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Current Events and Continuing Education for August 20 through September 2, 2018

“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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Rand was stuck with writing hopeful fiction. I am privileged to write hope-fulfilling fact.

Atlas Shrugging


Here are America's real heroes:

Meet Atlas


Ignorance can be a self-sustaining infirmity...

Replies To My "Open Letter" Reveal The Ugly Truth


Ignorance can be a self-sustaining infirmity...

A List Of Articles Posted Over The Last Several Newsletter Cycles Can Be Accessed At The LostHorizons Newsfeed


An excellent new testimonial video takes the stage

Eric Copenhaver Testifies



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


Other Voices

'Our Despicable, Indefensible Policy In Yemen'


Share, share, share, people

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The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

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


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week



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

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The upgraded Fifteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

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


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Featured In This Update:

A Handy Little Cognitive Cue Concerning The Meaning Of "Income"


A Nice Example Of 1954 IRC Misrepresentations Of The Law, With A Frivolous Dimension


A Few Observations On The Passing Of John "Bomb Bomb Iran" McCain


American Islamophobia's Fake Facts


Featured In Recent Editions:

An Open Letter To Lew Rockwell, William Anderson, Paul Craig Roberts, Tom DiLorenzo...


CtC: Western Civilization's Best Weapon In The Culture War


A Nice $97K Federal Refund


Four Questions For Brett Kavanaugh


A Question For All Federal Candidates This Year


Newsletters Are Now Being Archived


The Truth About The Tax In Three Short Sentences


"Tax Honesty" BS Is What Had Doreen In Prison


Notes For An Educated Filer-- Whether A First-Timer Or A Veteran


Regarding Daft And Despicable Deniers


Regarding State Group Membership


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


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


Your Comments


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

- Thomas Paine

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

If CtC were actually right,

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

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

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



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


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


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



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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 20- In 1866, the War of Northern Aggression is formally declared to be at an end.  In 1920, the first commercial radio station, (WWJ in Detroit, Michigan) begins broadcasting.  In 1938, Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd grand slam homerun.  In 1969, the Beatles share a recording studio as a group for the last time.  In 1991, Estonia seceded from the Soviet Union.  In 1998, Bill Clinton, hoping to distract public attention from the Lewinski scandal, launches cruise missiles at al Qaida encampments in Afghanistan, and a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan.


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


Friends! San Antonio! September 22!

Be there for a little CtC Seminar in the home of the Alamo!!

Click here for more information


Atlas Shrugging

Ayn Rand was stuck with writing hopeful fiction. I have the privilege of writing hope-fulfilling fact.

IN 1957, OBJECTIVIST THEORIST and Russian immigrant Ayn Rand electrified the paleo-conservative (near-classic liberal) community in America with her final novel, 'Atlas Shrugged'. The title reflects the storyline, which, broadly put, concerns a courageous American of towering moral and intellectual integrity and prodigious productivity-- an Atlas upon whose shoulders the world rested, because only he and his kind can carry the burden-- who, upon recognizing that his output was feeding a parasitic and increasingly-dangerous state, shut off the tap.

It's a great story, and very uplifting (even though I do not count myself in the Objectivist camp). Rand is probably responsible, through this work and others (most notably 'The Fountainhead') for a good part of the energy that fueled the insurgency of Barry Goldwater in the early 1960s, the libertarian schism in the Republican party that followed, and the bending of mainstream Republicanism toward the fusion politics of folks like Ronald Reagan.

On balance, considering that the opposition to that Rand-friendly and very possibly Rand-influenced movement was the overtly second-wing-of-the-state-vulture "Nelson Rockefeller" Republican establishment, Rand would be owed a heartfelt "thank you" by those of us she left behind in 1982. It's a pity she probably never got any, having insisted to her followers that her departure amounted to vanishing like the flame of a blown-out candle.

(But if you think she was wrong on that score, go ahead and salute. She can't stop you...)

EVEN IF RAND GETS a thousand nods of thanks, though, that won't change what might have been a real frustration for her even as her philosophical views begat an eventually large and resolute community of adherents. I refer to the fact that as enthused as many became with the admirable and inspiring models of Hank Rearden and Jon Galt, these remained fictional characters, with no actual real-life examples for Rand or her followers to celebrate.

Well, guess what? I could introduce Rand, were she still among the living, to tens of thousands of Hank Reardens, Dagny Taggarts and John Galts.

You could, too. Because the CtC community IS Atlas Shrugging-- the real deal, happening in real time.

WHO, AFTER ALL, are the people acting to invoke and uphold the actual tax laws? They are the net-productive Americans, the portion of our national community who, when all factors are accounted-for, produce more than they consume. Their efforts result in a profit, so to speak.

When allowing themselves to be taxed on their gains, these net producers are thus also net tax payers. This is as distinct from their non-net-productive fellows, who, when all factors are accounted-for are therefore net tax recipients (or are living under bridges and still probably absorb more wealth than they create).

“There are two distinct classes of men in the nation, those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes.”

-Thomas Paine

In short, those of us who have learned how, when and why to say, "NO!" are the Atlas upon which the dangerous and dysfunctional rogue state now occupying Washington D.C. rests, and we are saying, "Get off my back."

MORE FINELY PUT, we, the CtC-educated productive class, are the host from which the tick that is the rogue state has been taking its blood meals, and, having reawakened to those facts after a long slumber under the influence of the beast's soporific weapons we are yanking the evil thing out of our flesh.

As such, we are actually better than Hank Rearden, Dagny Taggart and John Galt, even as they were portrayed in their heroic fictional roles.

Those heroes of Rand's novel, as properly-motivated as they were by their recognition of their rights and of the dysfunction of the hive-state they faced, ran away. Forgivable, perhaps, for they saw no recourse.

The CtC community, on the other hand, admittedly with the considerable advantage of having the support of the law, is standing in place, or, if in motion, just on its way to the engine room of the Titanic on which it finds itself, there to shut off the fuel supply by which the otherwise doomed ship is steaming at, "full speed ahead".

Damn, you people make me proud!

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."

-Thomas Paine

NOTE: Want that great conversation-starting 'Atlas' shirt that TJ is wearing? For the next 30 days you can get one by sending $25 + $4 S&H to my darling Doreen in the same way shown for other orders here. Throw in a note saying, "I'm shrugging, too!" and telling us what size you want.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 21- In 1680, Pueblo Indians capture Santa Fe from Spanish forces during what is known as the Pueblo Revolt.  In 1878, the American Bar Association is founded.  In 1888, William Burroughs patents his adding machine.  In 1959, Dwight Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii to be the 50th state of the union.  In 1968, Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring Uprising.  In 1986, a vast cloud of carbon dioxide bubbled up from the volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, of such size as to asphyxiate persons and animals within 14 miles of the lake.  In 1992, the federal assault on the Weaver family in Ruby Ridge, Idaho begins.  In 2007, historians took note that it was the 169th 21st of August since Iran last initiated military aggression against anyone.  In 2013, hundreds of Syrians are killed by chemical-weapons attacks falsely ascribed by the US to the Assad government whose overthrow by Muslim extremists it was financing, arming, training and encouraging.


Meet Atlas

Say "Hello" and Thank you!" to ten more of America's REAL heroes.

James Graham

JAMES HAS SHRUGGED. In response, on May 11, 2018, the United States respectfully return all the money that had been withheld from James during 2017 against the possibility that any of his economic activities would prove to have been of the excise-taxable variety:

Here is the return by which this American titan of liberty and the rule of law secured the complete refund shown above, which was issued after the usual vetting and a little more, besides.


Justin Gilmore & Brianna Osnain

JUSTIN AND BRIANNA HAVE SHRUGGED, and Colorado, whether with mandibles snapping in rage and frustration or otherwise, has peeled off their backs. The state has returned everything it had expected to keep of the recompense hard-earned by Justin and Brianna during 2017, but to which it had no lawful claim whatever:

Here is the return by which these American titans helped Colorado avoid the sin of exploiting myths about the tax.


Francis & Sonja Krebs

FRANCIS AND SONJA HAVE SHRUGGED, and stood, and demanded and received what is theirs. On December 21, 2017, California responded to a return correcting an earlier version submitted while still in the thrall of the myths by which governments in American have shamefully exploited good Americans like these for 80 years and more. The state returned every penny of this good couple's property that had been withheld from them during 2015 and given to the state, plus interest:

California would have kept this money for itself without batting an eye had titans Francis and Sonja not learned the truth about the income tax and had the courage to insist that the law be upheld, by way of this filing.


James Wright

JAMES HAS SHRUGGED. On July 23, 2018 the United States got the message and admitted that everything that had been withheld from James and given to it under the mistaken belief that what James does to earn his money is a federally-taxable activity-- FICA and all-- is an overpayment to which it has no claim, and which belongs to James.

James being in arrears to the United States from many years in the past, the feds diverted his released property toward those old liabilities, but his refund is no less real and no less a victory for the rule of law.

Here is the return by which James secured this complete refund, and it's just a pity that he didn't know the truth about the tax back in 2008 and 2010.


Kevin & Nilka Angeles

KEVIN AND NILKA HAVE SHRUGGED. This good pair of true Americans titans have risen to reclaim everything improperly taken from them during 2017 and given over to an 'Uncle Sam' with absolutely no claim to their money, as the Treasury Department has duly acknowledged-- mostly...

Kevin and Nilka have received a refund-in-progress of more than the total of what was withheld as nominal federal income tax. Or, it's more still than the total of what was withheld as FICA surtaxes. But it's not yet quite the total of both combined, even though what WAS returned is more than enough to constitute an admission that the couple did nothing during 2017 that qualified for either class of income taxes. Here is the check:

And here is the filing that produced this attenuated-without-explanation refund. We'll trust that the other $2732.45 will arrive in due course, or an explanation of its diversion will be forthcoming (or will be secured on demand...).


Matt & Katie

MATT AND KATIE HAVE ALSO SHRUGGED, and this fine pair of Americans have received in response one of those bright illustrations of a addicted state struggling to cling to the gravy-train on which it has grown fat and dangerous over the last eight decades while having no grounds for doing so, and being compelled to admit this plainly.

Here is the refund check Matt and Katie received last month:

Here is the overpayment acknowledgement:

Here is the government admission that Matt and Katie received no tax-related income during 2017 and owe no tax in connection with that year

And here is the filing, by which it will be seen that the shameless IRS ploy being attempted here is to simply lie. The agency pretends to only know about $2,529.00 having been withheld from Matt and Katie, when the actual amount, as reported under oath by Matt and Katie, and doubtless as corroborated by the creators of the W-2s that are rebutted as to only their allegations of statutorily-defined "wag" receipts by Matt and Katie's Forms 4852, is $5,673.51. But Uncle Sammy want to keep something, by hook or by crook...

Is it any wonder good Americans are shrugging?!

Well done, Matt, and well done, Katie!! And the same salute to James and Justin & Brianna, and Francis & Sonja and Kevin & Nilka and James again! You are all truly titans for liberty and heroes of the rule of law!


Watch out for that robot! I think it's going to explode!!


ALL OF THESE GOOD FOLKS are tuck-pointing the tattered brickwork in the rule of law on which we all rely to shield us from arbitrary power, and draining the swamp at the same time. Hats off to them all!!

And James and Justin & Brianna and Francis & Sonja and Kevin & Nilka and James and Matt & Katie are not alone, of course. Their victories join those of the tens of thousands of other awakened and activated Americans represented here. Each constitutes another critical step toward the restoration of the Founders republic and the true rule of law.

Don't you wish your victories were proudly posted, too?

It's easy. Stand up on behalf of the law, and then share the evidence.

That's all there is to it!

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 22- In 565, a monster is reportedly seen in Loch Ness, Scotland.  In 1642, King Charles I accuses the English Parliament of treason, and the English Civil War begins.  In 1770, James Cook claims eastern Australia for Great Britain.  In 1775, King George declares the American colonies to be in open rebellion.  In 1922, Michael Collins, commander of the Irish Free State Army, is shot and killed in an ambush during the Irish Civil War.  In 1926, gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.  In 1989, Nolan Ryan records his 5,000th strikeout.  In 1992, FBI assassin Lon Horiuchi shoots an unarmed Vicki Weaver in the head from a sniper's blind while she stands in the doorway of her home holding her infant child.


Replies To My "Open Letter" Display The Cognitive "Catch-22"

"It ain't what ya don't know that hurts ya. What really puts a hurtin' on ya is what ya knows for sure, that just ain't so."

-- Uncle Remus

IN MY "OPEN LETTER" TO SILENT pundits and journalists, that some good folks have begun sending out (as requested here), I speculate that the problem is a "Catch-22". That is, looking into my work and its history is (or is imagined to be) laborious, and since it is not known that anything worthwhile is to be found, and in fact, lifetime conditioning with the tax scheme bs says nothing worthwhile COULD be found, the crickets never look and never learn that they are wrong.

Several replies from these folks which have been helpfully forwarded to me by some who have risen to my request to send the letter now bear this out.

Here is a reply from Paul Craig Roberts, for instance:

Rudy, this is Quixotic.

Even if Mr. Hendrickson were correct, no court would rule in support of his argument.

Furthermore, in the completely improbable case that the Supreme Court supported Mr. Hendrickson, Congress would immediately legislate the existing income tax.

Indeed, after all these decades, law or no law, the US government has squatters' rights in the existing income tax. For a government as proven lawless as the US government is, whether or not the income tax is legal is a non-question.

Roberts reveals himself to have simply not looked at the material at all, and thus to not know what he doesn't know. Had he bothered to look, he would have learned that the limitations on the tax are Constitutional-- they cannot be legislated away.

Had he bothered to read the damn material (rather than assume, like any moron, that he knows what he would see), he would learn that the courts have ALREADY ruled in favor of "my argument", many, many times-- indeed, it is fully-settled law.

Further, if he would bother to look, he wouldn't be making the ignorant statement, "...whether or not the income tax is legal is a non-question," because he would understand that the tax IS LEGAL, and only an idiot would suggest that there is any question about that.

So, Paul Craig Roberts, a writer with MILLIONS of readers, won't talk about CtC revelations not because he doesn't want them out there, or is actually a CIA asset or anything like that. It is simply because he persists in ignorance about them. How can this be? Well, is YOUR video up on YouTube, helping generate a buzz that might eventually penetrate even the most closed and distracted of minds? Is it?

Are your articles helping to awaken people to this liberating knowledge scattered across the internet? These things are the necessities when you want to awaken people to the fact that what they have always believed true really isn't. It is these things-- the weight of them, in an aggregate of many, many-- that are "the Red Pill".

The Matrix is a great and satisfying fictional representation, but this is real life. Waking up here to a falsehood as pervasive in reality as is the Matrix in the movie doesn't happen by a Morpheus pulling you aside and giving you a gelcap. Here it takes thousands of people pounding on the closed consciousness of the sleepers, forcing them to start to wonder, "Why are all these people saying the same thing so confidently and forcefully? Maybe there's something I need to look at carefully..."

HERE IS HOW RON UNZ responded-- to me directly after getting my "Open Letter" from a few folks (before being asked to be taken off my letter list-- a request to which I acceded, though what anyone else wishes to do is up to them, of course...):

Dear Mr. Hendrickson,

I'm sure you're a perfectly fine fellow and I wish you the best of luck, but I'm busy with other things and I just don't have any interest in your material.

Therefore, I'd greatly appreciate if you would stop having your friends spam me on the subject.

Sincerely, Ron Unz

I wrote back, as follows:

I have taken you off the list; you will likely see some more of the same that is already in train but it should end soon enough.

But Mr. Unz, I AM a fine fellow, and I had pegged you for a cut above the average yourself from reading both your own writings and those that you post on your site. How can this NOT interest you?

This is thoroughly-proven real liberty from the rapacious income tax as nearly all living Americans have always experienced it-- a holy grail-level thing to people as thoughtful and insightful as to the pathologies of present-day America as you seem to be.

I have to think it can only be because you just don't believe what I am saying (which would likely be because you can't imagine it could be true, and thus won't bother to look at the evidence).

Would you please do me the courtesy of telling me if my suspicion is on the mark?

His reply, which is simply a long way of saying, "Yes":

I appreciate your willingness to tell your friend stop spamming me.

Frankly, I have ZERO interest or knowledge in those sorts of Income Tax issues, and am far too busy with other matters to bother exploring them.

Good luck with your own efforts, and I think this will be my last response to you or any of your associates.


Ron Unz

Pure ignorance-- he doesn't know what he doesn't know, and so he doesn't know that he ought to know better. Unz has to be captured by a buzz. He has a widely read news and views site, and could help awaken MANY people. But he won't until there's enough of a buzz to catch his ear and make clear that he is leaving himself out of something in which he might want to take an interest.

THOMAS DiLORENZO answers with a very concise expression of his subtext, which is, "I didn't read anything of this, ever, have no idea of to what I am responding, but based on my assumptions this is probably a good enough blow-off":

Government has more guns than we do, therefore, you must pay the income tax. These arguments are irrelevant to reality.

This guy sounds like an idiot with this reply. He's not an idiot, by any means, but having NOT LOOKED AT ALL at what was sent, he assumes it is just an argument that the income tax is bad, or something like that.

Like Roberts and Unz, DiLorenzo is a big voice doing nothing to help what really is the solution to the rogue state about which he dreams every night, but which he cannot recognize because he just won't look.

OVER THE YEARS I HAVE STRUGGLED to think of a good model for the kind of blithe disregard of a near-miraculous thing that lies before the oblivious. The best I have come up with is sort of the opposite-- a compelling expression of overlooking a threat, rather than of overlooking a salvation.

So, while it's something of a mirror image of what I mean, please have a look at Cary Grant blithely disregarding warnings and threat indicators with which he is surrounded, because he doesn't imagine there is anything to which he ought to be paying attention, and certainly not in competition with his own cognitive agenda:

Cary Grant (and Peter Lorre and Raymond Massey) In Arsenic and Old Lace

This is Paul Craig Roberts, Ron Unz, and Tom DiLorenzo. Except in their cases, they are blithely strolling past not the graveyard (in which they imagine themselves trapped, in their understanding of the threat of the rogue state) but instead past the flashing "EXIT" sign, toward which they simply will not turn their eyes.

So, in these replies, viewed as a sampling of what is doubtless true of all the others to whom these "Open Letters" have been sent, we can see the challenge we must overcome. It is not a problem of denial; it is a problem of blinders, worn by folks who don't even know they are so encumbered.

Our need is not to make arguments, it is to grab by the lapels and do some wake-up shouting.

This community must become a blaringly loud voice for that graveyard exit sign, shouting, "HEY! MORON!! OVER HERE!!!" And quickly.


BTW, the list of pundits/journalists I provided as recipients of my "Open Letter" was just the list of folks to whom I've been sending newsletter articles (and an occasional special piece just for them). Please feel strongly encouraged to send the content of this alternative page to any others in the same line of work (and with the same disposition) who are not on my list, but for whom you have contact info.

Just make sure the links in the text come along intact when you copy and paste into your email to your prospect, and give them my email address for their reply (and/or forward to me what they reply to you).

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Tim Whitney Steps Up To The "Bad Guys" Challenge!

Gotta love this creative and engaging approach...

Well done, Tim!!

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Scuttling Raymond Kethledge Is JOB ONE For This Rule-Of-Law Community (Updated)

It's "Get Busy-- RIGHT NOW-- Like You Really Mean To Win" time, people...


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.

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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 newsletter emails an extremely time-consuming and increasingly unreliable announcement mechanism, I have transitioned to alternative announcement methods. These include:

  • Twitter (click here to follow me and receive the announcement posts-- set for push notifications);

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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, social media means-- those wishing to correspond should continue to use 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!




The craziness of the neo-con nutcases in Washington is starting to generate its predictable blowback, but on a much more dangerous scale than in the recent past.

Based on relentless hostile rhetoric and steady efforts at military encirclement the Russian Federation Armed Forces Command has concluded that the United States intends to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Russia. While this perception continues to be fed, the risk of a prophylactic Russian first strike exists and grows more perilous.

The persistent, recently-escalated, plainly unfounded and deliberately provocative saber-rattling against Iran-- a long-time close ally and buffer-state of Russia's, the destabilization or regime-change within which would be another substantial threat factor-- has magnified the intensity of the peril.

So, more than ever...


What You Need To Know If CtC Doesn't Spread Like Wildfire RIGHT NOW So The Nut-Cases Can Be Stripped Of Their Resources:


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

August 23- In 1305, Scottish patriot William Wallace is tortured to death by command of Edward I of England for "treason".  In 1989, a 420-mile-long human chain of as many as two million Latvian, Estonians and Lithuanians formed demanding independence from the Soviet Union.  In 1990, Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.  In 2003, 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America' is published.


Hey, Have We Got Any State Workers (Or Retirees) Out There?

...'cause you folks have an interesting opportunity to make an important point (and maybe some important coin...).

ARTICLE 1, Section 10, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution says:

"No State shall ... make any thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payments of Debts;"

"Tender" is defined thusly:

Tender: A tender is an offer to do or perform an act which the party offering, is bound to perform to the party to whom the offer is made.

Bouvier's Law Dictionary (6th Edition).

In a literal sense, the word is equivalent to the word "offer". 6 Eng. Rul. Cas. 589.

Ballentine's Law Dictionary (3rd Edition).

As archaic and outré as it may seem, then, per the plain language of Art. 1, Sec. 10, Cl. 1 and the plain meaning of "tender" in that context, it is unconstitutional for a state which owes anyone a debt to tender (offer) anything but gold and silver coin in payment.

SO... THOSE OF YOU who are creditors of any state could make interesting things happen by insisting on proper payment of each of the dollars to which you are entitled in gold or silver.

Just to make clear what exactly this means, under current U.S. law, the following denominations are defined:

(7) A fifty dollar gold coin that is 32.7 millimeters in diameter, weighs 33.931 grams, and contains one troy ounce of fine gold.

(8) A twenty-five dollar gold coin that is 27.0 millimeters in diameter, weighs 16.966 grams, and contains one-half troy ounce of fine gold.

(9) A ten dollar gold coin that is 22.0 millimeters in diameter, weighs 8.483 grams, and contains one-fourth troy ounce of fine gold.

(10) A five dollar gold coin that is 16.5 millimeters in diameter, weighs 3.393 grams, and contains one-tenth troy ounce of fine gold.

(11) A $50 gold coin that is of an appropriate size and thickness, as determined by the Secretary, weighs 1 ounce, and contains 99.99 percent pure gold.

Silver dollars:

(1) are 40.6 millimeters in diameter and weigh 31.103 grams;

(2) contain .999 fine silver;

(3) have a design— (A) symbolic of Liberty on the obverse side; and (B) of an eagle on the reverse side;

(4) have inscriptions of the year of minting or issuance, and the words “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, “United States of America”, “1 Oz. Fine Silver”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “One Dollar”; and

(5) have reeded edges.

What this means is that anyone who is owed, say, $500 as a paycheck or pension payment is entitled to 500 ounces of fine silver (currently worth ~7,740 federal reserve notes (FRNs)). If paid in gold the payment would be a minimum of 10 ounces of fine gold (currently worth ~12,142 FRNs).

I say "minimum" in regard to the gold payment because the $5 piece is underweighted by comparison to the other denominations and would doubtless be the manner in which payment was made, if made in gold at all. But I think it safe to say that the choice by the states would always be silver.

I CAN IMAGINE THE LIKELIHOOD of an argument being raised that a creditor in some way agreed to accept FRNs in payment of the debt. But in my mind, at least, that really wouldn't matter.

The state wasn't allowed to impose any such agreement. To do so would be, after all, to tender (offer) some thing other than gold and silver in payment of debts: "We want you to come work for us (or, "You're hired, Mr. Smith!") but we're only offering (or, "you have to accept our offer of only") FRNs in payment of what we will owe you for your efforts."

This is (and was) prohibited, and the fact that the tender was made in advance doesn't change anything. In fact, it magnifies the crime, being a plain attempt to evade the Constitutional prescription while violating the Constitutional proscription.

SO, IS ANYONE UP for some virtuous fun with which to liven up those golden years (and make them truly golden)? Let me know what happens!


NOTE: There is a law (31 U.S.C. § 5118) by which the federal government withdraws its consent to be obliged to pay out something other than FRNs against its debts. But this applies only to the federal government, in harmony with Art. 1, Sec. 10, Cl. 1 of the U.S. Constitution.

And there is a law (31 U.S.C. § 5103) by which the federal government declares that it is bound to accept FRNs as payments for any debts owed to it. But there is no law requiring anyone OTHER than the feds to accept FRNs in payment of debts. (Though written in a somewhat different context, see the second part of this document for more on these provisions. See, also, 'Fiat Money And The Formless Fed' in 'Upholding the Law And Other Observations'.)

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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") )



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

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Are the presentations and resources offered on this site and in my other work of any value to you?

Tim Kendrick has posted a video on YouTube regarding donations. I didn't know what to do about it to begin with; I don't do what I do intending for anyone to feel obligated in any way.

But of course, no one IS obligated. I will continue to make my work freely-available here, and in my books for only the cost of a cheap paperback.

Thus, even though I post it here below, Tim's very thoughtful personal resolution and encouragement to others is just an invitation for consideration by those who may not be conscious of the fact that I can't do what I do without support. No one is to feel any pressure from it; if it moves anyone to act let it be solely because it seems right.



Why Does The Government Lie About 'Cracking the Code'?

THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION is the key to the restoration of the republic and the rule of law in America. See it below. (NOTE: It's very important that the entire 24 minutes be viewed.)

This video can also be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/hgzzYl-eeUI.

Here are links to the two pages to which viewers are directed at the end of the film: The Crime of the Century and The Truth About The 16th Amendment.

The other two mentioned in the film are this one (the "bulletin board" stack of 1,200 or so posted refunds and other victories in knowledgably applying the law; and this one (the collection of resisted claims and the outcomes of those little battles).

PLEASE be a real activist about sending this link to every single person in your address book, and about sharing it through facebook, reddit, twitter, and any other distribution channel with which you are familiar. Send it to every journalist you can. It's time to really make something happen.

Accompany your emails and posts with with a strong admonishment to watch the film through, and that doing so will show the viewer an individual-empowering, state-restraining truth about the income tax which the government has been trying to keep hidden from view for 75 years and which that person really needs to know. 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:

August 24- In 1215, Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.  In 1891, Edison patents the movie camera.  In 1939, Hitler and Stalin sign a non-aggression pact.  In 1967, Abbie Hoffman leads a group of hippies who throw dollar bills from the viewing gallery at the New York Stock Exchange, causing trading to halt as brokers scramble to snatch up the falling paper.  In 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.  In 1998, the first human being is implanted with an RFID.


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?


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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:

August 25- In 1609, Galileo demonstrates his first telescope in Venice.  In 1768, James Cook begins his first voyage.  In 1814, British forces capture Washington, DC and burn the first White House.  In 1910, the Yellow Cab Company is founded.  In 1916, the United States National Park Service is created.  In 1948, the confrontation between Whitaker Chambers and Alger Hiss before the House Un-American Activities Committee highlights the first-ever televised Congressional hearing.


Are You Having Trouble Spreading The Word?

SKEPTICISM (SOMETIMES INVOKED BY FEAR) IS TO BE EXPECTED when you're trying to explain to someone that everything they've been encouraged their whole lives to believe about something as entrenched and significant as the income tax is basically nonsense. So here's a way to help cut through the resistance:

Ask your listener how he or she would react if you were to show an announcement from the Commissioner of Internal Revenue admitting that the tax doesn't apply to the earnings of most Americans and is misapplied most of the time because people don't understand how it works? Or how about if you showed a ruling from the Supreme Court saying the same?

Now you just have to explain that you're going to show exactly those things-- but because the state really doesn't want people to know this, these things haven't been said quite as forthrightly as we would all wish. It's going to take a bit more work to take these admissions in than is sufficient for just reading a press release. But it'll be worth the effort...


The Liberating Truth About The 16th Amendment

IF YOU'RE NOT SPREADING THIS LINK with every bit of energy you can, to school libraries, homeschool families and community groups, your neighbors, your family members, your pastors and co-congregationalists, journalists, lawyers, CPAs, members of congress, tax-agency workers, Wikipedia, Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Tax Foundation, everyone in the "tax honesty" movement, the 9/11 truth movement, other activist movements and everyone else, you have only yourself to blame for your troubles with the tax, and a whole lot else of which you might complain. It's on you.

WRITE A NICE, FRIENDLY AND BRIEF introductory note explaining what will be seen at the link-- cryptic is bad; excited is good-- and then send this WMI (weapon of mass instruction) far and wide.

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-Thomas Jefferson

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Real Americans don't accommodate fog, lies and a sliding scale of adherence to the rule of law. Real American men and women stand up for the truth and the law, come what may, knowing that it is only by setting the bar at the top and enforcing it, come what may, that liberties are secured.

"Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."

-Thomas Paine




ONLY ONE THING WILL WIN YOU YOUR LIBERTY: Spreading the truth. Accordingly, I've assembled outreach resources into a new, dedicated page. Find it here, and please, USE THESE TOOLS!! I can't do this all by myself.

"In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

-George Orwell


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!

CtC Warrior SanDiegoScott has put together a great little 20-question quiz to test your knowledge of the law regarding the United States "income" tax. Test yourself, test your friends and family! Test your accountant and tax attorney, and help them learn the liberating truth!!

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Our Despicable, Indefensible Policy In Yemen

by Daniel Larison

The pathetic U.S. response to last week’s massacre of students in Yemen continues:

A senior general urged Saudi officials to conduct a thorough investigation into an airstrike that killed at least 40 children in Yemen, the Pentagon said Monday, an indication of U.S. concern about allied nations’ air operations against Houthi militants.

The general’s request actually shows how little concern the U.S. has for how the Saudi coalition conducts its war effort. If the U.S. were concerned with how the war was being fought, our officials wouldn’t be asking the perpetrators of atrocities to investigate their own crimes. It is pointless to urge the Saudis to conduct an investigation into their own war crime when we already know that they will find that they did nothing wrong. As the Post article notes later on, the coalition’s investigations predictably excuse their actions:

According to Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington director for Human Rights Watch, Saudi investigators had cleared coalition military officials of legal responsibility in virtually all investigations the JIAT had conducted.

The pattern of Saudi coalition conduct over the last three years is clear. Their forces commit numerous documented war crimes, and then when they “investigate” those crimes they determine that their forces are guilty of nothing. It would have been laughable to ask the Saudis to investigate themselves back in 2015, and to do the same over three years later is inexcusable. It is an invitation to whitewashing heinous, illegal acts. The U.S. will not honestly call out the coalition members for their crimes against Yemeni civilians because our government is deeply complicit in those crimes, and so we are treated to this pantomime farce where we send officers to call for investigations whose results have been predetermined even before the crimes were committed. The entire policy is a disgrace, and it brings dishonor on everyone ordered to participate in it.


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Larison's right. The US is complicit in despicable Saudi war crimes.. So what do we do?

How about the We the People do as the Founders meant for us to do, and stop fueling Washington's bad behavior?

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?


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

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

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And don't miss:

Was Grandpa Really a Moron

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

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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


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

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

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-J-Jerry Arnowitz, JD


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

-John O'Neil Green, JD


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

-Eric Smithers, JD


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

-Nancy "Ana" Garner, JD

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

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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







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





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





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

-Arthur Schopenhauer


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

Regarding "Tax Reform"

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

-Thomas Paine

Where To Find Things On This Site

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

Honest Cops Agree


Films That Belong In Every Home Library


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


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


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Illuminating Anniversaries:

August 26- In 1883, Krakatoa erupted with a force estimated at 13,000 times that of the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima, generating a sound heard at least 2,000 miles away and destroying most of the island on which the volcano sits.  In 1920, American women gain the right to vote under the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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.