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Current Events and Continuing Education for February 18 through March 3, 2019

“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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We had a great time in Dallas last week, and the warm feeling isn't stopping...

Some Very Welcome Post-Seminar Activism


Successful outreach rests on creativity as well as diligence.

Speaking Of Lighting Fires...


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'When Conspiracy Is The Only Explanation For Failed Neo-Liberal Dreams'


Featured in recent editions:

Vermont Warrior for the truth James Lambert shares...

The First Federal Victory Of 2019!


Trump and his operators make another desperately bad move...

Some Thoughts About The INF Treaty


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'Venezuela: None Of Our Business'


Re: Wm. Barr; "Open Borders"; the new 1040; Roe v. Wade...

A Few Comments On A Few "Current Events"


Meet some of the beautiful heroes with whom you congregate:

More Warriors Stand Up And Speak!


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'The Mattis Dilemma'


You gonna do the right thing?

It's Resolution Time...


Here we are once again:

The Leviathan-Encouraged Season Of Lies


A great contribution to the community gets even better!

The Georgia Warriors Issue v2.0 Of Their State Income Tax Guide


I don't think I've heard any talking head pointing this out...

The Real "Cost" Of The Shutdown


An updated and ever-more important commentary:

What America Really Gets From The Ignorance Tax"


Sporting a nice IRS admission...

Warrior L. B. Shares A Great CtC Testimonial Video


Once resigned to the truth, tax agencies can do the right thing like any good public servant...

A Nice Victory Involving A Courteous, Respectful IRS



The Law, In Seven Pages


From the "Keepin' It All Real" department:

The Serious Threat Of Species Suicide


Have you heard a discouraging word?

The Truth About Trolleries


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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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On "Cherry-Picking"


Briefly, In The News: Elizabeth Warren; and The "Green New Deal"


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

- Thomas Paine

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

If CtC were actually right,

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

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

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



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


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


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



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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

February 18- In 1841, the first filibuster begins in the United States Senate.  It will last until March 11.  In 1885, 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' is published.  In 1930, Pluto is discovered.  In 1930, a cow named Elm Farm Ollie makes the first bovine flight in a fixed-wing aircraft.  In 1943, the members of the White Rose anti-Nazi movement are arrested in Germany.  In 1979, snow falls in the Southern Algerian portion of the Sahara Desert.  In 1991, the IRA explodes bombs in Paddington Station and Victoria Station in London.  In 2014, the US-instigated coup by neo-Nazi factions in Ukraine against the existing elected government, which was balking at following a US-charted foreign-policy course calling for distancing itself from Russia, began to boil into its final days.  Mysterious sniper fire indiscriminately killed both police officers defending the government and rioters whipped up by the plotters of the coup amidst steady, increasingly violent clashes between the two sides.  Scores are killed and hundreds wounded.       


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


Fear nothing but God


"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


Columbia, Cupcake!! April 6!

Be there for the next CtC Seminar, in beautiful South Carolina!!

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Some Very Welcome Post-Seminar Activism

We had a great time in Dallas, and the good feelings haven't stopped!

DOREEN AND I really enjoyed our time in Dallas last week, and the seminar on Saturday went very well. The videos will be posted in due course.

But in the meantime, even before we had touched back down in the land of ice and snow Sunday afternoon a very gratifying pulse went out from the energy center that appears to have been successfully implanted by Saturday's efforts. Here is a post made by member Drew Deal to the Texas CtC Forum:

Hello fellow warriors!

I just want to report to everyone on this list how great it was to have Pete and Doreen come and spend the day with us via the CtC seminar!

I am not going to give you a play by play on the talk (others can), but I will reinforce something that Pete told me afterwards at the dinner... Texas CtC Warriors need to find our own way to build and support each other in our efforts to shout down the lying warfare of the klepto-state (my paraphrase).

With that in mind, I want to extend a hand in volunteering to set up a monthly dinner meetup in Dallas for the sake of gathering for mutual support, including:

- war stories

- encouragement

- strategy

- marketing

- solidarity

If you live in the DFW area, please feel free to reply here to me alone at (Drew's email address) or in the group. (My hope is that those outside of DFW are ok with this thread sticking around if it gets busy.)

If you are interested in this, please let me know:

- your DFW location (approximate of course)

- your best possible times for a recurring meeting (ie. 3rd Tuesdays @ 7pm)

To your liberty and ours together,


"To your liberty and ours together." JUST EXACTLY SO!! Well pulsed, Drew, and I hope that the rest of Texas welcomes Drew's spark and fans it into a nice, raging fire.

FURTHER, I HOPE THAT EVERYONE ELSE starts sparking in the same way. It's time (and past time) to take Don La Vigne's exhortation to heart and get this freedom train into a higher gear:

"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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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

February 19- In 1674, England and the Netherlands make peace in their third war, a provision of which hands New Amsterdam over to the British, who rename it "New York".  In 1807, former vice-president Aaron Burr is arrested for treason.  In 1846, the Republic of Texas government relinquishes power in favor of the new government of the state of Texas.  In 1878, Edison patents the phonograph.  In 1881, Kansas goes "dry".  In 1942, FDR asserts the authority to confine Americans of Japanese descent to prison camps.     


Speaking Of Lighting Fires...

...as in the post-Dallas-seminar article above...

I HAD A NOTION POP INTO MY HEAD while preparing for the seminar that I think might be productive of some good results. I'd love it if everyone would take this up and run with it, and we'll see what happens.

Here's the thing: CtC offers the knowledge by which those afflicted by the misapplication of the income tax can become free of that burden, with huge "positive" benefits, of course. We all tend to focus on that positive side of the equation (i.e., getting back property, or keeping it in the first place, and upholding the rule of law) when engaged in our outreach efforts. All-in-all, I think that's best.

BUT THERE'S ANOTHER SIDE to the equation. That is the fact that NOT being free of the misapplication of the tax generates moral and political ensnarement in things very disturbing to many people. To a lot of folks, being freed from those ugly linkages can be more motivating than even the prospect of recovering their own wealth and the power that goes with it.

Plus, addressing those linkages directly can be a much simpler and more effective way of expressing to some folks what the affliction of the "ignorance tax" really means, and what being free of it really means, than trying to do so in other ways. Each student has his or her own way of learning, and good teaching requires flexibility and creativity in recognition of that fact.

SO, BEGINNING LAST WEEK I began experimenting with this "negative benefits" motif, in a short series of tweets. Here is the content of those tweets, which I think will suffice to explain the rest of the concept:

"Ever had to pass on the best school for your kid because you just couldn't afford it? Blame the corrupt officials exposed at http://losthorizons.com/TaxFraud.pdf  and everyone involved in the suppression discussed at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCSuppression.htm."

"Have you been forced to settle for less good care for elderly mom or dad because of the cost? Blame the corrupt officials exposed at http://losthorizons.com/TaxFraud.pdf  and every participant in the suppression documented at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCSuppression.htm."

"Do you cringe at the moral taint of financing the bullets and bombs which make widows and orphans in distant lands that have never attacked America? Blame the corrupt officials exposed at and the truth suppressors exposed at ."

"Ever feel real bad about paying the salaries of the people at the NSA who violate your privacy rights 24/7? Blame the liars exposed at http://losthorizons.com/TaxFraud.pdf  and those involved in suppressing that exposure, as documented at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCSuppression.htm."

"Do you resent having to pay the salaries of all the partisan hacks flogging the "Russiagate" nonsense? Blame the liars exposed at http://losthorizons.com/TaxFraud.pdf  and those involved in suppressing that exposure, as documented at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCSuppression.htm."

"Do you hate having to pay for a wall across the southern border? Or do you hate paying for services to illegal aliens who slipped across the undefended border? Blame the liars exposed at http://losthorizons.com/TaxFraud.pdf  and the truth-suppressors exposed at http://losthorizons.com/Documents/CtCSuppression.htm."

OKAY, SO I THINK THE CONCEPT should be clear, now. Here's the thing-- there are likely hundreds of subjects suited for this kind of messaging, and again, many people respond better to what we might call a cessation of pain than the promise of pleasure.

Accordingly, I'm inviting everyone to participate in a project of crafting appropriate tweet-sized posts along the lines of those above, addressing every concern, gripe and hot-button currently roiling any segment of the population, big or small. Tweet them, if you use Twitter; post on Facebook, if that's your thing; GAB them; post in newsgroups and chatrooms.

More-- and really important-- share them with the CtC community directly, so they can be picked up and used by everyone else into their own venues and contact groups, whether on any or all of the platforms listed above, or others. Click the "Comment" link below to find the thread in the National Forum where your ideas can be made available to everyone.

(If you're not yet a member of the National Forum, click here to learn how to become one. In the meantime, send your shots to me for sharing-- along with links to where you have posted them so others can boost them.)

GRASSFIRE, people! Let's make it all happen THIS YEAR!!

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BTW, you can find the tweets I sampled above, and show them a little retweet and share love, at https://twitter.com/LostHorizons1/status/1096488683723804683, https://twitter.com/LostHorizons1/status/1096489987657351168https://twitter.com/LostHorizons1/status/1096491730755571719https://twitter.com/LostHorizons1/status/1097147917058666496https://twitter.com/LostHorizons1/status/1097261858187341825, and https://twitter.com/LostHorizons1/status/1097534307701325826.

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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.


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

February 20- In 1792, the United States Post Office is established.  In 1872, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its doors.  In 1933, Congress proposes the Twenty-first Amendment, which will undo prohibition.  In 1962, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth.  In 1976, SEATO-- the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization-- disbands.



Eric Copenhaver With A Great Video Testimonial

FIND AND SHARE this video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/4UKUs9ErBDU.

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.


The Law, In Seven Pages





Share these all, everywhere you can. Be your most creative self in sending and "selling" these links. Do memes; make gifs; respond to everything in the news that would be or have been better had the state been small, or if Americans kept their money for their own uses.

If you pay attention to the news and train yourself to apply these perspectives, you will see a dozen things of which you can make use in awakening other Americans to the virtues of having the income tax correctly administered. Please, for my sake, for your own sake, for the sake of your children and their future, make that use.

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DUE TO CHRONIC AND ESCALATING interferences by ISPs (or others) which have made direct newsletter emails an extremely time-consuming and increasingly unreliable announcement mechanism, I have transitioned to alternative announcement methods. These include:

  • A custom group on Google by which the newsletter emails will be delivered straight to your inbox (click on the link and subscribe to the group-- leave all options in their default states);

  • Twitter (click here to follow me and receive the announcement posts);

  • Facebook (click here to "like" the losthorizons page and receive the announcement posts);

  • GAB (click here to follow me and receive the announcement posts).

If you choose one of these social media options (or use them in addition to other means, as I wish you would), PLEASE get the full value out of them by diligently "liking" and "retweeting" or "sharing" or "reposting" my posts! That will significantly improve their visibility to others, and very much help the cause!!

  • My RSS feed:

(Members of the state CtC Warrior forums in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MI, MN, MO, NE, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, VA, WA or WI, will continue to get the regular announcements if the membership is set to receive email updates.)

NOTE: I will still not be engaging in correspondence by any of these alternative means-- those wishing to correspond with me should continue to use direct email for this purpose.

NOTE II: PLEASE help ensure that others in the CtC community know about this change in newsletter delivery!!

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!




On Criminal Complaints For Filing False IRs

Getting practical on a core element of the "ignorance tax" scheme.


"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."

-Edward R. Murrow


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

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

-James Madison



Thank goodness the sun is now shining...


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


A Review of CtC by Derek Cushman

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


Regarding Trolleries

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



FFOR 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

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. w.

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.


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

February 21- In 1804, the first functional steam locomotive hits the rails in Wales.  In 1848, the 'Communist Manifesto' is published.  In 1878, the first telephone directory is published (in New Haven, Connecticut).  In 1885, the Washington Monument is dedicated.  In 1952, the British government abandons its wartime policy of compulsory "identity cards" as an affront to the liberties of a free people.  In 1960, Fidel Castro nationalizes all businesses in Cuba.  In 1975, former Attorney General John Mitchell, and White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison for their parts in the Watergate affair.  


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.


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.

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

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

Learn The Liberating Truth About The Tax

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


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

Set Your Church Free

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

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?


Copy and post this one around, people!le!




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:

February 22- In 1732, George Washington is born.  In 1819, Spain sells Florida to the United States for $5 million.  In 1856, the Republican Party opens its first national convention.  In 1879, the first Woolworth's 5-and-Dime opens.  In 1943, captured members of the Nazi resistance movement in Germany-- the White Rose-- are executed after a show-trial in Hitler's "People's Court".   In 1997, a team of Scottish scientists announce the successful cloning of an adult sheep.  


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!!

Click here to take the test

Click here for more Tax IQ tests

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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

How About You?

Are You Governing Yourself?

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

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When Conspiracy Is The Only Explanation For Failed Neo-Liberal Dreams

It couldn't possibly be that their Davos ideals were weak. Russia must be to blame.

by Thomas Knapp

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald recently compiled a list of the top 10 “most embarrassing media failures on the Trump-Russia story.” All of them exhibit a common theme: Russian conspiracies are undermining American interests everywhere. Greenwald’s piece was followed by a bizarre New York Times story from January 16 with the headline: “Trump and Putin: Five Meetings Infused With Mystery.” The story implied something sinister in undisclosed conversations between the two leaders while offering no evidence whatsoever.

What causes otherwise intelligent people to put their faith in conspiracy theories? A common explanation on the Right is that these conspiracies are cynically concocted to overthrow the Trump presidency. Another explanation points to declining standards of journalism, i.e., reporters being too incompetent to refute groundless claims. Both reasons have merit yet both fail to explain the peculiar estrangement from reality that a belief in baseless conspiracies represents.

In the early stages of the French Revolution, the Jacobins imagined that the beacon of a democratic France would shine across the world and tyrannical kings would topple before its luminescence. The Jacobin imagination was polluted by utopian idealism, the ideology that causes people to see the world how they wish it to be rather than how it is.

When the luminescence of France began to fade and the revolutionary army began to falter, the Jacobins felt there could only be one explanation: conspiracy. Only a deep-seated plot could be preventing France the Savior from vanquishing retrograde monarchs. From the beginning, the virtuous Jacobins saw themselves as fighting a conspiracy against the rights of humanity. Hence the Reign of Terror, with the guillotine deployed against priests and nobles who were seen as forming the core opposition to a better world.

Idealism and conspiracy theories are, it seems, opposite sides of the same coin. When the dream fails to materialize, its validity is not questioned; instead the search to find those who connived against it begins.


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

I hope you read all of Smith's article. It's very good.

The only problem with the article is its failure to provide a remedy to the problem of nutcases exercising power over the rest of us in service to their delusions. I'll fill in that blank:

These people won't stop just because anyone disapproves of what they do. They will only stop because people cease sending them the money with which they act. Thus, as with so many other matters of the swamp, the only solution is the CtC solution, which is to say, the Founders' solution.

That is, people (you and me) have to withhold the resources by which evil-- or even merely foolish-- state behaviors are financed. People (you and me) have to reclaim those resources for themselves in order to become capable of undoing what the ill-exercise of power has already put harmfully in place.

In short, We the People (you and me) have to do as the Founders meant for us to do, and stop fueling bad behavior by people in power. We must make ourselves once again strong-- at their expense-- just as they have made themselves strong at our expense over the last 80 years!

Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE had the fortitude and clarity of vision to do that?

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?

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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:

February 23- In 1836, the Battle of the Alamo begins.  In 1903, the puppet-government installed by the U.S. Marines in Cuba agrees to lease Guantanamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity".  In 1904, the United States buys the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million.  In 1954, mass inoculations of children with the Salk Polio vaccine begin.  In 1955, SEATO meets for the first time.    


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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."

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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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Regarding "Tax Reform"

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

-Thomas Paine

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

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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'?"


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Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

February 24- In 1803, the United States Supreme Court issues its decision in Marbury v. Madison, asserting its power of "judicial review".  In 1839, William Otis receives a patent for the steam shovel.  In 1863, the western half of New Mexico Territory is carved off to become Arizona Territory.  In 1893, the American University is chartered by Congress.  In 1920, the German Worker's Party adds "National Socialist" to its name, thus becoming the "Nazi Party".  In 1970, National Public Radio is founded.  In 1989, a United Airlines flight from Hawaii to New Zealand suffers a fuselage breach over the Pacific.  9 passengers are sucked out of the plane.  In 2008, Fidel Castor retires after fifty years as dictator of Cuba.  During most of that period a United States embargo succeeded in contributing mightily to the impoverishment of the Cuban people, while also preventing the uplifting subversion that exposure to the prosperity of a free society would have engendered, and all without doing anything whatever to unseat the despotic Castro regime...   


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.