Some bits and pieces from here and there:
- Claire Wolfe has written a good meditation on the dangers of lifestyle purity perfectionism. I have a lot of admiration for folks who go to eccentric extremes to root out even the tiniest vestages of collaboration from their lives. I also think that keeping our faces turned in the direction of always becoming a little better in this regard is good exercise in staying conscious and conscientious (at least that way if you decide to compromise, you won’t do it unconsciously or with self-deception). That said, I think it’s probably true that there are diminishing returns after a while from this approach and it can become a sort of self-indulgent ethical yoga.
- , Alassane Ouattara apparently won the presidential election in Ivory Coast over incumbent Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo disagrees and refuses to leave office. Ouattara called on the citizens of Ivory Coast to discontinue paying taxes to the Gbagbo government.
- The website Financial Integrity is holding a writing competition. “Around the world people are aligning their spending with their values. They’re trusting their own choices more than what the advertisers put forth. People are emphasizing financial integrity. Stories are being made, as real people make real choices and experience the bumps and bruises and triumphs of transforming their relationship with money.” Perhaps the story of your conscientious tax resistance is the winner they’re looking for.
- Fred Reed on the American Monkey Trap.
- Kevin Zeese on the courageous stand of Bradley Manning.