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Current Events and Continuing Education for October 14, 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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A great victory after years of IRS harassment, threats and intimidation by an educated American who turned the corrupt agency...

Every Which Way But Loose


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'The Very Idea Of Economic Policy Is Itself Dangerous'


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Selected Features From Recent Editions:

I hate to say it, but...

Most Of You Deserve To Be Squashed Like Cockroaches


One person who DOESN'T deserve to be squashed like a cockroach:

Brenna Wright Shares Her Tax Truth Odyssey


Fascinating material on a pernicious effort to destroy liberty:

A Few Words About "Climate Change" Fraud


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

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


This really is a simple enough thing...

Hendrickson's Axiom of Special Definitions


From the 'Garbage In Yields Garbage Out' Department:

Debunking The '1870s Income Tax Repeal' Myth


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

A Few Words About The Constitution


At least these "ladies" are honest...

A Word From The United Bitches Of America


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

Why Donald Trump Should Be Impeached


It is so easy to prove that...

The Government Knows Perfectly Well That CtC Is 100% Correct


An updated and ever-more important commentary:

What America Really Gets From The Ignorance Tax"


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"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")?


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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 14-  In 1066, Norman invader William the Conqueror wins the Battle of Hastings over the Saxons, gaining control of England.  In 1322, Robert the Bruce wins Scotland's independence from England.  In 1884, George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film.  In 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh is published.  In 1943, prisoners at the Nazi death-camp at Sobibor rise up, killing guards and breaking out of the camp.  About half escape.  In 1947, Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier in level flight in a Bell X-1 jet.  In 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis begins when a U-2 spy-plane spots Soviet missiles being installed in Cuba.  In 1968, the United States DoD announces that 24,000 Vietnam vets will be re-rotated back for second tours of duty.  In 1968, Jim Hines becomes the first man to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds.  In 1982, Ronald Reagan launches the federal assault on liberty and the Constitution known as the "War on Drugs".  In 2012, Felix Baumgartner performed a 24-mile skydive, reaching an estimated speed of 843.6 mph before deploying his parachute.


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


Every Which Way But Loose

A hardy warrior for the truth weathers years of corrupt IRS browbeating to emerge $121K+ victorious in the end.

HERE'S A STORY I AM ESPECIALLY DELIGHTED to report: Dane La Vigne, excellent son of excellent father Don, of whose inspiring testimonial video I am particularly fond, has secured a hard-fought victory after a long, utterly obnoxious effort by the IRS to capture from him a pile of money the agency eventually admitted he had never owed.

Dane's story joins the several dozen others I have been pleased to post over the years in my 'Every Which Way But Loose' (EWWBL) collection. All are episodes of special virtue in illustrating government agreement with all that is taught in CtC-- both as to the law and as to the proper and effective means of invoking and enforcing the law-- beyond the denial of all but the utterly brain-dead.

Like the other episodes in the EWWBL series, Dane's 2014 adventure documents intense IRS attention to his filing and all things with which it is concerned. This attention was for the explicit purpose of imposing a tax on Dane measured by his considerable receipts during that year from activities of the same sort conducted by millions of other Americans every year.

Because Dane, unlike most Americans, is CtC-educated, he knows the truth about the income tax along with all the intimate and critical details of tax law. In the face of Dane's knowledge and steadfastness, the IRS effort collapsed.

THAT TAX AGENCY COLLAPSE-- plainly done with eyes wide open-- shows once again, in glaringly sharp relief as in all the episodes in the EWWBL collection, that the government's sporadic pretenses of disagreement with, or resistance to, CtC and CtC-educated filings are just that: pretenses.

Whether they take the form of bogus "frivolous return penalties", falsifications and co-options of corrupt jurists, or in any other form, those pretenses are desperate frauds. Counting on voodoo-chant energy from every brain-dead (or self-interested) CtC-denier in both the "tax professions" and the so-called "tax honesty community", they are meant to spasm the CtC-slain vampire a few more yards downfield to can scam another $trillion or so out of the pockets of Americans before enough of them finally learn the truth and the zombie vampire turns to dust at last.

"The Tax Code represents the genius of legal fiction... The IRS has never really known why people pay the income tax... The IRS encourages voluntary compliance, through FEAR."

-Jack Warren Wade Jr., former IRS officer in charge of the IRS Nationwide Revenue Officer Training Program


"If the taxpayers of this country ever discovered that we operate on 98% bluff, the entire system will collapse."

-Reported remark by an internal revenue service officer to Sen. Henry E. Bellmon (R. Okla.) on April 15, 1971.

It's not all bluff, of course-- there's a lot of trickery involved, too. But CtC teaches how the bluff and the trickery both work, and shows the reader the unique means by which the presumptions on which both depend can be nullified.

Aren't you glad you're CtC-educated? Don't you wish everyone was?

Anyway, let's get back to Dane...

DANE'S DELIGHTFUL VICTORY concerns his $230,000 or so in earnings during 2014. To begin with, the IRS initially admitted Dane's earnings were not "income" (in the sense of being income tax relevant). The agency had dutifully refunded the $1,000 deposit Dane had sent in with his application for a filing date extension in April of 2015 and then reclaimed on his return filed later that year. It was thus (and properly) agreed that Dane's earnings were not of the specialized variety received for the performance of taxable activities, and by which a resulting tax liability could be measured.

But in 2016, some bad apple at the IRS decided to pretend the agency had made a big mistake and try to herd Dane back into a copper-top pod. The campaign began with this:

...to which Dane responded with this, the following October.

Meantime, a "proposed change" notice was run up the flagpole:

It was hoped that Dane would be overawed by this "official" expression, abandon his own knowledge of the provisions and particulars of the relevant law, and salute the "proposal" like a good little soldier given orders from above.

Not Dane. This man IS a good soldier-- but not the little kind who worships at the altar of the state.

Dane is a good soldier of the Founders' republic. He is a big, grown-up, real American man whose salutes are reserved for the principles of liberty and the rule of law.

Dane stood his ground and stuck to what he himself had learned to be true, by his own study and verification and reliance on his God-given powers of reason. After three long years of increasingly strident harassment and repeated officious pronouncements, including, among much else back and forth, this:




(to which Dane responded months later with a FOIA request for documents related to these purported assessments, and for which he received this in reply)




...and this:

...the IRS bluff, trickery and intimidation project collapsed a few weeks ago, ending with these two flat-out white-flag acknowledgements:

It was a long ordeal for Dane, but a capital victory in the end. Perseverance won this battle, as it does every battle with adversaries whose only weapons against solid, well-grounded and accurate knowledge of the law are fear and bluster.

Dane is still waiting for the other shoe to drop on the pretended "frivolous return penalty", giving him a chance to demand a hearing and start that nonsense on its way off-stage. Maybe that one will just ease off on its own steam, under the circumstances...

IN THE MEANTIME, GOTTA LOVE THIS HERO!! Dane La Vigne stands tall in the ranks of all the good American men and women who are doing the Founders' work by binding down an out-of-control state with the chains of the Constitution.

Dane's victory joins 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!

AND, HEY! DON'T YOU WISH YOUR INSPIRING BEING-THE-STORM VIDEO was posted, like proud father Don's? This is easy to do, and very important (plus it can get you some great losthorizons swag!). See (and carefully read in their entirety) these guidelines and encouragements.

"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

Copy and paste this meme everywhere, people...

P.S. IT WILL BE NOTED that I have not posted most of Dane's responses to the notices shown in the article above. In fact, I haven't posted every notice and letter and what-have-you that Dane received over his three-year battle, either.

The reason for this is simple: I have observed over the years that my posting of such docs often has the perverse effect of leading some folks to forego actually studying and acquiring ownership of the knowledge on which proper responses and proper positions and arguments is grounded. Instead, some folks just mimic (virtually copying and pasting, in some cases) whatever they most recently see associated with a victory, imagining that whatever that is, it's what they should be doing themselves.

Such "free-riding" is a mistake, and I warn against it here and in every seminar.

The idea of such free-riding also reflects a misunderstanding of battles such as Dane's. Here is what SHOULD be understood:

Dane did not deploy a secret word, or special deep magic to get to his victory. Once Dane filed his accurate and proper CtC-educated tax return he had done all the "magic" involved here. The rest was just a matter of Dane standing his ground and making sensible and informed use of the resources to be found here, something he was able to do by diligently studying that material.

It is only those proper beginnings and sensible practices that should be learned and copied from Dane's victory by anyone else.

P.P.S. I WILL MAKE ONE EXCEPTION to my decision about Dane's responses discussed above by relating that while he did respond with an objection letter, Dane did not petition Tax Court in response to the CP3219A he received, the cover page of which is amongst the notices shown above. I mention this for two reasons-- neither of which is to be taken as approving or disapproving Dane's decision, or as assigning it any special significance in the outcome of Dane's situation.

The first of those reasons is to keep it from being erroneously assumed that Dane DID go to court as a part of the process toward his victory. Whether a good call or not a good call, he did not, and that should be clear.

The other reason for this exception is to give me a chance to share a few comments about the form "CP3219A" that Dane received, something new-ish to the CtC community, and about which I have therefore not written previously. What is notable about this form is that unlike a normal Notice of Deficiency, the "CP3219A" is generated by a largely automated process (as part of the IRS 'Automated Underreporter Program'), without even the pretense of any actual "examination" or "determination".

Because of these characteristics, the "CP3219A" appears on its face to be fundamentally arbitrary and capricious, declaredly reflecting nothing more than a self-serving tax agency preference for "information return" allegations by which the agency gets revenue over the testimony of a filer by which it does not. (This as opposed to the conventional 3219, in which the same self-serving subjective preferences operate, but do so concealed behind some deniability-generating window-dressing.)

Discussion and legal material regarding the high significance of the "arbitrary and capricious" thing can be found here.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

October 15- In 1878, the Edison Electric Company begins operations.  In 1917, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by France as a German spy.  In 1940, Charlie Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator' is released.  In 1971, Iran begins its 2500th Birthday celebration.


A Few Words About "Climate Change" Fraud

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

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

Then share this link with everyone you can

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


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

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

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


Rick Van Camp's Excellent Outreach Letter

Notes And Tips For Educated Filers


A Two-Minute Review Of CtC

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

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


Some Good Perspective From The Delightfully Sardonic John Prine

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



Eric Copenhaver With A Great Video Testimonial

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.


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

October 16- In 1775, Portland, Maine is burned by the British.  In 1781, the Continental Army captures Yorktown, Virginia.  In 1793, Marie Antoinette is guillotined.  In 1875, Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah.  In 1964, China conducts its first successful nuclear weapon test.  In 1969, George Hennard entered a restaurant in Luby, Texas, and killed 23 patrons and wounded another 20 before committing suicide.  The incident led to the adoption by the Texas legislature of the "shall issue" principle in regard to CCW applications, a reversal of the policy blamed for the fact that no one in the restaurant but Hennard had a weapon that day. 


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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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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...



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.


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

October 17- In 1781, British General Cornwallis offers his surrender to the Continental Army at Yorktown, Virginia.  In 1814, beer vats in a brewery in London, England, burst, flooding the streets with more than 323,000 gallons of beer.  There are nine casualties-- 8 by drowning, and one by alcohol poisoning.  In 1907, the first commercial transatlantic wireless service commences.  In 1931, Al Capone is convicted of "income" tax evasion.  In 1956, the first commercial nuclear power station opens in Cumbria, England.  In 1979, the U.S. Department of Education is created.


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

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

Set Your Church Free

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

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


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Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

October 18- In 1867, the United States takes possession of Alaska after buying it from Russia for 2 cents an acre.  In 1898, the United States is ceded "legal" possession of Puerto Rico by Spain as a consequence of the Spanish-American War.  In 1954, Texas Instruments introduces the transistor radio.


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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-James Madison

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The Very Idea Of Economic Policy Is Itself Dangerous

by Stephen Davies

In the last few years, the topic of trade and trade policy has returned to center stage in the United States, thanks to the protectionist policy and rhetoric of Donald Trump. The result has been a reopening of many debates and also an apparent shift in public opinion, toward stronger support for the free trade position. What this public argument has also done is to reveal some very basic assumptions about economics and public policy. 

These foundational assumptions are particularly widespread among professional economists but are also found among social and political commentators more generally. They reflect the way that economics as a discipline has developed over the last 30 to 40 years. The assumptions are about public policy in general, not just trade, and from the individualist or classical liberal standpoint are dangerous and misleading — in fact their becoming explicit because of the current debate over trade highlights the need to clarify language in these discussions and through that thought.

In the current argument about trade, Donald Trump’s protectionism and the trade war he has started with China have led to a strong reassertion of the free trade position. Most of this has taken the form of arguments that the United States should follow a free trade policy. 

Closer examination of these positions should leave one feeling very uneasy. The implication is that free trade is a policy of the government. In other words, the assumption is that free trade only exists or comes about as the result of an active government policy. Very often the explicit thesis is that free trade is something created by and dependent upon complex and elaborate intergovernmental trade agreements, such as NAFTA or the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). 

If you actually think about it, this is a bizarre position. Free trade simply means the absence of government action, leaving people free to exchange goods and services across national borders. To have free trade, governments do not have to do anything; they simply have to stop doing things, such as imposing duties and tariffs or imposing regulatory barriers. This shows we should become aware of the misleading language used in much public discussion and commentary, particularly in the business and financial press and in academic journals. 

So-called “free trade agreements,” such as the ones mentioned, are not about free trade properly understood. They are about managed and regulated trade. A trade policy centered around them is not about free trade; it is about extending the scope of regulations beyond national borders through a process of harmonization. To put it simply and bluntly, if you are an individualist liberal you do not want the government to have a “free trade policy”; you do not want it to have any kind of policy in that area. You want it to simply leave trade alone. 


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



DAVIES MAKES AN IMPORTANT and very to-the-root observation about the true nature of so-called "free trade" as the term is used in modern political debate. There's nothing free about it, and no one should be fooled by the label. And of course, Davies is right that what any sensible American wants is ACTUAL free trade-- historically known as laissez faire-- meaning "let be".

In fact, any sensible American wants the same stance by government in many areas beside just economics or trade.

BUT DAVIES MAKES ONE interesting mistake in his article (or perhaps it is a deliberate avoidance of what he might think some of his readers would find off-putting). I refer to the passage in which he is describing modern courtier economists as viewing themselves as "technocratic experts whose task and role is to advise the sovereign power as to the best and most efficient way of realizing its economic goals (such as greater prosperity, full employment, economic growth)."

With all due respect to Dr. Davies, this expression is hopelessly naive, and as such, sacrifices what could have and should have been a powerful point in his overall argument's favor. Here is the defect: The actual and singular economic goal of those who exercise "sovereign power" in America (as in most other state-afflicted societies) is to maximize revenue flowing into their hands. Period.

Realizing this self-interested goal of course requires catering to the perspectives of the masses, so as to avoid too much resistance (or possible revolution) and allowing such liberty and producer profitability so as to not kill the goose that lays the golden egg. But the policies pursued by those state operators are for their benefit and that of their clients and cronies, and at the expense of the interests of the rest of us to as great a degree as can be gotten away with.

Taken in that accurate light, the so-called "free trade" fictions against which Davies writes are all the more strongly seen as the evil and undesirable offenses that they are.

Laissez faire is, in fact, the watchword of every free and sovereign people, and under that regime Americans prospered for our first 110 years or so. We DO need it restored, and again, in much more than just economics.

But AS for economics, CtC has enabled individual Americans to secure a "let be" policy for themselves, and all by themselves. Use it.

In so doing, you will not only free yourself from destructive policies, but you will contribute to the liberation of society as a whole. There is nothing you can do that is more civically-responsible.

So stand tall invoking and enforcing your personal free trade policies. You'll be saving America, as all good citizens should do.

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A Little Extra

EVEN AS ARDENT A STATIST as Abraham Lincoln, in announcing his willingness to burn the Southern states to the ground in order to keep them paying the tariff for the benefit of Northern interests in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, paid at least lip service to the Founders design of leaving control over the fuel available to feed the fires Washington wants to light in the hands of the individual citizenry when he said, "Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part; and I shall perform it, unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means..."

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Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

October 19- In 1935, the League of Nations imposes economic sanctions on Italy over its invasion of Ethiopia.  In 1943, the first antibiotic treatment for tuberculosis is isolated in a lab.  In 1960, the United States imposes an embargo on Cuba.  In 1973, the Nixon Whitehouse defies an appeals court order to turn over the Watergate tapes.  In 1987, a world-wide stock-market crash begins in Hong Kong and spreads throughout the world.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 22.6% that day (Black Monday)-- several major markets lose more than 40% of their value, with New Zealand's losing 60% .  In 2005, Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for "crimes against humanity".


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October 20- In 1803, the U.S. Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.  In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee begins its investigation of communist infiltration of Hollywood.  In 1955, 'The Return Of The King', the last book in Tolkien's 'Lord Of The Rings' trilogy, is published.  In 1973, the "Saturday Night Massacre" takes place, with Richard Nixon firing Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus after they refuse to fire Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox, who is finally fired by Robert Bork.  In 2011, Moammar Ghaddafi was killed as part of a United States coup intended to thwart Chinese investments and development of oil interests in Libya, as well Ghaddafi's move toward eliminating the US dollar as the sole currency accepted for oil sales.


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About The Author

Pete Hendrickson is possibly the most effective lawyer in history, even while never having set foot in a law school, nor ever being a card-carrying member of "the bar". He is the first American in history to secure a complete refund of Social Security and Medicare ‘contributions’ withheld from his earnings (along with all other property taken for federal taxes); further, since 2003 students of his legal analyses and arguments in ‘Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America’’ (CtC), and its sequel, 'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?' have been routinely retaining and recovering billions of dollars which otherwise-- wrongly, but as a matter of course-- would have gone to federal or state government treasuries. This despite concerted efforts by government to suppress his work, and in some cases vigorously oppose the claims by his students.

Hendrickson is also a widely-read essayist on matters of politics, public policy and law; many of these works are collected in his second book, ‘Upholding the Law And Other Observations’. He is a member of Mensa; an award-winning artist; and has paid his dues as a youth soccer coach. He is a long-time political activist as well, and has served as co-chair and platform convention delegate of Michigan’s largest county Libertarian Party organization; as a consultant to the National Right to Work Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy; as a member of the Heartland Institute; and as a member of the International Society for Individual Liberty. He is a frequent radio-show guest on stations across the country.

Hendrickson's business career has included nearly a decade-and-a-half at the leading edge of the renewable-energy industry, both as Director of Purchasing and Materials Management and member of the R&D board at Starpak Energy Systems, the mid-west's then-largest solar heating and energy-recovery-and re-utilization company; and as founder and president of AFJ Inc., a high-efficiency lighting design, manufacture and installation firm.

Beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing for the twelve years before his present full-time focus on the restoration of the rule of law in America, Hendrickson directed purchasing activities for the $84 million-a-year multi-family-housing division of the Farmington Hills, Michigan branch of Edward Rose and Sons, with responsibility for 18,000+ apartments, direct supervision of 35 technicians and agents, and incidental authority over several hundred divisional workers. He also ran the division's 10 cable television earth-station and distribution systems in four states, and designed and administered the company's website.

On rather the other end of the spectrum, amidst these more mundane pursuits Hendrickson co-founded and was the primary creative force behind a small board- and card-game company that enjoyed a modest success for several years.

Hendrickson makes his home in southeast Michigan, with his wife and two children. He is currently working on his next book.

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