ATO bans my site – guarded doors for closed minds
The Tax Office has banned access to my site because it is “political”, according to two readers.
Ah, so it has absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with the fact that my moderate tax articles are critical of the leadership of the ATO.
We couldn’t have ATO staff receiving an alternative view of the direction their Dear Leader and his flatterers are taking them, could we?
Far better to have group think.
What small minds the leadership of the ATO have. And remember, these are the people in charge of collecting $300 billion in tax a year.
Well, actually it is going to be less than that – about $25 to $30 billion less. The Swanette predicts a fall of $115 billion in revenue over the next four years.
By the way, this is a good conservative guide I believe to where the Australian economy is heading – a ten per cent fall in GDP per year over the next four years.
If revenue is falling around ten percent per annum, presumably that reflects the level of the collapse of the Australian economy.
Back to ATO censorship.
It is taxpayers who fund the visionless ATO. To ban access to my site (and indeed all political sites) is an abuse of our funding.
And before I get this nonsense about the public service being apolitical, everything it does is political.
Every official tax site is political too – it reinforces one message, namely that profit making, (the theft of value workers create,) is the best way to organise society.
The ATO’s thinking seems to be that you are a citizen with all the social and political rights and responsibilities that entails but you have to shed that very human essence when you go through the heavily fortified entrances to the ATO.
How appropriate – guarded doors for closed minds.
It just reinforces the point Marx made many years ago – in the realm of work democracy is banned, repressed and trampled on.
Disinfect all workers of dangerous ideas before they enter Voldemort Valley!
Banning something often increases its popularity. Maybe I’ll end up earning more than 20 cents an hour!
At least there is one voice questioning the direction of this top down organisation.
Even in the most repressive organisations Samizdat can flourish.