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Current Events and Continuing Education for June 26 through July 9, 2017

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

-James Madison


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Features in this edition:

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Keeping our eyes on the prize

Do You Realize What Is Within Reach?


The parade of real American heroes goes on

Victory After Victory After Victory


Regarding Declaration Day:

Let's Make It Real This Year


On practicing good mental hygiene, 'cause...

Even Just A Little Bit Of Dog Poo Spoils The Whole Dinner


Contibutor Greg Sutton shares some important reminders

Virtues Of The Income Tax


Time for some push-back...

Have You Been Harassed By "Frivolous" Threats?


Have you heard a discouraging word?

The Truth About Trolleries


Since you can't rely on the state to abide by the law...

The Fourth Amendment Enforcement Locker


Other Voices

'The Little Putsch That Could... Beget A Great Big Coup'


Setting 'em straight:

Questions For The Silent So-Called "Alt-Media"


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The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

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


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


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

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Featured In This Update:

Declaration Day


On Accurately Framing The Issues


Getting Summer Off To A Great Start With New Victories!


What Qualifies As Taxable Privilege


Regarding Daft And Despicable Deniers


Regarding State Group Membership


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 (fifteenth) edition of CtC!



I'm delighted when anyone wishes to share what I have posted here with others! Sharing this page is an important means of moving toward the restoration of the rule of law-- PLEASE DO IT!! But I'd appreciate your doing so by directing your friends here themselves, rather than by copying and emailing the material.



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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

July 3- In 1775, George Washington takes command of the Continental Army.  In 1778, British Loyalists massacre 360 American patriots in Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania.  In 1884, the Dow Jones publishes its first stock average.  In 1890, Idaho is admitted to the union as the 43rd of the several states.  In 1952, the United States Congress approves what passes for Puerto Rico's Constitution.  In 1988, the USS Vincennes shoots down Iran Air flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 aboard.  In 2013, the first legitimately-elected president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi-- the democratic choice of Egyptians after their ouster of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak-- is overthrown in a coup by Mubarak's still-entrenched military and judicial apparatus. The US promptly announced its approval, bizarrely describing the event as a "restoration of democracy".


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


Fear nothing but God


100 Million Productive Americans Will Stop Sending Money To Leviathan...

...meaning that every year $1 trillion will be taken away from the Deep State, the warfare state, the "destabilize" state, the panopticon state, the drug-war state, the poke-its-fingers-into-everything state, the enemy-of-liberty state...

...if YOU diligently and creatively help spread what I have revealed, explained and thoroughly proven about the income tax.

The overwhelming majority of those who learn this liberating information will immediately stand up and act. Nothing could stop them.

Already, tens of thousands of productive American men and women who earn good livings and previously got taken for an average of $10K each every year no longer pay any income tax-- Social Security, Medicare, state and local taxes included. Every tax agency in the country participates in this unprecedented transformational process, which has been going on steadily for nearly a decade-and-a-half.

IF I HAD THE MEANS of spreading this information broadly, America would, RIGHT NOW, be well on its way back to the Constitutionally-limited republic which prevailed, for the most part, for 140 years until the tax-misapplication scheme was rolled-out in the early 1940s. At the least, Leviathan would have a lot less easy money with which to finance its bad behavior (see this for some discussion of how things would change).

You might tell yourself that the state would turn to other options for that financing, but it's not so. Think about it for a moment and you'll realize that none of those alternatives are free of very considerable political hindrances-- which is why the misapplication of the income tax was resorted-to in the first place.

The fact is, what I have revealed about the income tax is the answer to the problem of Leviathan.

PLEASE help spread this liberating, state-restraining information!!


"I pledge allegiance to the principles of the United States of America,

holding that all men are created equal,

that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,

and that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

I hold further that it is to secure these rights that Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed,

and that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

(Get this pledge as a .pdf here.)

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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Victory After Victory After Victory

The parade of real American heroes marches on.

MATT & KATIE start us off with a nice federal victory for 2016. These real American grown-ups filed this return, claiming the return of everything withheld from them last year. After dealing with this little "identity-challenge" speed-bump, Matt and Katie got their complete refund, plus a little interest owed to them thanks to the brief agency-initiated delay:

P. S. Matt and Katie took the extra step of sending me Matt's W-2 and asking me to post it to show that the amount refunded was, indeed, the total withheld; see it here.


SANDY D. shares a complete victory from Georgia concerning 2016-- the return of every penny withheld against a tax for which her earnings proved to not qualify:

Here is the filing that secured Sandy's victory for the law.


C. WALKER AND HIS WIFE have also secured a complete refund of everything withheld from them in 2016 and given over to their home state, plus interest:


Here is the filing that produced this second complete refund in as many years for the Walkers.

(As indicated at the bottom of this overpayment acknowledgement/refund and interest notice, this year's North Carolina refund for the Walkers was diverted to retire an alleged outstanding liability to Uncle Sam and thus didn't take the form of a check.)


MARTHA B. shares her federal victory for 2015:

Martha's victory was secured by way of this filing (in which Martha, for reasons of her own, chose not to claim back what had been withheld as the Medicare surtax). Note that the United States properly added interest to Martha's refund.


FINALLY, I'M DELIGHTED TO POST A VERY SPECIAL VICTORY-- a flat, spanking defeat on appeal of an IRS attempt to falsely characterize and penalize a CtC-educated filing as "frivolous" under 26 U.S.C. § 6702. While this is actually the second such instance overall (see the first here), it is the first in the nearly ten years since the bogus "frivolous" discouragement campaign began in earnest.

Most "frivolous" assertions by the IRS don't ever get to the point of immanent "collection" and an appeal proceeding. Most of the relatively small number of these lawless ventures by the agency just quietly go away when the filer makes clear that he or she isn't having any of the nonsense.

But, as sometimes happens, an eager-beaver at the agency couldn't let go after "asserting" the penalty in regard to George in Virginia's 2015 federal return. This gave George his opportunity to read the law to the off-kilter agency, and the outcome couldn't be more clear:

Here is George's return. (It will be noted that even though declaring $0 in FICA "wages", George did not claim the return of FICA withholdings for reasons of his own).

Here is the argument George submitted* in his appeal last month once it become clear that the eager-beaver IRS agent didn't have the brains to stand down.

And here is the IRS Appeals Office Notice of Determination in regard to George's challenge of the alleged "frivolous" and penalty-liable character of his return.

Oh, and btw... George got the refund sought in his filing... (he's looking for the documentation, and I'll post as soon as I have it).

WELL DONE, George!!

But watch out for that robot... I think it's going to explode!!

*I am obliged to point out one mistake in George's argument, concerning the government's authority to levy. This sub-argument was irrelevant to George's "frivolous" challenge, but I have a responsibility for the clarity and accuracy of all information presented on these pages.

Contrary to what is argued in George's submission on pp. 4 & 5, the levy authority extends to anyone liable for a tax. The list of persons in 26 U.S.C. § 6331(a) is not of those who can be levied, it is of those who can be levied by mere "notice of levy", as opposed to a normal adversarial legal proceeding.

HATS OFF to Matt, Katie, Sandy, the Walkers, Martha B. and Virginia George! Gotta love these heroic Americans who have stepped up and acted to restrain the dangerous and corrupt state and uphold the rule of law-- something desperately needed from everyone.

Today's posted victories join those of the tens of thousands of other awakened and activated Americans represented here. Each one is another critical step toward the restoration of the Founders republic and the true rule of law.

I say to all these wonderful folks, "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!"

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

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

That's all there is to it!

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

-Mohandas Gandhi

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The U.S. Income Tax: An Excise On The Profitable Exploitation Of Federal Privilege

The U.S. Ignorance Tax: The Profitable Exploitation of Confusion About The Income Tax


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

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


Government Facts They Absolutely Can't Teach You In School

...in some cases simply because they're not "facts".

I HAD A VIDEO LINK sent to me by someone last week titled 'Government Facts They Absolutely Can't Teach You In School'. Upon beginning to watch, I was pretty pleased.

The first two "fact" presentations, concerning police violence in America and ethanol were powerful and addressed serious issues needing attention of just the sort given in the film. I can't vouch for the statistics cited in those pieces, but they seem to be in line with what I do know off the top of my head concerning those subjects.

However, I'm sorry to say that the thing promptly goes sideways. The next two items, nonsensical assertions about the USA being defined in the law as a corporation and the Federal Reserve being purely private, rob this otherwise good effort of all its virtue.

IN THE FIRST OF THESE two errors, the film-maker opens up title 28 § 3002 and shows us just this:

(15) “United States” means—

(A) a Federal corporation;

(B) an agency, department, commission, board, or other entity of the United States; or

(C) an instrumentality of the United States.

The film's narrator presents this as evidence that "in the law" the United States is really a corporation, implicitly a private exploitive project of some un-named cabal.

However, and just to begin with, 28 § 3002 actually reads,

28 § 3002- Definitions

As used in this chapter:


(15) “United States” means—

(A) a Federal corporation;

(B) an agency, department, commission, board, or other entity of the United States; or

(C) an instrumentality of the United States.

That "As used in this chapter" is more than just a little important, even if that were all that could be said. Whatever else is true, when a qualifier of that sort exists, it means just what it says-- whatever follows is NOT a general definition or declaration, but only one operating in a specialized context.

But that isn't all, here. Even in this chapter, "United States" isn't being declared to be, and isn't defined as, "a corporation'.

What is being said here is that any federal corporation (of which there are hundreds), and any agency, department, commission, board, instrumentality or other entity of the United States is to be considered covered by the term "the United States" when that term appears in this chapter (which concerns civil debt-recovery procedures). That is, when some provision in the chapter says, "The United States may....", that permission is being given to all possible "United States" actors. (See more on this error in recognizing context in the debunk of the "IRS is not an agency of the United States" foolishness here.)

THE FILM NEXT RECITES ANOTHER unfortunately common "tax honesty" myth to the effect that the Federal Reserve is an entirely private affair. This one is closer to accurate, but still not quite.

The Federal Reserve structure, while certainly having private actors involved, and having private profits being made (to a certain extent), is, in fact, a federal instrumentality-- an entity not outright federal in all respects, but one which performs the functions of a public office nonetheless. Here is how the 9th Circuit put it in 1982 when challenged on this precise point:

The Reserve Banks have properly been held to be federal instrumentalities for some purposes. In United States v. Hollingshead, 672 F.2d 751 (9th Cir. 1982), this court held that a Federal Reserve Bank employee who was responsible for recommending expenditure of federal funds was a "public official" under the Federal Bribery Statute. That statute broadly defines public official to include any person acting "for or on behalf of the Government." S. Rep. No. 2213, 87th Cong., 2nd Sess. (1962), reprinted in (1962) U.S. Code Cong. & Ad. News 3852, 3856. See 18 U.S.C. § 201(a). The test for determining status as a public official turns on whether there is "substantial federal involvement" in the defendant's activities. United States v. Hollingshead, 672 F.2d at 754.

Lewis v. United States, 680 F.2d 1239 (9th CA 1982)

See more about this subject here (and see some related material that many will find of interest here).

AFTER THESE TWO BITS OF NONSENSE the video jinks back on track, and stays there. But it only takes a tiny speck of poo on a plate to spoil the whole meal.

Further, operating as YouTube channels often do, the end of the video I was watching became the beginning of another. Who knows what nonsense might go on display next, guaranteed to plant brambles in the mental landscape of those who see it?

LET'S ALL REMEMBER that confusion serves the real “income” tax scheme as well as all the exploitive and liberty-diminishing schemes with which Americans are assailed today. They are an infection we all need to cure.

After all, anyone whose introduction to the notion of official bad behavior is marred by errors will ultimately be lost to the cause. The nonsense will inevitably will be revealed as such one way or another and the initiate, thus burned once and warned twice to be wary, won't afterward stand and listen with an open mind to even the clearest bell of perfect truth on this subject.

SO, EVERYONE WILL DO WELL to be familiar with these errors, and why they are errors. That will equip each person to be a light-bringer whenever light is needed.

Spend whatever time is needed on this page to become an expert and confident debunker of the chief bits of confusion-generating nonsense persistently circulating among activists (or persistently injected into circulation by the enemies of the truth, a very likely thing in many cases). Be an active debunker everywhere the opportunity arises; tolerate no pollution of errors and lies, which are the enemies of your liberty and well-being.

Remember, friends don't let friends spread nonsense.

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Virtues Of The Income Tax

by Gregory Sutton, Contributor

SO, HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why the American people would go through the trials and tribulations of a Constitutional Amendment to revive the income tax in 1913? Nothing else like that has ever been done in American history.

The answer(s) will surprise those unfamiliar with the tax as it is actually written and as it actually applies. Those folks imagine the tax revived by the 16th Amendment to be the ugly thing with which they grew up-- government hands in the pockets of every productive man and woman, as though our grandparents in the early 20th century had been barking mad and had authorized an unapportioned capitation.

Educated readers, who know that the tax is actually an excise by which private profits from the use of public resources are tapped for the public's benefit, will have no problem understanding our wise ancestors. They know that no small, limited republican government should be without this stupendous revenue production tool.

WHETHER IT IS USED continuously or only when exigencies suggest it, the actual income excise on the books has attributes which far out weigh any negatives. Let's look at a few of those attributes:

  1. The income excise is one of the easiest to collect taxes ever devised. Nearly all privileged occurrences, events, activities, uses or exercises which trigger the tax occur “in-house”, within the full purview of the privilege’s benefactor. The cost of collection is therefore amongst the lowest of any tax.

  2. The income excise exhibits qualities of elasticity rivaled by only the excises on addictive commodities. Elasticity refers to the lack of a reaction, either reflected by a reduction in overall sales of a taxed commodity or by increased subterfuge directed towards avoidance, when tax rates are raised. The success of the surtax of 1864 is a good example of this elasticity. Again, the “in-house” quality of the tax makes avoidance nearly impossible, no matter how high tax rates climb. Of course, high tax rates may discourage those leaning towards a career in the public service to instead get an untaxed real job in the private sector.

  3. The income excise, when properly enforced and administered, has very little negative effect on the private sector economy. What it does effect is that sphere of political privilege we’ll call the federal economy. The tax annually returns to the federal treasury a portion of what was earned as a result of the exercise of a federally granted privilege, however accomplished or for whatever reason, during a preceding annual period, for, basically, the privilege of reaping personal financial gain at the expense of the public purse or powers. Graduation of the rates of the tax are merely a reflection of the quantity of the reaping, and are akin to paying a higher price for good seats at the theater.

  4. The income excise provides much desired transparency and regulation for the highly mistrusted denizens of the political class. The Civil War income duty statutes even went so far as to make income tax returns open for public inspection. The politicos whined so loudly over this transparency that it was eventually removed.

  5. The income excise provides an annual sobering reminder to the federal political class that they are but privileged servants of the people, wherein the property they receive in exchange for the powers or privileges they exercise is the measure of a tax for doing what they have to take a sworn oath to do as a member of that political class. The oath contractually formalizes the actors receipt of political powers or privileges. His obligation (duty) to return a portion of his income derived from privileges back to the benefactor of those privileges, when called upon to do so, is presumed to be part of the deal.


No wonder Blackstone reported in his Commentaries that the income excise was regarded as “highly popular taxation.” Not popular, obviously, amongst the political class and its cronies being regulated by and paying the tax, but certainly popular amongst those in the non-taxpayer, private sector, free market, rights-exercising class reaping the benefits of the tax as listed above, with the added possible benefit of lower taxes on commodities, imports or land because the income excise is so productive.

John Sinclair, in his 1785 history of public finance in Britain, recommends that the income duty be one of the perpetual extraordinary excises used to finance the British government. Good call, Sir John.

The income duty served American interests very well also, from its 1862 inception until the misapplication scheme began in the early 1940s. It's long past time we set things back as they are meant to be on our side of the pond, and resume the benefits here in America of this truly extraordinary excise.

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The Biggest Snow-Job In World History: The Myth That 1913 America Adopted A Marxist Progressive Tax On "All That Comes In"

“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


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

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



Thank goodness the sun is now shining...


PRO TIP: If I were the IRS and I wanted to discourage people from rebutting allegations that they had done things I can tax, and keep them from successfully reclaiming withheld or paid-in money, I would salt the "tax honesty" community with passionate-seeming "legal researchers" who would warn anyone whose ear they captured that filing a 1040 is a bad idea for one reason or another...


A Review of CtC by Derek Cushman

You can also find this film at https://vimeo.com/175424277.


Regarding Trolleries

(Deceitful efforts to discourage Americans from learning the truth about the "income tax")



FOR ALL THE YEARS SINCE 2003 when CtC was first published, the government has engaged in a concerted effort to frighten people away from its truths. This effort involves official government websites and press releases touting an occasional court ruling that appears to be at odds with some CtC-revelation (but without details sufficient to expose the real substance of the ruling)-- and sometimes even more mendacious behavior.

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Illuminating Anniversaries:

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


How To Be A Leader In The CtC Community

It's simple:






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

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



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

...as every American should...

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

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

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

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

HERE'S A SIMPLE QUESTION: The income tax is, and always has been, an excise tax on privilege. This is established beyond any controversy whatever by repeated Supreme Court rulings, the words of the related laws, and, since 2003, by hundreds of thousands of acknowledgements by federal and state tax agencies.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


The 'Watching the Watchmen Amendment'

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Set Your Church Free

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

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


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Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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


Illuminating Anniversaries:

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


Are You Having Trouble Spreading The Word?

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

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

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


The Liberating Truth About The 16th Amendment

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

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

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

-Thomas Jefferson


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


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

-Thomas Paine




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

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

-George Orwell


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!

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

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

-James Madison


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Other Voices


The Little Putsch That Could... Beget A Great Big Coup

by David Stockman

Bull’s eye! 

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice … You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

The DonalThe Donald has never spoken truer words, but also has never sunken lower into abject victimhood. Indeed, what is he waiting for – handcuffs and a perp walk?

Just to be clear, "he" doesn’t need to be the passive object of a "WITCH HUNT" by "they".

If Donald Trump had any kind of presidential strategy and propensity to take command, he would have had all the intercepts of Russian chatter gathered up weeks ago. He would then have had them declassified and made public, even as he launched a criminal prosecution against Obama’s hit squad – John Brennan, Susan Rice and Valerie Jarrett – for illegally unmasking and leaking classified information.

Such a course of action would have crushed the Russian interference hysteria in the bud.

At bottom, the latter was a rearguard invention of the Deep State and Democratic partisans. They became literally shocked and desperate for a scapegoat early last fall by the prospect that the unthinkable was happening.

Namely, the election by the unwashed masses of an outsider and insurrectionist who could not be counted upon to serve as a "trusty" for the status quo; and whose naïve but correct instinct to seek a rapprochement with Russia was a mortal threat to the very modus operandi of the Imperial City.


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NOW CONSIDER: "auto-style167">Aren't yoAren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE had the fortitude and clarity of vision to do the only thing that will restrain those in Mordor-on-the-Potomac from fastening more dysfunction upon us all by taking control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates government misbehavior


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



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

Held over great reading recommendations:

Disinformation-How it works

by Brandon Smith


The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

by Étienne de la Boétie


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

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

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Was Grandpa Really a Moron

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

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

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

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

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson







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





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





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

-Arthur Schopenhauer


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

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


Regarding "Tax Reform"


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

-Thomas Paine


Where To Find Things On This Site


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


Honest Cops Agree




Films That Belong In Every Home Library


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





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


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics






Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

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


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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.