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“It strikes me as a civilized way to protest uncivilized acts.”

April 21, 2012 By: John Kindley Category: Uncategorized

Said by federal Magistrate John Moulds in court to tax resister Cindy Sheehan. (H/T David Gross at The Picket Line)

I note that, while its Wars of Aggression are undoubtedly the most barbaric acts of which the American Empire is guilty, the Empire uses the tax dollars it extorts from We its Subjects to commit a million other crimes besides these, daily and from sea to shining sea.

By the way, I had meant on “Tax Day” to promote again, as I have before, The Picket Line blog by David Gross, whose “Don’t Owe Nothin'” method of tax resistance has long struck me as the most practical and principled way to live honestly as an American in these United States. I have nothing but respect for those who, like “high-powered” (in more ways than one) criminal defense lawyer J. Tony Serra, have risked or incurred prison by “failing” to pay “their” taxes. But I think it’s best not to let ourselves become fodder for the Prison-Industrial Complex if we can avoid it.

4 Comments to ““It strikes me as a civilized way to protest uncivilized acts.””

  1. H Cabret says:

    “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.”
    Henry David Thoreau

    Avoidance is probally the least civilized way to deal with the problem.

  2. H Cabret says:

    Action expresses priorities.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    I care so deeply about this matter that I’m willing to take on the legal penalties, to sit in this prison cell, to sacrifice my freedom, in order to show you how deeply I care. Because when you see the depth of my concern, and how civil I am in going about this, you’re bound to change your mind about me, to abandon your rigid, unjust position, and to let me help you see the truth of my cause.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. Mahatma Gandhi

    Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    A fear of jail is nothing but cowardice. Dont be afraid to be free.

  3. H Cabret says:

    You should refuse to pay your taxes as loudly as possible and instead donate the money you didnt pay in taxes to your local school or library.

    If you ignore them, they will just ignore you.

    “The function of civil resistance is to provoke a response and we will continue to provoke until they respond or change the law. They are not in control; we are.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  4. H Cabret says:

    I, for one, have never advocated passive anything. We must never sumbit to such laws. And I think our resistance must be *active* and provocative!

    GANDHI said it………


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