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Current Events and Continuing Education for October 17 through October 30, 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:

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Can't be anything but pleased:

Doreen's Petition Gets A Little Attention


They celebrate 100 years of thwarting life. I say:

Bring 'Em Out Alive


All that matters is the best chance at seeing the least harm done...

Trump Melts Down; Go, Johnson!


Time for some push-back...

Have You Been Harassed By "Frivolous" Threats?


Have you heard a discouraging word?

The Truth About Trolleries


Other Voices

'Afghanistan- Fool's War'


A victory share by a remarkable activist

Brian's Illustrated Refund Claim


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


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


The Fifteenth 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:

Some Good Words From Some Good Americans


Are There No Experienced Lawyers Who Respect The Rule Of Law?


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:

October 24- In 1861, The first American transcontinental telegraph line is laid, ending the 18 month run of the Pony Express.  In 1926, Harry Houdini performs for the last time.  In 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashes (Black Thursday).  In 1931, the George Washington Bridge opens to traffic over the Hudson River between Fort Lee, New Jersey and Manhattan Island.  In 1945, the United Nations comes into formal existence.  In 2008, many of the world's stock exchanges suffered their worst day in history up to that point, with most dropping around 10%.

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


Doreen's Supreme Court Petition Gets A Little Recognition

This may or may not mean much, but it's gratifying to think that SOMEONE is noticing...

I WAS PLEASED TO LEARN LAST WEEK that Bloomberg's Criminal Law Reporter, a very well-respected, subscription-only service made use of by a lot of legal professionals, has found the petition for cert. that we filed in late August worthy of note. I don't know how rarefied such attention may be, but I imagine that only a handful of the 10,000 or so petitions filed each year are singled-out in this way.

Bloomberg was gracious enough to send us a .pdf of the September 18 posting, but because it is a subscription-only journal, I don't feel I would fairly return the courtesy if I posted it here. However, the write-up is simple, and a description will suffice. It begins with a summary of the case taken from the Sixth Circuit's evasive affirmation of Doreen's conviction.

This "highlight" of this summary is the Sixth's euphemistic (indeed, contemptible) description of Doreen's complaint about the orders she is resisting as having been "not properly issued". The real complaint is that the orders are Constitutionally-prohibited and therefore without authority, of course.

Also notable in the summary is the reference to the two orders as one single order. This fiction became necessary when the government realized before trial that its only hope of conviction lay in a requested instruction that the jury not be required to reach a unanimous verdict.

The Sixth Circuit's hinky-jinks are followed by the two questions presented in the petition for cert. So, at least anyone reading the CLR presentation does get a chance to see the real issues.

IN LIGHT OF THE ATTENTION GIVEN BY BLOOMBERG-- which may lead to attention by others, at long last-- I want to refresh everyone on Doreen's case, so that all those who recognize its significance can be as effective as possible in getting it out there and generating some of what would be a very helpful buzz. So, here are a few bullet points:

  • Doreen was ordered, as the requested "remedy" in a faked-up DOJ lawsuit, to make government-dictated, government-serving declarations; to swear that she believes these dictated declarations to be true; and to conceal the fact that she was ordered to make them and does NOT believe them to be true.

  • The declarations Doreen was ordered to make and swear she believes are that her earnings as a tutor and that mine as an executive at a property-management firm during 2002 and 2003 qualify as the special kind of "income" that is subject to the income tax. The government itself does not believe this to be true.

  • The other order made to Doreen is designed to put a falsehood about CtC's contents into circulation, and does so over the signature of someone who years later admitted to never having read the book.

  • Desperate to get a conviction in order to pile more pressure on Doreen to produce the false testimony it needs to cover-up its crimes in 2006 and accomplish the suppression of CtC, the government asked for an unprecedented jury instruction that the unlawfulness or unconstitutionality of the orders Doreen was accused of criminally resisting was not a defense to the charge of contempt.

  •  Also, desperate to get that conviction, both prosecutor and judge actually lied outright to the jury about the text of a statute during trial.

  • Also desperate to get that conviction, both prosecutor and judge participated in a fraud on the court by misrepresenting documents introduced by the government at the last minute before cross-examining Doreen. (See the first issue in this motion, and in this reply to the government's creepy and mendacious efforts to evade culpability.)

  • After accomplishing its by-hook-or-by-crook conviction of Doreen for refusing to produce the false testimony it so desperately wants, the government asked the sentencing court to order Doreen to speak its dictated lies or enter prison sooner than she would otherwise have to. Anticipating that Doreen would resist that pressure, government also asked that Doreen be returned to prison even after suffering her full sentence unless she speaks its self-serving lies upon being released.

  • Throughout all the horrendous assault on Doreen, and the corrupt expenditure of probably $1 million over the years since 2006 in the government's effort to force her to speak lies its own officials can't bring themselves to say and which purportedly is over an alleged tax liability of a mere $20,000, a few hundred thousand complete refunds have been made to Americans who have filed returns effectively identical to those the government is demanding that Doreen be made to repudiate.

THIS IS JUST a partial list of "highlights" of this remarkable, unprecedented case. But these points should be enough to equip everyone to raise public consciousness wherever the opportunity arises. I'll be grateful for anything anyone is able to do. 

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams

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100 Years Of Thwarting Life. What A Shameful Anniversary...

LET ME TAKE THIS OCCASION TO OFFER Planned Parenthood and a candid world the libertarian answer to the abortion conundrum. As will be seen, it is possible to respect the rights of all parties involved while really and truly making abortion rare.

Bring 'Em Out Alive

THE LEGAL THEORIES which keep the noxious abortion controversy alive in the face of steady majority opposition to the practice are really those of trespass and involuntary servitude, the Supreme Court’s nonsense about a penumbra of privacy notwithstanding.  There IS a penumbra of privacy in any system of government based on a limited delegation of authority to the state-- but it is irrelevant to the abortion question.

Citing that penumbra was an artifice by which the court tarted up with legalese the casting of the issue as a Hobson’s choice between violating a defensible claim to autonomy by the woman on the one hand and the proactive death of the fetus on the other (with the ridiculous argument that early-stage humans are not ‘human’ being deployed like a thumb on one side of the scale).  The strained privacy and fetal-inhumanity claims never commanded much meaningful respect from abortion’s opponents; but instinctive American support for the much more defensible position regarding the woman's sovereignty furnished abortion advocates with a means to obscure the contrived and false characterization of the dilemma and steer consideration of the issue in a direction that favored their cause.


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Trump Melts Down; Go, Johnson!

IT'S KIND OF A SHAME to see Donald Trump systematically compromise the political capital he had accumulated during the primary campaign. But it's definitely happening.

During that primary season, Trump distinguished himself from the rest of the Republican candidate pack. He earned a victory by articulating a few rational positions regarding foreign policy (i.e., withdrawing from a now useless NATO; pulling troops in from trigger-point deployments in countries which should be bearing their own costs of defense; recognizing that Israel is not the 51st state; and having a grown-up perspective on Russia).

Of course, what good there was suffered from Trump's vulgarity, bombast, inconsistency and other flaws. But most of his outrageous proposals were harmless, being concerned with things outside the control of the office he seeks. Only foreign policy is actually in the hands of the president, and on that front Trump stood out with far better positions than any of his Republican (or Democrat) rivals.

UNFORTUNATELY, UPON SECURING THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION Trump rapidly began collapsing. He has persisted in relying almost entirely on demagoguery in lieu of actual plans for implementing his declared policies, and has done his best to avoid declaring those policies with any exactitude. He has actually hired advisors straight from the war-mongering nuthouses and even picked a VP who embraces the neocon line on the virtues of perpetual war.

Most recently, Trump deeply dissed his supporters by not bothering to prepare for the first debate, suggesting that he is not taking seriously his responsibility as the Republican place-holder to do his level best to win the office. This guy should be working 24/7 to become impressively knowledgeable and intellectually-organized from a policies-and-positions standpoint.

Instead of boning up and working for mastery of what would be his responsibilities, Trump continues to shoot from the lip (and unimpressively even at that). He apparently imagines that just griping about the status quo, without explaining in concrete, well-thought-out terms what he would do differently, is good enough to capture the independents and cross-over Democrats he will have to have in order to win.

Worse, Trump actually revealed a totalitarian side in that first debate with his endorsement of the Constitution-defying "stop and frisk" practices of the New York police department. This is a disturbingly good fit with his un-retracted 2013 condemnation of Edward Snowden.

In the second debate Trump was better-prepared. But he continued to back-pedal on the primary-season foreign-policy positions that were the only thing going for him as a candidate (or at best deliver decidedly mixed messages). And even better-prepared, Trump was markedly unimpressive.

It can certainly still be said that it would be far better to take a chance on Trump than accept the known outcome from the election of Hillary Clinton. But the "far" is becoming less far every day. (Even on the issue of Supreme Court appointments Trump fails to stand out-- one of his announced "short-list" nominees is the lead judge in the outrageous, Constitution-scorning ruling being appealed by this petition to the Supreme Court.)

IN LIGHT OF ALL THE FOREGOING, it's time for a serious reconsideration of the Gary Johnson candidacy. At this point, there is little to lose by doing so.

Trump's disaffection of his base, and his inability or unwillingness to meaningfully work for independent and breakaway Democratic votes means he has less and less chance of winning in November. Johnson's chances are even more remote, of course, but helping ensure a strong showing for the Libertarian party candidate this year can pay dividends in 2020. And frankly, if Johnson gets into the remaining debate, doesn't mimic Trump by being unprepared, and actually articulates his positions competently, he could win.

It is certainly true that Johnson has weaknesses as a candidate, and he isn't even much of a libertarian.* However, even adulterated libertarianism beats business-as-usual Washington all hollow, both from a standpoint of policy superiority and political power.

Although Johnson doesn't understand the income tax, and actually argues in favor of the disastrous "Fair Tax" (indeed, the Libertarian Party as a whole completely misunderstands the income tax, and what a shame that is!), on most other fronts his policies are pretty attractive. I'd rather have what Johnson advocates than what Hillary or Trump does by a million miles, and I'll bet that a very large number of other Americans would find that they feel the same way if they knew the difference.

The bottom line is that I am not viewing Johnson as a standard-bearer for libertarian dogma, nor even as a model representative of the Libertarian Party. But I am viewing him as the candidate who would do the least harm and the most good should he get the office, regardless of his personal attributes or the label under which he runs, and since he is now as likely as Trump to get there, he is now the one who should therefore be getting the support.

Go, Johnson!

*Johnson is not a real libertarian, but Trump and his many predecessors as Republican nominees haven't been real republicans either, at least not insofar as that term is understood by its adherents, nor even as it is portrayed in official Republican platform pronouncements. Maybe I've missed it, but I haven't noticed any reduction in the size of the state or any of the other things supposedly near and dear to the hearts of real Republicans even during periods when nominal members of that party controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency.

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Have You Been Harassed By "Frivolous" Threats?

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

CtC FIRST BEGAN LIBERATING AMERICANS from the scourge of the misapplied "income" tax (aka the "ignorance tax") in 2003. Over all the years since, the beneficiaries of the status quo have been trying various things to suppress the spread of the book's information and to discourage claims made in light of that information.

One of the longest-running ploys has been subjecting a scattershot smattering of CtC-educated filers to scary-looking threats of a "frivolous return penalty" (FRP). The scamsters' hopes have always been that these threats will be mistaken as some kind of official dispute of the accuracy of the book's info, or at least will prompt rumors that the government pushes back against educated filings, which will discourage the timid from standing up for their rights and the rule of law.

These threats are often very overtly phony. Sometimes they arrive in the mailbox on the same day as the complete refund claimed by the filing being called "frivolous". Sometimes a single filing will be the pretext for a dozen of these FRP assertions, as though the button on the "scary-letter" machine got held down too long. (Those interested can find an expose of an elaborate IRS hoax concerning FRPs and CtC-educated filings here, and some in-depth discussion of the actual FRP provisions here.)

DESPITE THEIR LEGAL PHONINESS, FRP threats have done a lot of harm. They DO lead to rumors which have kept some folks who otherwise would have from even cracking open a book and learning the truth about the tax, and why it's so important. They HAVE disturbed the peace and quiet of those to whom they have been directed, and forced those folks into a tedious routine of writing and expensively-mailing responses.

A few educated filers have even had a portion of a complete refund dinged with a holdback of an asserted FRP liability.

In all cases these FRP threats amount to First Amendment assaults. All of them-- regardless of how specious-- involve government threats of harm unless the target repudiates his or her freely-made return testimony and replaces it with testimony more to the government's liking (for which a 30-day window is typically provided).

In short, these threats are outrageous and illegal. So...

I THINK IT'S TIME for a class-action lawsuit. I'm not a litigator, and can't say from experience what kind of relief could be sought. But I know that some kind of substantial relief is called for here, and I can certainly equip an experienced litigator with all the needed understanding of the law regarding FRPs and everything else that would be involved in such a suit.

Therefore I want to invite anyone out there who had been the recipient of these threats to take a couple of simple steps toward qualifying for the class. First, secure documentation of the agency bad behavior through FOIA requests for relevant internal records. A package of sample requests with the relevant materials listed can be found here.

Second, send me scans of the documents yielded-up from the requests and the filings that purportedly prompted the documented threats. Follow the formatting guidelines found here. Presuming that at least a few dozen folks send in proper educated filings along with documentation of the actual appearance of the bogus threats in the official records, in all their hoaxy and statute-defying ugliness, a suit will be organized and we'll see what can be done.

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them, and these will continue till they have been resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress."

-Frederick Douglass

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

Thank goodness the sun is now shining...

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 25- In 1760, George III becomes King of Great Britain.  In 1917, the 'October Revolution' takes place in Russia with the capture of the Winter Palace in Petrograd by the Bolsheviks.  In 1936, Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini enact a treaty creating the "Rome-Berlin Axis".  In 1983, the United States invades Grenada.


Brian's Illustrated Refund Claim

A nice federal victory accompanied by graphics to help others and an excellent blog-post explaining it all

LIBERTARIAN ACTIVIST AND AUTHOR BRIAN WRIGHT celebrates his second educated-filing victory this week, adding a complete federal refund for 2015 (with interest) received last week to his complete Michigan refund for 2015 which was posted last spring. Here is the check:

...and here is the filing that produced that complete refund.

Here are Brian's introductory comments concerning educated filings that he wanted me to post for the benefit of others:

—Comment by Brian R. Wright—

It’s important for CtC filers to understand that they are dealing with an immense, ponderous, but rule-based system. The system will obey the rules, 99% of the time, and if you don’t raise any rule-defying flag, you’ll get your property back.

Nobody is out to get you for speaking out or being politically active; I, myself, am living proof of that: I wrote a book about Doreen’s ordeal (The Motor City Witchcraft Trials) and was a witness for Doreen at that proceeding. The prosecution, in front of the judge, quoted to the court from my Website, “… that this was a Kangaroo Court with a capital ‘K’… etc.” The prosecutor was outraged and the judge gave me a dirty look. They KNOW who I am and that I’ve pushed the boundaries of the 1st Amendment in condemning and ridiculing them.

[The only exception is if from very high in the management of that system, they want to single you out because you are threatening to expose them—as the diabolical Men of the Power Sickness VERY HIGH in the US Justice Department (and/or perhaps Homeland Security) pulled the strings to lawlessly per/prosecute Pete and, then, Doreen… not even the Mafia goes after your family or women.]

So read Cracking the Code, DO Cracking the Code—using the simple templates and resources available on Pete’s site losthorizons.com—, and take back your money and power by locating and shutting the spigot by which the Men of the Power Sickness drain your precious bodily fluids. It’s your blood and treasure. Take it and keep it. For heaven’s sake, stand up and man up for yourself and your family.

...and here is Brian's blog post discussing this victory and the importance of standing up for the rule of law in greater depth. It's well worth reading.

FINALLY, BRIAN, A DYNAMO of activism, has even gone so far as to render his "information return" rebuttals from this filing as graphics with explanatory notes for those who are not yet veterans:

GOT TO LOVE this fine, heroic American!

Brian has stepped up and acted to restrain the dangerous and corrupt state and uphold the rule of law, something desperately needed from everyone. His latest victory joins 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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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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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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A Patriot Activist Talks About CtC

"McFloyd" on who got the tax wrong, and who gets it right




What's your answer?

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 26- In 1776, Benjamin Franklin heads for France to enlist its support for the American revolutionaries.  In 1825, the Erie Canal opens between Lake Erie and Albany, New York.  In 1881, there is a gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.  In 1947, Britain removes the last of its military forces from Iraq, 15 years after granting the country "independence".  In 1977, the last naturally-contracted case of smallpox is diagnosed, causing this date to be described as the anniversary of the eradication of this horrific killer (estimated death toll during the 20th century: 300 - 500 million).  However, the United States military establishment (and possibly its Russian counterpart) have maintained live cultures of the virus to this day.  In 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act is signed into law by George W. Bush.  In 2014, Britain withdraws from its more-than-12-year involvement in the failed US invasion of Afghanistan, which had been launched on the false pretext of Afghani complicity in the events of 9/11/2001.


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.


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 27- In 1553, Michael Servetus, the first European scientist to describe pulmonary circulation, is burned at the stake as a heretic for disputing the orthodox Christian doctrine of the Trinity.  In 1810, the United States annexes the Spanish colony of West Florida.  In 1904, the New York Subway opens.  In 1958, 20 days after being appointed the enforcer of martial law in Pakistan by President Iskander Mirza, General Ayub Khan deposes Mirza in a coup.  In 1964, Ronald Reagan launches his political career with his 'A Time For Choosing' speech on behalf of "Robert Taft Republican" presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.  In 1997, stock markets around the world crash over fears of a global economic meltdown; the Dow plunges 554.26 before the NYSE is closed early.  In 2004, the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years.



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

Set Your Church Free

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

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


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Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 28-  In 1886, the Statue of Liberty is dedicated by President Grover Cleveland.  In 1918, Czechoslovakia is granted independence from Austria-Hungary.  In 1919, Congress passes the Volstead Act over Woodrow Wilson's veto, by which Prohibition would begin two months later.  In 1922, Mussolini's fascists march on Rome and take over the government of Italy.  In 1929, the markets keep falling (Black Monday).  In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev reach an agreement for the removal of American-targeted nuclear missiles from Cuba, in exchange for a pledge of no American invasion of the island nation and the eventual removal of American missiles targeting the Soviet Union from Turkey and Italy.  In 2005, Lewis (Scooter) Libby is indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges over his efforts to shield Bush administration officials from consequences related to the Valerie Plame affair.  Eventually convicted, Libby's prison sentence was promptly commuted by George W. Bush.


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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Afghanistan- Fool's War

by Eric Margolis

Fifteen years ago this week, the US launched the longest war in its history: the invasion and occupation of remote Afghanistan. Neighboring Pakistan was forced to facilitate the American invasion or ‘be bombed back to the stone age.’

America was furious after the bloody 9/11 attacks. The Bush administration had been caught sleeping on guard duty. Many Americans believed 9/11 was an inside job by pro-war neocons.

Afghanistan was picked as the target of US vengeance even though the 9/11 attacks were hatched (if in fact done from abroad) in Germany and Spain. The suicide attackers made clear their kamikaze mission was to punish the US for ‘occupying’ the holy land of Saudi Arabia, and for Washington’s open-ended support of Israel in its occupation of Palestine.

This rational was quickly obscured by the Bush administration that claimed the 9/11 attackers, most of whom were Saudis, were motivated by hatred of American ‘values’ and ‘freedoms.’ This nonsense planted the seeds of the rising tide of Islamophobia that we see today and the faux ‘war on terror.’


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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:

October 29- In 1929, Black Tuesday marks the completion of the manifest onset of the Great Depression-- the first major symptom of the disease known as "The Federal Reserve".  In 1969, the first computer-to-computer link is established in the ARPANET (precursor to the internet).  21-year-old Al Gore, in his third month in the Army, is busy learning to spin stories for 'Stars and Stripes' at the time.


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


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


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

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson







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





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





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

-Arthur Schopenhauer


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

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


Regarding "Tax Reform"


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

-Thomas Paine


Where To Find Things On This Site


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


Honest Cops Agree




Films That Belong In Every Home Library


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





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


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics






Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 30- In 1922, Benito Mussolini is named Prime Minister of Italy.  In 1938, Orson Welles broadcasts his 'War of the Worlds' hoax about an invasion from Mars causing a certain amount of panic and proving that some people will believe any outlandish nonsense if it's asserted with enough audacity and via established mainstream media channels.  In 2014, Sweden becomes the first European Union country to recognize the State of Palestine.  


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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