Some bits and pieces from here and there:
- Erica Weiland’s session on war tax resistance from Bethany Theological Seminary’s “Peace Forum” series of lectures is now available as a webcast.
- IRS employees have been instructed to “neither confirm nor deny” that they use the Department of Homeland Security’s database of “historical travel information such as records of commercial airline flights, border crossings, and specific dates that individuals have traveled to and from the United States” when trying to collect intelligence about taxpayers.
- Hong Kong’s “umbrella movement,” protesting against Chinese tyranny, are considering moving from Occupy-style street protests to tax refusal and refusal to pay rent in government-run housing. Benny Tai Yiu-Ting, one of the movement’s organizers, wrote: “Blocking government may be even more powerful than blocking roads. Refusal to pay taxes, delaying rent payments by tenants in public housing estates and filibustering in the Legislative Council, along with other such acts of noncooperation, could make governing more inconvenient. No government can govern effectively if the majority of its people are unwilling to cooperate.”
- A survey in Ireland found that one third of those polled plan to refuse to pay the new water charges and fewer than half plan to pay (the rest are undecided or aren’t affected by the new charges).
- Pedro Enrique Polo gives a history of his involvement in the conscientious objector movement in Spain which includes a tax resistance angle.
- Seven bonnets rouges were sentenced to three months in prison for their roles in the destruction of the highway tax portal at Guiclan.