It quotes a number of tax resisters, including one “David G.” who resembles me
in many ways, but who says things that I’m pretty sure didn’t come out of my
mouth, like: “If I choose not to pay why should that affect my desire for a
peaceful life and my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
After all, that’s defined in our Bill of Rights and guaranteed by our
Constitution.” So, take the article with a grain of salt.
When I started on this “experiment” in tax resistance, I did a lot of research
into the various ways I could rejigger my life and my finances so that less of
my income was “taxable income” and more tax credits might be available to me.
Vincent Partal, the director and proprietor of “Vilaweb,” an influential
Catalan online newspaper, has called for a tax strike against the Spanish
government in the cause of Catalan nationalism.
The editorial in which he made this call,
“Get angry. Organize. Don’t pay.”
is written in Catalan, naturally, which I can only half-decipher with my
shoddy Spanish and some help from Google Translate.
Here are some excerpts, or my best guesses anyway:
…we have two options: complain or do something.
Something? Like what? A tax strike.
hundreds of thousands were in the streets demanding respect for Catalonia…
[T]he vast majority of the population is aware of the choking of the economy
of our society by the systematic plunder carried out by the Spanish
This profound mobilization of civil society that came to life in recent years
is more than enough of a base to start an organization of indignance. From
there, deliberate widespread civil disobedience.
If an individual, outraged by the arrogance of the Spanish state, refuses to
pay taxes in June, surely in September or in January, he will be a defendant
in the tax office or in the courts. It’s not worth it. But what if you were
talking tens of thousands of people, businesses, and institutions — also
institutions — that are refusing to pay, and are organized?
Now, this won’t take off spontaneously. But it is not difficult to get
started and to move it along. Suppose an organization,
Òmnium for example, or its
referendum organizers, were to formally declare a sort of tax
“Robinson list.” In
such a case, those determined not to pay a personal, business, or
institutional tax would only have to sign on, leaving the details to the
organizers. When the deadline came, the organizers could simply certify
whether there are enough volunteers to carry out the action or not. There
aren’t enough? Well, nothing is done, we continue to lament. There are tens
of thousands? hundreds of thousands? the number is considered sufficient? In
such a case it would suffice to say: Let the deadline pass without paying the