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Current Events and Continuing Education for June 27 through July 10, 2016

“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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My Vote For Scalia's Seat: Alex Kozinski Of The Ninth Circuit


Features in this edition:

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The Founders are smiling and saying...

Bravo To The Brits!


A fine exposé of bankrupt government pretenses (plus a few more straightforward refunds newly posted, to boot)

This Week's Very Interesting Featured Victory


Federalism as a solution to federal corruption

A Great Meeting With Michigan's Attorney General's Office


Setting 'em straight:

How To Explain To A Pundit The Error Of His Ways


Another great testimonial video by an actual grown-up-- educated, motivated, and committed to upholding the truth, liberty and the rule of law.

Real American Joe Black Testifies And Shares Victories


Either use your rights, or lose your rights

I Stand With Doreen- Updated


Other Voices

'Where Do Matters Stand?'


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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?

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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


Click here for the current Mid-Edition Update posts

Featured In This Update:

It's Declaration Day. Are You Going To Do It?


A Letter To My Congressman


An Illuminating Victory


Regarding State Group Membership


Why Are You Not Doing This?


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


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


Your Comments


"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 (fourteenth) 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:

July 4- In 1776, the Declaration of Independence is formally adopted by the Second Continental Congress.  In 1826, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both pass from among us.  In 1845, Henry David Thoreau begins his two-year sojourn at Walden Pond.  In 1862, Lewis Carroll spins a yarn for Alice Liddell.  In 1934, the engineering for an atomic bomb is patented by Leo Szilard.  In 1946, 48 years after the United States claimed ownership of the Philippines and crushed resistance to its occupation at the cost of a million dead Filipinos, the country is granted independence.

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


BRAVO to the Brits!

The Founders must be delighted as their former colonial masters offer the sincerest of flatteries

THREE CHEERS FOR OUR BRILLIANT BRITISH COUSINS, the wiser majority of whom have ignored the whining and scare-mongering of those exploiting the status quo and taken steps to decentralize power and reclaim Britain's sovereignty! Maybe Michigan and Oregon and Idaho and Texas (and the other union states) will follow their fine example someday soon.

After all, what the Brits have rejected is exactly the kind of consolidated power structure our Founding generation rejected (however much asscravats like Hamilton and his ilk lobbied for it in every way possible). Sadly, it is also exactly the kind of consolidated power structure to which America has since fallen prey, thanks to a century or more of deeply-sophisticated conditioning and manipulation by those benefitting from the suppression and distortion of our actual (and still supreme) foundational legal and political structure.

What our Founders chose and established is basically a free-trade zone and mutual-defense-plan, with the added benefit of an available common currency which could be used by anyone throughout all the states, and which served to keep competing coinage and negotiables stable and honest. That's the design of the American system under the US and state Constitutions as written and intended (and in harmony with the foundational principles of the Declaration of Independence).

What we have now in America, in sharp betrayal of the Founders' efforts and sacrifices, is a deeply-centralized, sticky-fingers-in-everything, nanny-with-a-truncheon monster of a state, just like the EU which our cousins across the pond have just told "Goodbye, and good riddance!" The only difference is that our Mordor-on-the-Potomac is more entrenched, arrogant and corrupt than Brussels and its courtiers have yet had time to become.

SO, AGAIN, THREE CHEERS FOR GREAT BRITAIN! Diffused power is safer power, and by looking out for their own interests the Brits have just made the world a safer place.*

Further, the message patriotic Brits sent out last week is just as significant: Every "made man" who has imagined him-or-herself to be permanently protected from accountability for any crimes they may commit in service to the status quo has just learned, to their dismay, that the "status quo" is NOT actually perpetual, and cataclysmic upheavals can and will happen. This will give some of them pause, to the benefit of the "99%".

I confess that I've always been an anglophile-- the literature that has emanated from members of the UK over the centuries had seduced me thoroughly even when just a boy. Adult perspectives and increased knowledge have necessarily tempered my affections since then, and in a big way, but today I am happy to indulge my youthful enthusiasm once again.

HIP, HIP, HOORAY for Jolly Old England!


*This self-interest/safer place dynamic partakes of the same hugely-important principle being exercised by CtC-educated Americans, as is explained here.


Briefly Regarding "Orlando"

ANY GOVERNMENT WILLING TO SIEZE ON A CRIME like the shootings in Orlando as justification for abridging arms rights to any extent and in any respect has thereby proven itself the very  threat to liberty against which the Second Amendment was adopted.

The right to keep and bear arms (which means "weapons", not "hunting pieces") is plainly and properly secured under the terms of the supreme law of the land. A government that shows a willingness or desire to violate our fundamental law by compromise of that right is an oath-breaking and very dangerous government. As Judge of the Ninth Circuit Alex Kozinski has wisely put it:

"The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed - where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once."

 Click here to see what the Founders had in mind when putting the Second Amendment in place, and then spread that .pdf around.

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This Week's Very Interesting Featured Victory

A wonderful exposé of an agency dodge; plus three more victories, from the "better late than never" category

JOE H. IS NOW A TWO-VICTORY VETERAN WITH THE FEDS (though having a tough time with a bizarrely-balky state DOR). Joe's $14,690.00 complete federal refund for 2014 has been posted here for about a year now; to that we add today his refund of what was withheld during 2015.

Unlike last year's refund, though, the $7,927.00 Joe received a few weeks ago is a "victory-in-progress", so far. Here's what this means:

The United States has returned every penny of what had been withheld from Joe during 2015 under the normal "Subtitle A" tax provisions. In this case that was $7,927.00 which was withheld under the provisions of Chapter 24 of Subtitle C of the code. That type of withholding gets set aside in an escrow account and then is credited against any tax which proves to be owing at the end of the year, with the balance being refunded. (See pp. 174-175 of CtC for the statutory provisions laying out this relationship.)

The form 4852 Joe filed as part of his return/claim (see it here) shows the Chapter 24 withholding as the nominal "federal tax withheld". Here is the IRS notice announcing Joe's refund of this amount:

Here is Joe's bank statement showing the deposit:

The complete refund of this withheld amount is an agreement that Joe owed no tax for the year-- had he owed anything, this withheld amount would have been tapped to cover the liability. Indeed, the IRS explicitly acknowledges that Joe had no "income" and owed no tax, in harmony with this refund, on the second page of its notice:

So, everybody agrees that Joe had no "income". In particular (the significance of which will become clear in a moment), everyone agrees that Joe had received no "wages"-- that's the specially-labeled form of "income" under which Chapter 24 withholding takes place, and the species of "income" upon which a Subtitle A tax will be presumed to have arisen in the case of a worker like Joe. And again, everyone agrees Joe received no "income".

But despite everyone agreeing that Joe had no "income" upon which a tax liability could arise, the IRS is still trying to get away with keeping a lot of Joe's money.

AS WILL HAVE BEEN NOTICED when looking at Joe's sworn return/claim, and the 4852 included within it, Joe had a good deal more withheld than just the $7,927.00 he has received back so far. In fact, Joe's claim seeks $13,669.00-- the total of all amounts withheld from him. This total includes not just the nominal "federal income tax withheld" under provisions of Subtitle C's Chapter 24 (the withholding for deposit against the "normal tax" under Subtitle A) but also the Social security and Medicare "income" taxes, which are withheld under the provisions of Chapter 21 of Subtitle C (the withholding for the FICA "surtax" on "income").

The IRS is trying a gambit on Joe, pretending that the surtax wasn't withheld, or somehow should be excluded from the total withheld, and hoping Joe won't realize what's going on. (Or the agency hopes the boldness and incoherence of the corrupt ploy will intimidate or confuse Joe into taking his partial refund and letting the rest go.)

The "explanation" given on the notice Joe received is almost comical:

The agency says "We didn't allow the amount claimed as federal income tax withheld...because... supporting documents were not attached..." And yet, not only was a supporting document attached (Joe's Form 4852); and not only had the IRS (undoubtedly) received a W-2 from the same payer whose erroneous allegations on that W-2 are being corrected by Joe's 4852; but the agency DOES acknowledge having received supporting documents, by agreeing that at least the $7,927.00 was withheld.

How otherwise did the agency arrive at $7,927.00, which happens to be exactly the amount discretely listed on Joe's supporting document and the W-2 sent to the agency by the payer as the amount of "federal tax withheld" (meaning, the amount withheld under the Chapter 24 "normal tax" deposit provisions)? Plainly the "explanation" given for excluding the Chapter 21 FICA withholdings is nothing but a pretense, and a shabby one, at that. By itself this phony explanation proves the agency has no valid ground for its behavior here.

But here's where the gambit really stumbles: By acknowledging that Joe received no "wages", the agency has agreed not only that Joe received nothing subject to the "normal tax", but also that he received nothing subject to the FICA "surtax"-- because both fall on the same thing. The "normal tax" falls on all "wages" received, and the "surtax" falls on the first $118,500 of the same "wages". So, the United States has already admitted that Joe never actually owed any FICA surtax (just as Joe said on his form 4852 and by way of his return/claim for refund). It just wants to keep the money anyway.

Thus, Joe's victory is a victory-in-progress. Joe has been handed flat-out admissions in favor of the remainder of his claim, even while the United States plays it sneaky and hopes Joe will let it keep a small bucket of his blood for the slaking of its thirst.

THIS IS PRETTY OBNOXIOUS BEHAVIOR by the government. And it's a shame that Joe will still have to pursue the rest of his money.

But that said, there's an upside to all this, in a way.

This kind of game-playing by the feds illustrates and emphasizes with unusual clarity the liberating truth about the income tax. Deceptions and dodges are only resorted-to when the truth stands against you, making the government's very deliberate behavior here a particularly stark admission that the knowledge informing Joe's filing and claim is completely correct.

CONGRATULATIONS, JOE! Hats off to you, for standing up for the law and the truth.

We all owe you.


P. S. Joe's latest victory joins those of the tens of thousands of other awakened and activated Americans represented here. It is another step toward the restoration of the Founders republic and the true rule of law.

Don't you wish your victories were proudly posted, too?

It's easy. Stand up on behalf of the law, and then share the evidence.

That's all there is to it!

Now, Let's Enjoy Some Straightforward Victories, Too

Michael and Jean are a little belated in sharing these, but better late than never!

MICHAEL AND JEAN PEETERS HAVE SHARED three victories recently, all secured in 2014 and concerning amounts withheld in 2013 and turned over to the feds, Colorado and Kansas. Unlike Joe's latest, these victories were complete from the get-go, without any fussing (aside from a brief balking by Kansas, which wanted verification of the "income" reported on Michael and Jeanne's federal filing, but after seeing that promptly issued the claimed refund).




Hats off to Michael and Jean, two awakened and activated Americans, like Joe and all the tens of thousands of others represented here. They, too, have taken a big step toward the restoration of the Founders republic and the true rule of law.

Don't you wish your victories were proudly posted, too?

It's easy. Stand up on behalf of the law, and then share the evidence.

That's all there is to it!


P. S. Why aren't Randy Barnett, Jonathan Turley, Bruce Fein, John Whitehead and other legal scholars and pundits writing papers about the knowledge and facts that have been steadily producing these fascinating, liberating, law-upholding and Leviathan-restraining events over the last 13 years?

It's simple: They don't know of these things. If they have ever even heard of CtC, it will be only through DOJ propaganda designed to discourage them from looking for themselves and getting to the real story.

You can help solve this problem. Find out how to contact these folks. Send them to this page and explain to them why they should set aside an hour to read it through. Doing this could make a big difference in your life, and for all of America.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

July 5- In 1687, Isaac Newton publishes his 'Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica', laying out the foundation of his revolution in human understanding of the natural world.  In 1865, the Salvation Army is founded in East London.  In 1937, the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada-- 113 O F-- is reached.  In 1946, the bikini is introduced in France.  In 1954, Rock 'n' Roll is born, with Elvis Presley's first commercial recording session.  In 1996, Dolly the sheep is produced by cloning.  In 1999, President Clinton imposes trade and economic sanctions against the Taliban government of Afghanistan.


I Had A Great Meeting With Michigan's Attorney General's Office Last Week...

Federal officials who break Michigan laws are just common criminals in the eyes of the state

THIS PAST THURSDAY I HAD AN EXCELLENT HOUR-LONG MEETING with Carter Bundy, a representative of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. The subject was the investigation and possible prosecution of the federal judges and DOJ attorneys who have committed crimes against Doreen Hendrickson in violation of Michigan laws.

Michigan, like every other state, criminalizes subornation of perjury, witness tampering and coercion committed by anyone upon anyone else. The state also criminalizes aiding and abetting any of these crimes.

There are no exceptions in Michigan criminal law for government officials, whether foreign or domestic. Nor are there exceptions if the crimes are committed while "official duties" are purportedly being performed.

In Doreen's case, of course, no actual "official duties" were involved at all. The crimes themselves were the objects of the acting officials.

For instance, the subornation of perjury was itself the purported "official act" conducted when orders were issued attempting to control Doreen's testimony. Everything done to Doreen has always been pure crime, committed under the mere "color of law".

A selection of Michigan statutes criminalizing coercion of false testimony can be seen here. As can be seen by a review of those statutes, what has been done to Doreen is a slam-dunk smorgasbord of blatant felonies in violation of Michigan law.

I WILL ADMIT THAT FOR ME this approach to seeking justice for the criminal assaults on Doreen seemed a stretch. Not that it lacked anything in theory, mind-- indeed, the principle involved is about as straightforward as they come.

In fact, the principle involved here is among the most basic in our American system of government overall: federalism. This is the division of power in this country into coexisting and competing (therefore countervailing) forces, with the feds holding the states accountable when they are abusive to citizens (something we are all very familiar with) and the states doing the same to the feds in return (something we see very little, but only because it has gone out of fashion, not because it isn't the way things are supposed to work).

Nonetheless, I expected something of a "Huh? You've got to be kidding!" reaction from the state. Instead, there was no head-scratching or bemusement at all. Very gratifying.

I'M PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT how this initiative can at least deter future abuses by arrogant and corrupt federal officials. In order to optimize the opportunity here, I'm asking everyone who feels the same to contact Michigan AG Bill Schuette's office and urge a quick decision in favor of prosecuting Doreen's abusers. Contact info can be found here.

This is how it's supposed to work, people. It can be made to do so, if you help.

"This balance between the National and State governments ought to be dwelt on with peculiar attention, as it is of the utmost importance. It forms a double security to the people. If one encroaches on their rights they will find a powerful protection in the other. Indeed, they will both be prevented from overpassing their constitutional limits by a certain rivalship, which will ever subsist between them."

-Alexander Hamilton, to the New York Ratifying Convention, June 17, 1788*

*Villain and poltroon though he was overall, here even Alexander Hamilton gets it right. Significantly, he does so as part of the argument by which ratification of the US Constitution was achieved. Thus, it is under this explicit construction and this construction only, as to this question, that the Constitution and the federal government which it brought into being can exercise authority. Any exercise of power by the federal government, or construction by any court on behalf of such an exercise, which is contrary to Hamilton's explanation here is without authority.

P.S. Many thanks to my excellent friends Gordon Dye and Eric Bond, who helped make this meeting happen.

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World Net Daily Publishes Another Excellent Article On Doreen's Ordeal And The US Assault On The Constitution

Post your comments on the article, people. Share it around. Submit it to Drudge. Let's make this a firestorm!!


Are the presentations and resources offered on this site and in my other work of any value to you?

Tim Kendrick has posted a video on YouTube regarding donations. I didn't know what to do about it to begin with; I don't do what I do intending for anyone to feel obligated in any way.

But of course, no one IS obligated. I will continue to make my work freely-available here, and in my books for only the cost of a cheap paperback.

Thus, even though I post it here below, Tim's very thoughtful personal resolution and encouragement to others is just an invitation for consideration by those who may not be conscious of the fact that I can't do what I do without support. No one is to feel any pressure from it; if it moves anyone to act let it be solely because it seems right.




Why Does The Government Lie About 'Cracking the Code'?

THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION is the key to the restoration of the republic and the rule of law in America. See it below. (NOTE: It's very important that the entire 24 minutes be viewed.)

This video can also be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/hgzzYl-eeUI.

Here are links to the two pages to which viewers are directed at the end of the film: The Crime of the Century and The Truth About The 16th Amendment.

The other two mentioned in the film are this one (the "bulletin board" stack of 1,200 or so posted refunds and other victories in knowledgably applying the law; and this one (the collection of resisted claims and the outcomes of those little battles).

PLEASE be a real activist about sending this link to every single person in your address book, and about sharing it through facebook, reddit, twitter, and any other distribution channel with which you are familiar. Send it to every journalist you can. It's time to really make something happen.

Accompany your emails and posts with with a strong admonishment to watch the film through, and that doing so will show the viewer an individual-empowering, state-restraining truth about the income tax which the government has been trying to keep hidden from view for 75 years and which that person really needs to know.

BY THE WAY, as is impossible to miss, I have neither the skills nor the tools to make even moderately good films. This is simply not my forte. Anyone able to do better is encouraged to talk to me about that.

As is ALSO impossible to miss, though-- even in my amateur production-- reader video testimonials have GREAT POWER. Send me yours.

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How To Explain To A Pundit The Error Of His Ways

Educated, grown-up American Brendan Trainor shares his excellent example


Mr. Vance:

Very good article on tax deductions "Are tax deductions subsidies?" LewRockwell.com April 14, 2016.

However, unless that actress who lobbied Congress received her salary from a federal grant or contract of some kind, she really didn't have to lobby Congress for her deduction. She could have simply rebutted the presumption that her earnings were statutory wages as declared by those who issued her a W-2 or 1099, on her tax return, like thousands of Americans do today.

Ms. Karas did her lobbying in 1986, so she can be forgiven for believing that she had to travel to Washington DC to get a deduction. However, in 1986 there were people criticizing her understanding of the tax laws, but due to the inability of the mainstream media to understand them, or desire  to understand them,  she may not have heard of these criticisms. Or perhaps being someone of "New York Values", she herself did not want to understand them.

In 2003, a libertarian in Michigan named Peter Hendrickson wrote the book on tax deductions, which thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Americans use to get the biggest deductions of all- a 100% refund of income tax withholdings, and if asked for , social security and medicare taxes as well. All these taxes are excise taxes, and as such cannot be laid on unwilling participants in the free market economy.

Perhaps you would like more information on this "biggest loophole of all?". I will send a link for you to Mr. Hendrickson's website, called Lost Horizons.

Or perhaps not. Perhaps like most of the libertarian/conservative establishment, you want to deny the reality of how the income tax actually works. Too bad, because then you will continue to write articles on the tax that are of limited truth and will not advance the cause of liberty very far. Just as the libertarian/conservative establishment lost the biggest tax case of recent times, the Obamacare case, NFIB vs Sebellius, because they didn't understand the income tax. Instead of admitting their ignorance of the tax laws, they continue to blame Chief Justice Roberts.

Who will you blame? Despite your lack of intellectual curiosity as displayed by your unwillingness so far to engage this libertarian in Michigan,  thousands of Americans will find their way to the Lost Horizons website, and the people's knowledge will grow. When the truth becomes more widely known, and your children ask did you speak up, what will you tell them?

Brendan Trainor,

Reno NV

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A Patriot Activist Talks About CtC

"McFloyd" on who got the tax wrong, and who gets it right




What's your answer?

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

July 6- In 1415, early Protestant reformer John Huss is burned at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church.  In 1535, Sir Thomas More is executed by English King Henry VIII for refusing to countenance Henry's decision to formally transform the Church of England into a Protestant church.  In 1785, the dollar of silver-- 27 grams-- is chosen as the official American currency.  In 1854, the first Republican Party convention is held.  In 1887, the King of Hawaii is forced at gunpoint to sign a new Constitution written by Americans living in the islands which transferred power to the foreigners and set the stage for Hawaii's annexation by the United States.  In 2013 the Sixth Annual Declaration Day celebration is held at Pete and Doreen's place.


How To Be A Leader In The CtC Community

It's simple:






All-in-all, just be the sort of person for others that you would go to yourself for trustworthy leadership.

Leadership is a challenge. But it's not complicated, and you can do it.

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True American Joe Black Testifies And Shares Victories For Liberty And The Rule Of Law

...as every American should...

EDUCATED AMERICAN GROWN-UP JOE BLACK has stood up and acted to enforce the law upon its domestic enemies-- or, at least, upon agencies of the state whose operators seem to happily exploit ignorance and mis-apply the law at every chance for their personal benefit. Get inspired and encouraged by Joe's video sharing his spirit, his testimony and the acknowledgements he has secured:

Find more testimonial videos here, and please, people, share these around as widely as you can. To learn what, how and why to share your own testimony (with or without mere practical victories to go along with the far more important spiritual victories that are the real heart of CtC), click here.

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Two Simple Questions For Every Silent "Alt-Media" Journalist

The silence of these folks is the liberation bottleneck. Maybe this'll help, if enough people ask...

HERE'S A SIMPLE QUESTION: The income tax is, and always has been, an excise tax on privilege. This is established beyond any controversy whatever by repeated Supreme Court rulings, the words of the related laws, and, over the last twelve years now, hundreds of thousands of acknowledgements by federal and state tax agencies.

You, like most folks, have been fooled into inadvertently agreeing that your economic activities are exercises of privilege, thereby allowing the tax to be applied to your earnings. Why is this so hard for you to admit?

HERE'S ANOTHER SIMPLE QUESTION: You and everyone else being fooled into agreeing that your economic activities are privileged and thereby allowing them to be taxed is what enables the flow of wealth that finances all the bad things done by the state of which you complain in every column. Why is this so hard for you to admit?

I GUESS THESE ACTUALLY LEAD TO A THIRD SIMPLE QUESTION: If you really feel that all these things of which you complain are so bad, why are you not helping more Americans understand the nature of the tax and the ill effects of it being misunderstood and misapplied?

Learn how and why you should ask every journalist in the so-called "alt-media" these questions here.

PRO TIP: By the physics of the law, an indirect tax is necessarily a privilege tax. Here's why:

The distinction between a direct tax and an indirect tax is incidence. A direct tax arises by the direct imposition of the taxer, without any election of the taxed (other than that of authorizing the taxing power in the first place).

An indirect tax arises by the taxed choosing to to do something by which the taxer's claim is then created. The choice that is a valid object of an indirect tax can't be anything done as an exercise of an untaxable right. Nor can it be any activity of necessity. A tax on anything done by necessity would arise not by actual election of the taxed but simply because the tax had been imposed by the taxer. Such a tax, whatever it may be called, would be in actual substance a direct tax, even if one that arose only intermittently. Think of a tax on eating, for example, or working, or engaging in trade with others (all of which are things done by right as well as by necessity, but you get the point).

What is left as the valid object of an indirect tax is the exercise of privilege-- something done not by right, and therefore done by the permission of the taxer (who, due to being possessed of an ownership right in the thing being permitted, is entitled to claim of portion of the proceeds when the thing is profitably used).

"[Although the Legislature may declare as privileges and tax as such for State revenue purposes those pursuits and occupations that are not matters of common right], the Legislature has no power to declare as a privilege and tax for revenue purposes occupations that are of common right."

Sims v. Ahrens, 167 Ark. 557, 271 SW 720 594, 595 (Ark. 1925)


The 'Watching the Watchmen Amendment'

If you're not talking this one up everywhere and helping generate a buzz, you don't really want liberty and the rule of law...


PRO TIP: The argument that a concept explicitly given a statutory definition for purposes of this or that chapter or "title" has the same meaning as the common word the legislature has borrowed for its label-- which meaning plainly didn't suit the legislature's purposes, hence its replacement-- is a preposterous reading of the law.

“It is axiomatic that the statutory definition of the term excludes unstated meanings of that term.” 

Meese v. Keene, 481 U.S. 465 (1987);

“[W]e are not at liberty to put our gloss on the definition that Congress provided by looking to the generally accepted meaning of the defined term.”

Tenn. Prot. & Advocacy Inc. v. Wells, 371 F.3d 342 (6th Cir. 2004).



In light of the actual evidence, those who doubt or deny the accuracy and correctness of CtC just because government officials make weaselly representations against it are like the 16th-century Europeans who were mystified by Copernicus getting all those astronomical predictions right even though the church had said he was wrong.


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

July 7- In 1863, The Union institutes a draft during the War Between The States-- exemptions are available for $100.  In 1898, Hawaii is annexed by the United States.  In 2005 four explosions occur in the British mass-transit system, duplicating in remarkably precise detail the storyline of a "training exercise" against possible "terrorism" being conducted in exactly the same locations at exactly the same times.  The event briefly raises Prime Minister Tony Blair's abysmal approval rating to it's highest point in two years, before it drops again back into the low 30s.



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Learn The Liberating Truth About The Tax


Did you miss the 'Set Your Church Free' commentaries?

Set Your Church Free

Ignorance of the true nature of the "income" tax has gagged, gutted and seduced-into-disgrace America's ministerial community. This must change.

You're a passenger on a riverboat that relies on regular contributions of fuel from the passengers to keep moving forward. You see an unsurvivable waterfall ahead, and note a soon-to-be-irresistible current growing stronger each day. What does common sense suggest?  


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Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

Time, unfortunately, is on the side of the well-funded disinformation specialists


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

July 8- In 1775, the Continental Congress sends its final appeal to King George to redress the colonists' grievances.  The King pays attention as respectfully as today's federal government does to the Constitution.  In 1776, the Declaration of Independence is read aloud to the people of Philadelphia, and the Liberty Bell is rung.  In 2011, the United States Space Shuttle program runs its final mission, and private operators take over providing transportation services of this kind.  In 2014, Israel launches another pogrom against displaced and dispossessed Palestinians trapped in the Gaza ghetto.


Are You Having Trouble Spreading The Word?

SKEPTICISM (SOMETIMES INVOKED BY FEAR) IS TO BE EXPECTED when you're trying to explain to someone that everything they've been encouraged their whole lives to believe about something as entrenched and significant as the income tax is basically nonsense. So here's a way to help cut through the resistance:

Ask your listener how he or she would react if you were to show an announcement from the Commissioner of Internal Revenue admitting that the tax doesn't apply to the earnings of most Americans and is misapplied most of the time because people don't understand how it works? Or how about if you showed a ruling from the Supreme Court saying the same?

Now you just have to explain that you're going to show exactly those things-- but because the state really doesn't want people to know this, these things haven't been said quite as forthrightly as we would all wish. It's going to take a bit more work to take these admissions in than is sufficient for just reading a press release. But it'll be worth the effort...


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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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




ONLY ONE THING WILL WIN YOU YOUR LIBERTY: Spreading the truth. Accordingly, I've assembled outreach resources into a new, dedicated page. Find it here, and please, USE THESE TOOLS!! I can't do this all by myself. 

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

-George Orwell


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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Where Do Matters Stand?

by Paul Craig Roberts

On the eve of World War II the United States was still mired in the Great Depression and found itself facing war on two fronts with Japan and Germany. However bleak the outlook, it was nothing compared to the outlook today.

Has anyone in Washington, the presstitute Western media, the EU, or NATO ever considered the consequences of constant military and propaganda provocations against Russia? Is there anyone in any responsible position anywhere in the Western world who has enough sense to ask: “What if the Russians believe us? What if we convince Russia that we are going to attack her?”

The same can be asked about China.

The recklessness of the White House Fool and the media whores has gone far beyond mere danger. What do the Russians think when they see that the Democratic Party intends to elect Hillary Clinton president of the US? Hillary is a person so crazed that she declared the president of Russia to be “the new Hitler” and organized through her underling, neocon monster Victoria Nuland, the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Ukraine. Nuland installed Washington’s puppet government in a former Russian province that until about 20 years ago was part of Russia for centuries.

I would bet that this tells even the naive pro-western part of the Russian government and population that the United States intends war with Russia.


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After reading Dr. Roberts' very sensible anxiety about the dire situation Americans face due to the overgrown stature of the government in Washington, don't you think it would be good if he knew, and helped his many readers learn, of the exclusive solution to that threat: the re-balancing of power between citizens and state being implemented by CtC-educated men and women? The augmentation of the effort already underway by Roberts and his readers would be a huge leap forward.

You can help make this happen. E-mail Dr. Roberts at instituteforpe@gmail.com. Urge him to read the material at losthorizons.com/The16th.htm. Urge him to share it with his readers and get them busy.

And while you do that,

Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE had the fortitude and clarity of vision to do the only thing that will actually make a difference by taking control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates government misbehavior?


Now ask yourself this: Have I really done all that I can to urge everyone I know to also stand up and act in the only way that will really bring about change in my lifetime? 



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 great reading recommendations:

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:

July 9- In 1810, Napoleon annexes the Kingdom of Holland.  In 1816, Argentina declares independence from Spain.  In 1900, the Commonwealth of Australia is created.  In 1922, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record with a 58.6 second 100 meter freestyle swim.  In 1958, a 524-meter tsunami-- the highest wave ever recorded-- strikes Lituya Bay, Alaska.  In 2011, South Sudan secedes from Sudan.


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And don't miss:

Was Grandpa Really a Moron

picks up where 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About The Income Tax' leaves off.

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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.


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  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".


"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







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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...





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





“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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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 Cops Agree




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:

July 10- In 988, the city of Dublin, Ireland is founded.  In 1832, President Andrew Jackson vetoes the chartering of the Second Bank of the United States.  In 1890, Wyoming is admitted to the union as the 44th of the several states.  In 1913, the highest temperature ever recorded in the USA is hit- 134 OF (in Death Valley).  In 1925, the 'Scopes Monkey Trial' begins in Dayton, Tennessee.  In 1938, Howard Hughes completes a record-setting 91-hour flight around the world.  In 1962, Telstar-- the world's first communications satellite-- is launched.


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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.


© All written and graphic material on this page and website are copyrighted by Peter E. Hendrickson, unless otherwise attributed