As Feingold reminded his colleagues, “The power of the government rests with
the people.” He was referring to the
powerful statement made by the people
and for the people on . The fact
is, though, we have more than the power of the vote. We have the power of the
purse: our own purses.
“rad mennonite” goes on to give a good overview of war tax resistance to the
Meanwhile, Jessica Lee at The Indypendent asks a
variety of anti-war activists for
their opinions on new tactics for
stopping the war that go beyond marching in the streets or complaining to
Congress. Among those who took up her challenge was Ruth Benn of
While the elections pivoted the
antiwar movement to focus its main strategy to politically-leveraging the new
Democratic majority to introduce legislation to cut off funding for the war,
thousands of Americans have already stopped paying for all wars.
“If you invest in war, you will get war,” said Ruth Benn, coordinator for the
War Resisters League and National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee.
Benn estimates that at least 8,000–10,000 Americans are currently war tax
resisters, however, for the movement to gain a real foot-hold it would need
visibility from larger antiwar groups. “Most peace movements are non-profit
organizations, thus are scared to promote this type of action,” Benn said.
Aside from participating in tax resistance, Benn explained that, “Many people
choose to reorganize their lives around an anti-capitalism lifestyle.”
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