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Current Events and Continuing Education for August 17 through August 30, 2014

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


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Features in this edition:

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Deploying simple logic against simple-minded lies...

What Are We? Serfs, Or Free Americans?


Keeping control of the terms of the debate...

What Does National Security Mean In America?


Helping everyone to be part of the solution:

Dear Fellow American Patriot


This week's recommended reading:

Is ISIS An "Existential Threat"?


A little rebellion in Michigan; Speaking of frogs...; Foreign policy madness; Honoring new CtC victors; more...

On This And That...


The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

You Either Stand Up For The Truth, Or You've Surrendered To The Lie


Spotlights on the past that help bring clarity to the present:

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Got something to say?

Your Comments


...and much, much more!


My interview by Lana Lotkeff for Radio 3Fourteen can be found here.


The Fourteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

Get The Short, Easy Intro To The Liberating Truth About The Tax


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Featured In This Update:

The Other Shoe


Selected Scenes From The Summer Symposium


What Makes YOU A Warrior For The Truth?


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


A "Pragmatic" Perspective On The Tax And The Rule Of Law


Your Comments


...and much, much more!


"There are two distinct classes of men...those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes."

- Thomas Paine


C'mon! CtC can't be right! You're crazy!

If CtC were actually right,

it would mean the government's been concealing and denying the truth for years on end,

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

(Edward Snowden, come home! It was all just a bad dream; there really is No Such Agency!)



Do you know someone truly steeped in the Kool-Aid?


 I mean someone who finds it easier to believe that the far-better-educated, far-more-suspicious-of-government Americans of a hundred years ago were complete morons who granted authority to the state to take whatever it wished from themselves and their posterity than to imagine that they themselves simply misunderstand the true nature of the income tax? Even while knowing that their beliefs about the tax are derived entirely from the representations of those who profit from those beliefs (like tax bureaucrats and "tax professionals")?


Do you know someone like that? Shake them awake with the latest (thirteenth) edition of CtC!



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You can't understand the present if you don't understand the past...

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 17- In 1945, George Orwell's Animal Farm is first published.  In 1960, Gabon gains independence from France.  In 1982, the first CDs hit the stores.  In 1998, Bill Clinton admits to having had an "improper relationship" with Monica Lewinski, and to having "misled people" about the affair.

Anniversaries of interest for each day of this week will be found throughout the newsletter below.


"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams


What Are We? Serfs, Or Free Americans?

Deploying simple logic against simple-minded lies...

SO, HERE'S THE QUESTION: DO WE PAY TAXES BECAUSE WE OWE AN INHERENT DUTY TO THE STATE? That is, do Americans have tax obligations based in a subordinate status to the sovereign state, which by right can make us give it a portion of what we produce? Or, do Americans' tax obligations arise, if at all, because they have done something specific and defined, on the basis of which the obligation has arisen?

It's either one of those ways or the other, you realize. There is no third alternative...

Either you owe a tax because you've done something-- other than merely producing-- which is specified in law as taxable, is defined and is distinguished by qualifying facts (any allegation of which may or may not be true, and must be proven if disputed), or you owe it as a serf owes a percentage of whatever he produces to his lord-- just 'cause you're a serf and he's your lord, and if you produce something, he gets some of it.

Turning this around, any assertion of a tax obligation (or of the conditions under which one could arise) which is effectively NOT vulnerable to challenge is a de facto enserfment. If a tax can be asserted-- even one nominally-based on qualifying facts-- and you can't freely dispute that those facts are true in any given case, then the tax is being applied as to a serf.

"Freely dispute" necessarily embraces a dispute at the get-go. For example, in the case of the income tax, "freely dispute" would mean "free to dispute that "income" has been received". Since the tax falls on "income", unless one is free to declare that one has not received "income" (with that declaration given full and equal weight in the contest of allegations), one is not free to dispute anything meaningful at all.

 Unable to dispute the allegation at the get-go, you're left with nothing but asking for indulgence from your master. "Master, I've agreed that I did what allows you to claim ownership of my property by right, but I'd like to argue about how much of my stuff the law say you can take..." That's the whine of a serf. Rather different from the declaration of a free man or woman: "Hey, I didn't do anything giving you a claim to my stuff. If you think otherwise, prove it."

Unless the income tax is actually a tax on the mere production of wealth, then, any harm or threat of harm leveled at a declaration on a 1040 that no "income" has been received, or effort to compel someone to declare that his or her earnings qualify as "income"-- such as by a "frivolous penalty", for instance, or any other kind of sanction-- is unlawful. Any disregard of a return because it declares no "income", or fails to declare received earnings to be "income", is equally unlawful.

The income tax is NOT a tax on mere production, of course. It is, rather, an excise, as is acknowledged by every possible authority. Because this is so, it is clear, per the reasoning above, that anything having the appearance of a threat or discouragement to free dispute of the receipt of "income" is inherently frivolous and fictional, if not outright criminal.

By the same token, it is clear that any notion of the tax as an involuntary imposition is misguided.

There are two things, then, that come from this discussion.

1.) The legal minded or legally-engaged folks in the community should work on briefs deploying the logic above against those occasions when educated filings are responded-to with threats or disregard; and

2.) Everyone should work on those in the larger community who harbor the fictional notion that the tax is involuntary either as to its objects or its lawful administration. These folks need to be made clear on the fact that to the degree that the tax is administered as though involuntary, it is being administered contrary to its own statutory structure, and THAT'S the problem, not the tax itself.

These folks also need to be made clear on the fact that this is why the state is so fixated on suppressing CtC-- the book exposes the process by which they and their children are being effectively enserfed; reveals that what is being done is actually contrary to the law; and explains what can and must be done to remain free in the face of this threat.

"Although all men are born free, slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorant--they have been cheated; asleep--they have been surprised; divided--the yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson?…the people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government they should watch over it....It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently free."

-James Madison  

QUESTION FOR YOU ALL: Why am I the only one writing this article?

Do you think that everyone else is going to suddenly "get it" and stop ruining your life with lies and misunderstandings of the tax, and stop trying to take half your hard-earned wealth, because of my feeble voice alone?


Every single one of you should be studying this material 'til you can recite it in your sleep, driving the deniers and distracters from within our ranks, and writing articles of your own and posting them everywhere you can, online and in print.


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What Exactly IS The "Security" The United States Is Supposed To Ensure For Americans?

THE WHOLE IDEA OF "NATIONAL SECURITY" IN AMERICA, under our system of government, is the securing of American men, women and children from any compromise of each individual's personal security interests. The only degree to which security of the state apparatus itself is a legitimate national security interest is insofar as it is necessary to preserve the state's ability to help each individual maintain his or her personal security.

 Americans' individual security interests themselves are not some vague abstraction. On the contrary, we actually wrote them out in the course of creating the state apparatus intended to help us secure them.

Among them are, in no particular order:

  • Security from unwarranted invasions of privacy by any governmental entity

  • Security of our right to keep and bear arms

  • Security of our property against seizure by governments without just compensation

  • Security of our rights to freely worship, publish and speak or not speak according to the dictates of our consciences, to assemble and associate as we wish, and to petition our governments for redress of grievances

  • Security of our right to an impartial judiciary-- even in disputes with government

  • Security of our right to the meaningful shield of no indictment of alleged criminal offenses other than by an independent grand jury of our peers, and no trial but by a petit jury of our peers acting as the final authority on whether the state can employ violence against us

  • Security of our right to trial by jury in any civil matter in which the amounts at stake exceed $20

  • Security against infringement of any of our other rights, or the states exercise of powers not delegated

  • ...

In order to achieve this security, we delegated certain powers to the state. Our delegation was the totality of what we have authorized the state to do, and of the methods the state can deploy in doing so.

The state cannot protect our security by violating any of the specifications listed above, or by exercising powers not delegated. Either one of those things would be BREACHES of our security.

So let's keep it straight in the debate.

Neither the state nor any of its officials or operators get to decide what is necessary or proper to achieve our security, except in conformity to the foregoing specifications.

We've done that "deciding"; we wrote it down plainly; and that's the law of the land.


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The Liberating Truth About The 16th Amendment

IF YOU'RE NOT SPREADING THIS LINK with every bit of energy you can, to school libraries, homeschool families and community groups, your neighbors, your family members, your pastors and co-congregationalists, journalists, lawyers, CPAs, members of congress, tax-agency workers, Wikipedia, Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Tax Foundation, everyone in the "tax honesty" movement, the 9/11 truth movement, other activist movements and everyone else, you have only yourself to blame for your troubles with the tax, and a whole lot else of which you might complain. It's on you.

WRITE A NICE, FRIENDLY AND BRIEF introductory note explaining what will be seen at the link-- cryptic is bad; excited is good-- and then send this WMI (weapon of mass instruction) far and wide.

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-Thomas Jefferson


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A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were fans of Big Government.
 Not really knowing what a Big Government fan is, but wanting to be liked by the
 teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little TJ.
 The teacher asked Little TJ why he has decided to be different...again.
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm not a fan of Big Government."
 The teacher asked, "Why aren't you a fan of Big Government?"
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm a libertarian."
 The teacher asked him why he's a libertarian.  Little TJ answered, "Well, my Dad's a libertarian and my Mom's a libertarian, so I'm a libertarian."
 Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, "If your dad were a moron and your mom were an idiot, what would that make you?"
 With a big smile, Little TJ replied, "That would make me a fan of Big Government."


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 18- In 1587, Virginia Dare becomes the first child of English ancestry born on American soil.  In 1909, Yukio Ozaki, the mayor of Tokyo, presents 2,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C..  President Taft has them planted along the Potomac.  In 2008, the president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharaf, resigns upon being faced with impeachment.


Real Americans don't accommodate fog, lies and a sliding scale of adherence to the rule of law. Real American men and women stand up for the truth and the law, come what may, knowing that it is only by setting the bar at the top and enforcing it, come what may, that liberties are secured.


"Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."

-Thomas Paine


Dear Fellow American Patriot...


Copy and paste the following (with appropriate salutation tweak) into email messages to EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK!!

Do it now; do it without fail.

We CAN restore the republic and the rule of law-- but only if you act.


Dear ______________

I have the best news any liberty-loving, patriotic American could share, and I'm going to share it with you.

 75 years ago, a daring scheme was put into motion by which a key Constitutional restraint on State power was effectively bypassed, leading to a cancer-like growth of the State into the dangerous monster it is today. This is NOT the good news.

But here IS that good news: The mechanism of the scheme was nothing more than the simple cultivation of public misunderstanding concerning the income tax.

Undoing this scheme and all its ill effects requires nothing more than for individual Americans to regain an accurate understanding of the tax-- a simple task already accomplished by many tens of thousands of men and women. No laws need to be changed, no amendments to the Constitution are needed; in fact, "we the people" need nothing from any state actor or official whatever in order to solve this problem.

We don't even need to act as a coordinated group ourselves. All that is needed is for individual Americans, one by one, to read the modest compilation of material at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm.

 The task is easy. It's just ten printed-pages-worth of text, with linked documents on certain specialized subjects totaling another fifteen pages or so (exclusive of some judicial rulings and law review articles which are relevantly excerpted from often much larger complete texts), plus another fifteen pages-worth of endnotes. No registration is required; no donations are sought; the material is free to all.

In the reading, and upon consideration of the documentary evidence provided, it quickly becomes clear that what is presented in this brief and easy little compilation of research, analysis and supporting authority is entirely correct. No great investment of study is required; in fact, all a reader need bring to the task is a grown-up awareness that those in control of the State are not always angelic when widespread public misunderstanding of an issue allows them to be otherwise.*

 So, the realization of a long dream of the American people is in hand: the end of everything everyone hates about the income tax. In our hands-- right now-- is the undoing of the mammoth liberty-and-prosperity-destroying weapon of special interests into which the State has grown over the last 75 years.

That cancerous growth of the State was made possible by the increasingly-systematic misapplication of the tax during that 75-year period to pretty much all economic activity, rather than the narrow category of gains to which it actually applies under the law and to which it was confined until the early 1940s. At that point the effect of an incessant 30-year progressivist campaign of disinformation about both the nature of the tax and the purpose and effect of the 16th Amendment combined with the psychological effect of the Great Depression and the hurly-burly of World War II to give ambitious statists a chance to experiment with administering the tax in a manner calculated to evade its statutory and Constitutional limits.

But the laws and the Constitutional provisions by which the tax had previously been restrained have never changed. Those restraints are all still entirely in place. The misapplication of the tax has been accomplished solely by exploitation of widespread ignorance of those restraints.

Thus, all we need do to end the scourge is hit the cognitive "reset button". All that is needed to end the scourge is to spread the word and see to it that this information reaches everyone.

You need to be a part of the "word-spreading".

There are a lot of things to complain about and worry about and fear in this currently "post-Constitutional" America. This is one you can actually do something about, and it's the mother-- or at least the wet-nurse-- of most of the others.

Everything has been done for you. All the research, all the analysis, even the in-the-trenches and on-the-front-line blood, sweat and tears of thousands of fellow Americans who have arrived before you and have been forcing the truth out into the open, sometimes at great cost.

It's time for you to become part of this solution.

Understand that this is the ONLY solution. There will be no remedy for the disease that is the State from the political process. That process is co-opted and corrupted.

There will be no remedy for the disease that is the State from the courts. They are ITS courts, after all.

There will be no remedy for the disease that is the State merely from punditry. Complaint and efforts to raise consciousness are, in-and-of-themselves, empty of practical effect. It is only when people learn what to do, how to do it and why to do it that practical effect is accomplished.

Thus, the only remedy for the disease that is the State is in individual American men and women knowledgably standing and re-imposing on the State the restraints of the People's law, one after another in greater and greater numbers until the outlaw State has been disciplined, regulated and shrunken back to its proper size and strength. This solution resorts entirely to our founding principles, and rests on a proven structure of law by which we enjoyed 140 years of freedom and prosperity unparalleled in human history.

The alternative is simply to wait for a ruinous, possibly violent, collapse of the State and hope for an eventual good outcome from the resultant chaos.  This is not a solution; it is madness.

Please become part of the real solution.

You need do nothing except help guide your fellow Americans to the liberating knowledge presented at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm.

You don't need to explain anything; you don't need to defend anything; you don't even need to act on that knowledge yourself. Just point the way.

I know I can count on you, and I thank you in advance for your help in this simple but oh-so-important project.

Very Sincerely Yours As You Uphold Liberty and the Law,


*At the same time, though, the self-evidence of the correctness of this material need not be relied upon as proof of that correctness. That correctness has been endlessly acknowledged by federal and state officials in the most concrete manner possible for all of the eleven years since the material was first uncovered and knowledgeably organized.

Even while pursuing a sustained and increasingly creative and corrupt effort to evade and discourage those who have studied this material and learned the truth about the tax, these officials have been simultaneously compelled-- much and obviously against their preferences-- to suffer the claims of those who have learned the truth about the tax and steadily return every penny paid-in or withheld from those educated folks.


"Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

-George Orwell


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The Honor Roll 

Do you have a victory to share?  Click here to learn how to do so.

If you're working on one, and just getting stonewalled or speed-bumped, you can still be recognized! Go here to learn what to do.


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Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!

CtC Warrior SanDiegoScott has put together a great little 20-question quiz to test your knowledge of the law regarding the United States "income" tax.  Test yourself, test your friends and family!  Test your accountant and tax attorney, and help them learn the liberating truth!!


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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


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Is ISIS An "Existential Threat"?

by Pat Buchanan

U.S. air strikes since Friday have opened a corridor through which tens of thousands of Yazidis, trapped and starving on a mountain in Iraq, have escaped to safety in Kurdistan.

The Kurds, whose peshmerga fighters were sent reeling by the Islamic State last week, bolstered now by the arrival of U.S. air power, recaptured two towns. But the peshmerga have apparently lost the strategically important town of Jalawla, 20 miles from Iran, the furthest east that ISIS forces have penetrated.

Last week’s gains by the Islamic State caused Republican hawks to flock to the Sunday talk shows.

“ISIS is a direct threat to the United States of America,” said Rep. Peter King, John McCain called for bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

But using air power to prevent ISIS from seizing the Kurdish capital of Irbil and Baghdad is not enough, said Sen. Lindsey Graham. “We need to go on offense,” he told FOX News, “There is no force within the Mideast that can neutralize or contain or destroy ISIS without at least American air power.”

The Islamic State is “an existential threat” to our homeland, Graham added, asking, “do we really want to let America be attacked?”

Came then this warning from Sen. Graham:

“If he [Obama] does not go on the offensive against ISIS, ISIL, whatever you want to call these guys, they’re coming here. This is not just about Baghdad, not just about Syria. It is about our homeland.”

“I think of an American city in flames because of the terrorists’ ability to operate in Syria and Iraq,” said Graham, “Mr. President … what is your strategy to stop these people from attacking the homeland?”

This semi-hysterical talk of an “existential threat” to the “homeland,” and the dread specter of “an American city in flames” is vintage war party, designed to panic us into launching a new war.


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Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE taken control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates Washington's misbehavior?!


If you haven't, what the hell is wrong with you?!


Do you not understand how IRRESPONSIBLE YOU ARE for not having done so?




Even as ardent a statist as Abraham Lincoln, in announcing his willingness to burn the Southern states to the ground in order to keep them paying the tariff for the benefit of Northern interests in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, paid at least lip service to the Founders design of leaving control over the fuel available to feed the fires Washington wants to light in the hands of the individual citizenry when he said, "Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part; and I shall perform it, unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means..."


Held over:

Disinformation-How it works

by Brandon Smith


'The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude'

by Étienne de la Boétie


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 19- In 1919, Afghanistan gains independence from the United Kingdom.  In 1934, Hitler's office as Fϋhrer of Germany is approved by 89.9% of the electorate.  In 1953, the CIA succeeds in overthrowing the recently elected government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran and re-installing the brutally repressive but more United-States-compliant dictatorship of Shah Reza Pahlavi.  In 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest by members of his administration attempting to thwart the collapse of the Soviet Union.  In 2005, the first ever joint military exercise by Russia and China begins.  In 2010, a token portion of United States troops leave Iraq under the pretense that the U.S. was de-occupying the devastated country and allowing it to resume self-determination.  Actually, vast numbers of United States mercenary and uniformed forces remained in the conquered country (at least 50,000).


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This And That

A little rebellion in Michigan; Speaking of frogs...; Foreign policy madness; Honoring new CtC victors; more...


“I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. [...] It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”

-Thomas Jefferson


That evening, a libertarian/tea party coalition astonished and dismayed the entrenched, statism-as-usual Republican Party convention machine in what is by far the largest district of the second-largest county in the Great Lakes state. The activists booted the pre-ordained office-holders in a very hostile takeover and replaced the machine's entire slate of 242 state convention delegates with liberty-lovers dedicated to making the Republican Party actually walk its "small government, individual liberty, and strict adherence to the Constitution" talk.

It was a ton of fun.

IT WAS ALSO VERY spiritually refreshing. Righteous Americans got to their feet, got busy, and subdued the once-invulnerable subduers-- the latter being the same slug-scrum that successfully thwarted Ron Paul's delegates in 2012.

This victory and its immediate effects will be small beer in the overall scheme of things right now. But it is at least the flap of a butterfly's wings (or maybe an eagle's). As is true of every time anyone bestirs themselves to action, it may in time prove to be the critical starting breath of an eventually-mighty wind.

I wonder in how many places this rebellion against the institutional powers-that-be is being repeated this year? Many, I suspect.

The water in the pot is getting very hot, and Americans are waking up to their peril. The complete corruption of the state is ever-more vividly on display, and many frogs are discovering that even though dangerously softened by the slow-cooking to which they have been subjected over the last couple of decades, they are still able to marshal what might yet prove to be a life-saving bit of muscle and will if they get up and try.

(NOTE: Needless to say, the Republican Party machine operators immediately announced their intention to challenge the outcome of Thursday's proceedings-- as blatant an admission as ever there could be that the party's "leadership" has no respect whatever for the American people themselves or our principles of government...)


SPEAKING OF THE FROGS AWAKENING TO THEIR PERIL AND FINDING A BIT OF MUSCLE LEFT, have you ever given any thought to what will happen when 30 million other Americans-- or even just 3 million-- learn what you know about the "income" tax and begin following your example of acting to protect your own interests and uphold the law?

 Leviathan thinks about it-- a lot.

You should, too, and add vigorous outreach to your activism.


SPEAKING OF STATIST PSYCHOPATHY, the ever-more manic beating of the drums for escalations of US aggression toward Russia continues to offer the best example of this dangerous mental disease since the manic beating of drums for escalation of US aggression toward Iran. It is astonishing that anyone continues to give a moment's air-time to the foaming lunatics and the scheming private sullying public discourse with this ugly noise.

It is also astonishing how many Americans have yet to say "Not with MY fuel...!" as have the grown-ups in the CtC community.

Even if propagandized into blindness to the manifest lunacy and injustice of pointless aggression against an unoffending but still heavily-nuclear-armed people, can folks not just recognize the deeply-incisive observation by Tom Paine that, "taxes are not raised to carry on wars, [rather] wars are raised to carry on taxes," and understand that their bellicosity-buttons are being pushed by vested interests?

Do they somehow not see the telephone pole coming up fast in the headlights, reflective of P.J. O'Rourke's more recent wise witticism that "Giving money and power to politicians is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys?"

I will take this occasion to remind you all that the founders' purposes for what is revealed about the law in CtC is the shield against this madness. Please be vigorous in encouraging others to begin using it-- your life may depend on it.



It's time to honor a few more who have stepped up to their civic responsibilities as every American should:

Robert Shaffron



The claim page of the return producing this victory for 2013 can be seen here.



Todd Ryan



The handwritten notes are Todd's... The filing that produced this victory can be seen here.



Benjamin Hart



Ben chose to not claim FICA withholdings back on this filing for reasons of his own. The filing that produced this refund of everything else withheld can be seen here.



Matthew Wolters

The filing that produced this complete refund can be seen here.


(Gotta love this. Exactly one week before the government subjected my wife to the pretense of a [second] show trial on a charge that her $5 refund claim-- which it had long since acknowledged to be valid and correct-- disobeyed a contrived court order concerning the filing of what is described as a "false" return, in hope of convincing others to avoid CtC, the same government issues this more than $13,000.00 complete refund-- with interest-- to Matt.

This was in response to a filing identical to Doreen's, and to the tens of thousands of others which have also produced complete refunds over all the eleven years the government has been struggling to find some way to discourage Americans from learning what it can't dispute, but finds really, really inconvenient.

 Ironic is not the word...

What am I thinking of? I'm at a loss, here...)


I CLOSE 'WAS GRANDPA REALLY A MORON?' WITH SOME WISE WORDS from the years in which the ambitions of megalomaniacs  were just beginning to get hold of the American political structure in a big and systemic way. This was the time of the Spanish-American War, during which the United States began experimenting with conquests and colonialism outside of North America, along with torture, regime change, and all the other sick pathologies that have become so routine today.

At that dawn of what has now been more than a century of serious departure from our proper path, Carl Schurz-- former US Interior Secretary, Senator, Ambassador to Spain, Major General in the US Army, and more-- advised us in words we should all keep closely in mind today, and put into practice at every opportunity:

"I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves...too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: 'Our country, right or wrong!'  They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: 'Our country--when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'"


DO YOU KNOW WHY THE LIBERATING TRUTH ABOUT THE INCOME TAX is spreading so slowly, and not being taken up and trumpeted by the alt-media (at least)? Do you know why that truth is not a big presence in public consciousness, supporting you in your conversations on the subject with your friends, family, co-workers, bosses and professional service-providers?

The reason is that very often when someone first hears about that truth, the next thing he or she does is go to the internet and "google" CtC or me. What comes up in greatest number or most prominence can strongly influence whether that person moves forward or backward, and unfortunately, what often comes up most strongly are DOJ and troll posts rich with disparaging and misleading propaganda about either subject. The reason this is so is because YOU are not posting contrary material rebutting the lies and misrepresentations.

If we are all going to get the benefit of this liberating truth, I cannot be the only voice correcting the record on the internet about "what the courts have REALLY ruled" in regard to CtC. I can't be the only one debunking the efforts to disparage CtC by misrepresentations of the kangaroo-court assaults on me.

Whether the truth wins out here involves a battle of pens, not swords. YOU HAVE TO BE IN THIS BATTLE, or it may not be won for years. On the other hand, if you DO get into this battle and get thoughtful posts up all over the internet designed to address the specific problem I describe here, it can be won very quickly indeed. Please do your part.

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Are You Ready For "Obamacare"? Not Unless You've Read This...


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 20- In 1866, the War of Northern Aggression is formally declared to be at an end.  In 1920, the first commercial radio station, (WWJ in Detroit, Michigan) begins broadcasting.  In 1938, Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd grand slam homerun.  In 1969, the Beatles share a recording studio as a group for the last time.  In 1991, Estonia seceded from the Soviet Union.  In 1998, Bill Clinton, hoping to distract public attention from the Lewinski scandal, launches cruise missiles at al Qaida encampments in Afghanistan, and a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan.

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State??

The most important question facing Americans today

I HAD THIS QUESTION POSED TO ME BY AN EMAIL CORRESPONDENT the other day. I guess this just shows how poor a job I've done at communicating, because I have been trying to shout the answer to this one from the rooftops for a long time.

That answer is simple: The People impose restraint on the rogue state by choosing-- one by one-- to cease voluntarily turning control over their resources to the state, and choosing instead to retain control over those resources. This is done by refusing-- one by one-- to engage in "income tax" excisable activities (and refusing to blindly or fearfully allow their activities to be treated or taken as excisable activities upon which the tax arises, when they really are not).

The refusal of individual Americans to voluntarily engage in excisable activities forces the state to resort to highly-politically-accountable, highly-politically-vulnerable alternatives revenue sources. These include options like direct, apportioned taxes (which will not be tolerated by the people or approved by Congress at $multi-trillion annual volumes), and/or increased revenue tariffs (which can raise amounts adequate for legitimate state needs, but are very self-regulating, since consumers naturally choose domestic product alternatives when higher tariffs raise the prices of imports beyond a certain point).

This solution is precisely the one intended and provided for by the Founders-- who didn't impose the taxation rules in the US Constitution just so they could admire their handwriting. They put those rules in place in direct anticipation of state behavior of the sort with which we are now plagued.

 As even so odious a character as Hamilton pointed out in Federalist #21:

“Imposts, excises, and, in general, all duties upon articles of consumption, may be compared to a fluid, which will, in time, find its level with the means of paying them. The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources. ...If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power of imposing them.”

What we've got today is simply the direct (and perfectly predictable) consequences of NOT adhering to the Founders' plan. As Frederick Douglass trenchantly observed,

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."

We've got plenty of injustice and wrong these days. But our fix to the problem was bought for us with blood a few hundred years ago.

All we have to do is stop playing along with the rogue state's false (and rather embarrassingly crude) paradigm  concerning who owns what, and what powers to tax have really been granted. As soon as enough of us quit endorsing that nonsense, it's all good

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"Peter Hendrickson has done it again!  'Upholding The Law' does for individual liberties what 'Cracking the Code' did for tax law compliance: exposes the reader to the unalienable truth!"

-Jesse Herron, Bill Of Rights Press, Fort Collins, Colorado



A brief look at 100 years of Fiscal Folly; and a nice confirmation of CtC scholarship using four-generation-old data from the IRS itself.


CtC-Educated Lawyers: It's Way Past Time For You All To Queue Up!


[Y]ou really need to familiarize yourself with Pete Hendrickson's absolutely magnificent work at his website and in his book(s).  He has, brilliantly and lucidly, "cracked the code" regarding the federal income EXCISE tax(es)."

-Mark C. Phillips, JD


"...I find your work fascinatingly simple to understand."

-Jerry Arnowitz, JD


"Your book is a masterpiece!"

-Michael Carver, JD


"Received your book yesterday.  Started reading at 11 PM, finished at 4 AM."  "I have 16 feet (literally 16' 4.5") of documents supporting just about everything in your book." "Your book should be required reading for every lawyer before being admitted to any Bar."  "I hope you sell a million of them." 

-John O'Neil Green, JD


“Thanks again for your efforts, Pete. They mean an awful lot to a lot of people.” “…as an attorney, I am humbled by your knowledge and ability in navigating the law.  THANK YOU for your hard work and sacrifice.”

-Eric Smithers, JD


"I am an attorney and want to give a testimonial to your book, which I find to be compelling. I am exercising these rights for myself and my adult children. I'm even considering making this my new avenue of law practice."

Nancy "Ana" Garner, JD


Learn what these colleagues already know, then step forward and become part of a coordinated, mutually-supportive squadron focused on developing strategy and deploying the law in courtrooms across the country.  There's a lot of suing that needs doing right now.


Are you ready for a challenge that'll put some real meaning behind all the effort you went through to get your credentials?  Send me an email. 


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 21- In 1680, Pueblo Indians capture Santa Fe from Spanish forces during what is known as the Pueblo Revolt.  In 1878, the American Bar Association is founded.  In 1888, William Burroughs patents his adding machine.  In 1959, Dwight Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii to be the 50th state of the union.  In 1968, Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring Uprising.  In 1986, a vast cloud of carbon dioxide bubbled up from the volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, of such size as to asphyxiate persons and animals within 14 miles of the lake.  In 1992, the federal assault on the Weaver family in Ruby Ridge, Idaho begins.  In 2007, historians took note that it was the 169th 21st of August since Iran last initiated military aggression against anyone.  In 2013, hundreds of Syrians are killed by chemical-weapons attacks falsely ascribed by the US to the Assad government whose overthrow by Muslim extremists it was financing, arming, training and encouraging.


  IGNORANCE TAX: An unnecessary exaction suffered out of ignorance as to its lawful objects and the means of its application by someone too lazy, frightened or misled to learn how it really works and to what it really applies.  See "Income Tax", "Social Security Tax", "Medicare Tax" and "Federal Unemployment Tax".


An Introduction To The Liberating Truth In Ten Easy Segments

Tom Bottaro, ChFC, CtCW, author of 'Secrets of the Income Tax Code- A Guide for Businessmen', has shared another fine outreach effort. Tom has been writing and sending a series of short wake-up and educational essays to friends and family, one by one, for some time. When Tom told me about this, I asked him to compile the pieces and let me post them for everyone to enjoy and share with their own people. Tom, good guy and warrior for the truth that he is, was perfectly agreeable.

Here is the compilation in printable .pdf format. I hope everyone will indeed share it widely. 


"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson





CtC Warrior David Sides says, "Bumper stickers?  Nice, but NOT BIG ENOUGH!"


(By the way, Dave's got it precisely right-- If you want your power to be secure, your neighbors have to be empowered with the same knowledge that you've acquired.  Click here for ideas about spreading the truth-- which include normal bumper stickers available for free, by the way....)




Photographed on 1-70 in Missouri




At a rally outside the Alamo




CtC Warrior Brian H. in Alaska has a great INDOOR approach to spreading the transformational truth. Here's Brian's desk at his workplace:



You notice the big glass container to the right of the CtC in the first pic above? Tasty freebies for Brian's co-workers-- candy and brain-candy all in one:



Very sweet!




'Don't Tread On Me' Polo Shirts Say It All!



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More Than Two Thirds Of The Several States That Collect "Income" Taxes Have Now Acknowledged The Truth About The Law As Revealed In CtC, And Have Issued Complete Refunds Accordingly!  See The Following Chart...



Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 22- In 565, a monster is reportedly seen in Loch Ness, Scotland.  In 1642, King Charles I accuses the English Parliament of treason, and the English Civil War begins.  In 1770, James Cook claims eastern Australia for Great Britain.  In 1775, King George declares the American colonies to be in open rebellion.  In 1922, Michael Collins, commander of the Irish Free State Army, is shot and killed in an ambush during the Irish Civil War.  In 1926, gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.  In 1989, Nolan Ryan records his 5,000th strikeout.  In 1992, FBI assassin Lon Horiuchi shoots an unarmed Vicki Weaver in the head from a sniper's blind while she stands in the doorway of her home holding her infant child.


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(How our forefathers responded to arrogant "Rule of Law defiers"...)




LostHorizons.com traffic stats now available for the past year (March 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013) show approximately:

6,000,000 hits and 2,000,000 page views during that period!






“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer


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If You're Not Standing Up, Then You're Standing Down

...and "standing down" means "going down"...


MY FRIENDS, IT IS MY SINCERE BELIEF that this community of activists has been encouraged, inspired, enlightened and expanded over the years by the steady posting here of your ongoing victories on behalf of the rule of law. Certainly, it has been my pride and my joy to help you share with the world your honorable testament to the liberating truth about the tax, widespread knowledge of which is so critical to the well-being of ourselves, our children, and our beloved America.


However, unless YOU send those victories I can't post them. Unless YOU stand up, your courage and commitment can't inspire anyone.


YOU WILL RECALL THAT FOR THE LAST YEAR OR SO I've been telling you that we are in a transformational moment. Look around at what is going on today and recognize the truth of what I say.


More than half the American population views government as a threat. As mainstream a publication as Forbes magazine is posting articles about massive DHS ammunition and armored vehicle purchases. Denunciations of the NSA violations are features in every major MSM organ.


Even before Edward Snowden's documentation of particular crimes being committed against the American people the LA Times, NY Times, Washington Times and other mainstream organs were editorializing about Leviathan having grown too big, and gotten dangerously out-of-hand (see stories at each of the preceding links). In the Spring Rand Paul's filibuster denouncing the lawlessness of Mordor-on-the-Potomac prompted a major buzz across the country, and in July Justin Amash shocked Washington by very nearly defunding a huge portion of the illegal surveillance state's crimes.


Concurrently, this CtC community has been winning legal victories and refunds which are ever-more significant and telling. Consider, for instance, the victories which have qualified for the EWWBL collection. Every one of these is an especially illuminating acknowledgement of the truth about the tax, and now include a very significant two-time victory in a federal district court.


Things are happening!


HOW IT ALL SHAKES OUT is still up for grabs, though. This is not the time for either complacency or paralysis, because both of those don't amount to "doing nothing"-- instead they amount to "standing down". And standing down means conceding the fight, letting all these eleventh-hour sparks of light burn out unnurtured and the moment be a transformation for the worse.


This is not the time for standing down. This is the time for a FULL-COURT PRESS.


This is the time for educated American grown-ups to stand up tall and firm, pulling others to their feet by their very gravity. This is the time for leading the way.


STAND UP! SEND THOSE VICTORIES-- the new ones, and those of the last few years as well. Click here to learn how. Even if you don't have checks to scan, send your testimonials. Learn how to do that here.




The Willingness Of Some People To Trade Liberty For Convenience Is Without Limit

Some Observations About Current Political Efforts To Evade The Truth, Such As The "Fair Tax" Scheme


Regarding "Tax Reform"


"Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, wars are raised to carry on taxes."

-Thomas Paine


Where To Find Things On This Site


Law Professor James Duane Says: "Don't Talk To The Police.  Period."


Honest Cope Agree




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Films That Belong In Every Home Library




Ever Wonder How Much An Unrestrained FedState Would Like To Tap You For?





Warrior David Larson shares this beautiful little farce, wryly observing that, "Depositors have "..not lost one penny.." - OK we could agree on that simple statement  ..how about the purchasing power of that same penny 'not lost'?"


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics






Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 23- In 1305, Scottish patriot William Wallace is tortured to death by command of Edward I of England for "treason".  In 1989, a 420-mile-long human chain of as many as two million Latvian, Estonians and Lithuanians formed demanding independence from the Soviet Union.  In 1990, Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.  In 2003, 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America' goes on sale.


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Last Word


"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

-Samuel Adams, Architect of the First American Revolution


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About The Author


Pete Hendrickson is possibly the most effective lawyer in history, even while never having set foot in a law school, nor ever being a card-carrying member of "the bar". He is the first American in history to secure a complete refund of Social Security and Medicare ‘contributions’ withheld from his earnings (along with all other property taken for federal taxes); further, since 2003 students of his legal analyses and arguments in ‘Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America’ (CtC), and its sequel, 'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?' have been routinely retaining and recovering billions of dollars which otherwise-- wrongly, but as a matter of course-- would have gone to federal or state government treasuries. This despite concerted efforts by government to suppress his work, and in some cases vigorously oppose the claims by his students.


Hendrickson is also a widely-read essayist on matters of politics, public policy and law; many of these works are collected in his second book, ‘Upholding the Law And Other Observations’.  He is a member of Mensa; an award-winning artist; and has paid his dues as a youth soccer coach.  He is a long-time political activist as well, and has served as co-chair and platform convention delegate of Michigan’s largest county Libertarian Party organization; as a consultant to the National Right to Work Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy; as a member of the Heartland Institute; and as a member of the International Society for Individual Liberty.  He is a frequent radio-show guest on stations across the country.


Hendrickson's business career has included nearly a decade-and-a-half at the leading edge of the renewable-energy industry, both as Director of Purchasing and Materials Management and member of the R&D board at Starpak Energy Systems, the mid-west's then-largest solar heating and energy-recovery-and re-utilization company; and as founder and president of AFJ Inc., a high-efficiency lighting design, manufacture and installation firm.


Beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing for the twelve years before his present full-time focus on the restoration of the rule of law in America, Hendrickson directed purchasing activities for the $84 million-a-year multi-family-housing division of the Farmington Hills, Michigan branch of Edward Rose and Sons, with responsibility for 18,000+ apartments, direct supervision of 35 technicians and agents, and incidental authority over several hundred divisional workers.  He also ran the division's 10 cable television earth-station and distribution systems in four states, and designed and administered the company's website.


On rather the other end of the spectrum, amidst these more mundane pursuits Hendrickson co-founded and was the primary creative force behind a small board- and card-game company that enjoyed a modest success for several years.


 Hendrickson makes his home in southeast Michigan, with his wife and two children.  He is currently working on his next book.


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