The Final Solution to the IRS


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is an evil that must be stopped. Politics aside, its clear to see that the current tax system in America is crippling the middle class, especially small business owners.

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It is for this reason the middle class hates the IRS. As a child, I clearly remember my dad (who was a small business owner himself) cursing the IRS and talking about them as if they were trying to find him, tie him down, and give him a lifetime supply of anal probes.

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It was around this time I made up my mind that I did not want to work for any type of organization that my dad would talk like this about. Many other kids and friends of mine in my blue-collar, middle class neighborhood had fathers who ran their own business just like my dad. I really don’t see too many kids dreaming on becoming IRS auditors when they grow up (although, current IRS worker’s children may be susceptible to this).

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And I can’t imagine too many of the wealthy leading their children to become IRS agents, either. So, where is the IRS finding new recruits? My solution to bring down the IRS is for this generation of millennials to refuse any job offer proposed by the IRS. Also, this generation’s kid’s must be advised to NOT take a job with the IRS. We would provide incentives for current IRS employees to not allow their children to join the Service either.

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The more workers the IRS employs, the easier it is for them to audit your return. This is because, the absolute return in dollars they receive on penalties and interest collected per employee increases. These workers are also American citizens. What we have here is middle class workers at the IRS preying on the rest of America’s middle class for their living. People, just like you and me, making a living collecting money from people just like them (how’s that for an infinite loop).

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They’re just following orders you say? So were many of the mid and low-level Nazi Germany workers and collaborators. The Nazis for the most part, were just middle class German citizens making a living preying upon other middle class Germans. This may be a little extreme a comparison, but the underlying idea is identical.

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There are many more equitable taxation scheme ideas than the current one in place, for example the Fair Tax system. But, these details are outside the scope of my opinion here.

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Take a moment to look at the situation here, and try to understand how effective a solution this is. We need to instill this idea in our children, that the IRS is evil and never work for them.

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My point is, that we all as American citizens must decline any job offer from the IRS and teach or children to do the same. This needs to be a grassroots, demographical and sociological attack on the IRS. A new world version of the “passive resistance” of Ghandi.

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Our current generation appears to be screwed with the current system, but this idea could save our grandchildren from the same oppression we have faced.

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Two Quotes from ‘The Pale King’


I just finished up reading ‘The Pale King’, David Foster Wallace’s last (unfinished) novel. It was a fun read, I definitely recommend it. Especially if you read and liked Infinite Jest please do yourself a favor and read this!

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DFW Deep in Thought

As you can expect from DFW, there are many great paragraphs, sentences, and phrases throughout this novel. However, two quotes specifically stuck out to me as significant. They were both very ornately worded, emotionally deep, and true.

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IRS Drones

  • The first quote that hit me hard can be found on page 210:

“…my best guess as to his never dispensing wisdom like other dads is that my father understood that advice – even wise advice – actually does nothing for the advisee, changes nothing inside, and can actually cause confusion when the advisee is made to feel the wide gap between the comparative simplicity of the advice and the totally muddled complication of his own situation and path. I’m not putting this very well. If you begin to get the idea that other people can actually live by the clear, simple principles of good advice, it can make you feel even worse about your own inabilities. It can cause self-pity, which I think my father recognized as the great enemy of life and contributor to nihilism.”

What this quote means to me is that sometimes, fathers need to recognize that even though, in hindsight, a situation that their son is going through is straightforward; at the son’s age and maturity level, the situation is 100% complicated.

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In these types of situations, DFW is saying less advice is actually more advice. And no advice is actually the best advice. This is because, by making the situation seem so simple in the manner in which the father gives advice to the son, the son will actually feel worse about his ability to deal with the situation.

This, in turn, leads to self-pity. DFW says that self-pity is the enemy of life and contributor to nihilism. Self pity is the enemy of life because it makes life lose all meaning and enjoyment. Nihilism is a philosophy where the individual does not care about anything and just “coasts” along in life. Nihilists never reach their full potential, rather they just take the easiest route through every situation.

  • The second quote that enlightened me can be found on pages 405-406:

“…the universe as an infinite system of neural connections that had evolved, at its highest point, an organism which could sustain consciousness of both itself and the universe at the same time, such that the human nervous system became the universe’s way of being aware of and thus ‘accessible [to]’ itself…”

In my mind, this quote actually seems to be an “answer” to the above quote. This is because DFW is explaining what he believes “the point” to human life is. Which is that humans are the universe’s way of being aware of itself. And vice versa.

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The Universe

What this means to me is that, we as humans, have to achieve the most we possibly can in life, and that’s the universe’s way of knowing how great it really is. Additionally, by reaching one’s full potential, a person can realize just how great the universe is.

So, the conclusion I reach from these two quotes is that DFW believed that the point of life is to achieve the most things a person can. This is the opposite of the philosophy of Nihilism.

Maybe DFW struggled with these two extreme’s in his own personal life, and this is a brief glimpse into his inner psyche?

These are just some of my thoughts. Thanks for reading and have a nice day!