I Plug Low-Income Tax Resistance for the Readers of “Shareable”
An article I wrote about my tax resistance strategy and about the various
benefits of a lower-income lifestyle now graces the pages of
Shareable. It starts:
Nine years ago, I started living a more bountiful life by working less,
earning less, and spending less.
I started by going to my employer’s human resources department to ask if I
might take a significant pay cut. “How significant?” they asked. I said, “I’m
not sure yet; maybe 75 percent?”
Take stock of your own vision of a rewarding, generous life, and look closely
at which components of it are best served by earning money and which
components are best served in more direct ways. Look also for ways in which
your career may interfere with such a life. And look at how the government,
by means of the tax system, is forcing you to expend your time and energy on
priorities that contradict your values. Consider the possibility that the
most bountiful and generous life you could be living may be one in which you
are earning and spending less but living and sharing more.
In other news, while activists on the American left seem most interested in
getting corporations and rich people to pay more taxes, in Europe more such
activists are asking “why are any of us still paying taxes to these
crooks when we know we can put the money to better use than they can?”
I’m happy to report that the Spanish war tax resistance movement is lending
support to this new movement. Arcadi Oliveres spoke at a conference on
economic resistance over the weekend “concerning military spending and
resistance to militarism by means of tax resistance.”
A clever fellow has come up with a plan to get money out of politics. Dubbed
Repledge, it works like this:
We connect individual contributors who agree to transform their political
contributions into charitable donations if a supporter of the opposing
political candidate matches the contribution.
This way, people can divert their political contributions to more useful
purposes without feeling that they’re thereby empowering even worse
politicians than they ones they had been intending to feed.
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