15:46Завещание Джозефа Эндрю Стэка
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Лозунг коммунизма: От каждого по способности, каждому по необходимости.
Лозунг капитализма: От каждого по наивности, каждому по жадности.
Этими словами закончил свою предсмертную записку Джозеф Эндрю Стэк - еще один программист, недавно направивший самолет в здание налоговой службы США. Для умеющих читать на языке оригинала приведу ее текст:
If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, "Why did this
have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has
been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months
ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization
that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really
broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example
after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it
frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross
inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm
raging in my head. Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure,
but desperate times call for desperate measures.
We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no
society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country
have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and
service, our government stands for justice for all. We are further
brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we
should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals
represented by its founding fathers. Remember? One of these was "no
taxation without representation”. I have spent the total years of my
adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood.
These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly
labeled a "crackpot”, traitor and worse.
While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair
share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree
of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any
matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind. Nor, for that
matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.
Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable
atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years)
and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of
their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal
government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not
hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical
system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens
of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims
they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as
bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political
"representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more
accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate
the state of the "terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no
crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their
corporate profits rolling in.
And justice? You’ve got to be kidding!
How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in
the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system? Here
we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of
the master scholars to understand. Yet, it mercilessly "holds
accountable” its victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully
complying with laws not even the experts understand. The law "requires”
a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully
that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not "duress” than
what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is.
How did I get here?
My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early
‘80s. Unfortunately after more than 16 years of school, somewhere along
the line I picked up the absurd, pompous notion that I could read and
understand plain English. Some friends introduced me to a group of
people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In
particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful
"exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic
Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the
help of some of the "best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the
business), and then began to do exactly what the "big boys” were doing
(except that we weren’t steeling from our congregation or lying to the
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