Eight Ways You Can Personally Help to Smash the State

Francois Tremblay offers his thoughts on Eight Ways You Can Personally Help to Smash the State.

Number six is our flavor-of-the-site:

Okay, enough with the hard work, here’s an easy one: don’t pay taxes. There are many different ways to do that. You can simply not file, which is not actually as risky as people think (considering that even plain cheating on your returns is not that bad, as only 7% of returns get reviewed over a 7 year period). If you are risk-averse, you can minimize your taxable income and get rid of taxes entirely “legally.” Take any opportunity you have to work for yourself or work “under the table.” Sometimes buying online or on the black market can also help avoid sales taxes. Become an income tax assistance volunteer.

Tax resistance is one small but effective centuries-old way to help starve the State and its gargantuan war machine. When done by a single individual, it’s a way to protest coercion and act in accordance with your moral principles. When done by the masses, it’s the most powerful anti-State messages there is.

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This news article caught my eye: Grand Jury Subpoenas Commenters’ Personal Information From Newspaper.

When a Las Vegas newspaper ran an article about the upcoming tax evasion trial of local resident Robert Kahre, the piece drew dozens of comments from apparent sympathizers.

“IRS forcing a Federal Income Tax on a man’s wages is illegal,” wrote one.

“I have not filed in over 30 years,” another boasted.

A third suggested that people should “organize protests at the courthouse.”

Now, a federal grand jury has subpoenaed the names, phone numbers, IP addresses and other identifying information about every person who commented on the original article, which appeared in the edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. News of the subpoena was first reported last week by one of the paper’s columnists, Thomas Mitchell.

“There was no indication what they were looking for or what crime, if any, was being investigated, just a blanket subpoena for voluminous and detailed records on every private citizen who dared to speak about a federal tax case,” Mitchell wrote.

A new article about war tax resistance in Spain shows how similar the situation is there to in the United States, in many ways. The article begins by promoting the idea of war tax resistance and redirection of a percentage of due taxes equal to the military budget to more socially-responsible projects. It then tries to calculate that percentage, complaining that the official figures understate the real expenses by about half:

Because along with NATO, military expenses include veterans benefits, the national guard (included in the budget of the Department of the Interior), and military R & D, among others. If, in addition, we add the percent of the interest on the national debt that corresponds to military expenses, in Spain by the figure reached €18,609.60 million for military spending. Even more, if we look closer still, this figure should increase by approximately 15%, the usual variation between the initial military budget and the eventual spending.…

For their organized redirection campaign, they have chosen La’Onf, which is trying to educate about, organize, and promote nonviolent conflict resolution strategies and nonviolent resistance techniques in Iraq. They claim that last year, 874 participants redirected €85,253.86 in this way.

The comments in response to the article also seem very familiar. One commenter argues that if you redirect your taxes there’s no reason to expect that the government will lower military spending — if there’s a shortfall, they’ll probably just cut social spending. Also, why are they refusing the income tax, a progressive tax, instead of some regressive tax like the value-added tax? Also, isn’t conscientious tax resistance a reactionary, assertion of individual conscience over the public good? After all, couldn’t right-wingers object to welfare benefits and patriotically redirect their their taxes to the military using the same logic?

Everything seems familiar, though the accent is different. It’s a little like landing in Barcelona and stopping in at a Starbucks.