The IRS Oversight Board has released
the results of their latest “Taxpayer Attitude Survey.” The numbers haven’t
changed much since
Here’s a bit of data that people encouraging tax resistance might find
How much influence does each of the following factors have on whether you report and pay your taxes honestly?
A great deal of influence
Somewhat of an influence
Very little influence
Not at all an influence
Don’t know/No response
Fear of an audit
Belief that your neighbors are reporting and paying honestly
3rd parties reporting your income (e.g., wages, interest, dividends to the IRS
Your personal integrity
I’ve added Herald of Freedom to
The Picket Line’s collection of Thoreau’s political
writings. The essay comes from early in his writing career and praises
Rogers who was editor of Herald of Freedom, the
journal of the New England Anti-Slavery Society.
Rogers, like Thoreau, was an individualist who distrusted group action and
organized reform groups, and he ran a very anti-hierarchical ship. Shortly
after this essay appeared, he was kicked out of his editor’s chair for failure
to get with
Garrison’s more structured program, and he started his own paper. I
suspect that Thoreau, who also resisted joining organized abolitionist groups,
although his sympathies were radically abolitionist, was taking sides and
trying to bolster Rogers’s reputation.
This essay is fairly short, but was still a bit of a chore to wrap my mind
around. It is dense with obscure references to things like the Hutchinson
Family Singers, Moses Norris, George Benson, Samuel Fessenden, Abby Folsom,
Father Lamson, the Comeouter movement, “Carolina” Hayne, William Bassett, and
the Princeton disaster. Any of those ring a bell to you? They didn’t to me.
I’ve gone hunting on-line to find some scraps about these things, and have
filled in some Wikipedia stubs and linked to them from the essay so it’ll be
easier for the next person who struggles through it.