Saturday April 19th, 12-3pm- Really Really Free Market

Saturday April 19th, 12-3pm-  
Really Really Free Market

No money. No trades. Everything is free. 

This market is based on a gift-economy and thinks capitalism sucks. Bring food to share. Bring your special items that you don't use but can't throw away (ex. clothes, toys, art supplies, instruments, books and zines...your free box). Bring your special talents to offer people (ex. haircuts, message, reiki...). Come and take what you can use and say thanks! We will have folks to check in with as you arrive. First come first served, space may be limited.  
If you bring things, you are expected to take away whatever is left at the end of the market.

The Picket Line — 16 April 2014

I’ve speculated before about the extent to which the Catholic anarchist tax resister Ammon Hennacy and J. Bracken Lee, the right-wing paleocon tax resister, may have crossed paths and mixed pollen while the former was running the Catholic Worker hospitality house in Salt Lake City and the latter was Utah’s governor. (See 7 October 2012.)

Here’s another interesting data point, found in the Socialist Labor Party’s Weekly People of :

The Extremes

In his column, Mr. [Murray?] Kempton had an item on Ammon Hennacy, a Catholic anarchist who likes the IWW bummery and who doesn’t dislike the Stalinists, but who can’t stand the SLP. Hennacy, noted Kempton, is a Catholic pacifist (as well as an anarchist) and thus a conscientious objector to contributing taxes to an arms budget. “The last time I saw Ammon, he reported he had gotten a letter of support from Governor G. [sic.] Bracken Lee of Utah, a [Republican] conscientious objector to all advocates of a strong central government since Nicholas Biddle. Lee is also litigating with the Internal Revenue Service [he thinks the income tax is as “communistic” as “Modern Republicanism”!] and his expression of solidarity amused Ammon. ‘That’s how it is,’ he said, ‘the right anarchists and the left anarchists meet in the end.’”

And that was undoubtedly the only sensible political remark ever made by the Catholic anarchist!

The SLP was sore at Hennacy after reading his account of a panel he had been on with a Communist Party member and an SLP member. His verdict: “I would not care to waste my time in any discussion with such unrealistic and humorless radicals as those of the SLP.”

The Weekly People hit back: “[T]he charge that the SLP is ‘humorless’ is a false charge. It is given the lie by the Party’s frequent and deft use of humor and satire to point up Socialist lessons.”

I haven’t been able to find the original of Murray (I think) Kempton’s op-ed.

The Picket Line — 14 April 2014

The annual tax season “fifteen minutes of fame” for the American war tax resistance movement has begun:

  • Vice magazine published a nice feature by Charles Davis titled “Don’t Pay Your Taxes” that spotlights American war tax resisters like David Hartsough, Susan Quinlan, Erica Weiland, and Ruth Benn. Excerpt:

    “They've never actually done anything,” Erica Weiland, a 30-year-old activist from Seattle, Washington, told me when I asked her about the consequences of her tax resistance. Weiland generally tries to avoid owing taxes in the first place, but when she does owe something, she files a return without paying a dime. And while she’s received a few letters, she’s never responded, nor had a problem. Freed from the burden of paying for broken fighter jets, she has been able to give money instead to those causes she believes in, which, she said, is “one of the things that's the most rewarding about being a war-tax resister.”

    Weiland learned about tax resistance while working with the group Food Not Bombs, which helps feed the homeless in cities across the United States (at least where its activities are not banned). She met a war refugee from Sri Lanka who refused to accept anything more than room and board as payment for his labor, not wanting to contribute in any way to the sort of violence he witnessed firsthand — funded, in part, by the U.S. government. If a poor immigrant could do it, Weiland decided she could too, and she hopes her actions will send a message that Americans are not as powerless as popularly imagined. “I want to show people that there's more that we can do to resist war and stop military actions than just marching and sending letters to Congress,” she said.

  • NWTRCC put out its annual press release about “Tax Day” protests going on nationwide.
  • The Independent Video Archive published a couple of excerpts from television shows first broadcast in concerning the war tax resisters Randy Kehler & Betsy Corner, and Wally Nelson.
  • William Ruhaak published his thoughts on “What would Jesus do about paying taxes for war? on the Pax Christi blog.
  • Jack Payden-Travers has commentaries on war tax payment up at WVTF Public Radio and at the Las Vegas Informer.
  • The Sonoma Press Democrat covered war tax resister Ruth Paine.
  • Engaging Peace published Erica Weiland’s thoughts on war tax resistance.
  • SeacoastOnline plugged Seacoast Peace Response’s annual “penny poll” demonstration.

Tues. 4/15 at 8pm- A Night of Great Music!

Tuesday April 15th at 8pm
A Night of Music with
Stone Crowe and Sag on Tour!
and Friends from Santa Cruz

Stone Crowe- folksters, playing radical tunes on acoustic instruments, no amplification beyond a crowd shouting in unison, with celtic and bluegrass infuences weaving acoustic guitar, a capella chanting, spoken word, your voice and your feet together in what can only be called a breathtaking gamble. from Portland

Sirqueen sagitta-
an auditory assault wielding an acoustic guitar and a set of pipes that you just can't miss (they won't miss you, in any case). vulnerable and ferocious, unnerving and invariably compelling, saggita is the difference between fire-wood and fire-did. from Portland

Burl Woods- shadowy earth folk drifting off a mountain porch (from the Gembrokers and so much more!) and ) from SC

Nicole- playing with Burl and with her own spoken word offerings, like a misty morning in a redwood forest (from Madrona and also so much more) from SC

In the Winds- spells dreams and heartstrings by jessie james briar birdcall from SC and yonder

come on out and participate in the songs of our age: narratives of radical counter-cultural challenges, stories of better times on the horizon (or just below it), and some oooooold dirt-grubbin' sepia-toned hardy folk tunes.

This is a fundraising tour for saggita's top surgery!
so bring $ and no one turned away

The Picket Line — 13 April 2014

It’s time for another international tax resistance news update:


The Hypo Alpe Adria bank bailout scandal has proven to be the last straw for some Austrian taxpayers. I’ve mentioned before the case of tobacconist Gerhard Höller, who recently started to refuse to pay his taxes and who started a website to encourage others to join his strike.

This article introduced me to Wolfgang Reichl, who is paying his taxes into an escrow account to protest the Hypo bailout.


The bonnets rouges are still torching tax portals along the highways of Brittany. Two went up in flames and the authorities then dismantled and removed the damaged structures.


Small business owners in Italy are also rebelling against the taxes and fees that are pushing their businesses into bankruptcy. Bed and breakfast owner Alessandra Marazzi laid off staff and started doing everything herself — working from six in the morning to eleven at night — and she still couldn’t keep above water. Then she sat down with her books and discovered that fully 84% of what she was bringing in was going to pay taxes and state-monopolized utility fees. She decided to stop paying taxes just so her business (and her family) could survive.

Her “protesta fiscale ad oltranza” (tax protest to the bitter end) movement is also gaining adherants. Caterer Andrea Polese, for instance, stopped paying and put a sign on her door reading “I am a tax resister.” Bar owner Mariano Pavanello posted a selfie with a sign saying “I decided to stop paying protection money to a state thief.”

Meanwhile, the planned tax strike of the Venetian secessionists continues to progress, despite the recent arrests of two dozen separatists.


Well, I can’t make heads or tails of the dialog in this video, but apparently it shows residents of Bani Obeid explaining why they have decided to stop paying taxes to protest against governmental incompetence.

Objeción Fiscal 2014: Desarma Tus Impuestos — No con nuestro dinero. (Confederación General del Trabajo)


The “comprehensive disobedience” movement that began in Catalonia has a new website, that includes material in several languages (including English). Its purpose: “to construct an international political and ideological space on the basis of the Integral Revolution.”

Meanwhile the Spanish war tax resistance movement is kicking into high gear (more details here) — and is increasingly targeting not just military spending but government spending on internal security forces, the Catholic Church, bank bailouts, the Spanish monarchy, and so forth.

It’s a little unclear from the text, but I think the following news brief from the Welshman by means of the Monmouthshire Merlin refers to two separate nights of Rebeccaite attacks on tollgates in :

Rebecca Again.

, “Rebecca and her daughters” again made their appearance at Pwlltrap gate, near St. Clears, and for the fourth time levelled it with the ground. The work of demolition was very speedily effected; as usual, all the parties concerned made good their escape, nor have any of them since been detected. Bwlchydommen gate, near Newcastle Emlyn, has been demolished by “Rebecca and her daughters.” The mob consisted of about 30 persons, principally dressed in women’s clothes, and having their faces covered with rabbit skins.

In Henry Tobit Evans’s book on the Rebecca Riots, he gives the date of the Bwlchydomen gate attack as , but doesn’t mention this Pwlltrap attack, at least not by that name (he does mention a later attack on the adjoining tollhouse).

The Picket Line — 12 April 2014

From the New York Sun on comes this example of tax strikers using escrow accounts to ward off reprisals and blunt criticism:

Novel Protest Against Gerson

Richmond Hill Veterans Vote a Tax Strike.

Hope to Spread Movement

Will Refuse to Pay Property Levy as Long as Red Holds Office.

One of the most novel of the many protests against the retention of Simon W. Gerson, a communist, on the city’s pay roll has been devised by members of the Richmond Hill War Veterans Post who, it was learned today, have voted to pay no more taxes on their property so long as Mr. Gerson remains on the salary list as confidential investigator to Borough President Isaacs.

Members of the post not only voted to take such action themselves, but to urge their friends and other posts of their organization in the city to join in the campaign. They believe that the legal difficulty involved in non-payment of taxes can be solved by having each “tax striker” put his tax money in the bank in escrow, to be released to the city whenever Mr. Gerson is dismissed.

The protest of the veterans is the more striking because, of the 149 members of the post, 98 per cent are property owners. They reason that if the city cannot collect taxes it cannot continue to pay the salary of the communist they feel should not be receiving pay even indirectly from them.

Veterans’ Resolution.

The resolution which the veterans empowered their executive committee to draw up was made public by William F. McCumiskey, post commander. It follows:

“Be it resolved that insofar as the Mayor of the City of New York and the President of the Borough of Manhattan have seen fit to ignore the protest formally taken by our organization and countless other organizations and citizens of our city and State against the appointment of Simon W. Gerson as confidential adviser and secretary to the Borough of Manhattan and have seen fit to retain Mr. Gerson as a public servant on the city pay roll and Mr. Gerson still continues to act as a public servant of the City of New York, although an avowed communist, and as such an open enemy to the Constitution of the United States and the principles upon which our country is founded.

“We, the members of this post, refuse to be a party to the action taken by our public officials and pledge ourselves to do everything in our power to bring the career of Mr. Gerson as a public official to a close as speedily as possible by refusing to pay our taxes now due on our property, so that the funds necessary to supply Mr. Gerson with his weekly pay check may not be available to our Mayor and President of the Borough of Manhattan, and

“We further resolve that we will request our friends and neighbors and other fellow citizens that we come in contact with to pursue the same course of action.

“We further resolve that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the county, State and national departments of our organization, with the request that they take similar action.

“Be it further resolved, also, that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Mayor of the city of New York and to the President of the Borough of Manhattan.”

Gerson continued in the post until . He then became the campaign manager of Pete Cacchione, who ran a victorious campaign for New York City Council as a Communist. He joined the U.S. military and served in the infantry in World War Ⅱ. I saw no sign that he joined the Richmond Hill War Veterans Post on his return home. He died in , after a lifetime of service to the Communist Party of the U.S.

The Picket Line — 9 April 2014

I’ve got an article about the Spanish desobediencia integral movement up at Shareable. Here’s how it starts:

Spanish war tax resisters and activists from the 15-M, or indignados, movement (the Spanish version of “Occupy”) have joined forces to organize a sharing economy network and to nourish it with redirected taxes.

How this came about is an interesting story, and though their project is decidedly edgier and more confrontational than most of what goes on under the sharing economy umbrella, we can learn a lot from what they have accomplished.

Shareable also conducted an interesting interview with Enric Duran which they published .

The Picket Line — 8 April 2014

When you live in one state but earn some of your income in another state, which state gets to collect the income tax? “Mine!” answer both states.

This became a newsworthy item because of the so-called “jock tax” which meant that those football players who were lucky enough to make it to the Super Bowl also were unlucky enough to get hit by the state income tax in New Jersey, where the game was held. According to some calculations, quarterback “Peyton Manning might be subject to a 101.83 percent tax on his Super Bowl earnings.”

But the issue has been a controversial one for some time, as today’s dig in the archives shows. I found the following Associated Press article in the Victoria [Texas] Advocate:

Man Refuses To Pay Tax; Still in Jail

 A New Hampshire man, adamant in his refusal to pay a Massachusetts income tax, remained in jail for the second day as government officials and lawyers refused to give ground.

Massachusetts Gov. Foster Furcolo (D) charged Amis Vautier, 41, of Pelham, N.H., who is employed in Boston, is more insterested in headlines than obtaining his release.

Through his lawyers, Vautier issued a statement from Charles Street jail embodying that historic phrase: “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

Vautier said he will not pay the tax of $140 assessed on his income. He wants to make a test case. His lawyers said bail is out of the question — that his detention is illegal.

Vautier’s wife, Charlotte, 30, mother of his three children, supported him. She brought from home cartons of cigarettes, which she said did not have the Massachusetts tax of 54 cents. She brought razors and other accessories for her husband’s convenience in the event his stay in jail is lengthy.

Mrs. Vautier went to the jail and later to the governor’s office. She met with Massachusetts Tax Commissioner Robert T. Capeless. Massachusetts officials would not budge from their contention Vautier is flouting the law in evading the tax. They suggested he post bond and fight the case in court.

Vautier’s lawyers, Thomas Flynn Jr. and Henry Fuller, plan to go to court to ask for a writ of habeas corpus. They charge their client is illegally imprisoned and that Massachusetts didn’t comply with all the technicalities of the law.

Capeless declined comment except to say the issue is unresolved.

Vautier stood by his prepared statement:

“I do not evade the Massachusetts nonresident income tax. As a citizen of the United States of America and the sovereign state of New Hampshire I challenge the right to enact it in a country that won its freedom in a fight based on the moral principle that taxation without representation is tyranny.”

The federal habeas corpus petition failed on procedural grounds (the judge ruling that Vautier needed to continue to fight in state court). He was finally released from jail on pending a state supreme court ruling, but there I lose track of him as he falls into the less-googlable part of history.

The Picket Line — 6 April 2014

Erica Weiland has summarized her keynote speech on Economic Disobedience and War Tax Resistance, which she delivered at a conference in Eugene, Oregon, on . Excerpt:

When we heard about this work in Spain, it was clear to us that war tax resistance is economic disobedience, the refusal to cooperate in an economic system that is built on war, militarism, and the perpetuation of human suffering. It was also clear to us that a variety of movements that also practice economic disobedience are allied with us in this struggle. When people refuse to pay debts to ruthless debt collectors, resist foreclosure, set up bartering networks that don’t report bartering as income, set up gift economies that avoid the IRS bartering regulations, organize lending circles for low-income borrowers, counsel high school students on alternatives to military service, squat abandoned houses, organize tent cities for the homeless regardless of bureaucratic and inhumane regulations, and struggle against corrupt landlords and employers, we are engaging in economic disobedience. The economic system we live under is not set up to support us, so we should withdraw our support from the system whenever feasible.

And here’s some more information about the Spanish movement that is the inspiration for this work: an interview with Enric Duran on the Shareable site and the video Come Back: A Story We Wrote Together (subtitled in English) which tells the story of Duran’s bank heists and how a coalition of pioneers used the funds to build a parallel solidarity economy.

The following comes from the issue of the Cambrian:

Rebecca and her Daughters again.

A second daring and destructive attack was, about , made on the Prendergast toll-gate, near Haverfordwest, by a party of about twenty-four men, some of whom were dressed in smock frocks; they came down in a body from the Fishguard road, headed by a large-sized man in a white mackintosh greatcoat. The first movement on arriving at the toll-gate was to appoint a part of the mob as guards at the doors of the cottages near the gate, to prevent anybody from coming out to interrupt their operations. They advised Phillips, the toll-taker, “to keep in the house if he was not quite tired of his life, because they intended no harm to him.” The Captain then gave orders to commence the assault, and to work the mob went in good earnest; they did not desist till they had demolished the gate-posts and signboard to splinters. They then told Phillips that they had fixed on that night for doing the job, because it was bright moonlight, which would prevent them injuring their hatchets! On leaving they gave a hearty cheer, and carried away with them a portion of one of the posts, in token of their triumph.

This article is included almost verbatim in chapter three of Henry Tobit Evans’s Rebecca and Her Daughters. That book was cobbled together after Evans’s death by his daughter, and evidently for some of the book she chose to just paste in his source material directly to patch over the places where he had not yet written his own summaries.

Frustratingly, was not a full moon, which makes that part of the anecdote (“they had fixed on that night for doing the job, because it was bright moonlight, which would prevent them injuring their hatchets”) less-convincing, or, perhaps, pushes it back to which was a Thursday and a full moon. In Evans’s chronology, he uses the date, but he probably got it directly from this newspaper article, and it’s possible that the Cambrian pasted it in from another paper’s earlier reporting without bothering to change the date.

There’s yet another possibility: in the Cambrian of , there was an article that began: “This town was , thrown into no small excitement, by the discovery of the loss of the toll gate erected at the top of Prendergast…” If this refers to the same attack, this would put it some time during the night of , but this would have been at the time of a new moon. (Evans doesn’t mention this attack in his chronology.)

I’m not sure how accurate or complete Evans’s chronology is, but I thought it might be a good exercise to see if there were much of a correlation between the phases of the moon and the Rebeccaite attacks in :

new moon
full moon

A Show! Sunday April 6th at 7pm

Sunday, April 6th, 7-10pm 
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