DiGia died last Friday at age 93. He was among the direct-action pacifists who forged the American anti-war movement in the last half of the twentieth century. Imprisoned as a conscientious objector during World War Ⅱ (he didn’t qualify for conscientious objector status because he couldn’t provide a religious reason for his obje…
0% match16 April 2013…ection for citizens who want their taxes to be diverted from the Pentagon maw. The legislation is not likely to pass in this or the next millennium. Its value may be for historians, ones who will ask how and why so many ordinary Americans in the late 20th century said or did nothing about their government squandering its wealth on militarism. In this current darkness, a few lights shine. Honorable dissent may be only flickering, bu…
0% match16 April 2013…aming the world on trade missions to hustle more customers for the U.S. weapons industry. Client states include such habitual violators of human rights as Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Since 1945, uncountable dictators to whom the United States has supplied weapons turned them on their own people. From Sunday through Wednesday, the annual arms bazaar — the “Con…
0% match16 April 2013…and Catholic” was “extensive and abject.” Religious leaders “were men of God second and Germans first.” They blessed state violence. As the main military force that defeated the Nazis, the United States has been able to position itself since 1945 on the moral high ground and, with furrowed brow, ponder in astonishment why so few Germans protested their government’s well-organized barbarity. If a cold eye is to be cast on Germany’s behavior…
0% match23 October 2003…illegally) refuse to pay those taxes. Or you can be a member of a religious group that is conscientiously opposed to insurance (for instance because “god will provide”), that supports its dependent members, and that has existed continuously since 1950. The Amish are an example of such a religious group; I’m not sure which other ones qualify. There’s an interesting artic…
0% match23 November 2003…d economy, or work as an independent contractor and simply (illegally) refuse to pay those taxes. Or you can be a member of a religious group that is conscientiously opposed to insurance (for instance because “god will provide”), that supports its dependent members, and that has existed continuously since 1950. The Amish are an example of such a religious group; I’m not sure which other ones qualify. Can you think of any other techniques?…
0% match15 August 2004…15 August 2004 Today: a roundup of some things I’ve found on-line: Silence and Courage: Income Taxes, War and Mennonites 1940–1993: An interesting paper from the Mennonite Central Committee that gives a good overview of the history of the income tax and its close association with war. If it seems awful to you that f…
0% match12 January 2005…ional programs. Others wept. ¶ This, alas, is roughly the situation of Western or at least American evangelicalism today.… If Christians do not live what they preach, the whole thing is a farce. “American Christianity has largely failed since the middle of the twentieth century,” Barna concludes, “because Jesus’ modern-day disciples do not act like Jesus.” This scandalous behavior mocks Christ, undermines evangelism, and destroys Christian credibili…
0% match9 August 2013…owing their money would be used for life-affirming purposes. William Davidson, retired Episcopal bishop of western Kansas, a CO in World War Ⅱ, has actively opposed war since 1939. “Having lived past draft age, I have been saddened and conflicted each year having to pay taxes to support war,” he said. The Episcopal Peace Fellowship has consistently supported war tax resistance as a…
0% match18 October 2005…in 2004, some 42.5 million Americans (one-third of all filers) filed a tax return but had no tax liability after taking advantage of their credits and deductions. Figure 1 shows the percentage of non-payers between 1950 and 2004. During that period, non-payers averaged 22 percent of all taxfilers. Today, however, non-payers account for 32 percent of all taxfilers, a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of non-payers…
0% match18 October 2005…Percent of Tax Filers Who Owe Zero Federal Income Tax, 1950–2004 Tax Foundation economists estimate that in 2004, some 42.5 million Americans (one-third of all filers) filed a tax return but had no tax li…
0% match12 December 2011…siness executives, organizations, bureaucrats, and the like. “The Neglected Costs of the Warfare State: An Austrian Tribute to Seymour Melman” — Melman was the Winslow Wheeler of his time, keeping a watchful and critical eye on the military budget and both its inherent and extravagant waste. This article looks in particular at the opportunity costs of military spending, and at the…
0% match25 July 2006…I have this friend who’s made a sign — she goes to peace parades but she stands with that and says “don’t buy this war” — “I Haven’t Bought a Bomb Since 1971.” And I’m going to revise it and say I haven’t bought a bomb since 1948.… Chris Floyd made a similar point a couple of months back:…
0% match27 January 2014…a letter to the government announcing his resistance. At War Tax Talk, Ruth Benn profiles Robin Harper, who has been a war tax resister since 1958. There are some interesting artifacts from the poll tax rebellion of the waning years of the Thatcher era over at the Anarchist Federation w…
0% match4 July 2013…1967 edition of the Quaker periodical Friends Journal. That inspired me to hunt around on-line and see if there were any other copies in the archives. I was able to find a complete set, or close to it anyway, from 1955 to the present. And there’s a tremendous amount of material about war tax resistance in those pages. War tax resistance, which had been such a core part of Quaker practice in America…
0% match5 July 2005…o, Inge Donato, and Kevin McKee join the tax resisters hall of fame as three of the only thirty-five or so conscientious tax resisters to be jailed for their resistance since World War Ⅱ. One of the lawyers on the case says that he believes these are “the first pacifis…
0% match1 April 2011…in New York City. Then there are the criminal penalties. Tax evasion, “willful failure to pay,” and fraud can land a person in federal court, according to the IRS. In the past 60 years, 30 people have gone to jail, typically for one to three months, on resistance-related charges, Hedemann says. Some were convicted of fraud, usually claiming too many dependents. The bulk of convict…
0% match2 August 2007…caught my eye: A profile of J. Tony Serra, the radical defense lawyer and long-time tax resister who is “one of two war tax resisters since World War Ⅱ to have been jailed for ‘willful failure to pay’ federal income taxes.” A report from Bill Ramsey on his a…
0% match24 May 2007…ed out by a long history of war tax resisters. According to the War Resister’s League, tens of thousands of Americans — including Dorothy Day, Joan Baez and Noam Chomsky — have at some point resorted to civil disobedience by not paying their taxes since World War Ⅱ. Some resisters have deliberately chosen to live below the poverty line to avoid paying taxes, while others simply do not pay part or all of what the government demands for its addiction…
0% match7 June 2007…n’s budget dropped from a peacetime high of $376 billion, at the end of President Ronald Reagan’s military buildup in 1989, to a low of $265 billion in 1996. (That compares to post-World War Ⅱ wartime highs of $437 billion in 1953, during the Korean War, and $388 billion in 1968, at the peak of the War in Vietnam.) After the Sovie…
0% match22 April 2013…ama’s local CBS news station. And take a gander at this photo of Juanita Nelson holding her “Haven’t Paid Taxes Since 1948” sign on tax day outside the downtown post office in Brattleboro, Vermont. Here’s a bit more about the tax resistance campaign that activists for Catalan independence are engaged…
0% match31 January 2008…31 January 2008 I just recently learned that the newsletters of the Syracuse Peace Council from 1936 to the present day are available on-line. This makes for an interesting historical walk-through of the concerns of the anti-war movements. There are interesting bits of war tax resistance history to be found there. For instance,…
0% match4 March 2010…From the 4 March 1978 Spokane Daily Chronicle: Irwin Hogenauer (1912–1984) Tax Protest Techniques Told Military expenditures take up 53 percent of the national budget, “a disproportionate amount,” but there are ways to protest…
0% match26 May 2008…26 May 2008 (1935–2008) From time to time, individual Quakers or Quaker delegations would meet wi…
0% match17 April 2013…“pay no taxes until June so the government cannot pay the bonuses and treat itself to a good time.” The American Enterprise Institute has issued a new edition of their useful compendium of poll results: Public Opinion on Taxes: 1937 to Today.…
0% match1 August 2013…ing indifferent to other man-made sources of suffering, for instance “our transporation system [which] has brought more death and injury to U.S. citizens than all the wars of the 20th century.” The national security establishment is just a large-scale version of such thoroughly moral defenses as “police forces and locks on houses” — they are n…
0% match9 January 2004…atants off of the field of war (typically their own citizens) in the 20th Century. An additional number of people, about a quarter as large a total, were killed in the course of warfare in that timespan. Some back-of-the-envelope calculations show that that comes to about two and a half million each year, about 6,500 per day, about one every 13 seconds. Even as a public health problem, tha…
0% match9 January 2004…One estimate was that (as of 1987), governments had organized people in such a way as to murder about 170,000,000 noncombatants off of the field of war (typically their own citizens) in the 20th Century. An additional number of people, about a quarter as large a total, were killed in the course of warfare in that timespan. Some back-o…
0% match9 January 2004…Telemarketers Maybe it’s a little phobic to worry so much about the possibility of your neighbors turning into cogs in a mass killing machine. Maybe not. One estimate was that (as of 1987), governments had organized people in such a way as to murder about 170,000,000 noncombatants off of the field of war (typically their own citizens) in the 20th…
0% match15 November 2006…in the gunsights of the Fox News set and the Republican talking points generators. The JROTC has been doing its thing in San Francisco’s public schools for 90 years now. “It’s basically a branding program, or a recruiting program for the military,” said Board member Dan Kelly. Students get school credit for participating in the program, which is funded 50/50 by the school…
0% match15 April 2005…th anniversary of Gandhi’s salt march: …The baseline fact is that the various Nation-States of this small and lonely planet have murdered around 200 million people in wars and internal conflicts during these [last 90] years. They have indirectly destroyed many millions more lives through Corporate-State institutionalized economic exploitation and ecological destruction. From these facts arise the questions…
0% match15 April 2005…on is the expropriation of private property under threat of violence. What is this if not theft? What is theft if not violence? Is this what Gandhi taught?… From whence comes the finance for Nation-States to murder 200 million people in the past 90 years? It comes from taxes mostly. Who paid the taxes? Was it not us as citizens? So, who financed the murder and who is responsible?… Peace is, at minimum, the absence of violence or threat of v…
0% match21 October 2010…the former). Perhaps the most fundamental tenet of all international norms is that a sovereign refrain from use of or threat of force in its relations with other countries. This policy has been consistently expressed in various forms as early as 1899 to the present. In the Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes, J…
0% match30 June 2011…of death travelled over the world today and visited each person, man woman and child, and killed with its breath every tenth person it visited, it would extinguish fewer lives than the governments of the world will murder off of the field of war in the next hundred years.” Someone muttered “anarchist” and turned on his heel and left with his family, and that’s when Leon became an anarchist. He shot and killed William McKinley, then president of the United…
0% match30 December 2003…Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century by Jonathan Glover. The book tries to examine some of the worst wars and atrocities of the last century with an eye toward finding some sort of strategy for making them less likely or not as awful in the next century. He explores these events from a number of angles — asking how the people who advocated t…
0% match30 December 2003…David M. Gross I’ve also been reading an interesting book — Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century by Jonathan Glover. The book tries to examine some of the worst wars and atrocities of the last century with an ey…
0% match28 January 2004…creature, like “Zeus” or “Fate” or “the wheels of history.” It’s a piece of shorthand, a literary device, but not an actual agent in the world we live in. It’s also the “bad faith” excuse behind much of the worst parts of the 20th century. I’ve done a casual read-through of the literature about the theory of government, and about anarchism, and I’ve had a hard time finding anything that se…
0% match27 June 2005…it is a profoundly dangerous situation for the American people. Mass murder of civilians is rarely the work of lonesome nuts operating totally outside of societal norms and beliefs. On the contrary, scratch the surface of most of the horrors of the twentieth century, and you will find a cold, cruel belief that the victims brought it upon themselves. Everyone shakes their head and loudly condemns the atrocity once the bodies are cold and deep under the earth…
0% match24 October 2004…U.S. experience in democratic nation building is daunting. The low rate of success is a sobering reminder that these are among the most difficult foreign policy ventures for the United States. Of the sixteen such efforts during the past century, democracy was sustained in only four cases ten years after the departure of U.S. forces. Two of these followed the total defeat and surrender…
0% match24 June 2007…h about a third of those who responded assumed that war tax resisters are likely to be imprisoned, in reality, you can almost count on your fingers the number of people who have done any time behind bars for war tax resistance in the United States in the last hundred years. Former war tax resisters, who might be expected to have more understanding of the consequences, listed jail as a likely consequence on only 6.4% of their surveys. Would they consider a o…
0% match23 May 2007…ematic production of conditions which undermine whatever positive cultural containment is in place.” Propaganda is crucial to this deliberate and systematic production of the conditions for collective evildoing. “In all cases of genocide in the twentieth century, the action… typically assumes the character of self-defense.… If there is a mentality characteristic of genocidal perpetrators, it is that of self-righteousness.” In what Vetlesen calls…
0% match19 March 2003…, no? I also believe that because I have free will, I’m responsible for the actions I choose — I cannot rent out my conscience to another person, army, government, corporation, majority or law-book. It’s not just unwise, given the history of the last century, but it is literally impossible. Each of my decisions is a decision I choose based on what I anticipate the consequences will be. I may take into account what the law says, or what the Bible sa…
0% match19 March 2003…, but ultimately I’m the one making the choice. If I ignore my conscience, I’m committing a particularly dangerous form of suicide — choking off the guardian of my free will and leaving behind the sort of dangerous robot who’s spent the last hundred years swerving from cradle to grave building gulags and genetically engineering more evil forms of smallpox. Not for me. Then what of my choice whether or not to pay the federal income tax? The…
0% match19 August 2007…ent”? The traditional alternative that has been offered to the prevailing economic model has been some form of state socialism. “But,” McKibben writes, “one real benefit of living in the twenty-first century is that the twentieth taught us an awful lot about what didn’t work.… It’s a great luxury for us to not even have to entertain the possibility that state socialism might be the way out of our troubles.” The something di…
0% match13 May 2005…lent Arab movements often ignore Palestinian resistance to Israel’s ‘security barrier’: The uprisings aren’t aligned with U.S. interests.” For much of the twentieth century, the chief means of overthrowing a government were guerilla warfare and military coups. Nonviolent resistance existed — at times it thrived — but it was generally regarded as an odd aberration t…
0% match11 November 2004…re) to declare our natural goodness and their natural badness is one thing, but that anyone believes there is an inherently moral distinction which can be defined geographically or racially means people just haven’t been paying attention to what the 20th century — of which the Milgram study was little more than a reiteration and foreshadowing — made hideously clear. Tell people to go to war, and mostly they will. Tell them to piss on…
0% match7 August 2004…ps, the only people at liberty will be prison guards who will then have to lock up one another. When only one remains, he will be called the “supreme guard,” and that will be the ideal society in which problems of opposition, the headache of all twentieth-century governments, will be settled once and for all. Of course, this is but a prophecy and, although governments and police forces throughout the world are striving, with great good will, to achi…
0% match7 April 2003…, and I will take all the blame if things go bad.” That’s snake oil. Can’t be done. It’s like a perpetual motion machine. And, crucially, it killed almost two hundred million people in the last century. Which is to say, people killed almost two hundred million other people in the last century, shooting them in the back of the head, starving them to death, stuffing the…
0% match7 April 2003…And, crucially, it killed almost two hundred million people in the last century. Which is to say, people killed almost two hundred million other people in the last century, shooting them in the back of the head, starving them to death, stuffing them into gas chambers, etc. thinking all the while that it wasn’t th…
0% match5 August 2007…d over our collective heads. This system of organizing a society of six billion human beings doesn’t work. Its institutionalized structural violence is destroying humanity and the earth. States have murdered more than 230 million human beings in the past 100 years. A system that places the power of planetary incineration into the hands of a few psychopathically aggressive tyrants is clearly insane. It is impossible to reform a system whose very foundation is…
0% match29 August 2005…xation is the fuel of war” — a phrase found in the L. Neil Smith essay from which these excerpts are taken: Since the beginning of the 20th century, Western populations have gradually become accustomed to higher and higher rates of taxation. Americans are presently commanded to stand and deliver…
0% match24 May 2005…a repeal of the tax but President Clinton vetoed it; new legislation is targeting it for repeal again. If Congress hasn’t been able to get rid of this “temporary” tax for 107 years, I won’t hold my breath. But I may not have to — the phone tax is starting to decay in the face of modern communication technology without much help from the politicians. The internet is part of this.…
0% match29 August 2005…umes could — and have — been written about the economic and social damage this kind of taxation does to a culture. But what concerns me here is that taxation is the fuel of war. Warfare of the kind witnessed for the first time only in the 19th and 20th centuries, warfare that kills tens of millions in the space of only a few years, warfare that snuffs out whole cities in the blink of an eye, is…
0% match12 November 2005…Bush took office (and he did take it), his government has borrowed $1.05 trillion. That is to say, over one thousand billion. Remember how many a billion is? $1.05 trillion is more than the total borrowed by every administration between 1776 and 2000 ($1.01 trillion). The mind implodes. Half of this nation’s debt in 224 years, the other half since Junior Bush got the top job. Remember how far away the sun is? We have spent enough d…
0% match5 August 2013…as an extract from J. William Frost’s Tax Court testimony in the Deming case, in which he explained the Quaker war tax resistance practice: The peace testimony has been a basic part of Quaker religious belief since the 1660s. The testimony has not been static; it has evolved over time as Friends thought out the implications of what it meant to be a bringer of peace. Some of the most creative actions of members of…
0% match1 March 2013…to military tax payment on the part of CFS employees will be accepted as an appropriate stance, in keeping with the Friends Peace Testimony established and upheld by Quakers since its original expression in 1660.” At present, the letter is in the hands of the IRS. Regardless of the outcome, the school…