Posted on May 18, 2012 by Tim Posted in Issues regarding US persons abroad 40 Comments More from Bruce Ackermann: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-saverin-tax-citizenship-20120518,0,1286594.story Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...
@Watcher I’ve been drafting my thoughts before so I can contact my MP. I’m not sure whether it would be best to email him or just go along to one of his local surgeries to highlight the issue!
Hey folks, check out what happens when you google Bruce Ackermann.
@petros, he is definitely someone whose attention we should be courting, because he clearly is influential. Maybe we could convince him to add a chapter about the effect of expat taxation in his next edition of “The Decline and Fall of the American Republic”!
He has a son who lives in Mexico.
@ foxyladyhawk, I’ve now written rebuttal and offered it to American Thinker. It is too long from LA times, and I’ve only just remembered that Renounce suggested that I write such a rebuttal. But my article, which I hope Thomas Lifson will consider, will be about the Ex-Patriot bill, which is an unconstitutional bill of attainder.
As for this Yale professor, my first reaction is that as an academic, he is beyond the pale. He is supposed to be law professor but his suggestion is to violate the rule of law. No wonder the United States disregards the Constitution, when the law professors at Yale are like Ackermann.
Another hint. The article argues that exile is cruel and unusual punishment, psychological warfare. It is a bill of attainder because it is applied to people who have broken no laws and have only exercised their fundamental right to expatriate.
I read through the comments at the bottom of Dr. Ackermann’s LA Times article. Most were right on target.
Let us see if Dr. Ackermann has enough intellectual curiosity to take the time to examine the realities faced by long term ex-pats or if he just continues to fire away at us with more Ivy League, “I have no sympathy with these complaints,” hit pieces.
Petros, I hope you are wrong about Ackerman, but it is true that academics, despite their supposed skill at “critical thinking”, are as deeply prejudiced as anyone, and unfortunately too big-headed to consider that they could be wrong occasionally.
Well, that is pretty cool Petros to see us that high on the list…
@All — high on the Google list because of all you great commenters. Good work.
@petros, aren’t everyone’s google results dependant on their histories, we are all Brockophiles, so naturally wouldn’t Brock be prioritized in the queue?
@bubblebustin: when I do an anonymous search over Tor (no Google tracking cookies, exit node in Germany) I still get Isaac Brock Society results at #2, 3, and 4. The top result is a LinkedIn profile.
@Eric, cool. Thanks for checking that out. Brock rocks!
From the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado:
Adam Fedor: ‘Renouncing citizenship is the last inalienable right’
Someone else is not amused by Bruce Ackermann.
Insightful quotes from the short article:
“Renouncing citizenship is the last inalienable right of people to “vote with their feet” if a county becomes too tyrannical and oppressive.”
“It’s the average citizen, who is easily manipulated into cheering on false patriotic propaganda, who are ultimately the ones that are hurt.”
@wilderness, that’s precisely the kind of argument I like to make with people like Whoaitssteve, that these kinds of laws hurt all Americans, patriots no exception!