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April 15 - A View on Taxes from the Future

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Finally, the choice is settled in favor of Freedom in the conversation between Eliyahu and Sarah:

"You think freedom is more important than law?"
"Of course. What's the point of supporting the law if you are a slave? If I am not free, the law will be used against me."

The ending is particularly moving ('Call for help' and 'New beginning'), because through metaphor it shows us, living in the real world,  that there is hope. It shows how one voice can be heard by all people everywhere, and though freedom-loving people due to their very nature are independent-minded, united by a common cause they can be a powerful force!

(You've probably heard the quote "organizing atheists is like herding cats". Richard Dawkins has a good response to this: "Even if they can't be herded, cats in sufficient numbers can make a lot of noise and they cannot be ignored.")

Although the book ends well, at the very last chapter we are reminded that "the fight is not over". Campaign for liberty is a never-ending process. Even if big oppressors are defeated, as long as smaller ones are tolerated, there is a risk of relapse.

I think, the contribution of this book is that – through grotesque metaphor – it raises our awareness of serious social and economic issues. There is no shortcut to a free society. The only way we can do it is by becoming as knowledgeable and articulate in our advocacy as possible in order to attract those who want to understand freedom.

Main point of the book, in my opinion, is this: "If there are enough free people, and the message is right, they'll produce a wave, and others will join."

Needless to say, this kind of change will not be coming from the government! So, it is up to us to support the people advancing freedom, be that through politics (Ron Paul), fiction (Zak Maymin), or social networking...

In closing, I would like to quote Sheldon Richman who wrote:

"So what about the income tax? There is no shortage of arguments that the income tax is illegal, even unconstitutional. It's been said to violate the Fifth Amendment guarantee against self-incrimination, that it's really voluntary, that Federal Reserve Notes aren't money, and on and on. Most curious is the argument that the income-tax law was never intended to tax wages and salaries earned in the private sector because the lawmakers knew such a tax would be unconstitutional."

"The income tax is immoral on many levels. It permits the government nearly unlimited access to the people's wealth. It opens the door to inquisitorial intrusion into their private affairs. And it introduces such complexity into the law that everyone is a potential criminal."

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