Away with them taxes !

It sucks to pay taxes. Giving away money so the government can spend it at bullcrap isn’t on my list of needs for a better society. I don’t want my taxmoney to be used to give prisoners extra comfortable prison cells, to give one example, crooks need to be treated as crooks. I do acknowledge the need for some limited taxes, in order to sustain a limited health care, or other things, such as building roads or powerplants, but being forced to give 50% or even more of your income is downright criminal.

The funnier it gets when someone concludes there is no law demanding you to pay income tax. The first time I heard from this was when I watched Aaron Russo’s “America: From Freedom to Fascism’. An interesting movie in wich libertarian Russo claims there is no law wich obliges to pay income tax, and in wich he also criticizes several other things, such as parts of the Patriot Act, the possibility of spychips, ID cards, electronic voting, and more.

Things have taken a nasty turn since some people who refused to pay income tax were sentenced to jail, even though the prosecution couldn’t come up with a legal argument, debunking their claim. Just the other day I read about the “Ed Brown” case. Apparently this man and his wife Elaine have been succesfully evading taxes since 1990, taxes they claim to be illegal. It has come this far that the man has barricaded himself in his mansion-fortress, in Plainfield, New Hampshire. This way he hopes to outlast the FBI agents who have surrounded his house to arrest him. Brown however, uses solar energy to power his house, in case they cut him from the main grid. He has his own source for drinkable water and has enough food stocked to remain indoors for decades. He also claims to be armed and has warned that he would forcefully protect himself if the police was to storm the house. A few dozen people who sympathize have put up tents on his domain, and are planning to help Brown if it ever comes to an assault. A few of those also claim to be armed.

Even though I don’t believe in the ‘9/11 is a US conspiracy’ mumbo-jumbo, I do sympathize with the man for not wanting to give in. The underdog vs the system even has some romance in it. The fact that he lives in New Hampshire makes it all the more epic, the man really takes his state’s motto ‘Live free or die’ literally.


3 Responses to “Away with them taxes !”

  1. sidewaysinreverse Says:

    And it’s not even a hippy! I’m curious how this is going to end.

  2. gromp Says:

    I really don’t agree with your article. Why don’t you try to run a country without income? I agree some taxes are plain useless and sometimes too high but i wonder how limited your taxes would be. It costs a lotta dimes to run this monkeyland (Belgium, not America). And you’d be surprised how much health care costs these days. Limited health care would change our entire social security system (which we are very proud of, with reason) and I don’t know if that’s such a good idea.

    I can believe there’s no specific law to pay income tax in America, but the government here has the permission to collect taxes for the things she herself specifies. Income tax just happens to be a part of that, so I think in Belgium the people won’t be able to do what is happening in Plainfield

    Funny story about that new hampshire man though. Although I don’t think the FBI will use ‘grand equipment’ for only a few tax payers, unless they’re really bored.

  3. strategoi Says:

    As I explicitly said, some taxes surely are necessary. A limited social security system can be achieved without the exuberant price people have to pay in the form of taxes. Having the government take away more then 50% of your salary is downright wrong, especially if you see what they spend it on. A privatized healthcare system enables a country, especially a country like Belgium with a debt bigger then it’s Gross National Product, to systematically lower its debt. And apparently – referring to the recent elections – the people also want this; socialist and semi-socialists get trashed, and parties who stand for limited-government are favored. I like the trend.

    Sweden is also a frequent example of how all social-welfare should be organized. The Swedes chose in their last elections to limit the system by voting for the ‘Moderata Saminglingspartiet’.

    And in the Brown case. Just watch Russo’s ‘America: From Freedom to Fascism’, there really is no law, obliging people to pay THOSE taxes. Or keep it simple and go to the wikipedia page about it. The only ‘criticism’ the movie receives, is the fact that some quotes from the Founding Fathers are misinterpreted, so there are no factual inaccuracies in it.

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