If that doesn’t do it, maybe
this commentary by Chris Hedges will do the trick.
Overly apocalyptic, even by my pessimistic standards, it nonetheless will
resonate with concerned folks of a leftish bent. Excerpt:
We have a choice. We can refuse to be either a victim or an executioner. We
have the moral capacity to say no, to refuse to cooperate. Any boycott or
demonstration, any occupation or sit-in, any strike, any act of obstruction
or sabotage, any refusal to pay taxes, any fast, any popular movement and any
act of civil disobedience ignites the soul of the rebel and exposes the dead
hand of authority.
Since , MCC and its Global Family Program have provided more than $7 million in humanitarian and educational assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
Through Global Family sponsors, five schools and nearly 6,000 Afghan children
have directly benefited from peace and environmental education programs.
Children also receive school kits, computers and other educational supplies.
New York — Saying that they find it “impossible
to support the war in Korea, or any other war,” 29 men and 30 women announced
their refusal to pay income taxes, and called upon all who share their
feelings to join them. They released the following statement through the Tax
Refusal Committee of Peacemakers, a national pacifist movement with
headquarters in New York city.
“Feeling that war must inevitably come unless something drastic is done by
individuals to show their unwillingness to go along with war-making policies
of their governments, we the undersigned state hereby that we are not going
to pay our federal taxes due . For
some of us this means that we will not pay that percentage which corresponds
to the nation’s outlay for militarism; for others of us it means we will not
pay even the first cent for the maintenance of a government whose main
business is preparation for annihilation.
“We are particularly concerned at this time about the situation in Korea,
where a civil struggle has been provoked and aggravated by two power-states
to the point where it is already a major war — one which may be the spark
that will set the world afire. We find it impossible to support policies and
activities of this kind with our allegiance or with our money. We must,
therefore, refuse to give money for such purposes of conquest and massacre,
and must give it instead to causes which build understanding and world
“To our fellow citizens who may feel that this action singles out our nation
for opposition we say we are unalterably opposed to militarism in all
nations. It is always the first duty for citizens to attempt to reform their
own governments: thus we begin with the United States. We hope that our
country will change its policy and take the lead in establishing peace in the
earth; we believe she should do right regardless of what others do. And we
believe that her doing right will encourage other nations to do the same.
“We are certain that the only real hope lies in the abandonment of violence
and in the practice of brotherhood among all peoples of the world. We invite
all who share our feelings to join us now in refusing to pay taxes for war as
one clear-cut and unmistakable expression of our desire for peace and
The Tax Refusal Committee, whose chairman is the
Rev. Ernest R. Bromley,
Sharonville, Ohio, stated that refusal to pay taxes to governments, or to
certain functions of governments, is an “honored action in the history of
several countries, including India and the United States.”
A news report on the same group
said that Bromley and “about 50 others” planned to resist their taxes that
year, though Bromley himself said that his tax resistance group had “several
hundred” members. “It is patterned,” he said, “after the Gandhi movement, with
the emphasis on the individual changing rather than getting other people to do
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