Home | News | Site Map | Search | Contact

The News

Current Events and Continuing Education for March 20 through April 2, 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


Please Start Here



My Vote For Scalia's Seat: Alex Kozinski Of The Ninth Circuit (but Gorsuch is probably not a bad alternative...)


Features in this edition:

(Click on the underlined text to jump to each feature. To return, use your browser's "back" button. Please keep in mind that many more items of interest are to be found between featured articles, so your most profitable course is to scroll through the whole page...)

A mind-boggling mountain of evidence...

200,000 Admissions Against Interest


Rockin' the law...

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words


An outstanding example of outreach:

Seen In The Local Newspaper Last Week...


Out with the socialist state-worship; in with real American spirit!

We Need A New 'Pledge Of Allegiance'!


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

'Did Obama Spy On Trump?'


Setting 'em straight:

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


Share, share, share, people

Got Twitter?


The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

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


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Got something to say?

Your Comments



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


The Fifteenth Upgraded Edition of CtC is Now Available!

BTW, a word of caution to everyone-- copies of CtC sold anywhere except from the link above may not be current editions (which is now the fifteenth). CHECK, and if you can't get that assurance from the seller, don't buy. I do upgrades in EVERY edition. As many printings as a copy is below the fifteenth is as many upgrades behind it is.

Get The Short, Easy Intro To The Liberating Truth About The Tax


Click here for the current Mid-Edition Update posts

Featured In This Update:

Todd Ryan Shares Some Important Words


The Babel Curse


The Delusional Style In American Politics- Redux


Thinking Outside The Box About Those Evil Rooskies


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.



The Newsletter is interested in your work!  If you are a writer, scholar, or just a dedicated Warrior with a good story to tell, please consider sharing your words and your wisdom with our thousands of readers!  Click here to learn how.



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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 27- In 1836, shortly after the successful siege of the Alamo, Mexico's General Santa Anna orders the massacre of about 400 Texan POWs captured during other clashes between the Republic of Texas revolutionaries and the Mexican Army assembled at Goliad.  In 1881, rioting over the promotion of temperance by the Salvation Army grew so severe in Basingstoke, England, that troops has to be called out in an effort to restore peace.  In 1941, a coup by officers of the Air Force topples the pro-Axis government of Yugoslavia.  In 1964, an earthquake registering at 9.2 on the Richter scale struck Alaska-- the most powerful ever recorded in North America before or since.  Much of Anchorage was destroyed.  However, being left unhindered by FEMA, the city is quickly rebuilt.


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

This means always do what's right, fearlessly

Tell the truth, always, and never suffer a lie to live.

“When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.”

-Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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


Join me on 'Christian Revolt Long Overdue' with Nick Landholt, Friday, March 24 at 4PM EST

200,000 Admissions Against Interest

CtC stands a mile above all other whistle-blowing in American history in sheer, overwhelming evidence.

ADMISSIONS AGAINST SELF-INTEREST are so axiomatically significant, and such obviously sound evidence, that they are even given special weight in trials. Such admissions are deemed self-authenticating exceptions to the "exclusion of hearsay" evidentiary rules. As the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence observed in proposing the exception as Rule 804(b)(3):

"[T]he assumption that persons do not make statements which are damaging to themselves unless satisfied for good reason that they are true" provides the requisite "circumstantial guarantee of reliability" to make the hearsay statements admissible. Notes of Advisory Committee on Proposed Rules, Rule 804(b)(3).(As quoted by the 7th Cir. Court of Appeals in US v. Harty, 930 F.2d 1257 (1991).)

Here's how such an admission is described in that "exceptions" rule:

FRE Rule 804(b)(3) Statement Against Interest. A statement that: (A) a reasonable person in the declarant’s position would have made only if the person believed it to be true because, when made, it was so contrary to the declarant’s proprietary or pecuniary interest or had so great a tendency to invalidate the declarant’s claim against someone else...

Let's look at the history of government responses to the revelations in 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America' (CtC) in light of this legal doctrine (and the simple common sense on which it is based).

TAX AGENCIES, AND PARTICULARLY THE IRS, are government agencies charged with maximizing revenue. They are equipped with massive budgets, enormous staffs, decades-long histories of getting away with pretty-much whatever they wish in the legislatures and the courts, institutionally-skeptical attitudes and armories of inquisitorial tools and authority for challenging and refusing any filing or claim for refund against which they can gin up even the flimsiest pretext.

When such agencies issue checks in response to tax filings declaring that no "income" was received and demanding the return of all amounts withheld, or deficiency-allegation "closing notices", or lien releases, or levy reimbursements, or in any other way honor such filings, they are making admissions of the correctness of CtC. Plainly, every one of these admissions is an "admission against interest", and thus rises to an evidentiary-grade expression of what the admitting government actually knows and believes to be true.

In the now-fourteen years since the first publication of CtC's revelations about the income tax, federal and state tax agencies have made upwards of 200,000 such admissions. Billions of dollars are involved.

EVERY ONE OF THESE GOVERNMENT ADMISSIONS has been of a definitive and unmistakable evidentiary character. Look again at the illustrative words in FRE 804(b)(3): "...contrary to the declarant’s proprietary or pecuniary interest or had so great a tendency to invalidate the declarant’s claim against someone else...". It is impossible to imagine admissions more unambiguously contrary to a tax agency's pecuniary interest or having a greater tendency to invalidate its claims against someone else than its issuance of a check, or a "closing notice" to a notice of deficiency claim, or the honoring in any way whatever of tax filings declaring that no "income" was received and/or self-assessing at $0.

More, these endless admissions have been made against a backdrop of equally-endless efforts by these same governments to discourage people from making the claims the agencies find themselves compelled to honor. (Some of the ugly but revealing details of these discouragement efforts can be seen here and here.)

That is, corrupt elements high up the food chain in these agencies and their principals DON'T WANT THOSE CHECKS ISSUED, or the other types of admissions to be made. Those corrupt actors are trying to thwart those admissions in the only way they can-- by trying to keep the CtC-informed claims that compel the admissions from being made in the first place.

These discouragement efforts make clear that the primary interest of those higher up the food chain is not obedience to the law and these admissions are "against interest". By that same token, all these admissions make clear that every "official" expression against the revelations of CtC, however and by whoever made, is merely a corrupt, self-interested lie.

IN LIGHT OF ALL THIS, I think I am on rock-solid safe ground in saying that never in American history has there been a greater mountain of evidence manifestly proving legal and practical correctness than there is on behalf of the revelations in CtC. Indeed, I think nothing else has ever even come close.

And yet, all of this remains the most under-reported story of the 21st century.

Worse, over the next four weeks ten thousand institutional and professional voices will still get away with deceiving millions of Americans about the true nature of the tax. These poor folks will be successfully cajoled or snookered into signing away ownership of their own property to Leviathan for its disposal, rather than re-establishing their own claims to that property as is both their right and their obviously prudent and civically-responsible self-interest.

It's absolutely mind-boggling, isn't it?

Or maybe the word I'm looking for is "tragic", or "shameful"... or how about "criminal"?


BTW, this might be a good article to share with that relative, attorney, CPA or HR person that seems to have so much trouble making his or her own admissions of the truth of CtC's revelations. Here's a .pdf that'll make this easy to do.

Twitter  Facebook Digg Reddit LinkedIn StumbleUpon

Care to post a comment on this article?

Set a brushfire-- E-mail this newsletter to a friend

Return to contents

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 28- In 193, Roman Emperor Publius Helvius Pertinax is assassinated by his Praetorian Guards, who then auction the throne to the highest bidder (Senator Didius Julianus).  In 1834, the United States Senate censures President Andrew Jackson for de-funding the Second Bank of the United States (a central bank equipped to emit notes and extend credit, somewhat anticipating the current Federal Reserve, and responsible, during its 20-year existence, for a massive real-estate price bubble and collapse).  After the demise of the bank, the United States experienced virtually zero inflation until the Fed was instituted (with the exception of the period during the War Between The States, when the Lincoln administration issued its fiat "greenbacks").   In 1939, fascist Francisco Franco takes Madrid in the Spanish Civil War.  In 1979, the worst nuclear power plant accident in American history occurs at the Three Mile Island reactor in Pennsylvania.  No one is hurt and no damage occurs.


A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

A few words about pictures, and a few pictures about words.

WRITTEN ANALYSES ARE INDISPENSABLE to an accurate communication of the critical nuances and details of any subject. Still, sometimes the written presentation of the distinctions drawn in the law between the all-inclusive general class of something and the tax-related subclass of the thing can be confusing. This is especially so when the subclass distinguished in the law continues to be called by the same name as the general class, and the reader is obliged to resort to context in order to recognize the distinction.

Let's look at a couple of class/subclass distinctions in tax-law areas of widest interest-- those between "wages" relevant to the tax and the general class 'wages' as the word is commonly-defined. In order to help cement the distinctions in mind, I'm going to deploy some graphic aids. These images should assist greatly in communicating the true nature of the subclasses, and as a serendipity, serve to illustrate the effect of the "includes" rule of construction, as well.

WE'LL START WITH the basic division between ALL wages (pay for labor, generically) and the two "wage" subclasses relevant to the "federal income" (fed-come) tax. First, see the "wages" distinguished for purposes of Chapter 24, which are themselves dependent in that distinction on the statutory distinction between commonly-defined employees and "chapter 24 employees":

26 USC § 3401(c) Employee

For purposes of this chapter, the term ''employee'' includes an officer, employee, or elected official of the United States, a State, or any political subdivision thereof, or the District of Columbia, or any agency or instrumentality of any one or more of the foregoing. The term ''employee'' also includes an officer of a corporation.*

(*This only means an officer who is paid for services rendered, and not someone with merely an unpaid directorial position-- see IRS pub. 15A. Also, the corporations covered are only "United States corporations"-- see this for some particulars regarding this distinction.)

The graphic representation of this statutory definition is seen in the following diagram:

It is clear that the workers who qualify as "employees" for purposes of the chapter and its provisions are a subclass from among the larger generic class of ALL employees. This is just as the statute says, of course, and is also self-evident from the simple fact that a special definition is given at all. If the "employees" relevant to the tax were not a subclass of the overall class: 'employee', a special definition would be neither needed nor rational.

Looking at the definition of "wages" as used in chapter 24, we find another distinction drawn:

26 USC § 3401(a) Wages

For purposes of this chapter, the term ''wages'' means all remuneration (other than fees paid to a public official) for services performed by an employee [defined, for purposes of this chapter, as shown above]...

Here is the graphic representation of this distinction and relationship:

All told, then, we see that "wages" as meant in chapter 24 (the remuneration subject to that chapter's withholding provisions, and also serving as measure of taxable activity subject to the normal "subtitle A" fed-come tax) is only what is paid to statutorily-distinguished "employees" (a subclass of the greater class of ALL employees, and thus, plainly NOT "all employees").

Now, turning to chapter 21 "wages", we have to again first look at a primary distinction drawn in the law-- this time between commonly-defined 'employment' and statutorily-defined "employment":

26 USC § 3121(b) Employment

For purposes of this chapter, the term ''employment'' means any service, of whatever nature, performed by [a long, involved series of distinguished individuals, deploying dependencies resting on other dependencies]...

The graphic representation of this subclass distinguished from the class of ALL employment looks like this:

Turning to the "wages" definition for chapter 21, we find the statutorily-distinguished "employment" subclass invoked:

26 USC § 3121(a) Wages

For purposes of this chapter, the term ''wages'' means all remuneration for employment...

Again, looking at the graphic representation, we clearly see that "wages" to which the FICA sur-taxes apply are merely a subclass of all wages:

It's all pretty easy to take in and keep straight with the help of these diagrams, isn't it? A picture really IS worth a thousand words!

“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

Twitter  Facebook Digg Reddit LinkedIn StumbleUpon

Care to post a comment on this article?

Set a brushfire-- E-mail this newsletter to a friend

Return to contents


A Nice Bit Of Outreach

Just the sort of thing that should be in every newspaper in America...

THE FOLLOWING LETTERS TO THE EDITOR appeared in the Hell's Canyon Journal March 8 and 15. This is serious, powerful outreach that may very well save some good Americans from the "ignorance tax". It's great stuff, that I hope might inspire others to do the same right away.

Dear Fellow HCJ Reader,

With everyone’s favorite season, i.e., “tax season”, truly upon us, I would invite you to engage in a bit of fantasy.

Say that you are currently earning a salary of $60,000 a year and paying somewhere around $10,000 in income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes. Imagine for a moment that you could direct the Federal Government to allocate that $10,000 any way you wished and they would be bound by your designations to do so. How would you ask that your contribution to the running of the country be allocated? How much would you dedicate to the Dept. of Defense? The Dept. of Education? Housing & Urban Development? Health & Human Services? Transportation? Justice? The CIA or the NSA? The Forest Service or National Park Service? Social Security or Medicare? Or any of the other myriad departments/agencies/entities that your money could support? Give some thought to what services provided by the Federal Government are most important to you personally and where you would most like to see your money go. Where would you designate that it be spent?

Now imagine that your calculated $10,000 contribution were not a compulsory one, that you were free to keep your entire salary to spend as you saw fit, but that you were “encouraged” to contribute your “fair share” to the running of the country and there was a mechanism in place for you to send your contribution(s) directly to the department(s) you wanted to support. How would you allocate the $10,000 under these circumstances? Where would you send it and how much would you send?

To be continued next week…

Bill Schuhle

Halfway, Oregon


Dear Fellow HCJ Reader,

Last week I suggested some tax season fantasizing about how you would allocate your “share-of-running-the-country-money” if it were yours to do so and even if paying your share were completely voluntary. I hope you did do a bit of fantasizing and would be interested in knowing what you came up with. When I do the exercise, I have a hard time picturing how I would divvy up my contribution as the size and scope of the Federal Government is so overwhelming that my puny contribution seems meaningless. But if I do think about individual departments/services, there are actually very few to which I would be comfortable sending money directly. Part of this is because of the incredible waste and corruption that are unendingly documented, but never seemingly dealt with: huge and unrelenting cost overruns at DoD along with the “misplacing” of several trillion dollars, all the while not being able to find the funds to properly serve those who have served and often paid a heavy price; criminal cronyism with the pharmaceutical industry at the FDA and CDC; the DoE’s Common Core debacle, roundly condemned by many caring educators; the Dept. of Agriculture’s host of subsidies that totally distort agricultural markets; the list goes on and on. The worst, to me, is the whole concept of millions of productive citizens sending a noticeable chunk of the fruits of their labors to a small cadre of representatives who basically serve as convenient pressure points where heavyweight special interests can concentrate their efforts to radically distort the spending of the funds so remitted.

If you can relate to these concerns, there is some good news. About 13 years ago, a very bright and persistent fellow by the name of Peter Hendrickson wrote a book called “Cracking the Code: The Fascinating Truth about Taxation in America” in which he details the legalities of the creation and application of the Federal income tax as well as the shenanigans that have been pulled to maneuver the average citizen into claiming that their income is taxable when in fact it is not. It’s a long story, but you can find an introduction to it at www.losthorizons.com/Cracking_the_Code.htm and read the whole sorry tale if you purchase the book. (Warning: the book contains a lot of legalese, so is not an easy read.) As unbelievable as it may sound, Hendrickson provides ample proof of the tens of thousands of folks who, by filing “CtC-educated” returns, have completely avoided paying any Federal taxes and/or had previously remitted sums refunded in full. You will be astonished.

Should you follow up on this and be successful in having your contribution(s) returned to you to spend as you see fit, but would still like to send in something, I’ve looked into it and the Federal Government does accept voluntary contributions, though they are not assignable to a particular area or function, but rather go into the general fund as do your tax dollars. I guess you can’t win ’em all…

Bill Schuhle

Halfway, Oregon

BILL ISSUED A THOUGHTFUL CHALLENGE to his neighbors. Here's my challenge to you: Think about what might happen if thousands of letters like this one, thoughtfully invoking the thoughtful sensibilities of the reader, appeared in local papers over the next few weeks?

A LOT might happen, I believe. And all of it good.

"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...)

Twitter  Facebook Digg Reddit LinkedIn StumbleUpon

Care to post a comment on this article?

Set a brushfire-- E-mail this newsletter to a friend

Return to contents

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 29- In 1638, Swedish colonists establish the first European settlement in Delaware.  In 1886, Dr. John Pemberton brews the first vat of Cocaine-Cola (Coca-Cola).  In 1936, Adolph Hitler's policy of reoccupation of the Rhineland is supported by 97.8 percent of the German electorate in a referendum.  In 1951, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in connection with their passing of United States nuclear weapon secrets to the Soviet Union.  In 1971, Lt. William Calley is convicted of premeditated murder for the massacre at My Lai.  In 2014, the first government-licensed same-sex weddings are performed in England and Wales.


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

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")


The plane that gets the most flak is the one that's right above the target.

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.

Click here for the rest of this article

Twitter  Facebook Digg Reddit LinkedIn StumbleUpon

Care to post a comment on this article?

Set a brushfire-- E-mail this newsletter to a friend

Return to contents


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.

Twitter  Facebook Digg Reddit LinkedIn StumbleUpon

Care to post a comment on this article?

Set a brushfire-- E-mail this newsletter to a friend

Return to contents

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 30- In 1842, anesthesia is used for the first time in a surgical operation.  In 1858, a pencil with an attached eraser is patented.  In 1867, the United States buys Alaska from Russia for 2 cents per acre.  (Of course, 2 cents was worth a good deal more then than it is now...)   In 1909, the Queensboro Bridge between Manhattan and Queens opens for traffic.  In 1939, the Heinkel HE 100 sets a world airspeed record of 463 mph.  In 1981, Ronald Reagan is shot by John Hinkley.


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.

Twitter  Facebook Digg Reddit LinkedIn StumbleUpon

Care to post a comment on this article?

Set a brushfire-- E-mail this newsletter to a friend

Return to contents


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

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

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

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


The 'Watching the Watchmen Amendment'

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


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

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

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

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

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



In light of the actual evidence, those who doubt or deny the accuracy and correctness of CtC just because 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.

Do you have a victory to share?  Click here to learn how to do so.

If you're working on one, and just getting stonewalled or speed-bumped, you can still be recognized! Go here to learn what to do.

Learn The Liberating Truth About The Tax

NEW! Orders of twelve or more books now come with a free DVD containing six informative and inspiring videos-- 112 minutes in all. Click here for the details.


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.

YoYou'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? suggest?  


Copy and post this one around, people!




Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 31- In 1774, Great Britain orders the port of Boston closed in response to the Boston Tea Party.  In 1889, the Eiffel Tower is inaugurated.  In 1917, the United States buys the Danish West Indies for $25 million and renames them the United States Virgin Islands.  In 1918, Daylight Saving Time debuts.  In 1933, the FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps boondoggle is established as a measure to relieve unemployment brought about by the Fed-generated economic collapse known as the Great Depression.  It fails miserably.  Programs of this very sort interfered with the economic correction necessary to end the depression and merely prolonged the calamity, leaving the unemployment rate largely unchanged (it remained as high as 15% in 1937 while the boondoggle make-work jobs continued, and jumped back up to 19% in 1938 when some of the artificial "New Deal" props like the CCC program were cut back), but adding greatly to the size and lawlessness of the State.  In 1951, the first UNIVAC 1 is delivered to the United States Census Bureau.  In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson announces that he will not run for re-election.


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

IFIF 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


Return to contents


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!!

Click here to take the test


Click here for more Tax IQ tests

Twitter  Facebook Digg Reddit LinkedIn StumbleUpon

“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


How About You?


Are You Governing Yourself?

Get The Knowledge, Reclaim Your Power, And Stand With The Founders




Did Obama Spy On Trump?

by Andrew Napolitano

The question of whether former President Barack Obama actually spied on President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition has been tantalizing Washington since President Trump first made the allegation nearly two weeks ago. Since then, three investigations have been launched – one by the FBI, one by the House of Representatives and one by the Senate. Are the investigators chasing a phantom, or did this actually happen?

Here is the back story.

Obama would not have needed a warrant to authorize surveillance on Trump. Obama was the president and as such enjoyed authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to order surveillance on any person in America, without suspicion, probable cause or a warrant.

FISA contemplates that the surveillance it authorizes will be for national security purposes, but this is an amorphous phrase and an ambiguous standard that has been the favorite excuse of most modern presidents for extraconstitutional behavior.

In the early 1970s, President Richard Nixon used national security as a pretext to deploying the FBI and CIA to spy on students and even to break in to the office of the psychiatrist of Daniel Ellsberg, one of his tormentors.

FISA was enacted in the late 1970s to force the federal government to focus its surveillance activities – its domestic national security-based spying – on only those people who were more likely than not agents of a foreign government. Because FISA authorizes judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to make rules and establish procedures for surveillance – essentially lawmaking – in secret, the public and the media have been largely kept in the dark about the nature and extent of the statute and the legal and moral rationale for the federal government’s spying on everyone in the U.S.


Click here to read the rest of this article


Aren'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 harming our sons and daughters and others around the world 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


Return to contents


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

April 1- In 1826, Samuel Morey patents an internal combustion engine.  In 1867, Singapore becomes a British colony.  In 1924, Adolph Hitler is sentenced to prison for his participation in the "Beer Hall Putsch" (where he proceeds to write 'Mein Kampf").  In 1945, U.S. troops land on Okinawa in the start of the last campaign in World War II.  In 1967, the United States DOT begins operations.  In 1976, Apple Computer is founded.  In 1979, 98% of Iranian voters support the overthrow of the U.S.-installed monarchy of the Shah and transforming the country into an Islamic Republic.  In 2001 the Netherlands legalizes same-sex marriage; in 2002, it does the same for euthanasia.


Are You Ready For More Power?



"Peter Hendrickson has done it again! 'Upholding The Law' does for individual liberties what 'Cracking the Code' did for tax law compliance: exposes the reader to the unalienable truth!"

-Jesse Herron, Bill Of Rights Press, Fort Collins, Colorado

Click here for more information

And don't miss:

Was Grandpa Really a Moron

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

Click here for more information


There is little more important to the long-term health of America than how our children are educated..



Want to get on the Newsletter mailing list? Just email your name to SubscribeMe 'at' losthorizons.com using the address you want added!


Some Observations Regarding Educated And Accurate Filing


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

[Y]ou really need to familiarize yourself with Pete Hendrickson's absolutely magnificent work at his website and in his book(s). He has, brilliantly and lucidly, "cracked the code" regarding the federal income EXCISE tax(es)."

-Mark C. Phillips, JD


"...I find your work fascinatingly simple to understand."

-J-Jerry Arnowitz, JD


"Your book is a masterpiece!"

-Michael Carver, JD


"Received your book yesterday. Started reading at 11 PM, finished at 4 AM." "I have 16 feet (literally 16' 4.5") of documents supporting just about everything in your book." "Your book should be required reading for every lawyer before being admitted to any Bar." "I hope you sell a million of them."

-John O'Neil Green, JD


“Thanks again for your efforts, Pete. They mean an awful lot to a lot of people.” “…as an attorney, I am humbled by your knowledge and ability in navigating the law. THANK YOU for your hard work and sacrifice.”

-Eric Smithers, JD


"I am an attorney and want to give a testimonial to your book, which I find to be compelling. I am exercising these rights for myself and my adult children. I'm even considering making this my new avenue of law practice."

-Nancy "Ana" Garner, JD

Learn what these colleagues already know, then step forward and become part of a coordinated, mutually-supportive squadron focused on developing strategy and deploying the law in courtrooms across the country. There's a lot of suing that needs doing right now.

Are you ready for a challenge that'll put some real meaning behind all the effort you went through to get your credentials? Send me an email.

Have You Taken A Military, Law Enforcement or Public Office Oath To Uphold And Defend The Constitution?

Renew Your Promise

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







'Don't Tread On Me' Polo Shirts Say It All!



Click Here To Get Yours Now!




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


Get your FREE* CtC bumper sticker and help spread the word!

Just send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Lost Horizons, Bumper Sticker Offer, 232 Oriole Rd., Commerce Twp., MI 48382 (*If you want to throw a few bucks into the envelope to help with costs, that'd be nice, but it's entirely optional...)font>



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:

April 2- In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon becomes the first European known to have set foot in Florida.  In 1792, the Coinage Act is passed, establishing the U.S. Mint.  In 1902, the first full-time commercial movie theater opens in Los Angeles.  In 1917, Wilson asks Congress for a declaration of war on Germany; and the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress takes her seat as a representative from Montana.  In 1972, Charlie Chaplin returns to the USA for the first time since being labeled a communist during the "red scare" on the 1950s.  In 1975, the CN Tower in Toronto becomes the world's tallest free-standing structure at 1,815.4 feet.


Set a brushfire-- E-mail this newsletter to a endd


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


OK, Now Back To Your Regularly Scheduled Programming:



Is this newsletter of any value to you? If so, please consider a donation

to help keep it available, or it soon won't be. Donations can be sent to:


Peter Hendrickson

232 Oriole St.

Commerce Twp., MI  48382


Order Books, Warrior-Wear, or The CtC Companion CD


An "Income" Tax Related Site Map


E-mail this Newsletter to a friend


Want to get on the Newsletter mailing list?  Just send an email from the address you want added to SubscribeMe 'at' losthorizons.com with "Subscribe me" in the subject line, and your name in the body!






Your Comments

To comment on any article in this newsletter (or to read comments of others), click on the talk balloon below.

(It may take a while for your newly-posted comments to appear; also, please understand that this is NOT a place for posing questions about individual tax situations.)


Return to contents



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.