Taxes of Evil


Design by Susan Hogarth, January 2007. More at Next Free Voice, (2).

posted by paulie
  • stephenv

    I’ll be honest, this is something I would expect a homeless guy to try and hand me. If you want point by point reasons on why this leaflet is a fail… I can list them.

    • paulie

      Shoot.

      But make sure you look at the front and back by looking at the links. 2 is actually the relatively more recent version.

      Better yet, since you have graphic skills and I don’t, it would be awesome if you came up with your own version.

    • http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/author/pauliecannoli/ paulie

      Still planning on that?

      • stephenv

        1) Looks like it was done in MS Paint… professionalism fail

        2) Preaches to the choir, casual observer will dismiss as kooky

        3) All taxes are a draft? Good luck explaining that to the majority of liberals.

        4) Again on design, font, layout… this is just amateur.

        • http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/author/pauliecannoli/ paulie

          I don’t think it was MS paint, if you go to the comments on the two original posts that are linked there’s some explanation of what she used.

          And the whole idea is to get liberals to question their support for taxation by making them think about how they are funding bad things, like war. Anything you can come up with along those lines would be welcomed.

          • stephenv

            You’re not going to get a liberal to question taxes.

          • http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/author/pauliecannoli/ paulie

            You can just as easily say that you won’t get a conservative to question militarism, the drug war, etc.

            No, you won’t get all or most on either side, but you will get some.

            I came from the left myself, so I don’t agree that there is no opportunity for outreach/conversion there.

            In my experience people on the left support taxes because they think of it as going towards a good thing. Libertarians all too often argue against taxes based on people’s self interest in not paying, and not often enough on the basis of the money actually going towards evil rather than good.

            Secondly, this idea (whether it’s executed well or not) is also meant to reach out to those who oppose taxes but not necessarily war as well, reminding them that all that military spending is expensive and connecting it to those taxes they hate paying.

            So, this is meant for more than one crowd.

            Finally, it could be something to give to people who are not necessarily either liberal or conservative as well.

          • stephenv

            Read Sun Tzu on strengths and weaknesses.

            http://www.sonshi.com/sun6.html

          • http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/author/pauliecannoli/ paulie

            I have. How do you think it applies here? It seems, not in the same way as I do.

  • Miche

    Susan was brilliant here.

    and fuck, how am i to read that post prompt tipsy?

  • http://www.foraaugusta.net Stuart Richards

    loooooooool SVD.

    I recall my days going at it with Susan Hogarth. She ended up being a regular commenter on Last Free Voice in the old days though, and she was pretty cool.

    I still didn’t agree with the radical caucus, of course, but she was cool.

    • paulie

      Susan was a writer there too, it may have been after you left.

  • http://www.foraaugusta.net Stuart Richards

    This goes to that quote pyramid above. I like the premise of the piece; it’s a good approach for converting liberals to attack taxes as going towards bad things instead of as just rich people wanting to keep more money, which is what liberals tend to think tax cutters support.

    However, I think there might be a better way to approach the argument. I don’t have any ideas off the top of my head though, so I support the people in the ring actually doing things and am just playing armchair critic here.

    • http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/author/pauliecannoli/ paulie

      However, I think there might be a better way to approach the argument. I don’t have any ideas off the top of my head though, so I support the people in the ring actually doing things and am just playing armchair critic here.

      If you get a chance, try to think of something. Take all the time you need.