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Accentuating the Liberal in Classical Liberal: Advocating Ascendency of the Individual & a Politick & Literature to Fight the Rise & Rise of the Tax Surveillance State. 'Illigitum non carborundum'.

Liberty and freedom are two proud words that have been executed from the political lexicon: they were frog marched and stood before a wall of blank minds, then forcibly blindfolded, and shot, with the whimpering staccato of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ resounding over and over. And not only did this atrocity go unreported by journalists in the mainstream media, they were in the firing squad.

The premise of this blog is simple: the Soviets thought they had equality, and welfare from cradle to grave, until the illusory free lunch of redistribution took its inevitable course, and cost them everything they had. First to go was their privacy, after that their freedom, then on being ground down to an equality of poverty only, for many of them their lives as they tried to escape a life behind the Iron Curtain. In the state-enforced common good, was found only slavery to the prison of each other's mind; instead of the caring state, they had imposed the surveillance state to keep them in line. So why are we accumulating a national debt to build the slave state again in the West? Where is the contrarian, uncomfortable literature to put the state experiment finally to rest?

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Section 17: From Berlin Wall to *The Lives of Others* Behind our IRon Drape.

The Lives of Others is a sobering movie showing how the 'old' East Berlin surveillance state dehumanised and oppressed its population until it hurt so much that East Berliners rebelled and struck down the Wall of their prison state, in order they could reclaim their private lives from the minds of others.

But in the longer run, the battle between collectivism (state trumps individual) and a free individualism (individual trumps state) has been lost, as collectivism has given via the emoting booth, every power of snooping and enforcement to the western tax state, short of shooting and torture, that formerly were the realm of KGB and the Stasi. Right down to IRD can raid without warrant, and when you're called 'so nicely' for interrogation, you have no legal recourse attending, or right to remain silent. A tweet exchange reminded me of this on the day that was the 25th anniversary of the fall of that Wall:

The section 17 Damien refers to is section 17 of the Tax Administration Act, 1994. Read it for yourself:

17 Information to be furnished on request of Commissioner

·         (1) Every person (including any officer employed in or in connection with any department of the government or by any public authority, and any other public officer) shall, when required by the Commissioner, furnish in writing any information and produce for inspection any documents which the Commissioner considers necessary or relevant for any purpose relating to the administration or enforcement of any of the Inland Revenue Acts or for any purpose relating to the administration or enforcement of any matter arising from or connected with any other function lawfully conferred on the Commissioner.
(1B) For the purpose of subsection (1), information or a document is treated as being in the knowledge, possession or control of a New Zealand resident if—

o    (a) the New Zealand resident controls, directly or indirectly, a non-resident; and
o    (b) the information or document is in the knowledge, possession or control of the non-resident.
(1C) For the purpose of subsection (1B) and sections 143(2) and 143A(2)
o    (a) in determining whether a non-resident is controlled by a New Zealand resident, the New Zealand resident is treated as holding anything held by a person who is resident in New Zealand, or is a controlled foreign company, and is associated with the New Zealand resident; and
o    (b) a law of a foreign country that relates to the secrecy of information must be ignored.
(1D) If information in writing is required, or documents must be produced, the Commissioner may require that the information be furnished, or the documents be produced, to a particular office of the department.
(2) [Repealed]
(3) The Commissioner may, if the Commissioner considers it reasonable to do so, remove and retain any documents produced for inspection under this section for so long as is necessary for a full and complete inspection of those documents.
(4) Any person producing any documents which are retained by the Commissioner under subsection (3) shall, at all reasonable times and subject to such reasonable conditions as may be determined by the Commissioner, be entitled to inspect the retained documents and to obtain copies of them at the person's own expense.
(5) The Commissioner may require that any written information or particulars furnished under this section shall be verified by statutory declaration or otherwise.
(6) The Commissioner may, without fee or reward, make extracts from or copies of any documents produced for inspection in accordance with this section.

As I have been saying in my last several posts on the global tax surveillance state set up under FATCA and GATCA, which allow the global swapping of information on all of us - and not as anonymous metadata, but with our names on it - give me your financial transactions for the last four years, and I’ll describe your life down to the intimate details, likely including what’s happening in the bedroom.

We can have no private life from the state, because the state is so big it comprises half the activity of our western economies, thus it must be fed our property and our incomes, and our property and incomes are attached to our private lives in such complex, thorough ways, there is no separating them.

The Berlin Wall fell this day twenty five years ago, but we are all still being shuffled back to East Berlin. Indeed with the old wall down I can already see the foundations of its new ramparts.

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