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?

Adbusters 111 Cover

On Newsstands December 3

At last we’re in Winter. It’s the year 2047. A worn scrapbook from the future arrives in your lap. It offers a stunning global vision, a warning to the next generations, a repository of practical wisdom, and an invaluable roadmap which you need to navigate the dark times, and the opportunities, which lie ahead.

Subscribe to Adbusters Magazine

120 comments on the article “Time for another tea party”

Displaying 91 - 100 of 120

Page 10 of 12

Anonymous

why are amerikans passively accepting the greatest environmental destruction of all time.....mountain top removal coal mining? oh wait, they're not. direct action is alive and well in the united states AND around the world. take some plays from their play book if you are angry about taxes and lack of healthcare. there have been no lack of direct actions and of civil disobedience, in the streets, on university campuses and the construction sites themselves illuminating the externalities of coal, the dirty "little secrets" economists so conveniently ignore. the ball is rolling, too, with more people waking up everyday. however protesting and making yourself look like a wingnut these days is getting trickier. with big brother always looking over our shoulders, even environmental lobbyists are getting put on domestic terrorism watch lists. i think it's time we call out those in positions of power whom we know to be terrible and causing unlivable conditions for their so called citizens and customers. (most electricity burned at coal plants is wired elsewhere to feed faraway neighborhoods & urban sprawl zones) to me, direct action speaks loudest when purposeful and consistent, creating memes and rituals and reinforcing those which facilitate the building of participatory and healthy economies, where corporations do not rule. direct action doesn't even need to be synonymous with civil disobedience. a direct action is a choice, a choice to act, whether that is quietly, loudly, in a local, regional or national setting, within the "law" or without. it is the willingness to sacrifice one law for another, and by acting, to create space for the most just law to prevail.

Anonymous

why are amerikans passively accepting the greatest environmental destruction of all time.....mountain top removal coal mining? oh wait, they're not. direct action is alive and well in the united states AND around the world. take some plays from their play book if you are angry about taxes and lack of healthcare. there have been no lack of direct actions and of civil disobedience, in the streets, on university campuses and the construction sites themselves illuminating the externalities of coal, the dirty "little secrets" economists so conveniently ignore. the ball is rolling, too, with more people waking up everyday. however protesting and making yourself look like a wingnut these days is getting trickier. with big brother always looking over our shoulders, even environmental lobbyists are getting put on domestic terrorism watch lists. i think it's time we call out those in positions of power whom we know to be terrible and causing unlivable conditions for their so called citizens and customers. (most electricity burned at coal plants is wired elsewhere to feed faraway neighborhoods & urban sprawl zones) to me, direct action speaks loudest when purposeful and consistent, creating memes and rituals and reinforcing those which facilitate the building of participatory and healthy economies, where corporations do not rule. direct action doesn't even need to be synonymous with civil disobedience. a direct action is a choice, a choice to act, whether that is quietly, loudly, in a local, regional or national setting, within the "law" or without. it is the willingness to sacrifice one law for another, and by acting, to create space for the most just law to prevail.

wrobson

America will not have a revolution... as soon as obama won, the majority sat down with a smile and stopped. I think that even when Obama is in power, Americans are just going to stand there and wait for Obama to fix the country. But like he said in his speeches, he can not do it alone...but if the people pressure the government for change then maybe just maybe, "Yes we can" can be a reality. America has lost its activism...they ended slavery, women and black people got their rights...then their activism stopped and corporations moved slavery to sweatshops around the world. The real Revolution will come from the developing world, its coming right now, they want change, they are hungry for it, and they also want to live on this planet together, beside us, not as our subordinates. I've read in here some really passionate people about growing our own food. Check out Airoponics, its a form of hydoponics. Check out the book "how to supercharge your garden". This how ever is not a viable solution for everyone...city farms might be. What makes us(civilization) so great is how efficient we are with our time and population...it only takes a handful of people to provide a hundred thousand with food. I believe that if we are going to improve this world we have to switch as many products to digital technology, and improve our transportation methods. ie. A wireless organic LED touchscreen pocket book (1 1/2 by 2 feet once folded out) You can use it to download new books, magazines, newspapers, play chess, checkers, watch videos, and educate. Look around your room...what do you actually need? How many resources can we allocate to better uses? People must spend their money not on stuff that they throw out, but on experiences either digitally even better in reality. How great would it be to take a train across America from La-New York in 2hours...we have the technology. With a new network of magnetic/electric trains people and products could move with a lot less pollution, time and resource consumption. thanks for reading. Cheers, William Robson ----Citizen of the world---

wrobson

America will not have a revolution... as soon as obama won, the majority sat down with a smile and stopped. I think that even when Obama is in power, Americans are just going to stand there and wait for Obama to fix the country. But like he said in his speeches, he can not do it alone...but if the people pressure the government for change then maybe just maybe, "Yes we can" can be a reality. America has lost its activism...they ended slavery, women and black people got their rights...then their activism stopped and corporations moved slavery to sweatshops around the world. The real Revolution will come from the developing world, its coming right now, they want change, they are hungry for it, and they also want to live on this planet together, beside us, not as our subordinates. I've read in here some really passionate people about growing our own food. Check out Airoponics, its a form of hydoponics. Check out the book "how to supercharge your garden". This how ever is not a viable solution for everyone...city farms might be. What makes us(civilization) so great is how efficient we are with our time and population...it only takes a handful of people to provide a hundred thousand with food. I believe that if we are going to improve this world we have to switch as many products to digital technology, and improve our transportation methods. ie. A wireless organic LED touchscreen pocket book (1 1/2 by 2 feet once folded out) You can use it to download new books, magazines, newspapers, play chess, checkers, watch videos, and educate. Look around your room...what do you actually need? How many resources can we allocate to better uses? People must spend their money not on stuff that they throw out, but on experiences either digitally even better in reality. How great would it be to take a train across America from La-New York in 2hours...we have the technology. With a new network of magnetic/electric trains people and products could move with a lot less pollution, time and resource consumption. thanks for reading. Cheers, William Robson ----Citizen of the world---

Anonymous

do you guys realize taxation is voluntary? in canada at least, the only lawful government is a representative one. a representative government requires both consent of the governed and the governing. if you figure out how to revoke your consent, you are no longer governed by them. canadians check out www.thinkfree.ca for more information.

Anonymous

do you guys realize taxation is voluntary? in canada at least, the only lawful government is a representative one. a representative government requires both consent of the governed and the governing. if you figure out how to revoke your consent, you are no longer governed by them. canadians check out www.thinkfree.ca for more information.

Pages

Add a new comment

Comments are closed.