I tried to get a little buzz going in American war tax resistance circles by highlighting my articles on
- the variety of tactics of tax resistance campaigns
- the diversity of goals and ideologies within the modern war tax resistance movement
- and those tactics with the potential to have the broadest appeal within the modern war tax resistance movement
on the wtr-s email discussion group and NWTRCC’s Facebook group. Alas, these posts made little splash, and the ripples died out quickly. Here is the wtr-s discussion thread. There seemed to be some enthusiasm for making an effort to try to get other groups to endorse war tax resistance, which I agree sounds like a promising idea.
Larry Rosenwald wondered whether it was worthwhile to try to pick tactics that appeal to all factions of the modern American war tax resistance movement. Might it not be better, he suggests, to select the most powerful tactics, even if they’re ones that not all resisters will be interested in signing on to? He may be right about that, but the example he chose to illustrate it — “the peace tax legislation activism that’s the heart of many European war tax resistance initiatives, and the American campaign for a peace tax fund” — strikes me as the least powerful and among the most divisive of the possible tactics we could be considering. This just goes to show how difficult it may be to get the movement, such as it is, to rally around a particular set of effective tactics.