One of the most heinous things about taxes is that they support the very “organs” (to quote a Soviet-era term) of government that crush the people…even further. The taxes are weapons used by the authorities…and all authority comes from the barrel of a gun (to paraphrase Mao). The taxes are used to corral in the masses and keep them upon a continuous treadmill that sustains the system…the very system that exploits and enslaves the citizens.
The most heinous of all is the “death tax” of 50% to the government after you die. If you made a million in money and property at the end of your existence…paying taxes on it all the way…the original income taxes on the money you made, and then the interest income tax on what you made from your investments. You have property taxes on your house. You are (depending on your state) levied taxes on ad valorem, or state income taxes, or community (city, town) taxes. You are taxed on gifts you give to your children. You are taxed when you begin a business.
Many states have “ingenious” (mostly insidious) means of exploiting the populace and terming it a “tax,” per se. Maryland has a great one they instituted a few years ago: the rainwater tax…to actually estimate the amount of rainfall off of a person’s roof/property, and place it under “management” of the state….yes, taxed on the amount of rain falling on you. Cigarette taxes, liquor taxes…the list is endless.
Taxes never decrease: they may present the illusion of decreasing in one category, but they always rise, and rise with the prices of things. Go to this site. They’re not hiding anything, and they’ll come out and tell you what they’re going to take from you. The site is put out by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (the EIA), and the address is here: EIA.gov
You can find state-by-state fuel taxes (on average 28 cents per gallon), and the federal taxes of 18.3 cents per gallon…for a total of about 47 cents per gallon. Yeah, isn’t that grand?
Taxes (by their reporting and declaration) also give the government more control and information about how you live, what you do. Taxes are used now in an even more sinister manner, beginning with the EU (European Union). Yes, all of those “happy” messages you see on your e-mails are harbingers of things to come. On 09/12/2018, Planet Free Will published an article entitled “Catastrophic: EU Passes Copyright Directive Including Internet ‘Link Tax’ and ‘Upload Filter.”
Here’s an excerpt:
“The European Parliament has passed a controversial copyright directive that contains provisions which force tech giants to install content filters and sets in place a potential tax on hyperlinking. The bill was passed in a final vote of 438 – 226 and will need to be implemented by individual EU member states. …two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13, which [have been] dubbed the “link tax” and “upload filter.” Article 11 is intended to give publishers and papers a way to make money when companies like Google link to their stories, allowing them to demand paid licenses. Article 13 requires certain platforms like YouTube and Facebook stop users sharing unlicensed copyrighted material.”
The bottom line on this: the government(s) would set in place bureaucratic agents to scan every page that is uploaded to a site…superficially to “protect the sacred copyrights,” but in reality, it is a way to accomplish monitoring and censorship of everything that passes across their scanners.
They have to institute stuff such as that to completely quell the independent media and stop any “non-certified, non-accredited (State-approved) journalists and news sites. In addition, they’ll levy taxes on it. Once again, the vicious cycle: pay your taxes or the Euro-Swat team comes in with MP-5’s, huffs, puffs, and blows down your house. Pay the taxes…and you’ll then fund their budgets for increased Draconian measures. Let’s not forget: ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and the Obama giveaway of the Internet to the Chinese.
Measure after measure comes into play. Little by little, in the name of taxes and the protection of rights, governments are instituting even more intrusive measures into privacy and exploiting their populaces…generating more wealth and power for themselves and more control over the life of the average person. There is no more objective, grassroots reporting or news within the mainstream media. The only material that is not AP and State-approved comes from outlets of the independent media.
Keep this in mind: back in the days of the USSR, you would be either killed or sent to a Gulag for possessing either a Xerox/mimeograph machine or a typewriter. Do you know why that was? It was because they did not want any communication among the people in the form of underground newspapers, memos, letters, or any venue not under State control. We’re heading in that direction now. First the taxes, to force our submission while simultaneously funding their oppression. Then the isolation and identification of non-State-approved reporters. Then the inevitable shutdowns, confiscations of computers and news media venues, arrests, and worse.
The best way to accomplish that is to overwhelm the people with laws and gendarmes/jackboots to enforce them. History teaches us, and it repeats itself in one way, shape, or form. Nothing new under the sun, and the assault on freedom of the press is not just in the U.S., but is worldwide. Better plead the 5th Amendment, since you can’t use the 1st Amendment anymore. Keep these words in mind from the Declaration of Independence on abuse of power:
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Happening in Europe and coming to our shores soon: the complete destruction of the independent media, and the creation of “Pravda and Isvestia” News outlets controlled entirely by the State.
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.
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The Solidarity movement in Poland utilized fax machines to communicate and may still have a role to play in the future.
It’s been suggested that thumb drives could be used in hidden locations that are retrieved to pass along intel as well.
“Independent” media is always, 100% of the time, going to fall short of telling you to be materially independent, in terms of vital goods, infrastructure, and social services. They don’t believe in any independent culture (ie, value system) or a culture of independence, as a permanent way of life, in peacetime. There is no independence of initiative.
For instance, why couldn’t you just send a note to your grandma, that way. When not under duress.
You can have some off-grid milk and cookies, without an adversarial situation, implied, were they not using fear porn to drive mouseclicks and impulse purchases.
Developments in the censorship arena are moving very quickly. International treaties formally bringing the US in line regarding this will be proposed. Virtual willing total control is just a couple of generations away if this proceeds.
The following will be priceless one day:
Typewriters / ink ribbons / paper
Camera with film and the means / supplies to develop it
Analog video / audio recording devices (don’t forget batteries for same) (VHS)
Technology, is the domain that “they” (and I’m still trying to figure out who they are) control. It will one day render digital recording / communication completely susceptible to confiscation / alteration of audio and video. Will this ability be used? Historically the powerful do not limit their power voluntarily if done at all. That doesn’t bode well for the future.
Taxing people to death.
I believe this led to revolution in 1776, or there abouts.
Never Again !!! Then, again, and again, and again.
On February 4th, 1738 Suss Oppenheimer was hung in Wattenburg Germany and his people expelled from the city. Goebbels made a propaganda movie about how this clever so-and-so worked his way up the ropes of power. And used that power to tax the people who gave him access to the city, it’s women, its everything.
YouTube “Jud Suss” 1940 full movie
If the electric car becomes competitive with cars that run on gasoline and diesel, the revenue from the gasoline taxes would be lost to the government. The money raised is supposed to be for the purpose of maintaining roads. Since electric cars can be fueled by the sun, how are they going to get their money? Tax sunshine like they do rainfall in Maryland?
Install a chip in the electric cars computer that is on the net monitoring miles driven and tax you per mile.
Technology is on their side. The only way around it is go Amish.
naw Kevin, even the poor ol’ Amish nag’ll have a micro-chip up her arse given time. Will give a whole new meaning to ‘rum(p)springa’.
To the ones who promote control and censorship I say they can go f#$% themselves.
The govt. has been losing money on cars that get good gas mileage so now they are talking about taxing you on the miles you drive instead of per gallon. Sure gives one incentive to buy a fuel efficient car….not).