Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pro-life strike: nudge

Pre-born sucking his thumb Speaking of cultural nudges, I must now return to a former theme, that of a Pro-life strike or tax resistance movement. It's a simple idea, reflecting human life principles in economic matters. More than that, it's a way to purify our other pro-life efforts, recognizing that we ought not materially cooperate, even indirectly, with abortion and similar practices. If a corporation sponsors Planned Parenthood, then God-fearing folks ought to eschew patronizing that corporation. And if our government makes us cooperate in the crime of abortion through our taxes, then we ought not pay those taxes.

The pitiful reality is that the idea is a microscopic nudge at present, practiced by very few. There's David Little of New Brunswick, Canada, who went to jail for this principle. And one other pro-life tax resister up in Wisconsin who has been trying to nudge and make a little noise. If there are others, they're pretty good at keeping it secret.

Heavenly Father, if this idea pleases You, then may the nudge continue, and by Your grace and Spirit, grow. Above all, may You be pleased and glorified. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Related posts
Post title Synopsis Post date
Strike Three! Background and rationale for a pro-life strike. 02/10/07
Pro-life strike Resumes the theme. Answers the "Render to Caesar" objection. 03/18/08
Pro-life strike: Why not? Develops the theme. Looks at some other pro-life efforts, presenting tax resistance as complementary to them. 04/06/08
Pro-life strike: Why Presents 4 specific reasons for a pro-life strike or tax resistance effort. 04/07/08
Pro-life strike: How Strategies, and my guess as to how such a movement might begin and progress. Some practical considerations. 04/09/08
Pro-life strike: End The tangible end goals. 04/11/08
Pro-life strike: Begin Enough talk. Let's begin! 04/20/08
Pro-life strike: its part Purifying our other pro-life efforts. Who should be a pro-life striker. Who should not. 04/27/08
Pro-life strike: Appeal Appeal to pro-life leaders to take up this effort, and lead it. 05/11/08
Pro-life strike: It's the law Examines a pro-life strike in the light of Divine Law, and of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. When civil authority should be obeyed, and when not. 05/16/08
Pro-life strike: It is the law Emphasizes the same idea. Breaking civil law out of obedience to true Law. 05/29/08

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