In, em, ‘honor’ of tax season, I offer even more thoughts from Thoreau:
For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. But we love better to talk about it: that we say is our mission . … If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such revolution is possible.
-from “Civil Disobedience,” 1849 (there’s loads more good stuff in the essay, too; this is just a taste)
and a bit of Tolstoy:
If only each King, Emperor, and President understood that his work of directing armies is not an honourable and important duty, as his flatterers persuade him it is, but a bad and shameful act of preparation for murder — and if each private individual understood that the payment of taxes wherewith to hire and equip soldiers, and, above all, army-service itself, are not matters of indifference, but are bad and shameful actions by which he not only permits but participates in murder — then this power of Emperors, Kings, and Presidents, which now arouses our indignation, and which causes them to be murdered, would disappear of itself.
-from “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” 1900
and some potentially helpful and further thought-provoking links:
- National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC)
- War Resisters League
- War Tax Boycott
- David Gross, How to Resist…by Getting Under the Tax Line (aka, his “Don’t Owe Nothin'” method)
- Refusing to Pay Taxes that Fund War (Free Speech TV, Democracy News)