This article is not about the four or five Anarchists who don’t pay taxes out of principle. The ones who are willing to go to jail because they don’t want to pay the “aggressors”.
This article is about the majority of Anarchists, the ones that pay taxes. They pay taxes every year & then go to the streets to complain about police aggression. They’ll film themselves for YouTube screaming at cops hoping they’ll get 15 minutes of fame, showing how “brave” they are. In reality they know they’re walking a safe line. They know how to needle the cops just enough to look tough, while knowing the cops can’t do anything about it. Knowing their safety & freedom were never at risk.
The standard response from Anarchists when you bring up the tax issue is “we don’t have a choice”. But they do. Not liking your options, doesn’t mean you don’t have a choice. Jail or jail is not a choice. Freedom or jail is a choice. I don’t blame you for your decision. It’s a practical decision, but not a principled one.
A principled decision, would be standing your ground against a system you don’t want to support, because it’s against your beliefs. When even in the face of fear, the threat of prison, you don’t bend your principles. You force the government to make a decision, not the other way around.
“Oh but I’d be the only one doing it and it won’t make a change”. This argument doesn’t make your decision to bend any more principled or brave. Again, it’s the practical decision, not principled. Folks like Gandhi or Rosa Parks, stood up for their beliefs, despite the threat of prison or worse.
Someone like Irwin Schiff is principled. Schiff is known for writing and promoting literature that claims the United States income tax is applied incorrectly. He has fought several civil cases against the federal government & is currently serving a 13 year prison sentence for his non-compliance of Federal tax laws.
The majority of Anarchists though, are not this brave. Not close. They’re brave from behind their keyboards, judging folks for voting or taking government paid jobs. But they’re not brave when it comes to their own beliefs. They’re just practical.