Cultural Revolutions

A Simple Farmer

Gordon Kahl was a simple farmer who became famous for not filing income tax returns. Imprisoned and hounded by IRS agents who never did prove he owed any amount of money, Kahl and his son were involved in a shootout with police. The son is still serving a prison sentence, but the father was surrounded and shot in Arkansas by police officers who mutilated and burned his body. How did a decorated war veteran end up on the FBI's most wanted list? The documentary Death and Taxes interviews Kahl's family and friends as well as police officers, sheriffs, and a delightful IRS spokesgirl who apparently thinks he had it coming. A friend lent me a copy of the film, and I was so impressed with it that we called and told the company that we wanted to advertise it in Chronicles (see the fullpage advertisement on page 13). David Koresh was a kook. Randy Weaver was more than a little strange, but Gordon Kahl was the kind of American who made this country, and his death—and the media coverage that vilified him— are a national disgrace. Buy the film and show it to your neighbors.

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