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Current Events and Continuing Education for November 14 through November 27, 2016

“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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My Vote For Scalia's Seat: Alex Kozinski Of The Ninth Circuit


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...)

Clarifying the message of the moment

Word To President-Elect Trump


Clarifying the message of the moment, II

Word To The CtC Community


Clarifying the message of the moment, III

Do You Fear The President? You Should...


Some great opportunities await good journalists

Pointers For Pundits


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 Supreme Court and Presidential Wars'


Setting 'em straight:

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


Either use your rights, or lose your rights

I Stand With Doreen- Updated


Share, share, share, people

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The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

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


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Got something to say?

Your Comments



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


The Fifteenth Upgraded Edition of CtC is Now Available!

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


Click here for the current Mid-Edition Update posts

Featured In This Update:

The True And Important Story Of Thanksgiving


The Statist MSM Stay Corrupt And Get Creative


What Part Of "Drain The Swamp" Do You Not Understand?


Trolls Against The Truth: A Dis-Information Campaign


A New Video Exposing Government Lies About CtC


Regarding State Group Membership


Why Are You Not Doing This?


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


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


Your Comments


"There are two distinct classes of men...those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes."

- Thomas Paine

C'mon! CtC can't be right! You're crazy!

If CtC were actually right,

it would mean the government's been concealing and denying the truth for years on end,

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

(Edward Snowden, come home! It was all just a bad dream; there really is No Such Agency!)



Do you know someone truly steeped in the Kool-Aid?


 I mean someone who finds it easier to believe that the far-better-educated, far-more-suspicious-of-government Americans of a hundred years ago were complete morons who granted authority to the state to take whatever it wished from themselves and their posterity than to imagine that they themselves simply misunderstand the true nature of the income tax? Even while knowing that their beliefs about the tax are derived entirely from the representations of those who profit from those beliefs (like tax bureaucrats and "tax professionals")?


Do you know someone like that? Shake them awake with the latest (fourteenth) edition of CtC!



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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 21- In 1620, the Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact.  In 1783, the first untethered hot-air balloon flight is made in Paris.  In 1789, North Carolina becomes the 12th of the several states to ratify the United States Constitution.  In 1877, Thomas Edison presents the world with the phonograph.  In 1922, the first female U.S. Senator takes her oath of office.  In 1953, the most celebrated fossil in the world, the skull of "Piltdown Man", is revealed to be a hoax.  In 1985, U.S. Navy Intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard is arrested as an Israeli spy.  In 1995, the Dow closes above 5,000 for the first time.

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


Word To President-Elect Trump

Clarifying the message of the moment.

CONGRATULATIONS! Now comes the serious part.

As you make your plans over the next few months prior to taking office, I hope you'll keep firmly in mind that you don't "drain the swamp" by putting swamp creatures into positions of power and responsibility, and especially not the very same swamp creatures who held power and responsibility while the swamp grew. As you consider people for your cabinet you must eschew everyone aligned or associated with the policies of the status quo which we just rejected.

We elected you to execute that rejection. We want no more welfare state, and no more warfare state.

We want no more militarized police departments and no more "Total Information Awareness" surveillance state. We want no more secret courts making secret rulings and creating secret law.

Let me put it in a way that should really resonate: George Bush and Barack Obama got elected on promises of a humbler foreign policy, governmental transparency, cessation of aggressive war-making and strict adherence to the Constitution, and then broke all those promises. We have refused to elect another of their ilk, and elected you instead, in the expectation that you will keep those promises.

THERE ARE OTHER THINGS we expect from you as well, of course, based on other positions you took in your campaign. But our biggest expectation from you is that you will actually represent declared Republican ideals of small government, the primacy of individual liberty as the purpose of the state, and scrupulous adherence to the Constitution which career politicians seem able to honor only in their words and never in their deeds.

You will never accomplish this by surrounding yourself with people who played any kind of role in the federal government over the last sixteen years, at least, or any that rooted for any of the bad and foolish things done during those years. Those are the folks responsible for what you have been elected to fix.

 This means no Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, John Bolten or Newt Gingrich. It means no Mike Rogers, and no Pete Hoekstra-- or anyone like any of these folks. It means no neo-cons, no big-government types, no "terrorism" floggers and no "made" men or women of any kind in any office of trust and power.

By picking you, the American people just un-made the "made" thing. Please keep this firmly in mind going forward.

BUT NOT TO WORRY! You have plenty of good "un-made" people to pick from. Let me suggest a few: For State think about Pat Buchanan. For Defense there's James H. Webb, Jr.  For Treasury, Ron Paul (or David Stockman if Paul declines due to age). For CIA Director there's Philip Giraldi. For Homeland Security, ABOLISH THIS HYDRA.

How about Larry Klayman or Andrew Napolitano for Attorney General? Maybe Fred Smith, Jr. of CEI to head the EPA (or his associate Myron Ebell, who I am happy to see is in charge of that transition area for you already)? Consider John Taylor Gatto for the Department of Education.

I'll post more suggestions now and then. Check here regularly.

I know your own people will have lists for you, too, but be wary on that front. Too many of "your people" have ended up being "their people" over the past year-- that is, swamp creatures.

Keep your eyes clear and your bs detector on full power. Focus on what you promised-- draining the swamp. You can do it. The people will stand with you as you do it-- if you do it.


SHARP-EYED WARRIOR Katie Hamborsky shared this link with me after my day-after-election-day early post of this article. It's a "suggestion box" for president-elect Trump.

As Katie says, it would be a good thing if a lot of us post suggestions recommending that Mr. Trump get up to speed on CtC's revelations. After all, he should be very interested in the liberating truth about the tax, both because it's the truth about the law, which he is about to become oath-bound to faithfully execute, and because unlike most other office holders, whose main earnings are subject to the tax anyway, Trump's main earnings are not, giving him a huge personal stake in the proper application of the tax.


FORWARD-LOOKING MediaMike in Arizona has some good thoughts to add:

Hi Pete,

Let's begin by eliminating a few posts... or whole departments such as:

Dept. of Education

Dept. of Agriculture

Dept. of Interior

Dept. of HHS

Homeland Security Dept

Dept. of Energy

Dept. of Labor

Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

This will layoff 640,000 people, but will save the US 1.3 Trillion a year. Layoffs can move to State functions, or re-train to get real jobs.

Then there's TSA, IRS, DIA, NSA and the standing ARMY to eliminate. When added to the closing of 600 foreign bases, this will save another TRILLION from the budget, totaling 2.3 trillion in decreased federal costs.

Then, lawful income tax procedures (taxes on those who actually make federal income) will more than provide the federal funding to no longer run deficits. In fact, there will be 100 billion dollar surpluses. This should be distributed to the PEOPLE (lawful citizens) as bonuses until further tax cuts can balance the process.

 Best wishes,


Sounds good to me!


P. S. Brian Wright has a good column on current events here.

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Word To The CtC Community

Clarifying the message of the moment, II.

BREXIT. DONALD TRUMP elected to the White House. The Cubbies taking the World Series. A Clinton or two on the road to prison.

Does anyone still doubt that we are in a transformational moment? Don't doubt it. We are.

The status-quo house of cards is reeling and rocking like it has not done even once for a moment in the 75 years of systematic, institutionalized misapplication of the income tax. Now is the time to stand up and make things happen, people.

I URGE YOU ALL to re-visit and re-read the words posted here. Do what you are asked to do there.

Visit this page, too, and go full-bore at spreading the word directly.

It IS a transformational moment. It's a Restore the Republic moment. The principles of CtC are a necessary component of that restoration, and it is up to us to see to it that this is understood across America.

The bad guys are reeling and rocking. The good guys need to get rocking and rolling.



Autumn Hargrave Has Stepped Up For The Rule Of Law!

RIGHT AFTER I POSTED THE CALL TO ACTION ABOVE, Warrior Autumn Hargrave proudly shared two victories secured last month. These are complete refunds of everything withheld and paid over to the state as "income" tax during 2013 and 2014, respectively, both include interest, and both issued in response to amended returns.

Here is the refund for 2013:

The filing (and the notice showing the interest computation) can be seen here.

Here is Autumn's refund for 2014:

The filing (and the notice showing the interest computation) can be seen here.

GOT TO LOVE this fine, heroic American!

Autumn has stepped up and acted to restrain the dangerous and corrupt state and uphold the rule of law, something desperately needed from everyone. Her victories join those of the tens of thousands of other awakened and activated Americans represented here, and is another step toward the restoration of the Founders republic and the true rule of law.

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!

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 22- In 1718, the pirate known as Blackbeard is killed off the coast of North Carolina in a fight with a British warship.  In 1963, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.  In 1987, two Chicago-area television signals are hijacked briefly by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom.


So, Did You Fear A President Clinton? Do You Fear A President Trump?

You ought to dread either one...

IF THERE HAS BEEN ONE POSITIVE CONSEQUENCE of this latest election cycle, it is that a whole lot of Americans have been awakened to the fact that power in the hands of public officials is dangerous! Whether one's choice of the lesser evil might be, Clinton or Trump, the other evil on offer has starkly painted into his mind the perils of modern state power falling into undeserving hands.

Generally, in past elections, opposition to the "other guy"-- the pick preferred by other folks but not you-- has hinged on policy issues. Though sometimes heatedly defended or assailed, and though often concerning important matters, the issues have generally been taken at one or another level of "academic" consideration.

This year "position" and "opposition" have been on a self-preservation level. Whether you're for Clinton or Trump, you view the choice as one on which your very survival might depend.

Being unable to tell today how it's going to turn out in December (when the actual election takes place), everyone has experienced a very cold feeling in the pit of the stomach from the thought that it might go the wrong way. That feeling of imminent dire peril is the gift of the remarkable 2016 presidential race.

This year, for the first time, a lot of Americans are really, truly learning that to facilitate the near-Satanic power of the unrestrained state is to hang a Sword of Damocles over their own heads, and those of their children.

As P.J. O'Rourke wittily and accurately said, "Giving money and power to politicians is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." I'll add what is clearly implied but what I suspect many folks hadn't really realized until this year-- you and your kids are strapped into the back seat of that car.

SO, LOTS OF FOLKS ARE REALLY GETTING THE MESSAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME that power in political hands is bad, stupid, dangerous. What we in the CtC community must do is help these folks-- our friends, family and acquaintances-- recognize the necessary solution to this now-understood grave threat: STOP GIVING THEM THE GAS!!!

We in the CtC community must seize the moment. We must make a big push right now to show those about whom we care that it is their right and their duty to learn and declare the truth on every tax-related instrument they sign.

At the same time, we must show those we love that learning and declaring the truth on every tax-related instrument-- and thereby cutting off the excessive fuel-supply to the state-- is their only real hope for safety. Otherwise there will always be a Leviathan plenty big enough to destroy them at best waiting in the wings for one dicey election to go the wrong way and bring the nightmare to life.

A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO a statist thug made the observation that a crisis should never be allowed to go to waste. In his case he meant that a crisis should be used to grow the state and fasten it ever-more firmly on the American people.

But that sword cuts both ways. This time, how about the good guys capitalize on the crisis and use it to shrink the state?

Let's not forget, the "Cracking the Code" community has always also been the "Restore the Republic" community. So, CtC2RtR (#CtC2RtR)! That has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

NOTE: Click on Saruman's evil mug in the image above to see how the spread of CtC's revelations will act to RtR.

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A Very F-bomb Laden But Nonetheless Worthwhile Commentary

Viewer discretion is advised, but the expostulations in this video are merited


Pointers For Pundits

Focusing on the facts makes for great journalism.

AS USUAL, COME THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR there will be a three-and-a-half month period in which many articles will be written about the income tax in the mainstream media. Every single one will suffer from mistaken information about the subject...


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Doreen's Supreme Court Petition Gets Denied

Even as yet another federal judge condemns the orders she was "convicted" for resisting...


Have You Been Harassed By "Frivolous" Threats?

Don't stand for it; it's time for a class-action lawsuit.


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...

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 23- In 1876, corrupt Tammany Hall politician "Boss" Tweed is extradited from Spain, to which he fled to escape charges in New York.  In 1936, the first edition of Life magazine is published.  In 1954, the Dow exceeds its previous record high, which had been reached shortly before the crash of 1929.  In 1963, Doctor Who hits the airwaves for the first time.  In 1981, Ronald Reagan authorizes the CIA to recruit, equip and train "Contra" rebels in Nicaragua.  In 2011, the president of Yemen agrees to resign in exchange for legal immunity for past crimes.  In 2015, Blue Origins' spacecraft 'New Shepard' became the first rocket to fly to space and return to Earth in a controlled landing.


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.

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The Fourth Amendment Enforcement Locker

Some things you've just got to do for yourself.

IT'S A SAD BUT SIMPLE TRUTH: Our current governments here in America have no respect for our rights, and this is not going to change in any broad way due to the election of Donald Trump, or any other electoral outcome.

Our forefathers put things like the Fourth Amendment in place because they knew that future American governments would want to violate our rights to privacy, and would endlessly invent pretexts for doing so. This is because violating our rights to privacy serves the natural interests of those in power to subjugate, abuse and exploit those not in power.

Changing the names of those in power offers no protection from privacy violations, the tendency toward which arises with the assumption of office even if it was not present beforehand. It is in recognition of this corruption dynamic that Thomas Jefferson admonished us,

"[L]et no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."

IN LIGHT OF THE ANNOYING but inescapable dynamic of corruption, it falls to each of us to enforce our privacy rights without reliance on state actors. We must still pursue the imposition of respect for the law through judicial action and the ballot. But we must act independently as well.

Independent security means each of us taking steps to blunt or entirely foil illegal general privacy violations and Fourth-Amendment-violations from any quarter, by way of changes in our own behavior. Happily, a great deal can be done without too much trouble or effort.

Since the Snowden heroism especially, a number of virtuous people and organizations have stepped up to help individual Americans (and others) pull effective liberty shields about themselves. These shields secure privacy from unwarranted invasion as intended by the Founders and Framers, and as is enshrined in the fundamental law of the land.

As a preliminary step before we get to the shields on offer, I urge each of you to gain a clear understanding of the real meaning and intent of the Fourth Amendment, which is laid out in this document. Please read it carefully. As will be seen, the real prescriptions and proscriptions of this critically-important Constitutional provision are quite different from what the state wants us all to imagine.

Done reading? Ok...

Listed below are some of those shields which I have found to be simple to implement and, as far as I can tell, effective in function. Each is named and briefly discussed, and links to where to get each are provided. I urge each of you to adopt these measures, and to share this page around.

PRETTY GOOD PRIVACY. Don't be fooled by the name. PgP can be really, really good digital privacy, darn near impenetrable. A decently chosen passphrase when setting up this system on your digital platforms can mean that the only way of getting past that shield would require the dedication of enormous resources and time to the task, taxing the limits of even large governments. I use the MS Windows-compatible, user-friendly software called GpG4win, which is one of the versions offered free of charge at GnuPG.

ENIGMAIL. This is the add-on for Thunderbird that applies the aforementioned PGP software to emails (for those using T-bird as their email client). Simple to use-- indeed, once in place Enigmail operates almost entirely in the background when exchanging email with others set up for PGP encryption. Get it here. Those using other email clients will have to locate similar customized applications appropriate for those other programs. Any email client for which no PGP-implementing software can be found should be dropped like a hot rock. (BTW, find my public key and fingerprint here.)

SIGNAL. Ed Snowden recommends this free end-to-end phonecall- text- and image-encryption software for smart-phones. Credentials don't get much better than that. Signal is a piece of cake to implement and has a very helpful mini-app within that facilitates sharing the program around with everyone in your contact list. (Like all communication-related encryption procedures, it only gives you the protection when communicating with others using the same tools.) Get Signal for i-phones and Android phones here.

TOR. The TOR browser is an online anonymity tool allowing for footprint-free internet use. Do your browsing in the TOR interface and you become a virtual cyberwraith. (TOR is theoretically crackable, but it takes a lot to accomplish.) Very easy to install and use; get TOR here.

DUCKDUCKGO. If you must continue to use conventional insecure (or asecure) browsers, at least use a search engine with them that doesn't deliberately track you as you go. Find DuckDuckGo here.

SO, THERE YOU HAVE MY LITTLE COLLECTION of privacy-shielding tools. Doubtless there are many others out there, but this is a pretty good batch for addressing most people's needs.

I may add to this list over the course of time, so check back now and then, and as I said above, please share this page around as comprehensively as possible. The rights of each of us are more secure when more of us secure our rights. Even corrupt states take note of which way the wind is blowing, and while even the flap of a butterfly's wing stirs the air and can lead to bigger things, a few million American men and women slamming shut the doors to their stuff is a lot more noticeable.


NOTE: Please do not ask me how to download, install, configure or use these tools. If uncertain about any of these issues, refer to the help files, FAQs and documentation provided by their creators.

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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 of this week:

November 24- In 1859, Charles Darwin publishes 'On the Origin of Species'.  In 1917, a bomb explodes in Police headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing ten.  In 1932, the FBI Crime Lab opens its doors.  In 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of JFK, is shot by Jack Ruby on live television; Lyndon Johnson declares his intention to support the government of South Vietnam both militarily and economically.  In 1971, D. B. Cooper parachutes from a hijacked airliner with $200,000.00 in ransom money.  Neither have been seen since.  In 2015, a Russian fighter jet cleaning up ISIS in Syria is shot down by Turkey after an accidental 17-second incursion into Turkish airspace. Russian restraint from retaliation and possible escalation (due to the fact that Turkey is a member of NATO) averted thermonuclear destruction of the planet.


How To Be A Leader In The CtC Community

It's simple






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

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

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

...as every American should...

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

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

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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 o 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 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 government officials make weaselly representations against it are like the 16th-century Europeans who were mystified by Copernicus getting all those astronomical predictions right even though the church had said he was wrong.



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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? 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 of this week:

November 25- In 1783, the last British troops leave New York City.  In 1867, Alfred Nobel patents dynamite.  In 1874, the "Greenback Party"-- a pro-inflation political organization-- is established.  Ten years later it is dis-established, but not before occupying 25 seats in the U.S. House, in the aggregate, over that decade.  In 1950, the People's Republic of China commits troops to the Korean War on the side of the North Koreans.  In 1952, Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London.  It goes on to become the longest-running play in history.  In 1986, Edwin Meese announces that money from arms sales to Iran were illegally diverted to the "Contra" rebels in Nicaragua.


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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The Supreme Court and Presidential Wars

by Bruce Fein

The United States Supreme Court should recognize the standing of citizens to challenge the constitutionality of presidential wars. It is our last best hope to regain the republic. Over the past century, we have become dictatress of the world through a toxic combination of presidential usurpations and congressional derelictions. Our glory is no longer liberty, but domination and force.

In addressing war, the U.S. Constitution’s makers painted in prime colors, not pastels or chiaroscuro. Every participant in the drafting, debating, and ratifying of the document understood that under Article I, section 8, clause 11, only Congress was empowered to cross the Rubicon from a state of peace to war. The sole exception was presidential power to “repel sudden attacks.” Presidential wars were anathema for reasons James Madison, father of the Constitution, related to Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence:

“The constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care vested the question of war in the Legislature.”

Even Alexander Hamilton, the most ardent proponent of a muscular presidency, in Federalist 69 applauded the Constitution’s exclusive entrustment of the war power to Congress.

Despite the constitutional clarity, Congress has yielded or surrendered its war power to the president. It began with the Korean War in 1950. The surrender has not divided the major parties. Both Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate recoil from the responsibility for deciding on war or peace in the manner of a dog retreating to its kennel when danger appears. The Members are highly risk-averse professional politicians. They calculate that the safest political posture is to pass the buck to the president, but carp at the commander in chief if the war goes south—irresponsibility more to be marveled at than imitated.


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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


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 26- In 1778, Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit Maui, Hawaii.  In 1789, a national Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in America upon the recommendation of George Washington.


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"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

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And don't miss:

Was Grandpa Really a Moron

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

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


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  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:

November 27- In 1870, the New York Times dubs baseball America's National Game.  1924, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in New York City.  In 1965, Pentagon officials inform the Johnson administration that a "surge" is necessary for success in Vietnam.


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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