I’ve got a guest post up at Early Retirement Extreme about how by living frugally, you can spend less on government and more on priorities that better match your values. That blog is full of good information on frugality and sensible personal financial planning, but doesn’t have much of a political/activist focus, so I’ll be interested to see how this strikes the readership there. Excerpts:
As it says in Your Money Or Your Life, “when we go to our jobs we are trading our life energy for money.” When you pay taxes, the government is taking your life energy from you and using it for its own purposes, as much as if it had conscripted you and forced you to work for it directly.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend any of my life energy helping the government to commit aggressive war, torture prisoners, or threaten the world with weapons of mass destruction. I think I can be more useful to my neighbors (and better able to sleep at night) if I instead put all of my effort into more beneficial activities.
In order to make our country one we can be proud of, complaining and wishful thinking are not going to be enough. We have to put as much of our effort as we can on the side of our values, instead of allowing so much to be stolen by the tax collector and used to promote the values of politicians and the military/industrial complex.