John Bisceglia of
Gay Tax Protest
was on the internet talk radio show
Strictly Confidential last week to talk up his tax resistance campaign
to protest the government’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages.
The Bisceglia segment of the show starts at about 29:00. He talks about how
he discovered in the wake of his divorce that he had no recourse to defend in
the legal system his rights to a portion of the joint property held in the
marriage, or to defend himself against the machinations of his ex-husband.
This convinced him that to the extent that his tax dollars were the dues we
pay for citizenship, his dollars were only buying him a second-class
citizenship. So he decided to stop paying.
The Buddha taught that sila (morality) in respect of
non-killing is on three levels:
Abstain yourself from killing
Do not support others engaged in killing
Do not approve of others engaged in killing
It is clear to me that paying taxes to any government on this earth in
present times amounts to direct finance of murder. It violates directly and
implicitly the Buddha’s precepts. Paying taxes makes of one a material
accomplice to murder.
How can I escape my derivative responsibility as an accomplice in finance of
war when the whole economy is geared to war? Simply to participate
voluntarily as an “upwardly mobile” member of a mindlessly destructive
culture is, at the least, acquiescence to mass murder.
I live on savings and try to contribute to society as a one-way flow. I am
aware of how fortunate I have been to enable this manner of living. I was a
moderately successful rat in the race who took his chance to jump off the
treadmill. I am not a highly evolved moral being. Along with moderate success
has come immense failure, primarily caused by my own flaws of character.
I am a learner. I take solace in the perception that all of life is an
experiment, and that there can be no failed experiment — only collection of
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