Death and Taxes

The final deeds of one A. Joseph Stack III beg us to consider the current dynamics between taxpayers and government. When Joe crashed his Piper PA-28 into the Austin IRS building in Texas yesterday, he resurrected terrible memories of Oklahoma City and other violent tax protests.

In his cryptic online dispatch, Joe says: “Nothing changes unless there is a body count.”

Was this man the unfortunate and ill-timed byproduct of an otherwise justified revolt? Or is he only the latest in a long line of public enemies, both foreign and domestic?

More importantly, how do his deeds affect the fight for balance between taxation and representation?