“I believe in Tax Rebellion because I believe in justice.” ~ Alison Banville

I believe, not only in speaking of justice, but in acting justly. For what force has a moral principle if it is not acted upon?

If I see, in my own street, an attack on a defenceless person by a brutal and more powerful aggressor, do I simply wring my hands and contemplate how awful it is, or do I intervene, and shout and scream to alert passers-by of the ongoing assault? If I wring my hands only, am I any better than the person who looks on unconcerned and walks away? What difference have I made to the person beneath the blows then?

How much easier it is to recognise suffering when it is under our nose, when we can see it and smell it and hear the screams of the victim, than when it takes place far away, out of sight, and the victim is dehumanised. How ironic that our empathy appears to drain away the more the victims are multiplied. Such is the failure of our empathetic imagination and of the intellectual faculties which should be governed by it. If pure compassion were our core driving force then our intellects would easily burn away the paper-thin lies of the state and the rationalisations of our own psyches which keep us so comfortable.

I believe in tax rebellion because I follow the true guidance of my conscience which will brook no excuse for the killing of innocent men, women and children, and which refuses to breach international laws drawn up to prevent state murder for power and profit.

When war is illegal paying tax is a war crime


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