Monkeys Wake Up Call – See, Hear, Speak and DO!

The ‘Monkey Master’ fable

A Fourteenth Century Chinese parable by Liu-Ji, for example, out-lines this neglected understanding of political power quite well:

In the feudal state of Chu an old man survived by keeping monkeys in his service. The people of Chu called him “jugong” (monkey master). Each morning, the old man would assemble the monkeys in his courtyard, and order the eldest one to lead the othersto the mountains to gather fruits from bushes and trees.  It was the rule that each monkey had to give one-tenth of his collection to the old man. Those who failed to do so would be ruthlessly flogged. All the monkeys suffered bitterly, but dared not complain.

One day, a small monkey asked the other monkeys: “Did the old man plant all the fruit trees and bushes?” The others said: “No, they grew naturally.” The small monkey further asked: “Can’t we take the fruits without the old man’s permission?” The others replied: “Yes, we all can.” The small monkey continued: “Then, why should we depend on the old man; why must we all serve him?”

Before the small monkey was able to finish his statement, all the monkeys suddenly became enlightened and awakened. On the same night, watching that the old man had fallen asleep, the monkeys tore down all the barricades of the stockade in which they were confined, and destroyed the stockade entirely. They also took the fruits the old man had in storage, brought all with them to the woods, and never returned. The old man finally died of starvation.

Yu-li-zi says, “Some men in the world rule their people by tricks and not by righteous principles. Aren’t they just like the monkey master? They are not aware of their muddle-headedness. As soon as their people become enlightened, their tricks no longer work.”


Are there Monkey Masters in your world that use force to take from you that which is not theirs to ask for?  Does your supposed democracy appear to resemble a dictatorship?

See, Hear and Speak the truth!  Then DO what you think is necessary.

Read the book From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp, which includes 198 Methods of non-violent protest and persuasion.

Gene Sharp is Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is known for his extensive writings on nonviolent struggle, which have influenced numerous anti-government resistance movements around the world.

From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp

Tax Freedom Day 2011

When do you stop working for the Government and start to earn for yourself?

Tax Freedom Day is the first day of the year, when people in the country have finally earned enough income to pay for just their contribution of taxes. Remember taxation is involuntary and enforced with civil and criminal prosecution – so the average person just has to do as they’re told and hand over the money over (under threat).

After all taxes are essential! Maybe less is going towards the healthcare system, already poor council services and education – including cutbacks for nurses, police officers and teachers BUT it appears that it is necessary to still fund illegal Wars, private corporation bailouts, Royal weddings and refurbs to Downing Street (that’s right £680,000 of taxpayer money this year is being spent by the PM. Source: www.dailymail.co.uk)

Didn’t you know – the austerity cuts only apply to you the taxpayer!? How ironic!

So when is Tax Freedom Day?  30th May 2011 (for Brits)

United Kingdom
Britons will stop working for the government and start working for themselves on 30th May 2011.
That means they will work for 149 days to pay their taxes in 2011 wit every penny earned taken by the taxman to support government expenditure (see above).

Apparently this is 3 days more than in 2010 due to the fact the government has raised VAT, in an attempt to help reduce the UK’s record budget deficit.

“The government is right to give priority to cutting spending and plugging the deficit. But as Tax Freedom Day shows, Britons are still desperately overtaxed. The fact that we spend almost five months working for the State – and only seven months working for ourselves and our families – is a shocking indictment of big, wasteful government.” – Tom Clougherty, executive director of the Adam Smith Institute

Find out more about how taxes work and how you can avoid working 5 months for the Government.
Every man has the right to manage his affairs in order to minimise and avoid tax, it is his duty to do so.

Note: Tax avoidance is legal, whereas tax evasion is illegal.

“Any one may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes.” – Judge Learned Hand

At least Tax Freedom Day falls on a Bank Holiday, so enjoy it with a drink in your and know that the rest of the Year belongs to YOU!  (Just don’t wonder what the tax duty paid on the alcohol is funding)

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United States of America

In the USA Tax Freedom Day for the country was 12th April 2011.

Tax Freedom Day varies among the 50 U.S. states, as incomes and state & local taxes differ from state to state so much that Mississippi was the first to celebrate its Tax Freedom Day on 26th March, just 85 days into 2011. Connecticut was the last, having to waiting till 2nd May, 122 days into 2011.

The Tax Foundation says this shift toward a lower tax burden since 2007 has been driven by three factors:
The recession has reduced tax collections even faster than it has reduced income.
The Bush-era tax cuts were extended in December 2010 for two additional years.
As part of the tax-cuts extension, the Making Work Pay tax credit was replaced with the 2 percent reduction in the payroll tax.
But even with today’s tax reductions, the Tax Foundation says Americans will pay more in taxes in 2011 than they will spend on groceries, clothing and shelter combined.

“America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.” – Laurence J. Peter

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Worldwide Tax Comparison

Many other organizations in countries throughout the world now produce their own “Tax Freedom Day” analysis. Due to the different ways that nations collect and categorize public finance data, however, Tax Freedom Days are not comparable from one country to another.

Tax Freedom Days for countries by date 

Country Day of year  % burden Date of year
India 74 20.0% 14 Mar
United States 99 26.9% 9 Apr
Australia 112 30.7% 22 Apr
Estonia 114 31.1% 24 Apr
South Africa 132 36.0% 12 May
Uruguay 133 38.6% 13 May
Hungary 140 38.0% 20 May
New Zealand 141 39.0% 21 May
Spain 141 39.0% 21 May
Slovakia 142 38.8% 22 May
Lithuania 124 34.0% 5 May
Bulgaria 147 40.0% 27 May
Brazil 147 40.0% 27 May
United Kingdom 150 40.9% 30 May
Canada 157 42.6% 6 Jun
Belgium 159 43.3% 8 Jun
Croatia 161 43.7% 10 Jun
Czech Republic 161 44.1% 11 Jun
Israel 173 47.4% 22 Jun
Poland 174 47.7% 23 Jun
Slovenia 174 47.8% 24 Jun
Germany 190 51.7% 8 Jul
France 197 53.6% 16 Jul
Sweden 200 55.0% 20 Jul
Norway 210 56.7% 29 Jul

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_Freedom_Day for full details