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Current Events and Continuing Education for November 30 through December 13, 2015

“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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Never fear, the solution is here...

The Founders' Defense Against Sociopaths In Office


The liberating truth needs YOU!

How To Be A Leader In The CtC Community


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


The truth is scary and demanding, but it's the truth, so...

Make Someone You Know Sweat Bullets This Christmas


Either use your rights, or lose your rights

I Stand With Doreen- Updated


Other Voices

Will The Matrix Prevail?


So, did you do it?

Declaration Day


Share, share, share, people

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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


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Your Comments



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:

It All Starts With A Return


A Nice Commentary On Liberty-Targeting Lies And Hysteria About "Climate Change"


Regarding "Astroturf" And Trolls


An Important "Housekeeping" Note


WANTED! Your Articles!!


Regarding State Group Membership


The Educated American's Tax Filing Flow Chart


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:

December 7- In 1787, Delaware becomes the first of the several states to ratify the United States Constitution.  In 1917, power-hungry nutcases running the United States, hating the thought of missing all the military action going on 3000 miles away and having arranged for a pretext, declare war on Austria-Hungary.  In 1941, power-hungry nutcases running the United States, hating the idea of missing all the military action going on 3000 miles away, arrange for the bombing of the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by the Japanese as a pretext for entering World War II.  In 2005, distraught and unarmed passenger Rigoberto Alpizar is shot and killed by federal "air marshals" in an otherwise empty jetway at Miami International Airport.  "Homeland Security" claims that Alpizar said something about having a bomb in order to justify the murder.  All independent witnesses declare this allegation to be a lie.

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

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The Founders' Defense Against Sociopaths In Office

"In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning and cruelty."

-Leo Tolstoy

IT IS WELL ESTABLISHED that there are an inordinate number of sociopaths in public office as compared to the general population. As observed by Martha Stout, clinical psychologist and author of The Sociopath Next Door,

"[P]oliticians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths. I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this..."

These sociopaths are people of the "power sickness", characterized by narcissism, self-importance, a willingness to manipulate others and the charm to do it effectively, and a perpetual habit of deflecting blame when their self-interested actions cause harm to others, all stemming from a basic lack of conscience. See here, here, here and here.

This overrepresentation of sociopaths in the "political class" is no surprise. After all, public office offers all the things gratifying to such people. Office-holders get lots of attention from others, much of it fawning; they get easy money and lots of it; they get the opportunity to rule over other people; and they face a standard of success that relies more on a skill at bullsh*tting than on the hard work needed to actually gratify the needs and desires of strangers, such as is required in any other occupation.

Further, the skills needed to achieve public office-- being willing and able to convincingly paint a rosier, more desirable picture than any honest opponent would have the moral turpitude to offer; charisma; and an obsession with self-aggrandizement-- are all the natural traits of the sociopath. Healthy men and women are hard-pressed to compete against these political "naturals" in any but the most extraordinary circumstances.

Given this remarkably-aligned package of requirements and rewards, it's no surprise that sociopaths gravitate toward public office and achieve it in numbers disproportionate to their representation within the general population of healthy men and women. The top prizes go to the very worst of them, and the losers satisfy themselves by joining the swarm of petty functionaries with clipboards that fills government buildings coast-to-coast.

SO, PUBLIC OFFICES ARE TYPICALLY nests of snakes, supported by nests of lesser but just-as-reptilian creatures, including, of course, all the appointees selected by the chief sociopaths (judges, department heads, commission members and so forth), who are from the ranks of those congenial to their benefactors' characters and desires. This has always been the case, from the very beginning of any kind of hierarchic ruling structure in any human society.

And sociopaths in positions of authority are dangerous! No one in his or her right mind wants these folks wielding significant power that is capable of causing harm on any kind of mass scale, whether at home or abroad.

Signing of the Declaration of IndependenceHAPPILY, THOSE WHO FOUNDED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN AMERICA knew all about sociopaths, their lusts, and their skills. Adams, Jefferson, Madison and the rest were close and accomplished students of history and psychology, and had their own personal lifelong experiences with public office-holders, both elected and appointed. The Founders recognized the danger these mentally-ill but eminently-functional types represented to decent society and the principles of liberty.

At the same time, the Founders also recognized that some form of power-managing societal organization was inevitable, whether theoretically "necessary" or not. So, they made provisions to structure that organization so as to provide for the accommodation of the inevitable while strictly protecting against the threat of sociopaths using the structure to do great harm or become an existential threat to the liberty of the People.

THE FOUNDERS' CHOSEN DEFENSES AGAINST THE SOCIOPATHS were two-fold. Informing both was an understanding that while power cannot be kept from bad people, and any degree of power corrupts even good people once it is in their hands, if the power that bad people are able to wield is small, then the harm done by them can be kept small and tolerable.

The lesser (less relied upon) of the Founders' defenses against sociopathy was the recognizably weak measure of granting public officialdom only express, limited powers. The Founders were not fools, and they were well aware that the very same public officials they meant to restrain would assume for themselves the authority to interpret those limitations, and would do so in a fashion which would, over time, nullify them. It was also understood that the class of public officials and those who supported their elevation would also end up manipulating the electoral process so as to largely ensure their perpetuation in office.

Thus, the second, and far more powerful and reliable defense: the juxtaposing of the personal interests of individual men and women directly against the desires of those in office by carefully-designed rules controlling the federal government's taxing authority. Here, too, expressions in the fundamental law were involved, but those regarding taxation are unique among the delegated powers in several critically-important ways.

First of all, under the unique rules controlling federal government (fedgov) taxing powers, the fedgov is given a means by which an unlimited amount of wealth can be commandeered at the sole discretion of Congress and the President-- but only if liability is laid exclusively on union-state governments. This is "direct" taxation.

At the same time, the fedgov is permitted to allege and seek to enforce individual, personal liabilities, but only in regard to gains from the purely elective exercise of federally-granted privileges. This is "indirect" taxation.

Because the population of a state in the aggregate will ultimately pay all direct tax levies, an explicit incentive exists for residents of the state to pressure its congressional delegation to keep direct taxes low. Further, because apportionment (the mechanism by which liabilities among the states are distributed) lays the burden for a tax upon a state based on its proportion of the national population, not its proportion of the national wealth, the overall per capita burden of any direct tax cannot exceed the whatever the poorest state is able to pay, again forcing direct taxes to remain low.

On the other hand, indirect taxes cannot be collected unless individuals have chosen to engage in government-privileged economic activities rather than common economic activities engaged in by right. Thus, every individual is entirely in control of how much, if anything, he or she will pay the government in indirect taxes, such as the "income tax".

Because every individual naturally seeks to optimize the gains from all effort, individuals will keep privileged economic activity at a minimum, unless the rates of tax are kept so low that the overall net gains from privileged activities exceed those that can be had through unprivileged economic activity, even with the additional burden of the tax factored in as a cost. Either way, the power accruing to the government through the capture of indirect tax revenues is kept small.

Putting the two varieties of tax together, Congress has a deep and broad authority to tax. At the same time, the rules under which Congress is exclusively allowed to exercise this authority impose extremely powerful, diffuse, wide-reaching and self-activating constraints on how much power its exercise puts into the hands of those in public office.

And those constraints operate by virtue of natural incentives needing no special political organization on their behalf. No other provision of the Constitution either authorizing a power of Congress or limiting congressional discretion shares this effective duality of character, and is so unassailable either politically or through creative "construction" of the law.

SO, THIS IS HOW THE FOUNDERS, in their far-seeing wisdom, solved the age-old problem of sociopaths in office. They set up a structure limiting the power those sociopaths can wield which does not rely on the inherently unreliable checks and balances of different branches of government, which are always at risk of corruption from "checks and balances" into "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours."

Instead, the Founders invoke and rely upon the discipline and energy of the competing interests of the individual Americans from whose pockets the power must be taken and against whom it would be exercised. People looking out for #1 look hard and sharply, and in doing so benefit all of society by keeping the sociopath-infested state from growing large, and therefore dangerous.

NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE SOCIOPATHS have struggled over the centuries to escape the constraints of the Founders' design, but to no avail. It has only been by the flimsy artifice of absurd myths about the nature of the indirect "income tax" that any evasion has been managed. But even this evasion is not an escape.

It is true that under the influence of the sociopaths' myths many Americans have been fooled into treating all their economic activity as federally-privileged and subject to tax during the last 75 years, and this has allowed much more power to accrue to the sociopaths than any sensible person would want.

But the mistreatment of activity as privileged and subject to the tax remains entirely within the discretion of each individual, however much that discretion is being controlled in its exercise by state-encouraged ignorance about the tax. The rules have merely been evaded, and only so far as the state can promote and maintain that ignorance. The rules have not been escaped.

Nor will those rules be escaped. It is telling that the mistreatment of activities as taxable by which the sociopaths benefit has not been accomplished by convincing Americans that is it good for their power to change hands. As the Founders understood, this will never happen, and has never happened.

Only the fostering of falsehoods about the nature of the tax and the rules to which it is subject have accomplished this undesirable transfer, which remains entirely vulnerable at all times to the simple expedient of informing misled Americans of the truth about the tax and the rules under which it operates. As rapidly as that re-empowering information spreads the power available to the sociopaths diminishes, and nothing is needed to secure that relief except that spread of knowledge.

Already the tide is starting to turn back toward liberty and limited government under the law. Many Americans have learned the truth about the tax and have re-claimed their power, keeping it from the sociopaths and protecting all of us from harm. Meet some of these truly heroic American men and women here.

If you're not already CtC-educated about the tax and the Constitutional structure designed by the Founders, start learning the truth here, and share it with everyone you know.

Being safe from the war-mongering, injustice-committing, liberty-crushing, self-enriching sociopaths is really as simple as this single question:

What's your answer?

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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.




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.


Happily, we latter-day Americans need not engage in revolution, we need merely adopt the resolution in our hearts and minds to which Adams refers, and stand up for the law laid down by our revolutionary ancestors. Do it! Adopt that resolution! And then share it with the world.

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“I didn’t say it would be easy, I just said it would be the truth.”



Make someone you love sweat bullets this year...

(...and show them you think they're the greatest!)

I think we'd all agree that sometimes the truth can be a pesky thing-- demanding, disturbing, and seriously inconvenient. The fact is, when you know the truth, you have to act on it, or be party to a lie; and when that lie is old, entrenched, vigorously defended and comfortingly familiar, the correcting truth can be very hard to learn, and even harder to act upon.

That's why one of the most challenging gifts to receive this holiday season is a copy of 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America'.

Learning the truth about the income tax means setting aside misconceptions nurtured for a lifetime. Acting on that truth means abandoning lifelong servility to the state through the offices of the IRS-- the one organization whose carefully cultivated reputation as a rabid junkyard dog is feared by everyone in America.

Both of those things are really hard!

However, those very same challenges also make 'Cracking the Code-...' the most rewarding gift to get or give this holiday season.

After all, how better could you communicate to those you love the high degree of esteem in which you hold them? How more certain of your high regard could they be made, after such a display of your faith in their character?

(Helping them stop unnecessary losses of up to 40% or more of their earnings each year goes over pretty well, too, by the way...)

So, pass out a little panic this year.

Then stand back and watch your special someone stand tall, like the real American he or she was born to be.


Warriors! Don't Forget About Grandpa!!

The sequel to CtC is now available!! Click the image below for details!


If You're Already a CtC Warrior, Aren't You Really, Really Glad YOU'VE Taken Control Of Whether Any Of YOUR Money Goes To Washington, Just As The Founders Intended?


If You're Not A CtC Warrior, Isn't It Time You Became One?


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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.


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 8- In 1941, the U.S. Congress declares war on Japan.  In 1980, John Lennon is assassinated in New York City.  In 1991, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine formally dissolve the Soviet Union.  In 1993, the "North American Free Trade Agreement" is signed into law by President Bill Clinton.  In 2010, SpaceX becomes the first private company to launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.  On the same day, a Japanese solar-sail propelled spacecraft makes a close (80,800 km.) pass of Venus.


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).rong>

"[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).


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 9- In 1835, revolutionary forces of what would become the Republic of Texas capture San Antonio from Mexico.  In 1946, the trial of Nazi "doctors" who had engaged in human experimentation begins in Nuremberg.  In 1958, the John Birch Society is founded.  In 1979 the eradication of smallpox is declared by the World Health Organization.  This is untrue, as both the United States and the then-Soviet Union (and perhaps other states) retain supplies of the virus for possible "use" at a future time.


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.



I Stand With Doreen

A New Story In The Tribune On Doreen's Case

ARE YOU JUST LEARNING ABOUT the crime against your rights and the rule of law by means of a heinous crime by which Doreen Hendrickson is being victimized? Get up to speed with this and this, and this film:

Free Speech On Trial: IRS v. Hendrickson

(Find and share this on YouTube at http://youtu.be/IagZzFIIymw)

The longer but much more comprehensive and question-answering backstory (the "why" history leading up to this unprecedented assault on the First Amendment and principles of due process) can be found here.

There's a good article on Doreen's ordeal here.


DOREEN'S ADDRESS: Doreen Hendrickson 48564-039, FPC Alderson A-4, P.O. Box A, Alderson, WV 24910. She would love to hear your encouragement, uplift, appreciation and solidarity, and she can even be sent paperback books, as long as the envelope in which they are packaged has clearly written at the top: Paperback Book Enclosed.

Anyone wanting to send Doreen a few dollars for her commissary account (with which she can get better food, soft drinks, clothes and other amenities) can do so by mailing a money order made payable to Doreen Hendrickson 48564039. Mail to:

Federal Bureau of Prisons,

Doreen Hendrickson


Post Office Box 474701

Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

DO YOU NOTICE THAT MESSAGE ON THE T-SHIRT being worn by the lovely model of the 'I Stand with Doreen' care-bracelet? It reads, THINK. It's not illegal yet!

But you know what? The charge against Doreen is an effort by the state to make it so.

Doreen was charged, remember, with criminally-refusing to cede control of her expressions to the state. Now, I'll grant you that technically her thoughts would remain her own, but if the state can dictate what everyone says, then pretty soon that atmosphere of controlled expressions will result in first influencing, and then ultimately controlling what everyone thinks.

If the State gets away with establishing the precedent that every written expression-- even just those on testimonial instruments-- can be required to echo the state's preferred view of things, the fate of free thinking and liberty is obvious (and it's not good).

Think about it, while you still can.

Click here for more on Doreen's ordeal and its assault on the rule of law.

"A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate"

-Thomas Jefferson

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 10- In 1817, Mississippi becomes the 20th sovereign American state and is admitted to the union as such.  In 1869, Wyoming grants women the right to vote.  In 1936, Edward VIII abdicates the British throne.  In 1949, the People's Liberation Army of of China begins its siege of Chengdu, forcing Chiang Kai-shek and his government to retreat to Taiwan.  In 1981, the UN General Assembly approves a Pakistani proposal to make South Asia a nuclear-free zone.  In 1995, 37.9" of snow fall in Buffalo, New York.



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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:

December 11- In 1792, King Louis XVI of France is put on trial for treason by the revolutionaries.  In 1816, Indiana becomes the 19th sovereign American state and is admitted to the union as such.  In 1971, the Libertarian Party of America is founded.  In 1975, the price of first-class postage rises from 10 to 13 cents.  In 1985, General Electric acquires NBC.  In 1997, a federal judge orders Microsoft to unbundle Internet Explorer from its "Windows" operating systems.  In 2008, Bernie Madoff is arrested and charged in connection with an alleged $50 billion "Ponzi" scheme, even while the perpetrators of the "Social Security" Ponzi scheme remain at large.

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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Will The Matrix Prevail?

by Paul Craig Roberts

The Paris attack is playing out as I expected. The French government is attacking French civil liberty with legislation similar to the US PATRIOT Act. Readers in France have informed me that 84% of the French people, according to a poll, are content to be spied upon as long as it keeps them safe. This means that only 16% of the French nation is not brain dead.

Another reader informs me that a TV news station read a letter left behind by one of the alleged ISIL bombers, a letter written in perfect English. Really! I mean, Really! Those with their secret agendas know how stupid the Western peoples are, collectively a hopeless basket case.

French and American politicians are demanding that NATO Article 5 be used to put NATO boots on the ground in Syria. This is important not in order to fight ISIL, which the Russians are successfully doing, but to overthrow Assad under the pretext of fighting ISIL, a crazy policy that could bring conflict with Russia.

Alternatively, to avoid conflict with Russia, Washington can take advantage of the Russian government’s hope that the Paris attack will show the West that Putin was correct that the West should join Russia in opposing ISIL. Once a NATO-Russian coalition, as advocated by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, is formed, Putin becomes the West’s captive in the overthrow of Assad.

To insure that no one is informed of the true facts by the English language Russian media, such as RT and Sputnik, the US Senate arranged hearings on foreign propaganda. Kenneth Weinstein, a member of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors, that is, the censors, told the senators that RT, Sputnik, and a variety of other truthful news sources are “well-funded state propaganda outlets.”

In other words, only believe what you read in Washington-controlled propaganda outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, CNN, BBC, NPR, and so forth.


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NOW CONSIDER: Isn't it a shame that Dr. Roberts doesn't know the truth about the income tax and therefore doesn't advise his readers about the key mechanism provided by the Founders by which the People can peacefully restrain the state, even when a monolithic political class isn't interested in being restrained?

Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad that YOU know, and that YOU'VE had the fortitude and clarity of vision to do the only thing that will actually strike the root and prevent the problem in the first place by taking control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates government misbehavior?


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

December 12- In 1787, Pennsylvania becomes the second of the several states to ratify the United States Constitution and authorize the new version of the federal government.  In 1812, the French army turns back from its invasion of Russia.  In 1870, Joseph Rainey, the first black elected to the U.S. House, begins the first of four terms.  In 1901, Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal.  In 1963, Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom.  In 2000, the United States Supreme Court issues its ruling in Bush v. Gore, overruling the Florida Supreme Court's decision concerning the certification of voting results in the presidential election.  In 2012, North Korea successfully launches its first satellite into orbit around Earth.


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 13- In 1636, the Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes the first American militia regiments.  In 1862, Robert E. Lee defeats Ambrose E. Burnside in the Battle of Fredericksburg.  In 1937, the Japanese army begins the Rape of Nanjing, China.  In 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts begin the final traversing of the lunar surface by human beings (so far).  In 1981, General Wojciech Jaruzelski declares martial law in Poland in response to Solidarity's threat to the security of the existing communist regime.  In 2003, Saddam Hussein of Iraq is captured by units of the United States occupation.  In 2004, former Chilean Decider Augusto Pinochet is arrested over crimes committed while in office years earlier.


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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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