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Current Events and Continuing Education for August 10, 2020

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The despotically-inclined have found that no one will stand up against them when "public health" is the pretense du jour. But, c'mon, people!

Racism Is NOT A "Public Health" Issue


Despite the unfolding plan to shield incumbents from challengers (or perhaps, especially because of it)...

It's Time For An American "Pivot To Jorgensen"


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'Crossing the Rubicon: The UK Slips Into A Repressive State'


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week



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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 10- In 1792, French revolutionaries storm the Tuileries Palace and take King Louis XVI into custody.  In 1995, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are indicted for the Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City.  In 2006, liquid and semi-liquid toiletries are banned from commercial airflights.


Anniversaries of interest for each day of this week will be found throughout the newsletter below.


Fear nothing but God's judgment as to your honesty and your courage


"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

HEY, People! Please don't just read what I post here (or anywhere), and nod your head sagely or approvingly and then move on to other things. I don't post in order to affirm your sense of things. I post in order to equip you with perspectives and arguments with which to educate others, and in the expectation that you will forward my posts to other people (or direct them to those posts). PLEASE do those things.

We won't win by YOU knowing what I present. We will win by LOTS OF OTHERS knowing what I present.


Racism Is NOT A "Public Health" Issue

But ambitious governors emboldened by your failure to push back against "lockdowns" and "mask-mandates" are taking the next logical step through the opening you have given them.

C19 "LOCKDOWNS" AND MASK-MANDATES BY STATE GOVERNORS are all illegal, as I have shown with sample analyses of eight state constitutions which all expressly prohibit the "executive orders" by which the offenses are committed. However, so far no one-- not a single business owner, nor a single legislator in any of these states or any other-- has had the balls to defy the illegal orders and tell any of these criminal governors to shut up and stand down.

The reason would appear to be that claiming a big- and dire-sounding threat like a "public health crisis" as the hob-goblin grounds for the illegal government behavior, and portraying it as universally-recognized as a deadly peril by all the right people, muddies the water in many peoples' eyes. That packaging makes insistence on a close look at the details, and being slow to quaff the Kool-Aid, seem practically unpatriotic.

It then becomes difficult for such people to reject assertions of authority, however black and white the law. They think, "Well, somebody's got to do SOMETHING! Don't you know there's a virus goin' 'round?!!"

Defending against precisely this sort of panic-induced, easily-exploited passion of the mob is what was spoken of by James Madison when he said,

"It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much soon to forget it."

Unfortunately, modern Americans have forgotten this wisdom, and so...

THE NEXT STEP FOR THESE WEAK-MINDED FOLK is to head for the mental "off" switch and begin mumbling nonsense like, "After all, the Constitution's not a suicide pact..." The "reasoning" is that the only answer to the crisis du jour is despotic action by the state, and therefore such action is ok.

It never occurs to these people, and wouldn't slow them down anyway, to reflect on the fact that it is only by virtue of the Constitution involved that "the state" can claim authority to do anything. Upon stepping outside the state Constitution's limits, a governor is not governor of anything, and has no more authority to mandate masks or shut down businesses than does your Uncle Jim.

Nor would such folks ever imagine that a crisis could be addressed by anything other than the state (something about which those doing nothing on any of several fronts concerning offenses by the state, and who are instead biding their time until another revolution erupts, might reflect). These folks are captive supporters of every "crisis management" edict.

They can even be made to denounce and harbor actual anger for anyone who doesn't drink the Kool-Aid with them and meekly obey the edicts as well. Such deniers are (so they are made to believe) endangering everyone by refusing to wave the mask and dress their lines to six-foot intervals.

This last bit of shepherding is right out of the Nazi playbook, as articulated by Hermann Goering:

“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

Substitute "maskless" for "peacemakers" (and maybe "spreading the virus" for "lack of patriotism") and you've got it.

WITH ALL THE FOREGOING TRACK RECORD IN MIND, it is to no reasonable surprise that those aggregating power and money through the exploitation of the foggy "public health" hob-goblin are eager to find new opportunities for more of the same. The latest of these is the pronouncement by Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer that "racism" is a "public health crisis".

Whitmer has learned that sheer brass will be endlessly rewarded while those being ruined and disenfranchised by her power-grabs are paralyzed by confusion and intimidated by the Nazi-esque tactics deployed against them. She sees herself as having a "unipolar moment", and is sufficiently contemptuous of the rule of law as to milk that moment for all its worth.

As noted, even the Republicans who control both houses of the legislature in Michigan can't manage to stagger to their feet and point out that Whitmer has no actual "emergency powers"-- indeed, is prohibited from such powers by the state Constitution.

Hence, Whitmer seeks to keep the pot boiling and her opponents and victims thereby neutralized, while cementing into place pet political positions that couldn't possibly make the cut honestly, in a proper contest of ideas, and which really are just panders to the kind of burn-down-the-world supporters on which she and her party rely these days.

OTHER ROGUE GOVERNORS can be expected to follow Whitmer's lead for as long as the alleged grown-ups in the room persist in their contemptible fits of natal regression. Indeed, Iowa's governor Kim Reynolds has already upped the ante on this game.

Last week Reynolds issued an "executive order" that convicted felons shall be allowed to vote in November, in plain defiance of Iowa's Constitution. That Constitution says, at Article II, Sec. 5: "A person adjudged mentally incompetent to vote or a person convicted of any infamous crime shall not be entitled to the privilege of an elector."

Per Reynolds, "Nahhh!"

Reynolds claims that Article IV, Sec. 16 "grants the governor the power to restore the rights of citizenship that were forfeited by such a conviction", and relies on this assertion as the basis for her "order". But actually, Article IV, Sec. 16 says no such thing:

Section 16. The Governor shall have power to grant reprieves, commutations and pardons, after conviction, for all offences except treason and cases of impeachment, subject to such regulations as may be provided by law. Upon conviction for treason, he shall have power to suspend the execution of the sentence until the case shall be reported to the General Assembly at its next meeting, when the General Assembly shall either grant a pardon, commute the sentence, direct the execution of the sentence, or grant a further reprieve. He shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures, under such regulations as may be prescribed by law; and shall report to the General Assembly, at its next meeting, each case of reprieve, commutation, or pardon granted, and the reasons therefor; and also all persons in whose favor remission of fines and forfeitures shall have been made, and the several amounts remitted.

While this language allows for gubernatorial "pardons", it is clear from the very express prohibition on felon voting in Article II, Sec. 5 that relief from that particular consequence of conviction cannot be an effect of such a pardon. Reynolds herself has implicitly admitted this, having lobbied for the last several years for a Constitutional amendment to undo the prohibition.

Though it is common to imagine "pardon" to mean the absolute erasure of a conviction and all its consequences, this is not true as a matter of law. Black's Dictionary of Law, 7th ed., puts it this way:

pardon, n. The act or an instance of officially nullifying punishment or other legal consequences of a crime. • A pardon is usu. granted by the chief executive of a government. — Also termed executive pardon. -- pardon, vb. See CLEMENCY. Cf. COMMUTATION (2); REPRIEVE.

absolute pardon. A pardon that releases the wrongdoer from punishment and restores the offender's civil rights without qualification. — Also termed full pardon; unconditional pardon.

conditional pardon. A pardon that does not become effective until the wrongdoer sat­isfies a prerequisite or that will be revoked upon the occurrence of some specified act.

general pardon. See AMNESTY.

partial pardon. A pardon that exonerates the offender from some but not all of the punishment or legal consequences of a crime.

Since Article IV, Sec. 16 of Iowa's Constitution in which the pardon authority is granted does NOT specify that such authorized pardons are "absolute", "full" or "unconditional", and Article II, Sec. 5 says felons cannot have the franchise restored, it is clear that Iowa's Governor is Constitutionally-prohibited from fully restoring a convicted felon's civil rights, no matter what Reynolds and the Iowa legislature might wish.

It is also clear from the historical record that the prohibition on felon voting is very much solidly the will of the People. Article II, Sec. 5, in Iowa's Constitution from the beginning, was amended, twice, within the last 20 years (making changes in the language, such as to replace "idiots and the insane persons" with "a person adjudged mentally incompetent"). But the People's prohibition on the franchise for "persons convicted of any infamous crime" has been preserved.

I personally oppose conviction-limitations on the franchise. Often those hampered by such limitations are the very folks sensible people would most want to be exercising the franchise. Let's remember, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Samuel Adams and other outstanding and indispensable architects of our liberty-grounded America were all felons in the eyes of the government of their time. Indeed, Jesus was a felon, in the eyes of the government of the day.

But Iowa's Constitution says such folks "shall not be entitled to the privilege of an elector". In Iowa, that's the law.

THE SAD FACT IS, politicians-- unlike rare-as-hen's-teeth statesmen-- loathe and fear Constitutions. If politicians could have their way, there would be no Constitutions. Instead, there would only be laws passed by the politicians themselves.

Politicians feel that way because Constitutions are the law laid upon THEM, by WE, the People. These folks don't WANT any laws laid upon them by others.

Likely to be sociopaths to a far greater degree than the general run of the population, politicians view Constitutions the way petulant and spoiled children view parental commands-- as best evaded or misinterpreted whenever such things can be gotten away with. But just as undisciplined children can burn down the house, so politicians left undisciplined by the People's law can wreak havoc and bring great evil down on entire societies.

It was not idly that Thomas Jefferson thundered,

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

BUT I'VE LET MYSELF GET CARRIED AWAY on the more general when this column is meant to focus on the more particular. Let me return to the ridiculous notion that "racism" is a "public health crisis"-- by which Gretchen Whitmer (to be followed soon by her counterparts) seeks to equip herself with another pretext for dictatorial power grabs.

It is a dangerous absurdity to propose that an attitude can be a "public health" matter of any kind-- or indeed, can be a "public" matter at all. It is, in fact, not merely akin to the "Red Scare" arguments of the 1950s, but is exactly those pernicious, First Amendment-violating arguments, by which Americans' interest in the ideas of communism was declared to be a threat to the country's safety.

That proposition was wrong in the 1950s, and it is wrong now, just as would be the Chinese government's treatment of respect and advocacy for individual liberty as a "public health crisis".

Racism is a vile and shameful reflection of ignorance, ill-breeding, low self-esteem and difficulty with rational thought. Expressions of that particular mental defect which extend outside the inviolable sanctuary of the mind and heart-- such as assault-- are crimes, exactly as are assaults committed out of anger, envy, lust, avarice, sloth, and so on.

But just as "anger" is not a "public health crisis", neither is racism.

WHITMER HAS ATTEMPTED TO SUGGEST that racism can be characterized as a "public health crisis" because according to the current C19-panic-scam narrative, the virus has taken a disproportionate toll on blacks. This, goes the subtext, is an expression of racism-- as in, blacks get less quality care in hospitals, because apparently some number of the "heroes" elsewhere celebrated under the same narrative are vicious racists.

Additional, more palatable and more overtly articulated arguments in the same vein are that blacks are disproportionately victims of comorbidities rendering them more vulnerable to dire outcomes from illness, with the higher comorbidity prevalence being caused by lower status on the "affluence ladder"-- due, goes the argument, to racism. (As a side note, the plain and, to the narrative managers, unwelcome implication that it's the comorbidities that are really taking the toll, not C19, and the corresponding C19 death-count should be discounted accordingly is coyly left unremarked.)

But all these arguments really amount to is a revisit to the "war on poverty", which we have been waging at enormous expense for 56 years-- a fact which underscores Whitmer's "public health crisis" nonsense as the pure, venal opportunism it really is.

HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE (or, at least, my end-point to this long observation): As long as the American people are going to stand down and allow demagogues and sociopaths like Gretchen Whitmer to have their way, rather than be bound down by the chains of the Constitution, such demagogues and sociopaths will poison the landscape in ever wider swaths.

The people of Michigan need to stand up like soldiers for liberty and the rule of law. They need to realize that they don't have to wait on anyone else to read and understand Michigan's Constitution for them before recognizing that Whitmer is in violation of that fundamental law with every "executive order" threatening anyone outside the executive branch of Michigan government with anything (all as concisely laid out here).

In issuing such orders, Whitmer is bereft of any authority of office. An unconstitutional order has no more authority behind it than the bark of a junk-yard dog.

In fact,

The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it's enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.

No repeal of an enactment is necessary, since an unconstitutional law is void. The general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it.

16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 256

The same is true of Kim Reynolds' orders, and those of Greg Abbott in Texas, and every other governor who has issued orders as their state's Constitution says they may not (seven examples of which, in addition to Michigan's, can be found here).


Here's a thought: Download your state's "Lockdown Liberty Key" (again, available here, for those of you in Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Wyoming, Texas, Louisiana and Wisconsin). Print a few hundred copies. Or a few thousand.

Pin them up on every grocery store bulletin board. Put them under windshield wipers in parking lots. Hand them out in front of restaurants and bars and anything else your local dictators have deigned to allow to remain in business.

Hand them out at every political gathering. Post the .pdf links everywhere you can throughout cyberspace with an insistent message that they need to be read, and why.

As hyperbolic as it sounds, there is a coup underway. It is not necessary to explain or even consider the end desired by those responsible-- the acts already taken are themselves fully sufficient to qualify for that label.

Like pregnancy, there's no such thing as nearly despotic. One step across the Rubicon is the whole crime, and look about you! Many more steps than one have been taken, and as Gretchen Whitmer's latest experiment on our liberties makes clear, these criminals aren't even close to stopping, and won't ever be until YOU STOP THEM.

Hendrickson out (mic drop).

"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


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

-I. F. Stone

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It's Time For An American "Pivot to Jorgensen"

Despite-- or perhaps especially because of-- the ongoing current effort to neuter you politically.

TWO WEEKS AGO, I published my simple little list of ten acts or pledges to act that I require of either Donald Trump or Joe Biden's puppet-masters. Neither has responded, and I knew before I wrote the list that neither would agree to anything on it in a million years, anyway.

Really, my purpose was just to illustrate why no one should be hoping for another four years of Trump. The first four years of Trump's presidency has been a disaster in nearly every possible respect, with Neil Gorsuch and some regulatory reform being the only upticks in what otherwise was a 24/7 downward plummet. Four more would be likely worse, with Trump and his nutcase associated Pompeo, Haspel, Pence, and so on, freed from the constraints of re-election considerations.

Thus, everyone should be fearing such an outcome just as much as they wisely fear four years of Joe Biden's puppetmasters in power.

HOWEVER, I'M HAPPY TO SAY THAT THIS YEAR, ESPECIALLY, no one need settle for either of these two bad choices. There are three reasons this is so.

First, as I pointed out at the beginning of the year, CtC's revelations empower the American People to radically downsize the federal and state governments to the point that even if Attila the Hun were to take up residence in the White House or any statehouse, he would be incapable of doing great harm, as explained here.

Second, in this year of rampant and unsettling insanity in the form of Covidiocy scams and the race-and-"wokeness"-victims-hustle and assault on Western Civilization (that'd be the civilization that gave the hustlers the i-phones with which they organize their rioting), a whole lot of Americans are very ready to say, "A pox on both your houses" to the two major parties that have either brought this all on or at least whose fecklessness has prepared a fertile bed of soil in which it could flourish.

Third, Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen, PhD-- a person of far more impressive education and accomplishment than Trump and Biden combined-- is a pretty attractive and credible alternative to Trump or Biden, and on the ballot in all fifty states.

Put all three of those things together and it is impossible to say that a vote for Jorgensen would be wasted vote. Instead, there's every reason to expect that not only would a vote for Jorgensen be an honest vote-- that is, one genuinely for a candidate as opposed to a vote against another candidate (and perhaps the first one ever cast for a presidential candidate by many folks)-- but it might very well be a vote for the winning candidate.

Certainly it would be a vote for someone with people that can make a good warm-up video:

...and isn't Jo about 100% less creepy and sociopathic-looking than "The Donald" or Sleepy Joe?

HERE IS A SUMMARY OF JORGENSEN'S POSITIONS on a number of significant issues, as posted on Wikipedia:

Social Security

Jorgensen is critical of the current system and supports replacing it with individual retirement accounts. She supports an option to opt out of Social Security, allowing anyone who took this route to invest 6.2% of their future payroll taxes in individual retirement accounts and receive prorated Social Security benefits for existing contributions as zero coupon bonds for retirement.

In the final debate of the primaries, candidate Jacob Hornberger accused Jorgensen of "support[ing] the welfare state through Social Security and Medicare". In response, Jorgensen called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" and said that she would allow people to opt-out of the program on her first day in office. However, she emphasized the constitutional inability of a president to unilaterally end the program without the support of Congress, as well as the need for the government to fulfill existing Social Security obligations.

Criminal justice reform

Jorgensen opposes the seizure of property through federal civil asset forfeiture and the use of qualified immunity to protect police officers. She is also critical of the United States' incarceration rate. She also wants to work with Congress to end the War on Drugs and other victimless crime laws. She has said she would pardon anyone in prison who has been incarcerated for a victimless crime. Jorgensen opposes the private prisons, solitary confinement for juveniles, mandatory minimums for people charged with drug possession, and the death penalty for drug traffickers. She also supports amnesty for whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, viewing them as an essential and necessary check on government corruption.

War on drugs

Jorgensen opposes the war on drugs. Jorgensen has called the drug war a "failed" policy, and supports abolishing drug laws, promising to pardon all nonviolent drug offenders.

Gun rights

Jorgensen supports the right to bear arms. She has stated she would abolish the ATF whose purpose, she believes, is to enforce "unconstitutional laws".

Police demilitarization

Jorgensen promotes the demilitarization of police, saying that the police's duty "is to go after specific perpetrators of violent crimes, not to act as a force against the people."


Jorgensen favors Generation IV nuclear power to reduce carbon emissions and she wants to remove barriers to replacing coal-burning and oil-burning power plants in the United States with nuclear power plants, in addition to allowing off-grid use of solar power. She supports removing "subsidies of all forms of energy production, allowing emissions-free nuclear power a chance to compete on a level playing field" and supports the use of hydraulic fracking while holding "fracking companies responsible for damages."

Foreign policy

Jorgensen opposes embargoes, economic sanctions, and foreign aid. She favors the withdrawal of American troops from foreign wars. She favors non-interventionism and free trade with other nations.

Government spending and debt

Jorgensen supports the Constitutional authority to block any new borrowing. She has pledged to veto any spending that leads to a deficit and any debt ceiling increases.


Jorgensen believes that the most effective way to help the poor is through the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals paired with deregulation. She wants to eliminate policies that, she argues, increase the costs of housing and health care, as well as those creating barriers to creating new businesses or entering professions.


Jorgensen favors the decentralization and localization of education, and has proposed slashing or altogether eliminating the budget of the Department of Education, leaving the education of children to the states.

Neutrality and Peace

Jorgensen opposes US involvement in foreign wars. Advocating armed neutrality similar to Switzerland’s, she has promised to “bring the troops home.”


Maintaining that taxes currently are not voluntary, Jorgensen supports the abolition of the Internal Revenue Service and the elimination of federal income tax.


Jorgensen supports a free-market healthcare system financed by providing individuals with a spending account and allowing individuals to keep any savings, which she believes would create an increased incentive for healthcare providers to compete by meeting consumer demand for low cost services.

Immigration and trade

Jorgensen believes that American citizens should be free to travel anywhere they choose and to buy and sell anywhere in the world. She believes in eliminating trade barriers and tariffs and repealing quotas on the number of people who can legally enter the United States to work, visit, or reside. In a Libertarian presidential primary debate, Jorgensen said she would immediately stop construction on President Donald Trump's border wall. During another primary debate she blamed anti-immigration sentiment on disproportionate media coverage of crimes by immigrants. She argued that immigration helps the economy and that the blending of cultures is beneficial.


Jorgenson has characterized the U.S. government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as overly bureaucratic and authoritarian, calling restrictions on individual behavior such as stay-at-home orders and corporate bailouts, "the biggest assault on our liberties in our lifetime".

NOT A PERFECT set of positions, admittedly. For instance, Jorgensen appears to suffer from a strangely-common blind-spot in Libertarian Party circles concerning the nature of the income tax.

I don't agree with her immigration policy (for reasons explained here). And the described healthcare policy seems at least somewhat contradictory, being labeled "free market" yet apparently involving government-provided "spending accounts".

There are a few other weak spots, as well.

BUT ALL THAT SAID, at the same time most positions described here are just what they ought to be, or as near as could be hoped for in any candidate with a chance at the widespread acceptability needed for electoral success. (Further, some of Jorgensen's position may be more nuanced in detail than is offered in this Wikipedia summary-- see Jorgensen's own website, here).

In any event, every one of these positions are a million miles further down the road to virtue than the zombie alternatives offered by Donald Trump, Joe Biden, or the party of either. That can be readily said of even those with which I take specific issue above, as well as those I find pretty solid as they are.

Jorgensen's getting my vote...

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Tools For Leveraging The CtC Superpower

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Still Timely: Not Letting This "Crisis" Go To Waste...

...an important action item opportunity.

FRIENDS, THE BIT OF EASING of the despotic measures to which most of the country has been subjected this spring should not be allowed to bleed off the head of steam you probably had been developing. The offenses happened, and they're far from over. Stay hot.

And while you are all warmed up, and while others, if they're smart, are just as hot, I'd like you to send an email (and Facebook post, or whatever) with the following content to everyone you can (with a request that they pass it along, in turn):

[Name], over the last several months you've watched as over-fed state power has been used to literally destroy classical Western civilization and impose a new despotic paradigm. No dissent or debate permitted-- no permission or agreement sought.

YOU KNOW where this will end up if the arrogant state power being used to make this happen isn't radically diminished in size, influence, resources and popular support, and exposed as an opportunistic exploiter of legal ignorance (an ignorance which it has been nurturing in the average mind for decades).

Those things having not yet happened, you should be quaking in your boots-- and you probably are.

Isn't it time-- and past time-- for you to begin helping to make those desperately-needed defensive changes take place? There is only one way these things can happen short of a who-knows-what we'll-end-up-with explosion of violence. I'm going to show it to you.

Read this little two-page document. Click on the links at the end.

When you're done with that reading, you'll know what to do next.

BTW, REMEMBER, ALSO, THAT EVERY AMERICAN has lately been given a stark lesson in the fact that government officials at all levels will lie to you and violate the law without batting an eye. They will do so any time it serves their agenda, and you don't call them out for it.

If you know anyone who has been persisting in denial on the truth about the income tax, you know such nonsense is usually be grounded in some version or another of, "That can't be true..." or "They would never do something like that...". Now's the time to put a pin in that delusional bubble.

As the C19 hoax has starkly shown, "that" certainly CAN be true, and they certainly WOULD do something like that.

Use this evidence in all your outreach efforts.

"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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Regarding Trolleries

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



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

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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.


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.

Remember: 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


Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)

Crossing The Rubicon: The UK Slips Into A Repressive State

by Mark Chapman

Julius Caesar’s crossing the Rubicon River in 49 BC in defiance of Roman law placed him and his army on a direct collision course with Rome, leading to the Civil War which established him as Roman dictator. It is a well-established metaphor for a point at which there is no going back and at which things will never be the same.

I predicted a few weeks ago that the UK Government would in the near future try to force everyone to wear facemasks in public. Leave aside the plethora of information that makes it clear face masks are of practically zero benefit in everyday circumstances, and may in fact be dangerous, the forced wearing of facemasks is a transgression so fundamental and of such significance that it is difficult to adequately express.

It implicitly hands your body over to state control, and renders one of your most basic existential freedoms subject to state interference. For the first time, the right to exercise a choice of whether you should inhibit your respiratory faculties and hide your face in public is taken out of your hands. If you doubt the significance of this, try to remember the public outcry that followed a debate regarding banning the wearing of burkhas and hijabs in the face of Islamic terrorism, and the connotations this had for civil liberties at the time.

Facemask wearing is the visible hallmark of Asian states perceived in the West as repressive and authoritarian. It is a badge of serfdom, akin to the yellow star that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany. There is no greater invasion of your person possible short of tattooing you with a number.


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...and then proceed to the afterword below...



MASKS ARE A BADGE OF SERFDOM, just as Chapman says, and as I discuss in detail here, in an article responding to Gretchen Whitmer's issuance of a "mask mandate" in Michigan a few weeks ago. Between that article and Chapman's contribution here, little more needs to be said on that point.

WHAT DOES NEED MORE ATTENTION is the astonishing, disturbing and functionally-suicidal silence and paralysis of the American people (and, per Chapman, the Brits, as well) in response to these mask-mandates and the rest of the "lockdown" C19-hoax-crisis usurpations, impositions and manipulations. This behavior is shameful.

All I can imagine in explanation is that somehow many are not recognizing the peril. Instead, that "many" seems to naively expect everything to end up all right, perhaps by imagining that those who have been defying the law for the last six months-- to their steady aggrandizement and accumulation of power and wealth-- will suddenly stop misbehaving, and let things revert to normal all on their own.

But plainly, to articulate this fantasy is to expose its delusional character.

THE FACT IS, WE ARE SUFFERING A BRUTAL ASSAULT on everything which is crucial to the preservation and good health of our liberty and our prosperity. We mustn't allow the settling into place of the "principle" that those operating the state can rightly compel our subordination of individual views and decisions to what they see (or claim) to be the interests of the collective.

That "principle" has no limit. If you can be made to wear a mask in order to (supposedly) protect your neighbor from catching some illness you might be carrying (and if your children can be kept from playing with each other, and you all be compelled to have drugs injected into your bodies, and prevented from gathering even for purposes of discussing with each other in person-- where such discussion is actually potentially persuasive-- the rightness of such impositions), what can you not be made to do?

What will your neighbors not feel you can rightly be made to do? What will your children not have been conditioned to believe they (and you) can rightly be made to do?

Even if there really WERE a remarkably grave threat in this year's virus, the impositions being done in its name, and the consequences of letting them be done, are graver threats still. American paralysis in the face of those impositions is madness.

IN LIGHT OF THE MALAISE apparently afflicting the community I almost don't want to bother directing anyone to the solution to the threat, as I have done so many, many times now to no apparent effect. I see no indication that anyone is listening or acting.

No discussion or planning for outreach appears in the state fora. No increase in downloads of the proffered solution docs takes place. No word reaches me of businesses opening in defiance of the illegal mandates or lawsuits filed.

Nonetheless, because I cannot keep silent myself, here are the Constitutional analyses proving the mandates illegal.

Here is the fully-documented proof that there actually IS no dire threat from the current virus.

Here is the introduction document by which anyone can learn the critical importance, the promise and the unstoppable character of the "shrinking Leviathan" solution.

I wish that you would at least share them with others, even if you cannot see why you should bother.

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A Little Extra

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


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


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

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 and suppressing 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!)



Selected Features From Recent Editions:

Let's take a short break from the horrors being cemented into place by the largely unopposed C19 coup, and celebrate:

New Victories By CtC-Educated Real American Grown-Ups!


I have a short little non-negotiable list I'd like to share::

What DJT Needs To Do If He Wants Even A Chance Of Getting My Vote This Year


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'If Conservatism Doesn't Stand For Home, Then It Stands For Nothing'


Here's a disturbing but apt question, under the circumstances:

Are We Really Going Out With Just A Whimper?


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'No Courts, No Freedom, No Rights'


Still the question of the month:

How Stupid Do They Think We Are? Part II


Let's apply a little ancient wisdom here to see that,

Russia Paying Taliban To Thwart The "Peace Deal"? Not Likely.


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'The "Deadly" Hydroxychloroquine Scandal'


The question of the month:

How Stupid Do They Think We Are?


Trying to keep this important issue on point, I offer...

Some Follow-Up On The George Floyd Story


Real American grown-up Forrest Voss in Texas tells it like it is...

A Good Man Urges Americans To Put On Their Big Boy And Big Girl Pants


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'Under Four Presidents, The Feds Have Ignored The Mandate To Report On Police Killings'


It's way past time that these issues were addressed...

The Digital Freedom Of Expression And Real Privacy Act


Michigan, Texas, and now Virginia and Kentucky

More "Lockdown" Liberty Keys Have Been Posted (And More On The Use-This-"Crisis" Action Item)


Jonesy in Wyoming tells it like it is...

A Good Man Urges Good Americans To Take Back The Soul Of Our Beloved Country


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'Brave New Normal (Part 2)'


I'm so tired of feeling like I'm stuck on the set of a low-budget horror film... How about you?

What REAL America Looks Like


An important action item:

Not Letting This "Crisis" Go To Waste


How the "lockdown" is getting locked down:

The Bad Guys Are Leveraging Fudged Fatality Figures


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'Virus Of Mass Destruction'


There's a narrow window of opportunity in which vigorous action can prevent an oppressive "new normal", but...

I Need Your Help, Friends.


Since its courts have broken the ice and now assert "universal jurisdiction" to prosecute Syrians for allegedly torturing prisoners,

Will Germany Now Seek Extradition Of Gina Haspel?


Ours is a Constitutional system in which, by nature, there can be no "emergency government powers" over individual citizens.

What Is, And What Is Not, Within The Power Of The State


Warriors share new victories in shrinking Leviathan, offering us all:

More Points Of Light Amidst The Despotic "Lockdown" Darkness


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'Brave New Normal'


Even during the "lockdown" America's liberation from its longest-lasting and most expensive hoax continues apace...

Business Owner Kiki Bittner Shares A Great Video!


Reasons and remedies for why...

The World Is Embracing The Hydroxychloroquine/Azithromycin Cure, But America Lags Behind


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'The Propaganda Of Terror And Fear: A Lesson From Recent History'


Georgia led the way. Then Colorado stepped up. Now:

Lights On In Ohio!


"Coronavirus", whatever else it might be, is just the hobgoblin du jour in the larger scheme of things;

The Only Disease Really Threatening America Is The Leviathan State


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'FDA Must Approve Hydroxychloroquine NOW!'


Code-cracking on behalf of a great hero in the struggle for popular sovereignty over the runaway State.

Saving Julian


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'Humanity Is Making A Very Important Decision When It Come To Assange'


There's more to the Constitution than the political class would like the rest of us to understand:

The Fourth Branch


Back-door Barr; the assault on Assange; Anti-Israel versus Anti-Semitism; and no, the health of the Great Lakes is NOT a "national security" issue...

Observations And Comments On Current Events


From when the rot was less advanced,

A Welcome Tartness From A Chief Judge Of The Fifth Circuit


More very welcome thunder in the air...

The Lights Go On In Colorado!


Been holding your nose on election day?

This Year, Nobody Has To Vote For The Lesser Of Two Evils


Delivering this debunk can have a big payoff, folks:

A History Lesson For Pundits And Professionals


There's a really good reason...

Why I Write About Politics And Public Policy


Folks, you really need to read this one all the way to the end:

The Virtual Certainty Of Foreign Interference In The 2020 Election


We've all been victims of a monstrous subterfuge:

The Cowbird State


Nick Audette has shared video and documents concerning...

A Nice Victory For A New Warrior


Real American grown-ups are at work (and Samuel Adams is smiling down on them):

The Day The Lights Went On In Georgia!


Ruben Varela shares some good news:

A Nice Tax Court Victory Over A Fake "Frivolous Return Penalty"


And let's not stop with billboards...

Tools For Leveraging The CtC Superpower


Matthew Bossard tacks up some more victories; and he's not alone, of course.

Leviathan Takes More Hits


And yet, it moves...

The Galileo Factor


A great victory after years of IRS harassment, threats and intimidation by an educated American who turned the corrupt agency...

Every Which Way But Loose


Fascinating material on a pernicious effort to destroy liberty:

A Few Words About "Climate Change" Fraud


The ice continues to crack, and it won't last much longer if enough people jump on it all at once.

A Recent Win In Tax Court, And More Remedies For Bogus NODs


This really is a simple enough thing...

Hendrickson's Axiom of Special Definitions


From the 'Garbage In Yields Garbage Out' Department:

Debunking The '1870s Income Tax Repeal' Myth


In the hope of countering long-running government efforts to sow confusion on the subject:

A Few Words About The Constitution


At least these "ladies" are honest...

A Word From The United Bitches Of America


Let's look at a wildly misunderstood (or misrepresented) issue:

Why Donald Trump Should Be Impeached


It is so easy to prove that...

The Government Knows Perfectly Well That CtC Is 100% Correct


An updated and ever-more important commentary:

What America Really Gets From The "Ignorance Tax"


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Btw, a copy of CtC from anywhere except the link above may not be a current edition. CHECK. It matters. Also, there ARE no e-book, Kindle or .pdf versions of CtC. Don't get taken in by efforts to sell you-- or even give you for free-- any such thing.

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


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 11- In 1919, Germany adopts the Constitution of the Weimar Republic.  In 1929, Babe Ruth hits his 500th home run.  In 1965, 6 days of rioting begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles after a black motorist is arrested for DUI by a white cop.  In 1972, the last United States ground combat unit leaves Vietnam.


A Few Words About "Climate Change" Fraud

You NEED to defend yourself and your kids against this now-high-inertia effort to destroy liberty.

Watch this fascinating 12 minute video on how climate data are misrepresented.

Then share this link with everyone you can

H/T to Jonesy for circulating this fun little meme and video link.


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Which Storm Is It Going To Be For You? 1776's? Or 1984's?

Choose wisely and well, and may the FOURCE be with you.


No one can guarantee success in all they do in life. But anyone can guarantee that they DESERVE success in anything they do.


Rick Van Camp's Excellent Outreach Letter


Notes And Tips For Educated Filers


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

August 12- In 1898, the Spanish-American War ends; the U.S. annexation of Hawaii is formalized by the replacement of the Hawai'ian flag with the United States flag over the Iolani Palace.  In 1908, the first Ford Model T is built.  In 1981, the IBM PC hits the market.


A Two-Minute Review Of CtC

David Bindel reminds us that there's either the rule of law, or there isn't.

HEY! SAYING IT AGAIN!! DON'T YOU WISH YOUR INSPIRING BEING-THE-STORM VIDEO was posted? This is easy to do, and very important (plus it can get you some great LHC swag!). See (and carefully read) these guidelines and encouragements.


Some Good Perspective From The Delightfully Sardonic John Prine

Another guy who's always had his head screwed on pretty straight, even though with a decidedly whimsical tilt.


Eric Copenhaver With A Great Video Testimonial


Learn how (and why) to share YOUR testimony, here.


The Best Response To Tax Agency Bad Behavior

This simple step will make a world of difference in how things end up.


IRS Desperation Gets Truly Bizarre As CtC Warriors Continue To March Forward

A "Notice of Deficiency" for... $0. The most imaginative writer in Hollywood couldn't dream this stuff up.


JFK conspiracy? No problem... Income Tax conspiracy? C'mon, man, don't be silly! How could that ever happen?!

Cognitive dissonance in action.


Do You Know Who Pays For All That "Patriot Theater" At The Stadium?

Every victim of the "ignorance tax", 'cause it's all just statist consent-engineering propaganda.


Hey, Gamers!


You are surrounded by an actual battle between villains, monsters and true heroes, all simply concealed from you by sophisticated spells which also keep you from engaging in the fight.

There are real great deeds to be done, and real treasures to be had for your efforts, and frankly, your real future is at stake. You just have to gain "the sight" in order to penetrate the illusions.

Visit losthorizons.com to get the counter-spells and get onto the real field of battle!


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 wanted to 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...


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

August 13- In 1792, King Luis XVI of France is formally declared an "enemy of the people" by the revolutionary National Tribunal.  In 1831, Nat Turner and his fellow self-liberated slaves kill 50-60 members of slaveholding families in Virginia.  After being captured, Turner was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death.  Bizarrely, after being hung, his body was then flayed, beheaded and quartered.  In 1889, Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his 'Navigable Balloon'.  In 1913, stainless steel is invented.  In 2008, marijuana smoker Michael Phelps sets an Olympic record for the most gold medals ever won by a single athlete.  In 2013, the US-backed dictatorship in Egypt declares a state of emergency in the face of mass demonstrations opposing its coup against democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi.


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...


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


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?


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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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:

August 14- In 1848, Oregon is organized as a United States territory.  In 1912, United States Marines invade Nicaragua in support of the puppet government installed by the U.S. in 1909 to ensure American firms' access to Nicaraguan resources.  In 1935, the United States Social Security Act is passed.  In 1980, Lech Walesa leads strikes at the shipyards in Gdansk, Poland.  In 2015, the US embassy in Havana, Cuba, re-opens after 54 years of abandonment during the United States effort to impoverish the Cuban population into submission.


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

-James Madison

How About You?

Are You Governing Yourself?

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


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



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Some Observations Regarding Educated And Accurate Filing


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

Renew Your Promise


IGNORANCE TAX: An unnecessary income tax exaction suffered out of ignorance as to lawful objects of the tax 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.


"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

The Choice Is This Stark

Wear this new T-Shirt proudly, and tell the enemies of the law that if they don't like Constitutional limits, they should find someplace else to live!


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

August 15- In 1914, the Panama Canal opens to traffic.  In 1945, Japan surrenders to the Allies, ending World War II.  In 1947, India gains independence from the United Kingdom.  In 1948, Korea is formally divided into North and South.  In 1960, the Republic of  the Congo declares independence from France.  In 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival begins.  In 1971, Richard Nixon repudiates the Bretton Woods agreement to redeem Federal Reserve Notes in gold for foreign investors.



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'The BOSTONIAN'S Paying the EXCISE-MAN, or TARRING & FEATHERING' (1774) (How our forefathers responded to arrogant "Rule of Law defiers"...)


The willingness of some people to trade liberty for convenience is without limit...

Regarding "Tax Reform"



“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


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

August 16- In 1780, the British defeat the revolutionary Americans at Camden, South Carolina.  In 1841, John Tyler vetoes a bill attempting to re-establish the Second Bank of the United States (which had been de-funded 8 years prior by Andrew Jackson).  Hamiltonians rioted, but to no avail.  In 1954, the 3.5-million-word IRC of 1954 replaces the far more transparent 1939 version as the official prima facie evidence of the underlying revenue laws of the United States.  In 1955, yours truly is born (alright, not such a significant anniversary, but what the heck...).  In 1977, Elvis Presley dies from a drug overdose.  In 2010, China becomes the world's second-largest economy.


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.

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