Just something different this evening. Bringing a voice to social issues with art activism. Any ideas or lessons here for Brockers? How can humor or art be used to get a FATCA, FBAR or Citizenship taxation message across? Just looking for creative ideas.
To be continued….
Level Playing Field, FATCA,FBAR style: Handicaps:
Here is one more along the lines of the original Vonegut story
I think you’re right. Videos with an accessible message would be very useful to help spread our message.
The best topic I’ve seen so far, in terms of clearly presenting the problems of citizenship-based taxation so that the average joe can understand it, is the article of how Obama would be affected if Kenya used citizenship-based taxation. That would make a great topic for a first video.
So lets see: We need to think of a few topics, finding someone (or a couple people) with video talent and then maybe even put together a little kickstarter-type fund to donate to the project so it actually happens.
The liberty movement has made some great videos explaining complex economic and freedom concepts. One example, http://www.georgeoughttohelp.com/ used crowd-sourced funding to help pay the creator for his time spent making the videos, because it must have take quite a bit of time.
And Penn and Teller have done some great videos too. Penn is a libertarian:
Another topic we could do is how it makes Americans less likely to be hired overseas (complicating life for them and raising costs for employers to hire Americans over others of other nationality) and harms export economy, maybe even backing it with facts from Roger Conklin’s example. It’s probably important to show how it harms Americans domestically (decreased exports means fewer jobs) so everyone sees how this system is toxic overall.
What if we showed a group of football players (European, not American) and they are in the middle of the action, then an American Referee steps onto the field and blows his whistle on one of the players (who has an American flag on the shoulder of this uniform) for breaking a rule that applies to American football (or basketball, …). His team-mates look on with frustration.
The game resumes and seconds later, the ref calls another penalty on him. His coach throws his hat with anger and his team-mates are shaking their heads, this time – angry.
Five seconds later, it happens again and the coach pulls him out and he is replaced by a Chinese player.
The tag line reads: to be a global player, we need to play by the same set of rules that the rest world uses. Repeal FATCA, Stop Citizenship Based Taxation – call your representative today to help America get back into the game…
zuldogm, that’s great idea. Brilliant.
Funny thing is that in basketball, the American sport, the US often loses internationally because they don’t play very often with international rules. So for example, the US team once lost to the Greek team. It is a parable for the United States in the world. The US team is made up of individuals who don’t play well together, though normally dominant players, don’t cohere well as a team and don’t understand the international rules and don’t shoot well from the international three point line.
This is a fabulous script! Director, camera with operator, actors, wardrobe, location and editor are all you would need. Maybe some kind of lunch too. I’m sure you could get enough USC to do it pro bono. Post on you tube.