Time for another tea party

Why are Americans passively accepting the greatest tax rip-off of all time?

In 1773 a mob of American colonists famously dumped crates of tea belonging to the British East India Company into Boston harbor. It was a direct action by citizens against the tax regime of the British government, and just one of several incidents that ultimately led to the Revolutionary War.

More than two-hundred years later Americans still notoriously abominate taxes. They hate taxes so much that they deny themselves a privilege taken for granted by every other civilized nation on earth, namely, universal healthcare.

So how can they just sit quietly by as the greatest tax rip-off of all time is inflicted on them?

The $700,000,000,000 bailout package approved by the senate yesterday will place a tax burden of several thousand dollars on every man, woman, and child in the U.S. and that’s on top of the huge debt they already bear. It is a burden that exceeds by an order of magnitude the burden that the British tried to place on the American colonists after the Seven Year’s War. More significantly, it is the result not of justifiable expenditure, but of corruption at the highest levels.

Yet all is quiet. No protests in the streets, no angry mobs, no latter-day Boston Tea Partiers tarring and feathering the crooked politicians and bankers who made it all possible.

Exactly what do you have to do to people in the twenty-first century to provoke direct action?

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Anonymous

Dare I say this?
I find it eerily ironic that there are more comments on the facebook blog and hipster article than on this article.
This just goes to show you how hard we have to fight to reclaim our country.
Or should we even fight at all and let the best man win?

Anonymous

Dare I say this?
I find it eerily ironic that there are more comments on the facebook blog and hipster article than on this article.
This just goes to show you how hard we have to fight to reclaim our country.
Or should we even fight at all and let the best man win?

Anonymous

There sure are alot of crazy people out there. Do you guys even read what you write before you post it? I think some of you need professional help.

Anonymous

There sure are alot of crazy people out there. Do you guys even read what you write before you post it? I think some of you need professional help.

A Human being

There should be more interest in your own cultural subcommunity that one helps to create rather than in global politics. The despair of not being able to change the system might as well be chanelled into helping a friend to refurbish a soon to open record-book store, cheap intelligent clothing/ yoga meditation center/cafe-shop/you name it. Help your friends and the ones you love. Rob the system and give back to those who you know would not give birth and raise scycotic zombies of the least common denomination

A Human being

There should be more interest in your own cultural subcommunity that one helps to create rather than in global politics. The despair of not being able to change the system might as well be chanelled into helping a friend to refurbish a soon to open record-book store, cheap intelligent clothing/ yoga meditation center/cafe-shop/you name it. Help your friends and the ones you love. Rob the system and give back to those who you know would not give birth and raise scycotic zombies of the least common denomination

Anonymous

You want a revolution? You really want to shut the whole system down? You need to drop out of it. It's a machine that operates with your bodies as gears, your time as fuel. How do you shut down a machine? Remove the gears, take away the fuel. The system doesn't care what you say, what you think, or what you do, so long as you keep going to work, keep going to school, and keep paying your taxes. Think what you want, say what you want, pray how you want, vote how you want, nothing will change because you are the vehicle and the fuel for the oppression you recognize but are incapable of stopping. You need to remove yourself from the system. Take away the gears, remove the fuel. But how you say?

Start with the basics: Food, shelter, clothes. Look around your community.

Is there a neighborhood garden you can volunteer at in exchange for vegetables? Talk to people there, learn how to grow, cook, and preserve your own food. See if you can work in exchange for a plot, bring friends, work together, share skills/time/enthusiasm.

Is there a food bank around? Stock up on canned goods, see what other freebies are available, tax the system. Most food banks, assistance programs, etc don't require much information or have requisites for free food. If they do, lie if you have to, or better yet tell them what you're doing, tell them you're dropping out of the system and why and offer to volunteer in exchange for food, advice, and friendship.

Tear up your lawn or find an abandoned plot of land. Plant food on it instead of useless grass. Gardening is easier than you think. Hand tools, which you can beg, borrow, or steal are all you need in addition to some seeds, time, and help. Work together.

Stop paying rent. Stop paying your mortgage. Talk to people, find somebody that owns a place or piece of land and is sympathetic or better yet passionate about the cause. Camp out if possible. Or look for an abandoned building near your food source. Make sure it's got water. Electricity can be stolen or produced on site with a generator. Live with like-minded people, start building a coalition, you can't/won't do this alone. Strength, resiliency,a and the ability to adapt is in numbers.

Stock up on warm, sturdy clothes. Extra cloth, tarps, boots, and gloves. Thrift stores all the way. Twenty bucks will buy you six months worth of good clothes. Needles and thread, learn how to sew, its easy: teach others.

How do you pay for this? Sell your shit. I know you've got a lot. You don't read Adbusters unless you've got shit you feel guilty about and can sell. Once you've got your money stash, spend it wisely. Don't wander around like a fucking wannabe bohemian drinking four dollar lattes at coffee shops talking about how you're a revolutionary. Try and get away from spending money to get what you need. Money is the lubricant that makes the machine work. Without money the machine grinds to a halt. Debauch the currency and the system will fail. Stop buying things with money. See if you can trade, work for, or steal (from big-business, corporations, or the gov; never individuals, locals, or non-profits) the things you need to survive. Your dollar is your vote. Every dollar you have in a bank is a vote for banks. Every dollar you spend in taxes is a vote for the government. Every dollar you spend on something other than local, non-profit, or fair-trade companies is a vote for a trans-national, profit driven, exploitative world in which you are the gears and the fuel. Remove the gears, take away the fuel.

You can do this today, right now, immediately. And if you do it with enough passion, conviction, and intelligence, people will do it with you. You can be the spark on a tinder heap. The pebble that sets off a landslide. You can change the world starting right now.

Except you won't.

Because you're a fucking pussy.

Anonymous

You want a revolution? You really want to shut the whole system down? You need to drop out of it. It's a machine that operates with your bodies as gears, your time as fuel. How do you shut down a machine? Remove the gears, take away the fuel. The system doesn't care what you say, what you think, or what you do, so long as you keep going to work, keep going to school, and keep paying your taxes. Think what you want, say what you want, pray how you want, vote how you want, nothing will change because you are the vehicle and the fuel for the oppression you recognize but are incapable of stopping. You need to remove yourself from the system. Take away the gears, remove the fuel. But how you say?

Start with the basics: Food, shelter, clothes. Look around your community.

Is there a neighborhood garden you can volunteer at in exchange for vegetables? Talk to people there, learn how to grow, cook, and preserve your own food. See if you can work in exchange for a plot, bring friends, work together, share skills/time/enthusiasm.

Is there a food bank around? Stock up on canned goods, see what other freebies are available, tax the system. Most food banks, assistance programs, etc don't require much information or have requisites for free food. If they do, lie if you have to, or better yet tell them what you're doing, tell them you're dropping out of the system and why and offer to volunteer in exchange for food, advice, and friendship.

Tear up your lawn or find an abandoned plot of land. Plant food on it instead of useless grass. Gardening is easier than you think. Hand tools, which you can beg, borrow, or steal are all you need in addition to some seeds, time, and help. Work together.

Stop paying rent. Stop paying your mortgage. Talk to people, find somebody that owns a place or piece of land and is sympathetic or better yet passionate about the cause. Camp out if possible. Or look for an abandoned building near your food source. Make sure it's got water. Electricity can be stolen or produced on site with a generator. Live with like-minded people, start building a coalition, you can't/won't do this alone. Strength, resiliency,a and the ability to adapt is in numbers.

Stock up on warm, sturdy clothes. Extra cloth, tarps, boots, and gloves. Thrift stores all the way. Twenty bucks will buy you six months worth of good clothes. Needles and thread, learn how to sew, its easy: teach others.

How do you pay for this? Sell your shit. I know you've got a lot. You don't read Adbusters unless you've got shit you feel guilty about and can sell. Once you've got your money stash, spend it wisely. Don't wander around like a fucking wannabe bohemian drinking four dollar lattes at coffee shops talking about how you're a revolutionary. Try and get away from spending money to get what you need. Money is the lubricant that makes the machine work. Without money the machine grinds to a halt. Debauch the currency and the system will fail. Stop buying things with money. See if you can trade, work for, or steal (from big-business, corporations, or the gov; never individuals, locals, or non-profits) the things you need to survive. Your dollar is your vote. Every dollar you have in a bank is a vote for banks. Every dollar you spend in taxes is a vote for the government. Every dollar you spend on something other than local, non-profit, or fair-trade companies is a vote for a trans-national, profit driven, exploitative world in which you are the gears and the fuel. Remove the gears, take away the fuel.

You can do this today, right now, immediately. And if you do it with enough passion, conviction, and intelligence, people will do it with you. You can be the spark on a tinder heap. The pebble that sets off a landslide. You can change the world starting right now.

Except you won't.

Because you're a fucking pussy.

Anonymous

1st. If somebody leaves the system...that does not hurt it, it will just find a new replacement. 2nd. Money is good because it enables you create change. I do not like our current monetary system, but that's not my point. When most people get money, they like you said spend it on themselves...but if you want to be a revolutionist, save it until you can use it to create and influence change. ie. create your own business that supports social change. donate it to an organization that informs people and encourages them to change their living habits and informs them of the world that we actually live in. ... I recommend donating to www.therealnews.com because we really need something like this, but thats just me. Cheers. ps. swearing hurts your argument.

Anonymous

1st. If somebody leaves the system...that does not hurt it, it will just find a new replacement. 2nd. Money is good because it enables you create change. I do not like our current monetary system, but that's not my point. When most people get money, they like you said spend it on themselves...but if you want to be a revolutionist, save it until you can use it to create and influence change. ie. create your own business that supports social change. donate it to an organization that informs people and encourages them to change their living habits and informs them of the world that we actually live in. ... I recommend donating to www.therealnews.com because we really need something like this, but thats just me. Cheers. ps. swearing hurts your argument.

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