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Current Events and Continuing Education for March 1 through March 14, 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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I guess we just have to show the way...

How To Do Liberation Journalism


A true American hero at work:

A Small-Business Owner Shares A Nice Victory For The Rule Of Law


Email privacy is simpler than I had expected

Getting Cryptic


Other Voices

Why Does The FBI Manufacture "Terrorist" Plots?


The Academy gets one right; you judge the judges; on nullification as the rightful remedy; more...

This and That


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


Got something to say?

Your Comments


Coming next edition: Victories for 2014 have begun!



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:

Friends, Please Be With Me On April 9


Still Remember How To Snail-Mail?


The Effect Of An 800 Kiloton Nuclear Blast Over Manhattan


Debunking Some Nonsense About TD 3980


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:

March 8- In 1775, Thomas Paine publishes his article 'African Slavery In America, calling for the emancipation of all slaves and the abolition of the abominable institution.  In 1817, the New York Stock Exchange is founded.  In 1924, 172 coal miners are killed in an accident near Castle Gate, Utah.  In 1978, the first radio episode of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' broadcasts.  In 1979, the Compact Disc debuts.  In 1980, the Soviet Union enjoys its first rock music festival.

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


How To Do Liberation Journalism

Why NSA revelations will not rouse the People, but "ignorance tax" revelations will, and who needs to make them.

IT MAY BE THAT THEY HAVE ALL RECEIVED and surrendered to Scarface's memo warning them to stay away from this. Or perhaps their otherwise reflexive recognition that all state assertions are self-serving lies to one degree or another fails to operate in this one area and they're still so deep in thrall to the scam-defending mythology they were infected with as little kids that their brains just turn off when presented with evidence challenging the conditioning, like this, this, this and this.

Whatever it is, it seems that professional journalists will not write the story of CtC and the truth about the tax. It seems that task falls to us, people!

FIRST LET'S GET CLEAR on the importance of the exercise. Not only is awakening Americans to the truth about the income tax a matter of good neighborliness and respect for the rule of law. Nor is it simply that sharing this truth dramatically helps ensure that our own rights will be properly and reliably respected when we assert them, thus helping to protect our own financial and legal interests.

More than those independently-important reasons, awakening more Americans to the truth about the tax is far-and-away the best hope we have of reining in the increasingly-rogue state short of bloody and destructive turmoil which even then may not turn out well in the end. In fact, it may well be that nothing else will do.

After all, other offenses of the rogue state that one might hope would provoke a remediating reaction by the People simply don't do the job. The problem is that too few really FEEL the harm from those offenses.

FOR INSTANCE, WITH THE NSA violations of the Fourth Amendment of which we have all been made thoroughly aware over the last two years, nothing material is being taken from anyone. Unless you end up personally charged with something based on illegally-collected information, the Fourth Amendment offense against you-- though huge in principle, and a major issue to those who see far and deeply and have a proper appreciation of how liberty becomes threatened and ultimately falls prey to tyranny-- is nonetheless an abstraction.

Indeed, the chief difficulty faced by the handful of folks who have gone into courts seeking a remedy for these violations has been proving themselves to have personally been victimized in any way. (The question of whether or not this is a proper roadblock to these suits will be left for another discussion.)

For most folks, who sadly do not see far and deep, the NSA violations made known to us by true American heroes like Edward Snowden, William Binney, Thomas Drake and others are invisible and nearly meaningless. It is for this reason that there is no escalating rash of confrontations over these violations beautifying the American landscape like fireworks on the Fourth of July, as there otherwise surely would be.

The same is true of most other offenses of the rogue and unrestrained state.

We all feel the growing sense of oppression and threat by the militarization of the police, or the executive usurpation of the war-making power, or the incursions of the state into education, parenting, private business decisions, and so on and so forth. But precious few are personally victimized by these things in any kind of acute fashion.

 Even outside the legal system and its nuances of "standing", very few of us are actually feeling the prick of these thorns growing up around us all. These things are pervasive and alarming, but at bottom they are easily supplanted by other demands on our attention.

All of these other offenses by the rogue and lawless state can be compared to a half-a-mill increase in your property taxes. It may go to something you wouldn't fund given your druthers, or even something you oppose. But the pain from that one increment is so slight that it will not move you. It's just a tenth of a degree increase in the frog-pot heat.

"INCOME TAX" VIOLATIONS BY THE STATE, on the other hand, are completely different. Everyone is palpably, immediately and unmistakably being harmed by these offenses-- right now-- and in the most non-abstract ways possible.

Through the "ignorance tax" scam by which earnings not actually subject to the income tax are treated as though they are, the injury to each victim is as personal as a mugging. It is the music camp to which you couldn't afford to send your kid; or the more reliable car you need but must somehow do without; or the better nursing home for your elderly parents, the cost of which you have earned, but which has been taken from you to be spent by politicians and bureaucrats, often on things that harm you in still other ways.

Then there are the misrepresentations of the legal character of most people's activities by others in casual indifference to the truth, and the ugly distortions of historical and legal processes and principles being increasingly institutionalized by state actors in their corrupt efforts to encourage those state-serving misrepresentations. The misrepresentations themselves are intensely personal, direct-harm-causing affronts; the distortions by which they are encouraged more intellectual but equally distasteful to the educated sensibility.

Consequently, the moment anyone learns about the "ignorance tax" scam, he feels the pain. Where the NSA violations and all the rest are slowly raising the temperature in the frog-pot, the ignorance-tax scam has the water already at a boil. As soon as the cognitive short-circuit in any frog's brain is repaired and he becomes aware of what's going on with the tax scam, he jumps.

Unlike the (sadly) ho-hum reaction of many folks to the NSA violations, once people learn of the tax violations by which they have been victimized, they are sharply aware that they HAVE been personally victimized-- to an enormous degree and in a profoundly shameful manner, and without even a fig-leaf of "security" benefits or needs for the violators to hide behind, since the state is fully capable of being funded without the scam if the American people really feel that it should have all that money. These awakened victims WILL get up and do something about it.

The state knows this. Oh, how it knows this.

It is because the state knows this that the "ignorance tax" scam is the most heavily- and monolithically-defended offense in the catalog of rogue-state utilities deployed at the expense of liberty and the rule of law. At the same time, though, the scam is also the most vulnerable of any state offense to collapse in the face of knowledgeable, focused journalism.

Without that journalism, the scam will persist. With it, the ruinous scam will crumble and blow away like dust in the wind.

It's a shame that very few professional journalists can understand this, whether because of the Kool-Aid, or cooption, or sheer laziness. But so it seems to be.

Thus, we who are already equipped with the knowledge must clear the path ourselves, as amateur as our efforts might be. Our efforts WILL be fruitful, because as each inch of that path appears, the odds that a pro will have a light-bulb moment (and awaken to the fact that a Pulitzer is in the offing, and maybe an Oscar like the one Laura Poitras just took home for Citizenfour) will increase.

NOW I'M A RESEARCHER AND WRITER, but not a journalist. So I have no business telling anyone how to do journalism from a standpoint of construction or method

 But I think I can offer some help in identifying WHAT needs to be reported. I think that any story covering some or all of these topics-- lightly or in depth-- will accomplish the purpose of the exercise.

Here, then, are what I think are the important components of the CtC story, and I leave it to each of you to work them into articles and commentaries and get them out there. I will provide links to supporting, explanatory or illustrative material where possible (and encourage each of you to refine, focus, supplement or replace as your muse dictates, whether from the resources linked here or others).

1. What CtC reveals-- the limited nature of the tax and the mechanisms of its misadministration by nurturing and exploiting ignorance of those limits.

2. Government efforts to suppress CtC's revelations from wide dissemination.

3. Government behavior when forced to confront CtC's revelations:

A. massive capitulation at the by-the-book "worker-bee" level, and

B. sporadic evasion and creatively unscrupulous, increasingly desperate and unprecedented corruption at the "warrior bee" level-- itself an element of the effort to suppress.

4. The dedicated, resolved liberty- and rule of law-loving Americans who have learned the revelations and are forcing the state to confront them-- both those with victories in hand, posted or not, and those who have acted on behalf of the rule of law but whose victories are still only in their hearts, so far.

5. The troll community raised and maintained to supplement the state's more direct efforts at subversion. An example is the fellow recently heard on a radio show attempting to discourage reading of CtC by arguing the flaws of its alleged advocacy of non-filing. Such misrepresentations are wonderful evidence of the utter dearth of anything actually challengeable in CtC.

6. The strawmen raised by state officials, such as these by a DOJ Tax Division attorney claiming that CtC makes the absurd arguments that, "wages are not income" and "only federal workers are subject to the tax", and the deliberate evasions by coopted judges, such as in the appellate court ruling discussed here.

7. The enormous benefits to individual and societal well-being, prosperity, security and morality attendant upon restoring widespread understanding of the actual scope and purpose of the income tax.

IT'S BEEN SAID THAT A PEOPLE GET THE GOVERNMENT THEY DESERVE, and no truer words have ever been spoken. The thing is, those who sit back and leave the looking-out for their liberties and the rule of law to others deserve the same government as those on whom they foolishly rely.

I think we'll all agree that this has not been working well...

Put on those "Press" badges, people! We need to be monolithic, loud and relentless.

Before long the pros will take up the effort. Then you and I can kick it down a notch personally, and enjoy watching the snowball steadily pick up mass and speed.

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

-Mohandas Gandhi



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A Small-Business Owner Shares A Nice Victory For The Rule Of Law

Another real American hero doing what really needs to be done.

UPSTANDING BUSINESSWOMAN HEATHER JACKSON sent me documentation of a nice little victory for the rule of law she just won, and I'm happy to share it with you today. I'm going to let Heather give you the story, just as she explained it to me in her email; I'll just plug in the images and docs in the appropriate places:

Hi Pete,

I would like to share what I consider a huge victory relating to my old business. Please feel free to share any of the PDFs. First off, to easily reference my story, I have the numbers listed throughout this letter that reference the PDF attachment.

Before I read CtC or had any victories, I didn't think taxes were constitutional or legal, but I had no idea how to fight the IRS. Like so many people, I was scared to death of the IRS. My solution was to write off or hide as many wages as I could. My problem came from having employees who I regularly reported wages on. I thought I had to go along the game and filed W2s and 941s.

Somehow along the way, my 2011 941 and W2 didn't match up and apparently I hadn't paid the tax on them when I filed. This of course alerted the bad guys and they started sending me notices that I owed money.

In the beginning of 2014, they sent me a letter (1) stating how much I owed, including interest.

 I was scared and angry. I scribbled out an uneducated letter trying to talk my way out of it. I was just hoping it'd buy me some more time to finish studying your book. In June, I received another letter (2) from them, denying the legitimacy of my uneducated response...of course.

Then a couple of days later I received a levy notice (3)!

I was a little freaked out, but by this time I'd had several victories, so I knew there had to be a way to stop the levy. I spent hours searching your site and gathering information. I was able to form a response to send back (Letter About Levy Notice).  I also made out a response (4) to the first 2 letters from the IRS I'd received. I also got busy correcting my W2s with a W2c that had to be ordered from the IRS (I am only including one W2-c, just to give readers and idea of how each one looked). Knowing I was going to be helping other business owners, I asked for 30 copies of the W2-C, which they happily sent me...free of charge. I filled in the correct W2c's and 941-x and sent it in.

[See all the docs Heather just listed here. Take particular note of the clear explanation given in the appropriate place on page 3 of the 941x, in which Heather plainly acknowledges that her staff was paid, while simply denying that the payments were federally-connected, and therefore were not tax-relevant:


The Levy notices stopped and no money was taken out of my bank account after July 10, 2014, like their letter said it would. Over the next 7 months I did occasionally receive letters (6-10) saying they needed more time to come up with an answer for me. haha. I even received a long scary letter notifying me they were still looking into the matter, but my account was still accruing interest and it would be in my best interest to just pay up.

Nice try bad guys. Today, I received an account adjustment to which they are taking off all "wages" and accrued interest and saying my balance is NONE.

 Woohoo!!! There is nothing like being able to stand up to the government and WIN!


WAY TO GO, HEATHER!  You must have missed this memo:

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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.


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.


Copy and post this one around, people!


Getting Cryptic

'Pretty Good Privacy' is really... well... pretty darn good!

FOR THE LONGEST TIME I had put off what I expected to be the difficult chore of installing encryption for my emails. Finally deciding to take this on a few weeks ago, I was very pleased to discover that my fears were unfounded.

Part of my concern was based on what seemed to be not-very-user-friendly programming and help files associated with PGP when I first downloaded and saved a copy years ago. To my pleasant surprise, there is now a Windows-friendly OpenSource version, easy to install and deploy, and complete with good documentation.

Find GPG4Win here. If you use Thunderbird for your email client, as I do, Enigmail is the complementary plug-in needed to go with GPG4Win. Find it here.

I CAN'T IMAGINE HAVING MUCH OCCASION to use encryption, I will admit. But I don't anticipate much occasion for needing an emergency generator, either, yet I have one.

And maybe I WILL start encrypting routinely at some point (for other than newsletter emailers and other generic mail of that sort). When you get right down to it, the reasoning offered by the PGP people is pretty hard to argue with: Encryption is just the envelope around your letter, and without it you're always sending your personal words with no more privacy than is had with a postcard-- which is to say, none.

I'm ok with being nakedly public with words I want the world to see, such as the tweets for liberty made as part of this project, and my facebook posts of the same character. But I'm also ok with going to the modest amount of trouble necessary to maintain a little modesty otherwise.

The neighbors have no business looking at my laundry, whether it's easy to do so or hard. But given a choice between relying on their fear of my disapproval, and an eight-foot shadow-box fence, I think the fence is a better bet.

My public key and fingerprint can be found here.

"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."

-Edward R. Murrow

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Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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

OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE DEMONSTRATED FAR BEYOND RATIONAL DOUBT OR HONEST DISPUTE that for the last 75 years the income tax has been systematically mis-administered so as to capture far more revenue and from far more earners than it should and would were its actual statutory limits more broadly understood. I have further shown that this is not because of some quirk in the law being exploited by the IRS but solely because of the ignorance of the Americans to whom it ends up being misapplied.

People's ignorance is certainly being exploited by the IRS, of course. But as written, and as interpreted by the courts and the tax agency itself, the law is perfectly clear and entirely on the side of most Americans. Even while corrupt elements in the government have engaged in strenuous efforts to create a facade of opposition to what CtC reveals and thus shore up the ignorance regime, and even while some folks are unfortunately targeted for annoying and sometimes protracted resistance to their claims before they are honored, nearly every person who simply learns how to stop the tax from being misapplied in his or her own case and acts accordingly has been enjoying proper acknowledgement and capitulation to the truth by federal and state tax agencies since 2003.

At the same time, I've also plainly shown that the collapse of the rule of law and metastasizing of the rogue State now threatening the well-being of every American (and possibly the entire world) coincides with, and results directly and exclusively from, the onset of the mis-application of the income tax in the early 1940s.

In short, I've shown the nature of the problem about which every non-state-coopted pundit steadily warns, and the nature of the solution to that problem. What's more, I introduce, highlight, and celebrate the tens of thousands of other American men and women who have also learned these facts and are leading the way down the only path to that solution.

NEARLY EVERY WEEK FOR NINE YEARS, I have shared my posts about all these things with all of you. For the last three years, I have copied those folks in the (purportedly) non-state-coopted media whose email addresses I believe I have.

At the same time, week after week the well-financed and much more influential enemies of the state-restraining, liberty-enhancing truth have steadily injected more and more noise into the ether in an attempt to drown out my signal. This means that the window of opportunity in which the liberating truth has a realistic chance to do its good work-- which it can only do by becoming widely known-- is finite and narrowing.

And yet every week the acknowledgements and desperately-needed signal-amplification offered by the purportedly-non-coopted media amount to... nada. Zero, zilch, radio silence.

This won't do. It also makes no sense-- unless my emails to these folks simply aren't getting through.

There are several reasons why my emails may not be making it. Some are as mundane as the possibility that they are being spam-filtered away from these folks' inboxes. It is known to me that, for instance, anyone on a pacbell, swbell or optonline server won't receive my emails-- these servers systematically (and apparently automatically, for reasons known only to their programmers) reject my emails as spam. There may be others that do the same without doing bounce-backs to me to let me know.

Then there are darker possibilities. As was posted here a few months ago in a letter from an educated American who works for the City of Los Angeles, while no other websites that might be described as "outside the box" are known to be so treated, access to losthorizons.com is blocked on the city's internet-capable computers. Wikipedia won't allow links to documents posted on losthorizons.com. Recent additions to the ongoing treasure-trove of revelations from the heroic Edward Snowden have awakened us all to the possibility of other knobblings of the same sort on a grander scale. It's also possible that some of these folks may simply have closed their own minds.

IN RESPONSE TO THIS PROBLEM, I am going to ask for everyone's help. Following is a short list of publicly-available alt-media-pundit email addresses which I have accumulated.

Because my emails do not seem to be making it through to these folks, I'd be grateful if you were to see if yours do. Compose your own thoughtful, courteous but plain-spoken entreaties and admonishments to these folks making clear to them that patriotic, activist and educated Americans are wondering why they are not contributing their voices on the side of the angels in this critically-important contest between State-serving myths and corruption and the liberating truth. Forward my emails to them, as well.

EXPECT RESISTANCE FROM THESE FOLKS! All of them are likely to think they already know all about the income tax, and will have opinions based on either some theories of their own or from the "tax honesty" community. Or they will be standard victims of "ignorance tax" mythologies.

These folks are also likely to imagine that they're just being told about another version of Irwin Schiff. Some will even reflexively resort to the troll sites and other noise generators maintained by the IRS and DOJ on the internet and fall prey to the fallacious notion that since I have been attacked by the government what I say must somehow be wrong, despite all the unambiguous evidence to the contrary. (This is as crazy as concluding that because John Kirkiaou and Chelsea Manning are in prison, and the government is salivating over the prospect of getting its prosecutorial hands on Edward Snowden and Julian Assange and Kangarooing them in as well, all the state crimes these folks revealed must not really have happened. But believe it or not, people can be that thoroughly conditioned to worship the State.)

 None of these folks will know a tenth of what you know about the tax. None of them will know a hundredth of what you know about CtC, its history, and the ferocious campaign to keep people like them from knowing the truth about it.

For one reason or another, I am unable to deal with this problem myself; your help will be greatly appreciated and may do much good. The email addresses are all offered with disabling formatting to protect against abuse from spiders, so to use them, please replace the "at" with @. By the by, if you have any other addresses of the same sort, please share them with me for addition to this list. (For instance, I have long sought an address for Paul Craig Roberts, whose work I esteem, and who seems to me a very likely ally in this fight, but who I am unable to contact, even through his website "contact form".)

Glenn Greenwald- glenn.greenwald"at"theintercept.org

Lew Rockwell- lew"at"lewrockwell.com

Tom Woods- woods"at"mises.org

Thomas DiLorenzo- TDilo"at"aol.com

Jacob Hornberger- jhornberger"at"fff.org

Will Grigg- wngrigg"at"msn.com

Chuck Baldwin- chuck"at"chuckbaldwinlive.com

John Whitehead- johnw"at"rutherford.org

William Anderson- anderwl"at"prodigy.net

Justin Raimondo- justin"at"antiwar.com

Karen Kwiatkowski- ksusiek"at"shentel.net

Paul Rosenberg- p.rosenberg"at"cryptohippie.com

Tom Englehardt- tomdispatch"at"yahoo.com

Laura Poitras- laura.poitras@theintercept.com

John Stossel- john.stossel@foxnews.com

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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...


A New Book On The Truth About The Tax

TOM BOTTARO, ChFC, HAS JUST PUBLISHED 'SECRETS of the Income Tax Code- What the IRS doesn't want you to know!' Tom's book is a nice, accessible drill-down on several key aspects of the tax. Find it here.

Find many other printables and sharables suited to every different occasion and purpose here.



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 TJ.
 The teacher asked TJ why he has decided to be different...again.
 TJ said, "Because I'm not a fan of Big Government."
 The teacher asked, "Why aren't you a fan of Big Government?"
 TJ said, "Because I'm a libertarian."
 The teacher asked him why he's a libertarian.  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, TJ replied, "That would make me a fan of Big Government."


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 9- In 1776, Adam Smith publishes 'The Wealth of Nations'.  In 1841, the United States Supreme Court rules in the Amistad case that the enslavement of the Africans who had gained control of the ship on which they were being transported was illegal.  In 1916, Mexican General Pancho Villa attacks a detachment of the 13th United States Cavalry Regiment in Columbus, New Mexico.  In 1933, FDR sends an "Emergency Banking Act" (largely drafted by the Hoover administration) to Congress, which is passed and signed into law that same day.  Disturbingly similar to the current "bailout" programs, it set the stage for the prolongation (and deepening) of the Great Depression for another 12 years (when a hands-off approach and the restoration of sound, precious-metal-backed currency would have seen the economy recovering on its own within 18 months to two years).  In 1945, the Allies begin fire-bombing Tokyo in a campaign that kills 100,000-- the vast majority of whom are civilians.  In 1959, "Barbie" hits the toy shelves.


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

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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!!


Click here to take the test


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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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Why Does The FBI Have To Manufacture Its Own Plots If Terrorism And ISIS Are Such Grave Threats?

by Glenn Greenwald

The FBI and major media outlets yesterday trumpeted the agency’s latest counterterrorism triumph: the arrest of three Brooklyn men, ages 19 to 30, on charges of conspiring to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS (photo of joint FBI/NYPD press conference, above). As my colleague Murtaza Hussain ably documents, “it appears that none of the three men was in any condition to travel or support the Islamic State, without help from the FBI informant.” One of the frightening terrorist villains told the FBI informant that, beyond having no money, he had encountered a significant problem in following through on the FBI’s plot: his mom had taken away his passport. Noting the bizarre and unhinged ranting of one of the suspects, Hussain noted on Twitter that this case “sounds like another victory for the FBI over the mentally ill.”

In this regard, this latest arrest appears to be quite similar to the overwhelming majority of terrorism arrests the FBI has proudly touted over the last decade. As my colleague Andrew Fishman and I wrote last month — after the FBI manipulated a 20-year-old loner who lived with his parents into allegedly agreeing to join an FBI-created plot to attack the Capitol — these cases follow a very clear pattern:

The known facts from this latest case seem to fit well within a now-familiar FBI pattern whereby the agency does not disrupt planned domestic terror attacks but rather creates them, then publicly praises itself for stopping its own plots.

First, they target a Muslim: not due to any evidence of intent or capability to engage in terrorism, but rather for the “radical” political views he expresses. In most cases, the Muslim targeted by the FBI is a very young (late teens, early 20s), adrift, unemployed loner who has shown no signs of mastering basic life functions, let alone carrying out a serious terror attack, and has no known involvement with actual terrorist groups.

They then find another Muslim who is highly motivated to help disrupt a “terror plot”: either because they’re being paid substantial sums of money by the FBI or because (as appears to be the case here) they are charged with some unrelated crime and are desperate to please the FBI in exchange for leniency (or both). The FBI then gives the informant a detailed attack plan, and sometimes even the money and other instruments to carry it out, and the informant then shares all of that with the target. Typically, the informant also induces, lures, cajoles, and persuades the target to agree to carry out the FBI-designed plot. In some instances where the target refuses to go along, they have their informant offer huge cash inducements to the impoverished target.

Once they finally get the target to agree, the FBI swoops in at the last minute, arrests the target, issues a press release praising themselves for disrupting a dangerous attack (which it conceived of, funded, and recruited the operatives for), and the DOJ and federal judges send their target to prison for years or even decades (where they are kept in special GITMO-like units). Subservient U.S. courts uphold the charges by applying such a broad and permissive interpretation of “entrapment” that it could almost never be successfully invoked.


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Now consider:

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:

March 10- In 1804, France formally transfers ownership of the Louisiana Territory to the United States.  In 1831, the French Foreign Legion is established.  In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell tells Mr. Watson he needs him.  In 1880, the Salvation Army arrives in America and begins its good work.  In 1906, a coal-dust explosion kills 1099 miners in northern France.  In 1922, Mahatma Gandhi is arrested by British Indian occupation forces for "sedition" and is tried, convicted, and sentenced to six years imprisonment.  In 2000, the NASDAQ index peaks at 5132.52.


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  • Cognitive stumbling blocks exploited by tax agencies against liberation-seeking Americans;

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  • Why tax reform ideas like the "Fair Tax" are not only unnecessary, but completely counter-productive and even dangerous;

  • Why the "income" tax is what it is, and has to be;

  • The truth about common myths and misunderstandings within the "tax honesty" movement;

  • How to think clearly about the tax, the law in general, and the voracious state;


  • A sordid little passport application scam revealed;

  • How to know if you're in denial about the current crisis in America;

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This And That

The Academy gets one right; 'You Judge the Judges'; on nullification as the rightful remedy; more...

I LATELY HAVE LITTLE USE FOR THE 'OSCARS' ceremony-- for some time now it has rarely been anything but a smarmy Hollywood circle-jerk in which bad political messages set to film are made much of while over-paid performers get another dose of excessive exposure and adulation that should be reserved for people who have actually done useful and important things. But this year's event was different, because this year, 'Citizen Four' won the award for Best Documentary Feature.

Well deserved, Laura Poitras. Well done, Academy.


WARRIOR ROB TERRY has written a nice commentary on the liberties taken (a perfect use of this expression) by Judge Gerald Rosen and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals with the substitution of prosecutor-written fake definitions of statutory terms in the kangaroo-court show trial to which I was subjected in 2009. He calls it, 'You Judge the Judges', and challenges the reader to determine the judicial validity of prosecutors and judge colluding to substitute a state-serving 90-word alternative for 7,901 carefully-chosen words of Congress. Find it posted along with other documentation on that particular CtC-suppression effort here.


THE TENTH AMENDMENT CENTER SAYS, Nullification is the Rightful Remedy:


SAY, 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?

The political class thinks about it-- a lot.

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

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Got Twitter?

THERE'S THIS THING CALLED "TWITTER"... What an off-putting name! I'm a man of what I fear is quickly becoming "the old school", and I have great difficulty imagining myself "tweeting"...

But as most of you probably know far better than I do, Twitter is an amazing way to communicate with a huge number of people-- at least, if one's "tweets" get attention and are shared by others. As of July of 2014, there were more than 645 million Twitter participants. Out of respect for this reality, I opened a Twitter account some time ago, and actually "tweeted" newsletter post announcements for a little while last year.

Anyway, I am a million miles from being knowledgeable about how this media tool can best be used. But from within the limits of my understanding, it seems to me that right now would be a good time to try to make use of it, and that if everyone who has an account (or who can take a few moments to open one) goes to my account and clicks the "follow" button, and then begins posting the following tweets (and "re-tweeting" mine and everyone else's posts and replies), something important might be accomplished.

Each of the following tweets are within posting lengths and ready to simply copy and paste into a "new tweet" field:

Are you letting folks who live on taxes tell you what the tax laws say? Read 'em for yourself! http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Relying on tax-beneficiaries to tell you what the tax laws really say? Are you crazy?   http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Awake? Then you know some in govt. will lie about anything when they see a gain in doing so. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

You've been lied to for years about what actually qualifies as "income" in US tax law. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

A long-running scheme conceals the real meaning of "income" under US tax laws. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

See mind-blowing evidence of the true nature of the income tax at http://losthorizons.com/BulletinBoard.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn what the income tax really is and how it really works before you file this year. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Getting free of the income tax is as easy as falling off a bicycle.  http://losthorizons.com/comment/archives/BobsBicycles.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Understanding the truth about the income tax brings freedom, prosperity and security. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCLife.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

See mind-blowing evidence of the true nature of the income tax at http://losthorizons.com/EveryWhichWayButLoose.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Why does the govt. try to keep you from reading 'Cracking the Code-...'?  http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCSuppression.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Why do trolls try to keep you from reading 'Cracking the Code-...'? http://losthorizons.com/Documents/RegardingTrolleries.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Test your knowledge of the income tax. http://www.losthorizons.com/Documents/TheQuizPage.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn the liberating truth about the income tax. http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn the liberating truth about the income tax. http://losthorizons.com/SiteMap.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn the liberating truth about the income tax. http://losthorizons.com/index.html #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Explore judicial evasions used to prop up income-tax myths over the years at http://losthorizons.com/WeedWhackers.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

See what lawyers have to say about 'Cracking the Code-...' at http://losthorizons.com/Cracking_the_Code.htm#ReaderComments  #TheTruthAboutTheTax

See what readers have to say about 'Cracking the Code-...' at http://losthorizons.com/Cracking_the_Code.htm#ReaderComments #TheTruthAboutTheTax

The truth about the income tax is critically important! http://www.losthorizons.com/comment/archives/WhyItMatters.pdf TheTruthAboutTheTax

Do you think your Grandpa was a complete moron? http://losthorizons.com/comment/WasGrandpaReallyaMoron.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

American doesn't need tax reform, we just need law-abiding tax administration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRCxUf_jI_w #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Nine out of ten lawyers agree the income tax doesn't apply to most earnings. See http://losthorizons.com/Documents/SelectedCuts.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

TODAY'S income tax began in 1862, and has remained unchanged ever since. See http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn all that most folks need to know about the income tax in eight easy pages at http://losthorizons.com/comment/archives/BobsBicycles.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

There are 3 Constitutional terms the state doesn't want you to understand. One is "excise". See http://www.losthorizons.com/MythBusters/Excise.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

There are three terms the state doesn't want you to understand. One is "capitation". See http://www.losthorizons.com/MythBusters/Capitation.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

There are three terms the state doesn't want you to understand. One is "income". See http://www.losthorizons.com/MythBusters/Income.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

National railroads and the 16th Amendment-- the connection is fascinating! See http://losthorizons.com/Documents/Snippet.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Why would the govt. and its courts lie about the contents of a book? http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCSuppression.htm#Civil #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn some things beneficiaries of the SNAFU status quo would rather you didn't know at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/PlainFactsAboutTheTax.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn how the income tax and the Federal Reserve are related. See http://www.losthorizons.com/MythBusters/TaxAndFed.pdf #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Why does the govt. order a researcher to repudiate his findings? http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCSuppression.htm#Civil #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Learn the liberating truth about Obamacare and the tax-penalty-threat at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/TheRealHealthcareCrisis.htm#Obamacare #TheTruthAboutTheTax

In Eisner v. Macomber the S. Ct. says Congress can't change the tax meaning of "income". Why? http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Want to know what the Fourth Amendment really says? See http://www.losthorizons.com/Documents/TheFourth.htm

Today's income tax began in 1862. See the proof, and why it matters, at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/The16th.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Is your church subordinated to the state? It shouldn't be! http://losthorizons.com/Documents/SetYourChurchFree.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax

Send any or all of these prepared tweets, or make your own. Just pick a link from the Site Map and add the hashtag #TheTruthAboutTheTax and some text that you think will intrigue. You can even use https://hootsuite.com/ or to schedule tweets to be sent automatically at various times of day.

If you add a hashtag from another existing tweet-thread, your tweets will go to everyone following that thread, too. Those folks will then not only see your tweets, but also be able to engage with the #TheTruthAboutTheTax thread themselves.

For instance, there is a hashtag "#Tax" currently in use. If you add that tag to a tweet from the list above (or one of your own of a similar sort), you can get your tweet in front of everyone in the other thread as well as the #TheTruthAboutTheTax thread. Such a tweet would look like this, for example:

Nine out of ten lawyers agree the income tax doesn't apply to most earnings. See http://losthorizons.com/Documents/SelectedCuts.htm #TheTruthAboutTheTax #Tax

You can see what hashtags are "trending" (that is, getting LOTS of views) on the left side of your twitter account page. If any appear at any point which seem a reasonable fit (they change from time to time), use those as the add-ons to maximize the impact. (Keep in mind that if you add a hashtag, you may need to shorten the message in order to keep within the 140-character limit. The same issue may arise when you re-tweet, if the system adds a reference to the original tweeter such as "@losthorizons1".)

You can also target tweets to specific recipients by becoming a follower of that person, and then using the "reply" function on any tweet you receive from that person. Further, you can also try to get tweets seen by specific recipients even without being able to reply by including that person's twitter address in your tweet. For instance, if I post a tweet like this:

@ggreenwald Why would the govt. threaten a researcher with prison if he does not repudiate his findings? http://losthorizons.com/Newsletter.htm#PageOne

...Glenn Greenwald will have the tweet show up in his "mentioned" folder (although unlike a reply, it is not so certain that it will be seen).

Here are some more possibly useful Twitter contacts:

Andrew Napolitano: @Judgenap

John Stossel: @FBNStossel

Alex Jones: @RealAlexJones

Lew Rockwell: @lewrockwell

Paul Craig Roberts: @PCraigRoberts

Bruce Fein: @BruceFeinEsq

Dr. Chuck Baldwin: @drchuckbaldwin

Pat Buchanan: @PatrickBuchanan

The Rutherford Institute (John Whitehead): @Rutherford_Inst

Be prepared to dialogue with respondents, answer questions, reassure skeptics and correct trolls, but remember that everyone can step in to help with these tasks, so they won't fall on you, personally, any more than you want.

Should be fun, and with any luck, this will do a lot of good for a lot of folks in a very short period of time.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

-Margaret Mead

P.S. After first inviting everyone to participate in the important outreach/education project laid out above, I received a disturbingly large number of expressions very hostile to (or paranoid about) social media in general. I want to take a few moments for some comments on this subject.

I am aware of the widespread disinclination toward social media. Indeed, I share that disinclination, both as to its use as a public billboard for all manner of what I regard as more properly private details of one's life, and as to its hazard as a handy and easily abused repository of personal information. It is the latter concern that motivates those explaining why they have deliberately not participated in my "twitter project", many of whom have heard for years that, in fact, "facebook", for instance, is, in part at least, an NSA creation.

I can't speak to the origin of "facebook" with any authority. But I can apply a little logic and say that having a facebook page is only a breach of personal information security to the degree that the page is used as a billboard for things better kept private.

As you surely are all aware, there is a LostHorizons facebook page. I created it a few years ago, and with rare exceptions, the only thing ever posted to it are weekly newsletter update announcements. Those announcements are received by (at the moment) 899 people who otherwise might never be aware of them, since many of those who live in that [facebook] world simply don't use email anymore at all.

Because I only post what I do, I need have no concerns about security. Nothing is there to be data-mined against my wishes, and it is not a log of my comings and goings and daily activities and events, as is true of those who treat a facebook page as an online diary to which everyone has a key.

Twitter doesn't even have the potential for the hazards of facebook. Twitter is oriented to notational text posts and nothing else (more CAN be posted, within strict limits, but the interface doesn't invite them). Twitter accounts can be anonymous-- go to the library (or download and install the Tor browser) and open a gmail account, then use it to open a twitter account with a fake name, if you like.

But even if anonymity were not possible, the remedy for any security concern is simply to not post anything in an undisciplined fashion. And even if anonymity were not possible, and some kind of inchoate security hazard were inevitable, there is still good reason to use these media for certain purposes.

Twitter, at least, has great power as an outreach tool. As noted above, there are (as of July of 2014) 645,750,000 users of Twitter. Read that number again: more than 645 million!

To inflexibly avoid the use of a tool like Twitter for fear of being noticed is to put a gag in your own mouth, and ensure that the liberating, law-supporting, state-restraining truth that you are able to share will never benefit from the weight of your testimony and support in the powerful way that it could and should. You can't score goals if you don't take shots, and you can't take shots if you don't take the field.

I HAVE A TERRIBLE CONCERN that many in this community aren't boldly taking the field and boldly taking their shots. Doing so amounts to nothing more complicated than diligently and unapologeticly spreading of the webpages and other files linked from http://losthorizons.com/SiteMap.htm, but many may not be doing this due to fears of being noticed. Being noticed may be a legitimate expectation, but so what?

Of course the lawless state, the bane of which is sunlight and the truth, will do everything it can to discourage you from shedding that sunlight and spreading that truth. But just as "of course", you must do it!

Further, to not do that spreading through social media when possible is to lose the amazing benefit of the "six degrees of separation" reality.

I hear from everyone (and especially those who say they will not use the social media) about efforts to spread the word to anyone that can be button-holed, and everyone within a circle of acquaintances. These efforts are great, important and very much should go on.

But those one can buttonhole, and those within one's circle-- even within one's circle of email correspondents-- make up a very limited, non-organically-expanding target. While someone to whom you email might choose to pass your email along, they might not, too.

The genius of the social media is that your messages can be found by others without you or anyone else having to do anything, and more, as you develop a body of contacts, their contacts come with them, to a greater or lesser degree. Six degrees of such contact inter-linkings and you're speaking to pretty nearly EVERYONE.

Further still, by NOT using social media for these education and illumination efforts is to leave a huge number of young Americans-- many of whom would leap at the chance to do something meaningful just for the glory and the adventure of it if they knew it was there to be done-- languishing in the darkness and burning up their real hero energy playing fake heroes in video games because too few light-bearers go where these young people keep their ears and eyes.

BOTTOM LINE: Please don't stay off the soapbox! As I said in my controversial email the other day, you have one of the most sought-after prizes of modern American history to offer. Shout it loud and proud, and damn the torpedoes.

"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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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 11- In 1708, Queen Anne of Great Britain vetoes the "Scottish Militia Bill" for fear the militia thus authorized would be unreliable in its subservience to the crown.  It is the last time that a British monarch has exercised the veto power against an act of Parliament.  In 1918, the first confirmed cases of the "Spanish Flu" pandemic are observed in Queens, New York.  Over the next two years, somewhere between 20 million and 100 million will die from the disease worldwide-- mostly young adults, due to an idiosyncrasy of the strain's effect on its host.  In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev assumes power in the Soviet Union.  In 1990, Patricio Aylwin is sworn in as the first democratically-elected president of Chile since 1970.  In 1993, Janet Reno is confirmed as United States Attorney General by the U.S. Senate.  In 2014, after a massively lopsided referendum vote in favor by the resident population, Russia re-annexes the Crimean peninsula.

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What Do The People Do About The Rogue State??

The most important question facing Americans today

THE 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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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.


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 12- In 1912, the American Girl Guides organization (later "Girl Scouts of the USA") is founded.  In 1930, Gandhi begins leading marchers on a 200-mile trek to the sea to begin making salt from seawater in defiance of a British revenue-generating legal monopoly on the substance.  In 1947, President Harry Truman proclaims his "containment of communism" doctrine to Congress, a major step into the Cold War.  In 1993, North Korea announces its withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  In 2011, a reactor at the Fukishima Daiikai Nuclear Power Plant in Japan melts and explodes.


  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."/p>

-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!




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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:

March 13- In 1881, Tsar Alexander II of Russia is assassinated with a thrown bomb.  In 1900, France imposes a limit of 11 hours of work per day on women and children.  In 1933, FDR's "bank holiday" ends.  In 1954, the Viet Minh attack the French at Dien Bien Phu,  In 1962, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Lemnitzer delivers the plans for 'Operation Northwoods' to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.  The plan calls for a series of staged terrorist attacks in American cities false-flagged as Cuban, in order to drum up American public acquiescence to a United States attack on the Castro regime.  In 1986, Microsoft offers its stock for public purchase.  In 2008, gold sells on the New York Mercantile Exchange for $1,000.00 per ounce for the first time.  In 2013, Pope Francis is elected to succeed the abdicating Benedict XVI by a papal conclave whose proceedings were spied on by the United States National Security Agency.


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(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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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!


HHOW 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./p>


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


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


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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:

March 14- In 1794, Eli Whitney is granted the patent for the cotton gin.  In 1889, Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents a "navigable balloon".  In 1900, the Gold Standard Act restores gold as the sole precious metal by which paper currency must be redeemed (prior to the restoration, issuers of paper currency could legally redeem it with silver, as well).  In 1942, penicillin is successfully used in  treatment for the first time.  In 1964, a jury finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald.  In 1994, Linux version 1.0.0 is released to the public.


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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