In , Martin Crowe, a Catholic priest, wrote
a doctoral dissertation titled The Moral Obligation of
Paying Just Taxes. His dissertation summarized and analyzed 500 years
of theological and philosophical debate on this topic, much of which took
place in Latin. Since Crowe’s dissertation, not much has been written on the
topic of tax evasion from an ethical perspective, with a few exceptions. In
, a few articles were
published on the ethics of tax evasion in the Journal of
Accounting, Ethics & Public Policy. An edited book on this topic
was published in . ¶ The present paper
summarizes, updates and expands on Crowe’s work.
The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee
(NWTRCC) has scheduled a press conference at
, at 239 Thompson
St. (Judson Memorial Church)
in Manhattan to announce plans to escalate opposition to the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan through the nonpayment of taxes to the
Some of the speakers have either gone to prison or are about to be jailed
rather than violate their conscience by paying taxes that would contribute
to killing. Among those speaking at the press conference will be Karl Meyer
(Chicago, IL), Susan
CA), Lee Gough
(Brooklyn, NY), Joe
Donato (Mays Landing,
NJ), and Daniel
Cut the funding and the war stops, right? That’s the line of reasoning taken
by a growing number of peace activists, and it’s a tactic with a lot of
potential. But actually doing it is harder than it looks.
That’s just about the opposite of the lede I would have used. I would have
emphasized how tax resistance is much easier than it looks.
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