Withholding War Taxes

The New Republic, April 10, 1971

THE OTHER DAY I received a telephone call from a harried civil servant named Wayne Thrush.  Mr. Thrush works in the department of the Internal Revenue Ser­vice that tracks down delinquent taxpayers, of whom I am one.

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An All-Volunteer Army?

The New Republic, May 9, 1970

END-THE-DRAFT advocates have succeeded in directing the nation’s gaze towards the beguiling goal of what, it is claimed, would be a painless military.  Alas, it is a prospect that under present conditions is neither attainable nor desirable.

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The Army and the Airwaves

The New Republic, December 20, 1969

TO RECTIFY the preponderance of military recruiting on the airwaves, San Francisco peace groups have asked TV sta­tions to broadcast anti-recruitment ads (“See your draft counselor, not your recruiter”) as well.  Their basis is the Fairness Doctrine.

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Carpetbagger Draft Boards

The Nation, September 8, 1969

CAN A MAN be classified and inducted by a draft board whose members do not live in the area of the board’s jurisdiction?  According to two federal judges in Northern California, the answer is no.

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The Presidio “Mutiny”

The New Republic, July 5, 1969

THERE WERE TEARS of joy outside the barren one-room courthouse on the afternoon of June 7. Four­teen GI’s charged with mutiny for conducting a peace­ful sit-down demonstration at the San Francisco Presidio stockade had just been given light — by Army standards — sentences.

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An Outcry: Thoughts on Being Tear Gassed

Newsweek, June 2, 1969

LAST TUESDAY, I was gassed twice in Berkeley.  It hurt.  The police and National Guard no longer bother with simple tear gas.  They are using a chemi­cal called CS — the kids call it pepper gas — that the Army uses in Vietnam.

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