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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date March 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript BOOK REVIEWS <?, easen s ttleetiiriGt 'April Is the Crudest Month"—T. S. Eliot The Income Tax — Root of All Evil, l>\ Frank Chodorov, The' Devin-Adair Company, 23 K. 26tli St., New York in. N. V, 1954, 116 pp., J2.00. .V/e//i to Man, by Bernard N. Ward, < .I'.A.. I'll,- Ceextien I'rint'-i-s. Ltd., Caldwell, l,le,t„>. 1952, 359 pp.. sl.oo. Both writers contend lhal the federal income lax is basically wrong, thai it plays into the hands of Marxism hy writing Point Two of the Communist Manifesto into our Constitution, and thai the Sixteenth Amendment should be repealed. Thus, both men slorm big government at its foundation. "THE INCOME TAX—ROOT OF ALL EVIL" Frank Chodorov is an uncompromising individualist, editor of The Freeman and associate editor of Human Events. One of America's most entertaining stylists, Chodorov—like his friend the late Albert Jay Nock has the knack of raising even the mosl serious subjects te> the amusing level of a dinner conversation. The reader, after he has had several hours of Chodorovian entertainment, will be surprised to find that be has learned a greal deal in the way of history, contemporary issues, and political philosophy. After a passing glance' al a great- grandpappv of the income lax in lhe lime of Rehoboam, son of Solomon. Mr. Chodorov discusses lhe moral and religious has,- upon which our Constitution was laid. Then lhe general lines of his treatise arc outlined. "That as a consequence of ibis law our government is being transformed into one alien lo the American tradition. "That social and individual values are likewise undergoing transmutation. "Thai, in short. America is no longer the America of the Declaration of Independence. "Finally, and most important, we shall suggest a mean- for reversing tin- trend and restoring the 'good' of our tradition." Then for the next 108 pages, the Income Tax Amendment finds itself in the ring wilh one of lhe most brilliant men in American letters. Starling with the Constitution as it was framed in 1789. Mr. Chodorov traces the history of federal taxation. In 1913. recently imported Marxist class-envy social dogma, do-gooder instincts, and the hungry glances, representatives of poorer slates were casting toward the rich eastern ones combined to write the Sixteenth Amendment to the I nited State'- Constitution. Even the strongest supporters of ihe In- Pace 28 come Tax Amendment argued and believed lhal il would never exceed a few per cent. The Income Tax Amendment was strongly supported by lln- Populist-. who were opposeil lo lhe tariff duties upon which tlie federal governmenl depended for nearly half its revenue. Paradoxically, after adoption of lhe Sixteenth Amendment, tariffs continued to rise, thus illustrating a political maxim thai government will never, on ils own initiative, relinquish any significant clement of power. Four years after adoption of the Six ii.-iiili Amendment, the I nited States government had junked lhe Monroe Doctrine and was involved in a foreign war. using conscripted soldiers. The growth of the federal governmenl was steady, reaching great acceleration with lhe advent of the \ew Deed. An inter- ventionisl foreign policy led lo involvement in an even greater foreign war. again using conscripted soldiers. World War Two-and-a-Half in Korea and inter- miltenl echoes all over the globe' feel lowed in due course. And today our federal governmenl is a monolithic structure which has taken over many of lhe functions of the stales, municipalities, and private citizens plus lhe lion's -hem- of lhe- lax revenues previously available to the lower echelons of government. See runs lhe author's account. He con- lends lhat thc income lax set our country on the path lo absolutism. "Freedom is the absence of restraint. Governmenl cannot give freedom, il can only take it away. Tbe more power lhe governmenl exercises, lhe less freedom will the i pie enjoy. And when government has ;i monopoly of power, the people have me freedom. Thai is the definition of abso- luti-in monopoly of power.' "MAN TO MAN" Bernard Ward views the income tax with lhe jaundiced eye of a Certified public accountant who has for many years helped American taxpayers weather their annual ordeal wilh forms \. V. V.. and P. I). Q. He wrilcs wilh the sympathy of one who has just pulled Junior out of the other end of the wash- w ringer. The most lolling criticism of the income lax here is leveled at lhe almost inescapable inequities and injustices attendant upon the administration of the federal taxing program. Mr. Weird's i- a telling indictment, built on actual case after case, Many cases are. in,Iced, pa thetic in the hardships and injustices worked on individuals who. having DO effective appeal, just had lo pay up. lln' author also feels for the general wear and tear on all taxpayers whom he calls "income-poops' including those who manage to file returns lhat don't bounce. Hard words are leveled al the income lax system. "Throwing people in the jug for public debts lias descended to low art and become a national pastime. In lhe olden days, before income taxes were thought of. lhe Federal governmenl used to eon- cern itself wild those of our citizenry who broke- the peace, moonshiners, traitors, counterfeiters, deserters, and so forth. Now, it is subjecting all of our citizens lo lhe hazard of going lo jail- having their reputations besmirched, their personal affairs disrupted, their children left home to wonder if. am' later lo learn lhal. Dad was a jailbird Witnesses King on lhe witness stand; lax cheaters implicating innocenl per- -on-, under oath, as accomplices; Federal informers blackmailing people; hu*t bands and wi\es becoming involved i" domestic squabbles over their in, tun1' lax affairs: the gagging of millions bj threat of reprisal againsl them and still' ing ihe voices of liberty and democracy! using the power of money and law W destroy. Whi GOVERNMENT A THIEF? "Y( i es. your government through thi law can steal your money from you an" actually steals it many, many times. CsS you throw the governmenl in jail? No-j You only damn il under your breath. Another contention made is that I''1 Income Tax Amendment has procured ' widespread practice of fraud and disr'" gaid for law. Certainly, one of the i"""1 damaging things lo law and order is ' sel of laws againsl which there is w id'" spread opposition and which results ,[1 extensive attempts al evasion on lhe \'"[ of normally law-abiding citizens. Il '" axiomatic lhat laws against which thefi is large popular resistance cannol '" enforced equitably, even with the ni»" extreme penalties prescribed. Thus u* Diocletian Decree of death penally '"' disobedience of the price control I*1* in ancient Home failed lo prevent ev** ion, so greal was the popular resistant*; In a long chapter entitled "Fraud. Mr. Wend records many cases in wh' . "income-poops" have' come up "''' whal they thought were sure-fire w.i1 lo heat the game. They didn't. Tl"" chapter plus ihe delightful illustrate"' by Rodolphe LaRiviere- is highly an"': ing ami is wedl worth lhe price of *" mission. Yet more sober reflect".'1 prompts one to ask whal is wrong I ally when ordinarily decent and abiding people yield to the tempt""", to be dishonest. Running through , many of these cases is some sort of '''' la*' ^•rticles , ^ *«t th ''■I,',,,,. FACTS FORUM NEWS, March !!•■'•' >ACi
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