Some war tax resistance news in brief:
- At War Tax Talk, Erica Weiland reflects on
the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japanese cities. Excerpt:
Nuclear weapons really keep the war economy going since their very presence requires a constant readiness for war, not to mention maintenance and supervision. Over the next ten years, the U.S. is estimated to spend about $348 billion on nuclear weapons. Why work for a nuclear-free world but pay for those weapons yourself?
- Members of the
community were at Walden Pond to commemorate the anniversary.
Suzanne Shanley remarked:
We join with peacemakers throughout the world in mourning and repentance for this unspeakable act of deliberate slaughter of a civilian population, our sisters and brothers in Japan. , Agape members walked with friends from the Buddhist Peace Pagoda through Walden Pond, commemorating the Anniversary among the crowd on the beach as the spirit of Thoreau’s refusal to pay a poll tax for war, inspired and sustained us.
- One variant of the “peace tax” idea would allow taxpayers who are
conscientious objectors to redirect the portion of their federal taxes that
pays for armaments and militaries to a new government-run Peace Institute
that is designed to promote national security and international stability
through nonviolent means. Sounds pretty good, until you realize that we
already have a government-funded United States Institute of Peace, chartered to promote international peace through nonviolent conflict resolution…
But its chairman, Stephen Hadley, is a relentless hawk whose advocacy for greater military intervention often dovetails closely with the interests of Raytheon, a major defense contractor that pays him handsomely as a member of its board of directors.