New Hampshire’s “Making Waves” radio show, available on-line at the
a-infos Radio Project, had a special “Death and Taxes” show
Part 1 has coverage of the “penny
poll” protest outside the Portsmouth, New Hampshire post office
(50:39—57:34). Part 2 starts off
with Geov Parrish asking “Why Pay Taxes?” (0:00—4:10) — this bit is also available as a separate download that is freely available for
I’m sitting here looking at the amount of money I’ve paid to the federal
government for having this job, and calculating the amount of money I still
owe them, that amounts to about a total of 112 wage-earning hours of my life.
And of those total 112 hours of my life that goes to the federal government,
how much goes to the military to support massive acts of violence which I do
not believe in? About 30% if we count only current military spending
(according to this pie
chart), which is about 33 of my own wage-earning hours on this earth.
I’m strongly considering using those 33 hours to:
Write a war tax resistance letter to the
explaining my refusal to pay 30% of my federal taxes.
Send that money to an overseas charity or a peace fund instead.
This is civil disobedience. This is freedom of speech. This is “freedom of
conscience” or so says the
Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. And this is also illegal according to the
Wish me luck… I wonder if there’s wi-fi in prison…
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