ABC’s Boston Legal: Resisting Taxes is Patriotic

Boston Legal - Stick It[Note: Don’t confuse tax protesters (denies the obligation to pay) and tax resisters (recognize that the law obliges them to pay taxes but still choose to resist taxation). Please, no 16th amendment debates. ]

Thanks to blogger In Jeff’s Head for pointing to the video of the closing arguments from a recent Boston Legal episode — Stick it (transcript | video clip | torrent). The episode was apparently very popular as well with the blogosphere going a bit apeshit (460 Technorati mentions).

Hmm, considering tomorrow is Tax Day, it makes me wonder just how many people have stopped filing returns in recent years.

  1. I’ll be gone for the evening, but I’ve got the torrent engine open to help the rest of you — hopefully I can first snag a copy, though.

  2. I’m happy this got some coverage here… but this did occur more than a month ago. Regardless, it is relevant with April Fools day tomorrow.

    It’s also sad that we have to look toward television characters to tell it like it is… If real people had the balls to say this, I would be so much happier.

    Anyway. It’s a good clip

  3. Dave,

    so… February 20th 2005 (the past) will be the last day you will stop filing (the future)?

    I assume one is an error… but congrats either way :)

  4. I agree it’s a pretty good clip, but I have a bit of a problem with what I perceive as its intended meaning. With all the obvious references to recent affairs of the Bush administration, I can’t help but think that their message is nothing more than, “It’s only honorable to withhold taxes when your government is bad (Bush). But, if we had a good government (i.e. Clinton), this argument would not hold water.”

    The principle of whether income taxation is moral or not doesn’t depend on something as subjective as whether your government is “good” or “bad”. A principled citizen could just have easily felt compelled to not pay taxes based on disagreeable things being done by the Clinton adminstration, but you would surely never see a prime-time TV show tackle that one.

  5. Rick, thanks… my grammar is crap. (Dave slaps face very hard).

    I just watched the clip again… third time. It gives my chills and I kinda cry a bit.

    Robert, you make a good point. The rant against the Bush Adminstration, as much as I almost never tire of hearing, was a bit over the top in relation to the principle of protesting taxes. One could conclude that you are right, I will only pay taxes to administrations that I agree with. If you do agree with an administration though, wouldn’t you want to pay your government to further those ideals that you so fervently support?

    As Libertarians we come at the tax issue differently. We disagree with the rest of the populous that government can be good and is a need. Therefore, what’s the need of taxes. The populous on the other hand is content with government and they have taken the bait that it is their “civic duty” to pay up. Had the character not paid taxes for years…

    Oh, James Spader makes me chuckle.

  6. Thanks for pointing out the difference between tax protestors and resistors–I didn’t know until I read this post. As I pointed out on Free Talk Live, I went to government school and am new to liberty :) I have corrected my blog to reflect this more accurately.

    By the way, Robert on comment #9, I completely agree. I wanted to simply point out that an idea contrary to those of the donkeys or elephants actually appeared on tv.