GovernmentSpeak: Coercion is Voluntary, and Our Founding Fathers Were a Product of Compulsory SchoolingTuesday, September 8, 2009
Manuel Lora’s post on LewRockwell.com about the Department of Voluntary Coercion stating that tax laws require only “voluntary compliance” is exactly one of those things I harped on in my post about educating people in making proper distinctions, deconstructing GovernmentSpeak, defining terms, and forcing critical assessment of what is said in the media. This is the essence of what government does, and without using proper scrutiny, or skepticism, people are left believing what they have heard or read in print, no matter how sloppy or counterfactual the information. People are trained to absorb, concur, and take as gospel anything that comes from perceived experts or “higher authorities.”
Dictionary.com defines “voluntary” as ”acting or done without compulsion or obligation” and “done by intention, and not by accident.” Yet the (in)Justice department claims they “promote voluntary compliance with the tax laws.” In the Do(i)J press release I linked to in my last post, it says this:
“People who intentionally fail to file returns or pay taxes as required by law can expect to face criminal prosecution, conviction and imprisonment,” said Eileen J. O’Connor, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Tax Division. “And they will still be required to pay the taxes they tried to avoid, plus interest and penalties.”
So are taxes something you should voluntarily comply with, or are you “required by law” to pay them? It’s like Huebert’s recent (excellent) post calling out the latest ObamaLie – that our founding fathers all spent their childhoods locked up in compulsory educational prisons being bombarded with collective-egalitarian twaddle from a cluster of undereducated, over self-esteemed cyborgs masquerading as teachers with their paper certificates from MindWarp University.
No such revolutionary spirit – of the soul and mind and heart - ever could have emerged from such a tragic, collective, and mind-supressing environment as today’s public schools. The president’s prepared remarks are another perfect example – among many – of the way in which outright, obvious lies by our authoritarian officials and their professed experts go unchallenged by the public at large.
So few people have the ability – or appetite – to long for the truth and facts, and that’s because it is difficult to take such a position. It takes time, effort, and aspiration to do something other than receive, process, and then rely on information presented by those who have a personal stake in having you believe what they say.