A monologue by Josh Kornbluth is reviewed in the NYTimes of Dec. 24th and the WSJ on the 26th. The performance is called "Love and Taxes." I saw Kornbluth about ten years ago in his first performances with the title "Red Diaper Baby." That monologue was supposed to be humorous. It referred to Kornbluth's childhood in a communist family.
I found it hard to laugh at a story about people who in the 1960s and 70s were still apologists for Stalin. I left the performance early and made a mental note that Kornbluth was pathetic and off the looney left edge.
His new performance is about the fact that he didn't file income tax returns for seven years and finally got caught with an $80,000 tax bill. A wealthy friend apparently loaned him the money to pay the taxes.
It is not dumb and its not a protest to forget to file your income taxes for seven years.
The problem with this Kornbluth story is my own memory.
Edmund Wilson, the literary critic for the New Yorker, wrote To The Finland Station, a pro Marxist history of communism, published in the early 1940s. Wilson, decades later, wrote a preface retracting his pro-Stalinism. The same Edmund Wilson was caught in the mid-1950s for failing to file income taxes for seven years. He gave no explanation except the one Kornbluth gave: 'I forgot.'
There just seems to be something about the left as exemplified in these two men that combines cowardice, hatred of America and ideological blindness. It all comes out in failure to file income taxes. A strong person would be a tax resister, willing to go to jail for not filing. These are two sneaky wimps of the same breed, hoping to get away with something. They just don't know what.