Let me straighten this out
It’s cool when unions go on a job strike when they’re unhappy with the working conditions under a company, but citizens can’t go on a tax strike when they’re unhappy with the living conditions under a government?
When working conditions routinely led to long-term impairment, mutilation, and death, some workers were understandably upset. Their options were:
- Put up with it. The Good Lord gave you two arms for when one gets stuck in a meat grinder.
- Quit. Functionally, this means losing your livelihood and, in many cases, having to leave your community to work elsewhere. At a time when you were likely to only work for one company your entire life, this essentially means sacrificing everything in your life.
- Do something about it. Strike. Create a picket-line at a time when picket-lines were not-so-peaceful and not-always-so-legal. Deal with the consequences.
Is it so shocking that many people, once they got organized, chose the third option? Since then, we have a lot fewer limbs lost in industrial accidents.
And the strikes have calmed down quite a bit too. We have an uneasy truce between labor and capital. Working conditions are a lot better for the workers. Strikes are a lot better for management. Much of this has to do with legal protection of unions, provided the strikes stay within certain guidelines. A lot of grief is averted.
So yes. It’s okay when workers strike over working conditions. When they do so, they accept the consequences. And if taxpayers want to whine about the heavy foot of government? If they want to accept the concequences of a tax strike … well … they can do it.
Does that make it “okay”? Would I judge you if you went on a tax strike because you’re unhappy about living conditions? Yes. It’s not because a tax strike is inherently an unacceptable tool. Thoreau did a tax strike over slavery and war. I admire him for that. But if you go on a tax strike because you’re unhappy about “living conditions” for the decently affluent in the United States? I would judge you because your cause is stupid.