There’s Jon Tester, but then there is this too …

Of course it is discouraging to watch the world all about us and realize that moral courage is a rare, rare commodity, and that men and women of low character and ethics are not only plentiful, but successful. Men like Jon Tester (and Rob Kailey) are so common.

Then I run across this, linked via Reddit:

Actress Emma Thompson and her husband refuse to pay ‘a penny more’ in taxes until HSBC tax evaders go to jail

Do they mean it? Will they really go to jail? They won’t have to. It’s a beautiful gambit. If they are put in the hoosegow, it only serves to highlight all of the HSBC a criminals who are skating free. But they seem willing.

Sorta made my day.

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4 Responses to There’s Jon Tester, but then there is this too …

  1. Big Swede says:

    Gregg Wise’s quote from the Evening Standard.

    “I want to stop paying tax, until everyone pays tax,” the actor Greg Wise is saying. His hands are imploring claws, rigid in the space between us. “I have actively loved paying tax, because I am a profound f****** socialist and I believe we are all in it together. But I am disgusted with HMRC. I am disgusted with HSBC. And I’m not paying a penny more until those evil bastards go to prison.”

    “We are in together”? How come your daughter goes to an elite private school?


    • You so misunderstand everything so well, Swedey. Don’t ever change. Blogging would be so much less fun without you. Sincerely.


      • Big Swede says:

        There is unrest in the forest, there is trouble with the trees,
        for the maples want more sunlight and the oaks ignore their pleas.
        The trouble with the maples, (And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
        they say the oaks are just too lofty and they grab up all the light.

        But the oaks can’t help their feelings if they like the way they’re made.
        And they wonder why the maples can’t be happy in their shade.
        There is trouble in the forest, And the creatures all have fled,
        as the maples scream “Oppression!” And the oaks just shake their heads.

        So the maples formed a union and demanded equal rights.
        “The oaks are just too greedy; we will make them give us light.”
        Now there’s no more oak oppression, for they passed a noble law,
        and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe, and saw.
        – Neil Peart – drummer for the band “Rush.”


        • Here’s something, Swede, maybe common ground: I used to go around Billings to various business and scientific groups, and I was not giving a “talk” or lecture or anything like that. Rather, I merely showed slides of various wilderness places, like Impasse Falls and Fossil Lake, and asked members of the audience if they recognized them. It was always fun, as these people go to these places and enjoy them. And that was the point, we had that in common.

          But among environmentalists you will find dreadlocks and people who hate any kind of multiple use and Luddites, but the ones I worked with were not that way. The movement is wide and varied, with fringes. On your side are people who aren’t happy till every tree is made into a house, every lakeside fenced off for private residences. Part of extreme libertarian philosophy, as advanced by Rob Natelson, was that private ownership was always better than public, that there should be no commons, and he was extremely wrong about that.

          We each had our extremists to deal with. Where do you fit in?


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