Most Americans were mildly fascinated when Joe Stack flew his little plane into the IRS building in Austin, TX in 2010. If you didn't secretly smile briefly before realizing that someone had died in that building, then you couldn't have been a founding father.
I recall attempting to read his manifesto a couple of times, but after a couple of paragraphs I found it mind numbing.
However, I did recall that he had initially gotten into trouble with the IRS for attempting to create a non-profit organization in California, apparently in response to a new 1986 tax rule that barred him from treating himself as an independent contractor. A lot of software engineers in California were not happy about this new law, and so they struck back as best as they knew how. Out manned and certainly outgunned, these well educated professionals eventually threw in the towel, except Joe Stack.
So I revisited his manifesto. It helped that I could listen to it on YouTube now, instead of reading the thing, and I'm going to stick it here for everyone else. It's not as boring as I had initially thought, especially in light of this recent IRS scandal involving the Tea Party.
After the way the IRS disenfranchised citizens who attempted to create change the right way, and now having listened to Joe Stack's argument, I realized that they haven't just done something stupid or wrong; they've endangered all of U.S. by their tyrannical efforts to squash a peaceful movement.
It's unfortunate that the media haven't picked up on the contrast of character, which becomes blurred if you avoid it, because it's one of the best civics lessons imaginable.
Edited by Raptor Witness, 06 June 2013 - 06:42 AM.