Poverty, Politics & Permaculture

The Story of Stuff.I recently posted a comment against the shutting down of tax havens, proposed in an article headlined “Pin Striped Pirates” at the Australia Permaculture Research Institute site.

As the saying goes, “There would be no tax havens if there were no tax hells.” I’ve had my own personal tax troubles in the past, but not to the extent of the “tax hell” guy in Britain. April 15 is the tax filing deadline in the U.S., the same date Titanic sank. But the film did great at the box office, so what the heck. But I digress.

Leaving a call for “tax justice” from within the permaculture movement unchallenged would make me a coward. (Or sane.) So instead I will convince all of you to march in lockstep for the cause of unfettered individualism. Here’s a site that makes the case for American style agorist anarchy. A permaculture philosophy preaching “self-reliance as a political statement” (David Holmgren) shouldn’t contradict itself by advocating pointless pyramid building for a government pharaoh.

Even if you’ve read all this, you may still worship the government. So let’s consider tax justice. If consumerism and wage slavery is bad, the thesis of The Story of Stuff for example, and we universally renounce such evil market exchanges, who’s going to pay the taxes? And who’s going to collect the benefits?

A real problem for anyone, no matter their political orientation, is how do you tax people who are opting out of filing TPS reports from their corporate cubicles, using cheap as free herbalist advice in low stress lifestyles surrounded by helpful friends in natural scenic locations rather than paying expensive premiums to afford the blinky machines at the hospital making the booping sounds? I hate to bring you the bad news, but you can catch diseases in hospitals, get the wrong dose or wrong drug entirely, or even have body parts removed that you’d rather not part with. The most horrifying things you can imagine of have actually occurred. I recall hearing on multiple occasions and in various countries that the death rate actually decreased when doctors went out on strike. That’s not to say that modern scientific allopathy won’t save your life, but you shouldn’t constantly be in surgery.

It amazes me that people will protest trivia like Christmas trees or ten commandment displays, yet have no qualms about their representatives sticking a gun in everyone’s face (after they’re disarmed) to steal “their fair share” of taxes. I’d rather everyone in the U.S. get “their fair share” of the 2.3 billion acres that’s largely government owned.

Grow your own pharmacy using nature’s health plan (to steal some book titles) and get food security instead of welfare in the bargain. Be self-reliant from dependence on government and corporations, as both of the founders of the Permaculture movement say you should be. Follow the open source approach of Open Farm Tech, who like me are trying to live a “Wealth Without Money” lifestyle (to steal RepRap’s tagline).

Taxes are like sand in the gears. Do It Yourself is more popular than ever because the taxable money you earn doesn’t have to be spent on someone else who is also heavily taxed. It’s doing more with less. The internet is making it easy to find free “how to” information as well.

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