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Mid-Edition Update for January 11, 2015


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Still More Victories For The Rule Of Law


On Frivolous Dodges And Filing Lawsuits


Why So Many CyberSecurity Firms Parroted The State About North Korea


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


Illuminating Anniversaries For This Week


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"The preservation of a free government requires, not merely that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained, but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great barrier which defends the rights of the people. The rulers who are guilty of such encroachment exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are TYRANTS. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them and are slaves….."

-James Madison


Still More Victories For The Rule Of Law

LAST WEEK I POSTED A FRESH BATCH OF VICTORIES IN ENFORCING THE RULE OF LAW recently won by real American patriots pursuant to the liberating revelations in CtC. Although I normally don't do another batch the very next week in a Mid-Edition Update, this week I'm sharing four more.

These newly-shared victories lend themselves to a little special attention, for two reasons.

To begin with, all four of these victories in recovering every penny withheld from the earnings of the claimant during 2013-- nominal "federal income tax withheld", Social Security and Medicare taxes, and everything withheld and passed along to not one but two state governments-- were won by the same upstanding American. One federal victory and one state victory for the same person and the same year is common. TWO federal and TWO state victories for the same person and the same year is quite a bit less so.

But more notable than that is the admirable focus of the victor on both exercising his right to be made whole financially, and ensuring that the record concerning his earnings is uncompromised. Facing a glitch of his own making that would leave some folks unsure how to proceed and others tempted to (unwisely) let sleeping dogs lie, Adam ONeill stepped up immediately and took care of business. Here's the story:

In mid-April last year Adam concluded that none of his activities during 2013 were the variety on which an "income" tax can arise. Accordingly, Adam filed claims for the return of what had been withheld from his earnings and put in escrow awaiting determination of whether he owed any tax (as is done with all withheld amounts). Because he had worked in both North and South Carolina during that year, amounts had been withheld and diverted to both of those states as well as the federal government, and Adam filed claims with all three.

Adam promptly received refunds of everything he claimed (plus a dollop of interest from North Carolina, which took a little extra time acknowledging Adam's claim). Here are those first three claims and refund checks:

South Carolina...

...and the filing that produced it;

North Carolina...

...and the filing that produced it;

the United States...

...and the the filing that produced it, but... as you'll notice, Adam left the amounts withheld as Social security and Medicare unclaimed on this return, and his refund was incomplete accordingly.

As soon as he got that first federal refund check, Adam realized his error and immediately took steps to correct it with this amending return. He only had to wait another few weeks to have this all cleared up:

WHEN ADAM SENT ME THESE VICTORIES THE OTHER DAY FOR SHARING WITH YOU ALL, he included this note: "I made a rookie error on my initial submission of the federal return by excluding Social Security and Medicare tax. I corrected this with an amended form and received the remainder as a separate refund. I figured this will be helpful for anyone who needs to address a similar mistake."

Well and generously done, Adam, both for stepping up on behalf of the rule of law and for sharing your victories for everyone's edification and uplift. This is how we win: by doing, and by sharing.

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On Frivolous Dodges And Filing Lawsuits

I HAD A CONVERSATION THE OTHER DAY WITH SOME GOOD FOLKS whose very large refund claim for 2012 has been being dodged for years by the United States, which has been issuing a combination of "We need more time to respond to your issue 45-day delay" letters from one IRS office and "frivolous-assertion" countermeasures from another. One thing that came up was the matter of filing a suit to compel the return of withheld amounts, an option that becomes increasingly timely as a pattern of evasion settles into an apparent permanence.

I have spoken of Uncle Sammy's "frivolous"-flurry evasion strategy at seminars and on radio shows over the years, and the statutes of limitations regarding the filing of a suit is briefly discussed on the FAQ pages here at losthorizons.com. However, it is my sad and frustrating experience that the FAQ pages are neglected more than they are used; and further, a few folks who have been subjected to long-term evasions may be approaching lawsuit-filing deadlines. Thus, a few words on the subject of those dealines here, and on the construction of such lawsuits, as well.

FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW AN UNFORTUNATE FEW EDUCATED FILERS have been subjected to an ever-more transparently bogus game of "frivolous-assertion" Whack-a-Mole by the IRS, instead of the simple honoring of their claims. Sometimes selection for this obnoxious treatment seems random; sometimes it can be deemed a response to relevant factors discussed here; and sometimes, perhaps, the amount at stake plays a role.

These games of agency resistance increasingly lack even a superficial appearance of legitimacy. In addition to all the issues discussed in the drill-down on the subject here (including the outright "Position 44/AR" hoax), some folks have seen such ludicrously invalid scare-tactics as multiple "frivolous penalty assertions" declared in regard to a single filing, or "assertions" in response to simple letters to the agency, or even-- got to love the irony of this flail-- "assertions" in response to a claimant's response to a previous "frivolous assertion".

One thing all "frivolous" nonsense has in common is that if it occurs in lieu of a claimed refund, it can serve to distract the claimant from the option of filing suit to compel the refund (which would be in federal District Court or the Court of Claims)-- an option which is subject to some varying limitations.

Under the provisions of 26 USC §7422, suits to compel refund brought pursuant to tax law provisions can only be filed after a claim has been made (which is done by way of a 1040). 26 USC §6532 imposes two limitations on such suits: no suit can be brought before the earlier of either six months after the making of the claim or the receipt of a formal disallowance notice from the IRS; and if a notice of disallowance is issued, there is only a two-year window in which to launch the suit.

For pretty-much all educated filers whose claims are not simply honored, the two-year limit is technically not an issue (although a six-year limit might apply-- courts have flipped between that and no limit). Actual disallowances of educated claims are as rare as hen's teeth (a fact which further underscores the legal invalidity and utterly fictitious nature of all the "frivolous" nonsense).

However, simply to preclude the hazard of a false assertion that a notice was sent by the same agency that has proven its unscrupulousness in countless other ways (especially in light of the fact that federal courts have held that there's no need for the service to prove that you ever received the thing in order to assert the two-year cut-off), or in prudent concern that some gratuitous doctrinal change in what qualifies as a "disallowance" for purposes of this rule might be made at some point in the future in an effort to freeze out educated filers from suing, treating the two-year rule as generally applicable is a good idea, in my mind. Besides, two years is plenty of time to allow for the fulfillment of a simple and very straightforward statutory mandate (even one for which no particular fulfillment time is specified).

Consequently, the first thing to be understood by anyone to whose circumstances any of this is relevant is that the "frivolous nonsense" is a distraction from action while the clock ticks. This doesn't mean that "frivolous" threats and other notices can prudently be ignored and go without response (for fear of a spurious allegation of acquiescence by silence), but they mustn't be allowed to keep one from preparing and filing suit when a reasonable amount of time has passed (say, a year or so, at most, or what you would allow to any other debtor, especially one who is obviously trying to bullsh*t you and/or pretending he doesn't really owe you the money).

THE SECOND THING TO BE UNDERSTOOD BY ANYONE IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES is that a suit for the return of withheld property can cite two separate grounds-- those provided-for by tax law provisions and also simple equity. For either or both combined the complaint in most cases should be very simple and straightforward, taking little more than a page to lay out. All that will typically be involved is a recitation that the tax law requirement of a properly-completed return resulting in a sworn claim for the return of one's property has been met (and/or that the property involved belongs to you); no properly-completed sworn return declaring contrary numbers, calculating an alleged tax liability, and therefore resulting in a competing government claim to the property has been made-- as is required by law before the government can assess a tax (or assert ownership of the property for any other reason); therefore no material facts are in dispute and as a matter of law (or of equity), the refund must be issued.

Does it sound like I am oversimplifying? Well, think about how your perception of the tax went from hugely complicated to simple and straightforward when you first had your light-bulb moment while reading CtC. While it can be safely expected that the United States will do everything it can think of to divert you (and the judge) off center and into debates about this and that, the real issues are as simple as I say and your task is simply to stay focused. Everything else will fall into place when you succeed at that act of self-discipline.

There are two primary efforts to divert that can be expected. One addresses only the "tax law structure" claim, and is the argument that somehow a return doesn't meet the requirements at Treas. Reg. § 301.6402-2(b)(1). This requirement provides that, "the claim for refund must include each ground upon which a credit or refund is claimed and facts sufficient to apprise the Commissioner of the exact basis thereof."

It is hoped that you will imagine yourself obliged to defend and explain the entries on your return, or that you will believe (and therefore not dispute) that your claim (the 1040 package) didn't meet this standard. But all it really means is just that a 1040 package needs to have stated the claim amount, and the facts by which it was arrived at-- both of which are already accomplished by any educated return.

In most cases those facts and grounds sufficient to validate the claim will consist of nothing more than: $X was withheld, while only $Y was received as gains by which taxable activity is measured (the  amount of "wages" or other "income" received); applying the rate of tax to Y results in a calculated refund amount of X-- in other words, exactly what appears on a Form 4852 and Form 1040. Other filing circumstances will vary slightly from this model, but all will be met by nothing more than the educated return package itself.

The other, more subtle (but also much more spurious) effort to derail a suit that might be expected is an argument that the court should step outside the real issues and assume the authority to make judgments about what is said on the plaintiff's return on the allegation that the refund claim is "not sincere", 'cause who could really believe that everything that comes in is not taxable by the government under the income tax? I kid you not.

Of course, this argument would only be relevant to a tax-law-structure-based suit, and irrelevant to the equity claim; further, the broadly-stated answer is simple:

"Whatever may or may not be true about the sincerity of my claim is unknowable by the court. It is also not properly within the court's purview in any event, in light of my uncontested, sworn signature attesting to my sincerity.

Further, and in any event, the government's failure to make a claim to my property in the manner required by law is straightforward and fully dispositive of the issue at hand. However much the government may invite the court to pretend to powers of mind-reading, it does so in an effort to divert the court's attention into irrelevancies. I have made at least a facial claim under provisions of tax law by way of my sworn return, whatever else may be alleged about it, and an equity claim by way of this suit as well, and the government, which by law can only dispute either through the same mechanism, has not even done that much. Therefore on either basis my property, ownership of which has never been relinquished in any event, must be returned to my possession."

I hope to see some quick work getting these suits in progress by those in the affected circumstances.

P. S. Union states have their own statutes of limitation for the bringing of suits to compel refunds (which would be brought in state courts). Some are very brief-- as little as 18 months after the six months from the making of the claim or the issuance of a disallowance. If a claim is being evaded by a state tax agency, the frustrated claimant is advised to promptly check the appropriate state laws to ascertain the available window of opportunity.

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Why Many CyberSecurity Firms Initially Parroted The State About North Korea

AS THOSE WHO KNOW HOW TO LOOK PAST THE STENOGRAPHER-FOR-THE-STATE MSM ARE AWARE, the initial reaction of many ostensibly private-sector cybersecurity firms to the FBI's likely false-flag assignment of responsibility for the Sony hack last November to North Korea was to play the part of the "Amen" corner. As a consequence, a whole lot of validation was put into the air for a whole lot of at least poorly-supported, if not outright bad policy choices.

The chorus of affirmations suppressed or drowned out more thoughtful assessments; generated a lot of immediate public support for things the orcs wanted; and have had enough of a lingering effect that even now, when a good deal of reliable information about the hacks is available and widely known, the problem policies can coast along without interruption. This is how a lot of bad policy gets fueled or greased and starts to roll down the tracks.

WELL, IT'S SIMPLE, MY FRIENDS-- the "amen chorus" chants along with the state's drumbeat because the drummer has goodie-bags for all who turn out. That is, rolling in cash as it is thanks to the ongoing success of the "income" tax misapplication scheme, the state is not only the piper with the loudest tune, but the one that pays for participation, and it quickly becomes a reflex of those getting contracts for some of that money to parrot its claims.

Think about how much better off we would be if every pronouncement from some organ of the state was met with at least a neutral perspective. (Or how about the superior perspective of skepticism, in recognition that every assertion of the state has, at a minimum, a political component, if not being wholly political, meaning it is made in service to some interest other than mere objective truth, either in whole or in part?) Allowing things to proceed as they now do, we are automatically afflicted with distortions in most all discourses and decisions on policy. Only by taking the corrupting influence of massive government participation in the marketplace can we get free of the fictions of empire in which the state "creates its own reality" on so many different fronts, almost always with ill effect on the rest of us.

The solution, of course, is to get America free of the "ignorance tax" and restore the beneficial circumstances of a free society employing only a strictly-limited state.

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Warrior David LaRocque's Press Release:



Doreen Hendrickson, wife of the author of the book that exposes the income tax fraud that is being perpetrated on the American people, is being subjected to malicious prosecution by government thugs. The charge is “contempt of court” for her refusal to sign a statement drafted by the government attesting to facts which she knows to be untrue – specifically that she has a tax liability to the federal government under the government’s fraudulent interpretation of the law regarding the income tax, when in fact she knows that the statement she has been ordered to sign is false.

Pete Hendrickson’s book “Cracking the Code” shows, through penetrating analysis and in great detail, how the U.S. Constitution provides, in Article I of that document, for only two classes of taxes on the American people – direct taxes which are subject to apportionment, and indirect taxes (“duties, imposts, and excises”) which are subject to the requirement of uniformity.

Notwithstanding government assertions to the contrary, the United States Supreme Court ruled (in the Brushaber case) that the Sixteenth Amendment created no new power of taxation which did not exist prior to the amendment, and that the income tax authorized by that amendment is an excise tax applicable only to government-connected activities. Accordingly, while the government has no authority to impose income taxes (direct taxes or “capitations”) on private sector activity, the Internal Revenue Code has been carefully manipulated to create the appearance of tax liability when no such liability exists.

When one reads Pete’s book and learns how this is done, the effect is tantamount to being struck by lightning. For anyone who was educated to believe in the essential legitimacy of the American government and its operation, this revelation is beyond shocking. The only conclusion one can reach is that the level of corruption has become so great in our system of government that heroic measures will be needed to save it from the rot and corruption which has been allowed to penetrate it, and take root in its foundation.

Pete Hendrickson has taken it upon himself, at great personal sacrifice, to sound the alarm about the governmental fraud that is destroying the greatest economic system the world has ever seen. This is Pete’s battle, not Doreen’s. But the government was unsuccessful in its assault on Pete, so it attacked his wife, who has nothing to do with the battle to bring out the truth to the American people.

While this fact in itself is highly disturbing, the government’s line of attack on Doreen is nothing short of outrageous. The government is trying to use the enormous power of the federal government to force Doreen to accept a version of official truth which she knows to be a lie. This behavior by the government is the behavior of a tyrannical regime – nothing more, nothing less - and is absolutely incompatible with the rule of law. This assault on Doreen Hendrickson is of a type familiar to anyone who has studied the history of Communist and Fascist regimes in recent world history. This is not something one would have thought possible in America. Yet this is exactly what is happening in our country today.

The Doreen Hendrickson case, as little known as it is, could be seen as one of the most important cases taking place in America today. If Doreen Hendrickson is sentenced to prison for refusing to sign a statement, under court order, which is demonstrably false and contrary to Doreen’s deeply held belief, then the constitutional protections afforded us by the Founders to preserve and protect our liberty may no longer exist.

If you do not understand what is happening to Doreen and Peter Hendrickson, I urge you to investigate further at www.losthorizons.com.

Contact Pete Hendrickson at newscritter@losthorizons.com

Doreen's sentencing is scheduled for April 9, at 10:30AM in the courtroom of Victoria Roberts at the Theodore Levin Federal Building in downtown Detroit. Your attendance will be much appreciated.

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The Great Deception

CHARLES BAUDELAIRE OBSERVED THAT, "[T]he loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist!" He meant that by not believing in the Devil, Man must see his woes, and all evil in the world, as being in some manner the natural order of things. This ultimately leads to a loss of faith in God's goodness or even His existence, and the Devil's purposes are accomplished.

Of like craftiness and effect to this Satanic trick is the long-running campaign by Hamiltonians and their fellow-travelers to convince the American people that the U.S. Constitution is actually an evil artifact, designed by a cabal of elitists to look out exclusively for their own interests at the expense of everyone else's. Thanks to this campaign, Americans cast despairing looks down the dark road toward which their feet have been turned, gazing without a hint of recognition right past their best means of secular salvation.

In this, my last post of 2014, I want to take a shot at enlisting all of you, and all those with whom you share these words, into the fight against this pernicious ploy. I think that by the time you finish reading this commentary you will agree that this is a battle on which could rest the outcome of the war.

CONTRARY TO WHAT AMERICANS HAVE LONG BEEN CONDITIONED TO ACCEPT, "the law" is neither a process nor an institutional structure. Rather, it is a set of principles.

Properly understood, when we speak of "the rule of law", we do not speak of "the rule of lawmakers", or "the rule of law-enforcers", or even of "the rule of government". Rather, we speak of the rule of foundational principles to which the government, the lawmakers and the law-enforcers are all subordinate, and to which they must conform. When this conformance happens, we enjoy "the rule of law".

American Constitutions are the articulations of our foundational principles. They list what the governments they authorize into existence are and are not to do. As such, Constitutions embody the beliefs of their creators regarding the purposes and limitations of the governments they call into existence, in a written form so that those purposes and (especially) those limitations can always be resorted-to in the future for guidance and discipline whenever the people feel that the state has exceeded its proper scope.

Without a written Constitution, the principles of governance are undefined and nothing more than shifting, unreliable, unpredictable notions which are selected and enforced based on the degree to which they serve the interests of the loudest or most forcefully-self-interested faction (which often means the richest or most aggressive or most sociopathic faction). Without a written Constitution, there is no rule of law, and that means no rules at all.

The same is true of even a written Constitution, if the idea that it is subject to institutional interpretation is embraced. What, after all, is "interpretation" except for "deviation", which is to say, "evasion"? Any "interpretation" today that is at all different from yesterday's view is an evisceration of the concept and purpose of a "written Constitution". How is writing down the principles different from not doing so if the purposes and limitations they are intended to enforce are subject to varying interpretations?

It IS different. Because our foundational principles are written down, and because the Framers in their wisdom provided that all actors claiming governing authority can only do so through the mechanism and by virtue of that written, foundational instrument, those principles and limitations--as originally conceived-- patiently await the American people like 330 million big, red "re-set" buttons, needing nothing more to restore the republic than that a few million of them be firmly pushed.

Here's a crude little model of how this works.

The U.S. Constitution is a framework setting the shape and limits of the federal government:

That framework-- exactly as written, and exactly as it remains to this day-- successfully confined the federal government within its virtuous liberty-securing and prosperity-enhancing limits for more than 150 years. It was only when the State took an audacious chance at exploiting the unique circumstances of the early 1940s to broadly misapply the "income tax" (as explained here) that everything changed. By that one daring move the State succeeded in equipping itself with a massive amount of concentrated wealth with which to support and advance its limit-busting agenda through extortion, bribery and propaganda. Its most important defensive mechanism thus undone, the Constitution proved unequal to the sustained and enormously-better-financed attack by which it was then assaulted.

Note the history of the failure. As shown in the diagram below, the collapse of the Constitution's limiting effect didn't coincide with the 17th Amendment changing the manner of senatorial elections; it didn't coincide with the Federal Reserve beginning operations; it didn't coincide with the government undertaking some great program like the Cold War, or the Civil Rights programs, or anything else of the sort.

Instead, the collapse coincided with the "Victory Tax Act of 1942" and the "Current Tax Payment Act of 1943", which were accompanied by opportunistic, "Hey, let's see what happens" distributions to individuals and private companies across America of federal forms dictating protocols concerning "income", "employees", "employers" and "wages" but with the custom, statutorily-defined meaning of these terms omitted. Nothing changed in the scope or nature of the tax, but many, many Americans were taken in by the ploy and imagined that something HAD changed (because after all, surely Saint Franklin and the rest of our good and virtuous federal government would never deceive us, or exploit our ignorance, right?).

Over the next few years a huge amount of wealth was successfully extracted from a huge percentage of the American population, and there was a 1000% increase in the average annual fraction of American households filing income tax returns-- almost all in complete blindness as to the legal snares for the unknowing and unwary inherent in the filing process (all of which are explained in this book). The "ignorance-tax" pump became fully-primed with the fuel-tank topped-off, and the now-heavily-funded lovers, beneficiaries and apparatchiks of the mammoth, unrestrained State dug into the task of entrenchment.

(Per-capita expenditures directly reflect the overall size, and therefore also the scope and influence, of the federal government.)

The problem was not any inherent flaw or inadequacy of the Constitution. The problem was an engineered public ignorance and a consequent failure of the American people to recognize its peril and defend the fundamental law from its domestic enemies by the means most heavily-relied upon by the Framers-- the jealous regard of individual citizens for their own interests in harmony with the taxing-power limitations of the Constitution, by which the State is firmly kept on an austerity budget.

Over time (but very quickly), the suddenly well-financed State increasingly exceeded its limits:

Eventually, it became almost impossible to see where the limits ever were. 

A real problem, for sure. But because we wrote it down, we've still got the framework needed for a re-boot:

By hitting that reset button, we can be right back where we started:

All that is needed is for individual Americans to learn (or re-learn) the truth about the "income" tax, and apply it. It is ONLY because of the successful exploitation of ignorance about the tax that things got out of whack; and hard though it may be to see today, all that is needed to restore the limits on the State is for that ignorance and consequent exploitation to be undone.

OF COURSE, THERE'S THE ISSUE OF THE "INTERPRETERS" (and their cronies and clients) not wanting anything re-set. That crew got things out of whack deliberately, and they will fight any effort to restore them.

But here's the thing: That's ALWAYS how it is. There never is, and never has been, a magic spell that keeps the law untwisted by special interests, or untwists it without effort.

Liberty HAS always and WILL always require individuals to stand up and reach back and plant their feet firmly on the foundational principles, come what may-- that's the only way it can be secured and enjoyed.

The beauty of our unique American heritage is in that we have those liberty-oriented, government-limiting foundational principles firmly and plainly written in stone for us to stand upon.

We just have to do the actual standing.

Foundational principles-- even the ones written in stone-- don't invoke, enforce or defend themselves.

And, of course, for us to do the standing (and the invoking, enforcing and defending), we have to operate from a perspective of respect for the Constitution. That's why, surprising as it may seem, the "Great Deception" that is the focus of this commentary is not the deception about the nature of the income tax exploited by the unrestrained State.

Instead, the "Great Deception" that is the focus of this commentary is the sometimes subtle, sometimes screeching assertion coming from voices on the left, voices on the right, voices imagining themselves to be libertarian and voices on the top and the bottom all at once that the U.S. Constitution is some kind of elitist, anti-liberty scheme, or at best, a well-meant but futile gesture.

Though often tarted-up with audience-appropriate buzzwords meant to convey "movement" legitimacy, and though sometimes communicating genuine concern and disappointment, these assertions are actually those of the "interpreters", delivered by trolls and useful idiots. This can be seen in the fact that the trolls' attacks are not directed at the flawed "interpretations", and instead imply (if not state outright) that the interpreters are getting the Constitution right.

By this ploy the Constitution is made the villain responsible for the evils of the State, and the "interpreters" are absolved of blame. The current regime is legitimized while its victims are encouraged to turn away from the instrument designed by the Founders to keep American regimes in check.

Somehow this cognitive contortion finds buyers despite the simple fact that the "interpretations" of the fundamental law made today and over the last 70 years or so are wildly at odds with what were steady and consistent contrary views over the previous 150 years. Today's Constitution-haters would have us believe that the bases for today's "interpretations" were somehow overlooked for that previous 150 years, even though it is axiomatic that understanding of the language and purposes of the Constitution is greater and greater the closer one approaches the time of its creation.

As we rewind back to the accurate application of the Constitution, we find four-fifths of the Leviathan State falling away. Prior to the implementation of the "income-ignorance tax" scam and the metastasization it enabled, there was no CIA, no DEA, no Dept. of Education, no NSA, no EPA. As recently as 1940, the FBI-- then the largest and most prominent federal law-enforcement agency by far-- had a mere 890 agents, and neither the funding nor the need for more. Kept to its proper, Constitutionally-mandated limits, the federal government simply had little it was allowed or equipped to do.

Plainly, a simple restoration of respect and enforcement of the U.S. Constitution as written is the best means by which the American people can again enjoy the benefits of the liberty-loving limited-government regime under which we grew dizzyingly prosperous while remaining free individuals secure in our rights. Thus, it behooves each and every one of us to denounce, dispute and disdain all those who would denounce and disdain the Constitution, while at the same time denouncing, disputing and disdaining those who would "interpret" the Constitution contrary to its simple words and clear meaning and purpose.

Eschew utopian anarchists, "Illuminati"-conspiracy theorists and "living law" lunatics alike, regardless of the stature, position, sincerity or credentials of any of them. All of them are enemies of the truth and of your liberty.

Stand and act on behalf of the law, resorting to its words directly and those of its authors. Take back the power you have inadvertently lent to the State by letting yourself be taken in by the "ignorance-tax" scheme.

Teach the liberating truth to your children, your neighbors and your friends.

AND WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS NEXT WEEK, lead your list with a resolution to respect, uphold and enforce our fundamental law. That's all we really need in order to restore the republic and regain our exceptional American heritage of liberty secured by proper law.

"In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

-Thomas Jefferson


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Be sure to wait and see both panels of this animated graphic, and please paste it into emails and share it widely. Most folks will "get it" without a word of explanation necessary.

Rilian and the Serpent

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American Understanding Of The 16th Amendment At The Time Of Adoption

WERE YOU AWARE THAT OUT OF A POPULATION OF 122 MILLION+, with more than 45 million gainfully-occupied, only 4.171 million tax returns were filed by Americans in 1925? That is, were you aware that the America of 1925, consisting of the generation that had adopted the 16th Amendment 12 years before, found that only about 9% of its adult, working citizens were subject to the tax, even though a vastly higher percentage of these folks earned more money than the very low exemption figure of $1,500?

Watch this new film about Americans from the time when everyone knew the meaning of "capitation" and "excise" and knew what the 16th Amendment really did (and didn't do). Get the liberty-enhancing facts, Jack...

SHARE THIS VIDEO WIDELY!! You've got to be the teachers, my friends-- or the lessons will not be taught. Share this page, or at least the video link at: http://youtu.be/qd46hg4Wj0Y, and when you do, direct your correspondent to follow-up by taking in the all-important big-picture context for these revelations.

Here are links to other recent educational films: 'Educated Americans Love The Income Tax' and 'Busting The Myth-Mongers'. And don't forget this one: 'Now, More Than Ever, It's Time To Learn The Truth About The Income Tax'.

"All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed."

-I. F. Stone

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In The End, It's A Question Of Morality

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THOSE IN DENIAL OF THE TRUTH ABOUT THE INCOME TAX laid out in cold, hard, unambiguous documentation on the previous pages has always fascinated me.  These folks are presented with a simple choice between an obvious, patently ridiculous fiction and a plain, thoroughly-documented truth which has been being continuously acknowledged for years now even by the peddlers of the absurd fiction.  Yet the deniers still manage to avoid choosing to embrace the truth.

On the one hand, these deniers are invited to imagine that their ancestors were drooling idiots, who inexplicably authorized their government agents to seize any portion of anybody’s and everybody’s earnings, at the whim of those agents, in perpetuity.  According to this myth, the only "control" imposed on this utterly despotic power is that those who abuse it can be turned out of office afterwards (by what might then be an utterly ruined and subjugated population).  Simply to describe this fantasy in plain words reveals it to be nonsense-- indeed, even after what most of them would admit has been a life-time of conditioning to the acceptance of mammoth government, not one of the deniers themselves would be so daft as to grant such authority to the state.

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The Motor City Witchcraft Trial(s)

A NEW BOOK CHRONICLING DOREEN HENDRICKSON'S heresy trial has hit the presses. Find it here, and read all about it!



See and hear from some others who "did", too, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Learn how to share YOUR testimonial here.



"[T]axes are not raised to carry on wars; [it is, rather,] that wars are raised to carry on taxes."

-Tom Paine


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Some Folks Have Already Surrendered To The State's War Of Terror...

I'm proud to be a member of our ever-growing CtC community of grown-up Americans who have not.

To learn how the Founders anticipated this kind of internal assault on our liberties-- and provided against it-- read 'The Shield'

(and share it around widely)!

"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right."

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Don't Keep A Bushel Over Your Candle!!

I HAD A CONVERSATION THE OTHER DAY with a warrior still waiting for his first victory, and who is instead being put through an obnoxious stall-and-distract "frivolous" routine (along with his warrior wife). This recently-retired professional man has done everything to comprehensively uphold the law, even going back as far as possible to correct his business filings as well as his personal ones, but so far with no joy.

My correspondent had suing on his mind, and wisely so-- the stall-and-distract "frivolous" assertions are calculated to occupy their target while the two-year window to launch a suit to compel the issuance of a thus-far unmade refund closes, and these folks aren't going to get foiled by that cheap ploy. So, I encouraged my friend to proceed, with all possible dispatch.

At the same time, though, and more vehemently still, I urged this good man to another, parallel activity which I think even more virtuous, since it offers direct benefit to everyone: WRITING UP HIS STORY FOR PUBLICATION!! Thinking about what this wonderful couple has been put through, I was struck hard by how compelling their story is as evidence of the truth about the tax-- just as is the story of every carefully-scrupulous educated filer and claimant whose claims are being evaded with the manifestly inapt, obviously-dodgy "frivolous" bs.

I was also struck by the realization that those who have been victimized by this run-around don't understand the power of their stories! My correspondent said as much to me when I brought up the idea of him writing up his story for his local paper, and/or posting in one place or another on the internet; his initial response was that,

1. He HAD thought about writing it up, but as a book; and

2. He didn't want to write it up until he had gotten a favorable resolution of the matter, thinking that only then would it be a virtuous story to tell.

No, no, NO!

Both of these notions-- that the whole tale could fill a book, and that it is desirable to be able to report a victory at the end of the story-- are understandable. But both overlook the very important facts that a 1500-word article will get read, while a book might not; a 1500-word article will get written, while a book might never be (and in any event, won't get written and out there NOW, while the need is immediate and high); and the story of illegitimate resistance to a CtC-educated claim is just as powerful an educational tool as a victory-- maybe even more powerful.

I ask you all, would the civil-rights movement have gotten the attention it did if the only people who ever told their stories were those NOT subjected to manifest abuse? If Rosa Parks' story had been, "Well, a white guy came on board and demanded that I give up my seat in the front of the bus to him. I refused, and he gave up and went to the back himself," do you think her experience would have inspired anyone to pay attention?

More to the point here, evasions are evidence of truths-- just as much so as are admissions or capitulations. Those of you who are attentive will have noted that while most of the EWWBL episodes I post end up as victories, I also post those that are not-- because an unfounded or transparently-evasive dodge by the government is just as much evidence of what the law actually requires as is a surrender to that requirement. When you can show your opponent doing the equivalent of muttering, "Yeah, THAT's the ticket...!" you are showing that he's lying. When you show that he's lying, you are showing that the truth is not on his side, and IS on your side.

I REALIZE THAT EXPLAINING HOW THE STATE'S AGENTS ARE LYING is not as easy as simply announcing a victory. But it IS just as compelling to those we need to reach, and in some ways, more so.

Despite its ever-increasing ludicrousness, there are still some who cling to the feeble "denial" notion that CtC victories are just a [ten years long, tens of thousands of occasion] "slip through the cracks". These folks convince themselves that CtC-educated victories don't happen because they should, but only happen by accident.

But that "it's all been a big mistake" notion, even as deeply delusional as those who resort to it are willing to be, can find no traction when facing demonstrable outside-the-law behavior by the state in response to CtC-educated claims. No one can argue that gimmicked "frivolous" notices making fake and deliberately incorrect references to statutory language, for example, are "slips through the cracks"!

SO, HERE'S THE THING, PEOPLE: This community really needs to become a very vocal, very widely-published community of revelatory voices-- RIGHT NOW. Every one of you needs to get busy bearing witness to the truth-- trumpeting your victories and denouncing any and all law-defying, truth-revealing evasion of the truth by its enemies.

As I counseled my correspondent the other day, every one of us must write our 1500-word testimonials. Write them for consumption NOT by me or by the CtC-educated, but for reading (or watching-- video stories, even just of you reading or telling your story are great) by those not yet equipped with the liberating truth about the tax.

Get them out there-- in your hometown paper, your newsgroups, your chatrooms and your blogs. Email them around, and copy me, please. The ice is breaking, because lies only hold up until the weight of the truth becomes too much for them, but it has a way of hardening back up if the pressure upon it doesn't grow.

If all you've had are victories, sing them out! If you've had resistance, sing that out, just as loudly.

Use the resources on this site. You don't have to analyze any evasions to which you might have occasion to refer-- just describe them with an eye to pointing out that they are unmistakably knowing and deliberate, and provide the URL at which they can be read about here as the means for explaining how they are manifestly contrary to the law.

Understand that EVERY state reaction to CtC IS A RESOURCE on behalf of communicating and emphasizing the liberating truth.

But only if you put it out there...

One Candle Is Uncovered...

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What Makes YOU A Warrior For The Truth?

We each have our reasons, and our story. It's time, and it's needed, for you to share yours with the world.

Everyone's failure to step up and fulfill this simple request is really getting to me, now...

"The day we see truth and do not speak is the day we begin to die."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


What does it for you?


Is it simply because no moral and upstanding person has any choice when it comes to telling the truth over his or her signature, whether on tax forms or anywhere else?


Is it recognition of the critical importance of the rule of law, and the knowledge that if everybody leaves its caretaking to someone else, it will soon be lost to us completely?


Is it the money?


Maybe it's just simple respect for your own rights as a human being, who is not and cannot be not involuntarily subordinated to others?


Maybe it's just simple respect for your general civic responsibility to be the grown-up and enforce frugality and restraint on a big, powerful creature of our own devising which otherwise is like a badly-raised teenage boy given whiskey and car keys and let loose on the road to wreak havoc?


Or is it, perhaps, a more acute anxiety that if our bonfire of a state isn't damped, and quickly, it'll soon burn down the house around us all?


What IS it that firms up your jaw and stiffens your resolve?


It's time to take off the bushel and share your light!


I would like you to think about what it is that motivates you for a few moments (or all day, if you like), and then send me your thoughts. I want to put YOUR reasons to work inspiring folks who don't yet understand what this is all about.


In this day and age, the most effective way for you to share your thinking for the benefit of others is to video-record yourself talking about how you feel, and explaining what inspires and motivates YOU.


All you need is a webcam or cell-phone equipped with a camera. If you don't have, or know how to use, one of these, have a friend help.


If needed, write a little script for yourself. Better, though, to just speak extemporaneously, after spending a little time sorting out your thoughts and getting down into your heart. Perhaps make it a video of someone in your family, or a close friend, interviewing you.


Keep yourself to no more than 2 or 3 minutes, and keep in mind that the purpose is not to educate, but to INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE and ENERGIZE. Your video will be one of many to be shared.


You needn't feel any obligation to be profound, and you shouldn't try to explain anything about the law, other than to say that you have read it and you know it's on your side. You just need to be sincere, and uplifting. Your object is to make your audience want to have what you have, and to be where you are in your heart.


Keep in mind that you're speaking to an audience that doesn't yet know ANYTHING about the subject, and whose first reaction is, "This must be illegal; this must be dangerous; this is too good to be true." You want to pull that audience right past such things, and straight to a focus on truth, morality, and our American heritage of liberty and the rule of law.




Speak about rights. Speak about morality, and the obligation of a grown-up and responsible person to speak the truth and to enforce the Constitution. Speak about everyone's duty to give to God what is God's, always, and to Caesar only what is really Caesar's. Speak of your obligation to respect yourself, and to look out for the current and future well-being of your children and your fellow citizens.


If you have had victories, describe them. Better still, show them, if possible.


Be clear about just what you accomplished: EVERYTHING back-- Social Security, Medicare and all; a "notice of deficiency" closing notice; an on-paper agreement or acknowledgment that your earnings weren't subject to the tax and everything withheld or paid-in was an "overpayment"; a transcript showing all $0s; or whatever happened.


When you speak of state victories, name the state. If you had to overcome balkiness from a tax agency before winning any victory, describe that, too!


Remember, your purpose is to INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE and ENERGIZE.


If you're dealing with ongoing balkiness, describe that, too, if you wish-- but be sure to explain why you're not discouraged, and why you are not standing down, not slinking back into the barn, and not choosing to endorse the lies.


Mention what you do for a living, whether you're a doctor, homemaker, lawyer, trucker, IT guy or gal, or a retiree or student. Help people understand that the company of grown-up activist Americans they are being invited to join cuts across all demographics and all interests-- with the common denominator being respect for the law and love of the principles on which this great country was founded.


This is your chance to get a LOT accomplished.


We've all had frustrating occasions of trying to explain all this to a friend, neighbor, family member or co-worker, only to pile up against the wall of a mind not yet ready to listen and learn. Here is your chance to address a self-selected audience of folks who have themselves decided that it's time for them to begin paying attention, and have clicked on your testimonial for exactly that reason.


So, please make and send those videos right away! The restoration of institutional respect for individual rights and the rule of law depends on enough individuals insisting upon it. Do your part to let those starting to rub the sleep from their eyes know that there is a community already waiting for their fellowship with open arms and open hearts and shining spirits.


See how some of your fellow warriors for the truth have done their parts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.


"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

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A CtC Warrior's Solution To Illegal NSA Spying


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Brian Harriss had this excellent teaching and outreaching idea, and produced what was needful. Get this flyer as a printable, sharable, spreadable .pdf here, and print it, share it, spread it.


The Crime of the Misapplied Income Tax


Project Paradigm-Shift


IN ANOTHER ARTICLE ON THIS PAGE I SPOKE OF AMERICAN HERO EDWARD SNOWDEN, who is now rightly celebrated for his efforts at spreading an important truth. I hope YOU are doing YOUR part at being an American Hero by spreading this link far and wide! Anything and everything must be done to get it into a state of viral distribution across America.

I'm asking you to help me with this by very purposefully sending this link to every single person you can, with a little note from yourself urging your correspondents to read the file, study it, and verify for themselves each assertion made and each fact cited. Urge your correspondent to let what is learned thereby percolate and settle in and begin shining its transformational light on his or her mental landscape, and in the meantime, to PASS IT ALONG TO OTHERS in the same way!

It is critically-important that all Americans regain their once-common understanding that even after 1913, capitations-- taxes on undistinguished, commonplace revenues and/or the activities that produce them-- remain subject to the apportionment rule, and that the income tax is not in conflict with that fact, being NOT a tax on undistinguished, commonplace revenues and/or the activities that produce them (however misleadingly worded parts of the tax law may be, and however routinely misapplied at the expense of the uneducated, apathetic or intimidated the tax may have been over the last 70 years).


I am counting on you to help make this happen by sending everyone this link.


Seriously, my friend. Even if you never do "action items", please do this one.

Right now. Without fail. Please.


You may not recognize how doing this will make any difference. I tell you, it will make ALL the difference.


This document is the anti-body to all the germs of error, disinformation and misunderstanding that allow the "ignorance tax" to persist. It needs to be given a chance to take root in as many minds as possible-- especially those NOT in the CtC community.


In many of these minds, perhaps, this truth anti-body will wither for lack of a hospitable environment. But in just as many, it will flourish and bloom, and those folks will become the patient and innovative teachers of others.


Pleas help me with this oh-so-important project.



P. S. I know a lot of folks out there have self-defeating notions planted in their minds about how clearing up confusion about the "income tax" won't matter, "'Cause they'll just pay for all the badness with inflation, man!" or whatever.


No, they won't.


If "they" could do that and survive politically, (and weren't getting a whole lot more out of the maladministration of the "income tax" than just a couple of trillion dollars a year, as well), the tax would've been dropped with a grimace and without a backward glance like the universally-hated thing that it is, at least forty years ago. This "they'll just inflate" thing could only be said by someone not old enough (or alive at all) during the 1970s when we had a test of just how Americans would tolerate real inflation...


(Not that we're going to be spared getting a good dose of inflation soon anyway, you understand, unless we very quickly shrink the state down so small that it no longer has the resources to quash the emergence of free and valid currencies. This will only happen by Americans reclaiming individual control of their resources, as is relied upon by the framers in their design for a meaningfully-Constitutionally-limited republic-- and that, of course, is what this page is all about.)


The misunderstanding of the income tax is the thoroughly cultivated thing that it is (and anyone reading through this page will come to understand just how diligent is that cultivation) BECAUSE THE MISAPPLIED TAX IS THE INDISPENSABLE LIFEBLOOD OF THE UNRESTRAINED STATE. The state knows this well.


Indeed, the reason the truth about the tax is hedged about with a more enormous army of lies (and constantly-recruited "stakeholding" defenders) than any other organ of the state is because it is so vital to Leviathan's excesses, ambitions and survival. It is the heart of the monster.


This document is the monster's bane. Your efforts to spread this shaft of illuminating, inspiring and disinfecting sunlight will do more for your future well-being and that of your children than anything else you could do.


"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do."

-Everett Hale

(...and every other person who has ever deserved liberty...)


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Was Grandpa Really a Moron?

Critical Inquiries for a New American Century


Bob’s Bicycles


Getting Free Of The "Income" Tax Scheme Is As Easy As Falling Off A Bike




To get an idea of how today's "income" tax scheme works, try this little exercise:


Think of the federal government as a guy named Bob, who lives down the street from you in a town that is really big on bicycles. Bikes get used for commuting, deliveries, shopping, etc.. In fact, other than walking, bicycles are the exclusive form of transportation in your town.

Your neighbor Bob has a by-the-mile bicycle-renting business-- "Bob's Bicycles". Bob's Bicycles is far and away the biggest business in town.

Part of Bob’s success is because he does a lot of contract business. However, Bob doesn't just get paid by riders who have signed an agreement with him, or even just those using Bob's bikes. Bob gets something every time anybody in town does any riding at all, through an odd combination of circumstances that took many years to come together.


Here's how it happened...


Bob's Bicycles was launched long ago by the great grandfather of the present Bob (Bob IV). Great Grandpa Bob started out not only with a main location for his contract business-- he also had the bright idea of setting up spots around town where he parked some of his bikes for use by the more occasional rider, on an "honor system". Anyone could take and use one of these bikes, but they were expected to keep track of their mileage, and send Bob a "1040 Mileage Ridden/Rent Due Form" (and the appropriate rent), periodically. The initial design of the form was like this:


I, ______________, rode a Bob's Bicycle a total of _____ miles this year.

At Bob's rental rate of $.15 per mile, I owe Bob $______


I said that Great Grandpa Bob planned to deal with these occasional riders on the "honor system", and that's true. But he liked his money, too, and didn't want to miss anything that was due him. So, after setting up the "self-serve" locations, Great Grandpa Bob went around handing out "W-2, 1099 or K-1 Rider Reporting Forms" to every other business in town. The forms-- accompanied by notices that if Bob didn't get his rent from someone riding a bicycle in connection with any business, he would sue the company involved-- said:


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You Can’t Fight Well When You Don’t Know What You’re Fighting About


If you are having an argument with the IRS or any other tax agency,

  • You are NOT being presumed to have made “corporate profit”.

  • You are NOT being alleged to have received “foreign income”.

  • You are NOT entangled in an invisible “adhesion contract”.

  • You are NOT being obligated by a law whose subject is never identified.

You are being targeted because REAL EVIDENCE exists that YOU PERSONALLY HAD “INCOME” to which the revenue laws apply-- even though that evidence is almost certainly incorrect, and CAN be corrected.


There IS "A Law" By Which You Can Be Made Liable, And This Is How It Works


Now Learn How To Be Master Of The Situation


See the Proof


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Photographed on 1-70 in Missouri. America is waking up.


Do You Know What Happens When YOU Decide To "Let Someone Else Do It"?



"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do."

-Everett Hale

(...and every other person who ever really deserved liberty)


"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."

-Daniel Webster


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

-Edward R. Murrow







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Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!

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


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

Hey, don't bother me with that "morality" argument, and all that stuff about "upholding the rule of law". I'm a pragmatist. I'm just interested in looking out for numero uno, and living my life without any hassles from the IRS!

So I'm okay with submissively letting my federal and state governments:

  • take 35-45% of my earnings;

  • habituate themselves to the conveniences of "creativity" in the writing of laws and the behavior of their officers in courtrooms in order to take that wealth from me with an appearance of legitimacy;

  • use my money to mess with foreigners on behalf of special interests, engendering hatred and contempt of all Americans-- including me;

  • use my money to finance armies of bureaucrats who rule my life for the benefit of themselves and their special-interest clients;

  • use my money to pay for an army of lawyers who will sue me or prosecute me if I try to make my own choices about who works for me and on what terms; about what I say-- and when, and how; about what I do with my own property; about whether I'm equipped to defend myself and those I love; and about how I raise and educate my children;

  • etc.... etc.... etc..

I'm good with all of it, just as long as I'm left alone, dude!



TELL ME YOU UNDERSTAND that leaving the government alone to break the law with impunity (and worse, participating in the process by lying on your own sworn tax returns, or by silently acquiescing to the erroneous allegations of others about your earnings) ensures NOT ONLY that you are morally and legally compromised, but also that you WON'T be "left alone, dude!"

You DO understand this, right, dude?


To suffer abuse without complaint or struggle is to suffer it nonetheless-- but to suffer it without the amelioration of dignity and self-respect.


If You Have Done So, Aren't You Really, Really Glad YOU'VE Taken Control Of How Much Of YOUR Money Washington Gets To Spend, Just As The Founders Intended?


If You Haven't, ARE YOU CRAZY??!!




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LEARN the liberating, empowering, critically-important truth about the 16th Amendment and the liberating, empowering, critically-important truth about the "income" tax. STOP merely reading (or writing) about how bad things are and START DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT!


BY THE WAY... WHERE ARE YOUR SCHOLARLY OR INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES ON THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TAX, PEOPLE? Do you think I can change the law-defying false paradigm of the "ignorance-tax" beneficiaries all by myself? That's not possible!!

YOU LAWYERS have to publish and post your own CtC-educated scholarly articles in your profession's journals and on its websites.

YOU CPAS have to publish and post your own CtC-educated scholarly articles in your profession's journals and on its websites.

YOU NON-SPECIALIZED AMERICAN GROWN-UPS have to publish and post your educated and inspirational letters and personal stories in your hometown newspapers, in every e-zine out there, and in every chat-room and news-group.

I can't do it alone. But we CAN do it together-- if you'll do your part.

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CtC Videos And Audio Resources



"Never must thou take up a false cry, or join hands with the guilty by giving false witness in their favor. Never must thou follow with the crowd in doing wrong, or be swayed by many voices so as to give false judgment; even pity for the poor must not sway thee when judgment is to be given."

-Exodus 23:1-3


Doing A Little High-Payoff Math


If each person receiving this newsletter each week distributed as few as 100 of any of the great outreach tools featured here to co-workers, friends, neighbors and family members (or just strangers on the street, in the mall, etc...), we could have SEVERAL MILLION new Americans suddenly introduced to the liberating truth about the tax!


Just like that! In one week!


C'mon, people, let's roll on this!


“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

‑Dale Carnegie

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Spread The Truth




A Few Tips For Making Best Use Of This WebSite






When directed to a page by topic or link, read everything.


I know that this can mean the investment of a lot of time, attention and effort, but although some may imagine otherwise, I don't write as much as I do because I can't think of any other way to spend my time...


Furthermore, when you encounter a hyperlink within, or associated with, the text you are reading, follow it!


It is pretty common these days for web-based material to be littered with hyperlinks. Sometimes the purpose is to provide definitions or examples, in order to ensure that folks reading the original material aren't presented with a word or reference which they don't understand. Sometimes the links lead to illustrations pertinent to the original text.


It is common-- and perfectly understandable-- for folks who are confident that they are familiar with language or references within the main text they are reading to get in the habit of skipping over included links. I do it all the time, myself!


However, I very rarely include links for definitional or explanatory purposes; and when I DO make a link out of text in one page it is generally to another self-contained page, rather than merely illustrative material. These other pages contain material the clear understanding of which I deem highly important for the proper and complete understanding of the original page. (Links to CtC, the Victories pages, CtC Warriors and so on are obvious exceptions to this general rule. On the other hand, a link to the victory Highlights or 'Every Which Way But Loose' pages, which might seem like such exceptions, are not. The special selection of victories on those pages, and the filed docs and tax-agency correspondences included therewith, themselves constitute highly instructive material which merits careful attention. Thus care needs to be taken in all cases.)


Please make a habit of clicking on all provided links and at least looking briefly to ensure that the linked page is one with which you are completely familiar from another study session.


Finally, please keep in mind that, annoying though it may seem at first blush (but not, I trust, upon reflection), I constantly tweak material already posted. Obviously this doesn't mean that every page is in flux at all times, but it does mean that if you are directed to a page that IS familiar, it's worthwhile to read it through again if it's been a while since your last having done so.




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"Those will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves."

-George Gordon (Lord) Byron