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War, Death and Taxes


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“If a thousand [people] 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.”
– Henry David Thoreau, during Mexican-American War of 1846-48

As the cliché goes, death and taxes are the only two things certain in life. On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll take a look at how these “certainties” interact with social justice. First, we’ll hear from war tax resisters who refuse to pay taxes that go towards waging war and taking life. Later, we’ll look at the Senate’s repeal of the so-called death tax, which was designed to redistribute wealth accumulated by millionaires and billionaires.


Bill Ramsey of Human Rights Action Service; Susan Quinlan, member of Northern California War Tax Resistance;David Waters, Vietnam vet and war tax resister;Nancy Eastep, Scott McCandless, Mica Messenheimer, and Kathy Labriola war tax resisters; William Gates and Sr. and Chuck Collins, authors of “Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes.”

For more information :

Human Rights Action Service –St. Louis, MO

War Resisters League –New York, NY

Northern California War Tax Resistance –Berkeley, CA

United for a Fair Economy –Boston, MA

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