Subject: Re: Agent of Our Own Destruction Day
Date: 19 Apr 1998 04:44:20 GMT
From: Jim Klein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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> Like all of you, I was done a great wrong yesterday. A portion
> of my wealth, a part of my life, was confiscated by those who
> had no part in producing it, to be used by those who have no
> right to its benefits. And the money is now in the hands of
> those who will use it against me.
Well said---concise and perfectly accurate.
>But the evil goes beyond that. We not only had money stolen from us,
>but we actively participated in the theft. We went down to the library
>or the post office to pick up the forms, we pored over arbitrary
>rules, maybe even payed people for advice on those rules, we
>agonized and sweated over the numbers, and worst of all we signed
>our names to the result. A signature is like a word of honor - and we
>gave our word of honor that the numbers on that form represent
>a legitimate debt and that we are obligated to pay it. We
>sanctioned the evil.
Not so. There is no "sanction" involved when you hand over money to an
armed robber; you're just prioritizing your values. And a
signature under duress is no "word of honor."
I've been robbed with a gun at my head and I pay my taxes---there is no
difference whatsoever except that the armed robber was far more honest,
and easier to understand.