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Current Events and Continuing Education for November 11, 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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Having just had our first snowfall of the year, I'm prompted to re-post an observation that first appeared on this page in August of 2016, but from which everyone will still benefit:

The Biggest Snow Job In World History


I'm getting sick of being a broken record, but...

What Is Going On Here, People?


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'The Deep-State, Redefined'


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Selected Features From Recent Editions:

Important opportunities abound, but are being overlooked and going unused. This has to stop!

The Main Chance That Everyone Is Missing


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


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."

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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...

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


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


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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 11-  In 1620, the Mayflower Compact is signed.  In 1864, Union General Wm. T. Sherman orders Atlanta burned to the ground.  In 1889, Washington becomes the 42nd sovereign American state and is admitted to the union as such.  In 1918, World War I ("The War to End All Wars") ends.  In 1926, U.S. Route 66 is established.


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


As It Begins To Fly Outside, Let's Talk About "Snow"...

An important observation from 2016 reprinted this week for everyone's use in waking up others-- which is, let's never forget, the single most effective thing you can do to secure YOUR lawful treatment in regard to the tax-- which is, let's never forget, far and away the most important factor in your financial, political and moral well-being.


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

Thank goodness the sun is now shining...

YOU'VE GOT TO ADMIRE THE CHUTZPAH of the state-loving, Americanism-hating Fabian socialists who infiltrated our schools and media in the early decades of the 20th century. These intellectual saboteurs pitched a truly absurd notion-- that in 1913 America adopted the kind of broad-application income tax advocated by Karl Marx. And they pitched this nonsense in the face of direct contradiction by every authority imaginable.

But the saboteurs did their work relentlessly, and with the clever exploitation of current events and the co-option of two powerful special interests. Over the course of 30 years, from 1913 to 1943, the saboteurs successfully "memory-holed" what had been universal public understanding of the 16th Amendment and the tax laws with which it was concerned in America.

In place of an accurate understanding of the income excise the saboteurs implanted a myth that the 16th Amendment was some kind of transformational political and legal event. According to this myth our great-grandparents inexplicably abandoned the core governmental structure under which they had grown to be the freest and most prosperous society in world history-- a strictly limited federal tax authority-- and replaced it with the most puissant foundational element of a communist social structure-- an authority allowing the state to reach into every pocket to take whatever the collective deems necessary for re-distribution to whomever the collective imagines needs it more (or for any other purpose dreamt up by those in public office).

The success of the myth-mongering saboteurs ushered-in a sustained period of widespread historical and legal delusion-- the healthiest environment for the flourishing of the Leviathan they serve. And flourish it did, as intended.

The myth is easily recognized as a transparent lie, once you know to look...

THE MYTH PROMOTED BY THE FABIANS-- that when early 20th century Americans revived the then-51-year-old United States income tax from dormancy imposed by an ill-conceived 1895 Supreme Court ruling, they weren't reviving the existing income excise at all but were instead initiated a new form of taxation-- was (and is) a flat-out lie. Indeed, it is quickly revealed as an outright ridiculous lie when even just the most rudimentary consideration is devoted to the proposition.

After all, the 16th amendment-- "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration"-- says nothing whatever about repealing or modifying the two Constitutional provisions prohibiting capitations and other direct taxes except by the mechanism of apportionment (Article 1, Section 2 cl. 3 and Section 9 cl. 4). Thus, the amendment works no such modification or repeal, and this has been observed and declared as the law of the land repeatedly in the most definitive way possible.

Here, for instance, is an explanatory portion of the unanimous Supreme Court ruling in Brushaber v. Union Pacific RR Co., 240 U.S. 1 (1916) in which the court construes the amendment and its effects three years after its adoption. The court expressly rejects litigant Frank Brushaber's contention that the amendment created a hybrid direct-yet-unapportioned tax:

"We are of opinion, however, that the confusion is not inherent, but rather arises from the conclusion that the 16th Amendment provides for a hitherto unknown power of taxation; that is, a power to levy an income tax which, although direct, should not be subject to the regulation of apportionment applicable to all other direct taxes. And the far-reaching effect of this erroneous assumption will be made clear by generalizing the many contentions advanced in argument to support it...”

United States Supreme Court, Brushaber v. Union Pacific RR Co., 240 U.S. 1 (1916)

The court goes on to declare that the 16th Amendment did not modify or repeal the apportionment requirements for capitations or other direct taxes elsewhere in the Constitution, and could not be construed to have done so, while again flatly stating that the amendment did not create or permit a direct, yet unapportioned tax:

“But it clearly results that the [erroneous] proposition and the contentions under it, if acceded to, would cause one provision of the Constitution to destroy another; that is, they would result in bringing the provisions of the Amendment [purportedly] exempting a direct tax from apportionment into irreconcilable conflict with the general requirement that all direct taxes be apportioned."


Two leading law school journals contemporaneously reviewing the Brushaber decision each put it succinctly:

"The Amendment, the [Supreme] court said, judged by the purpose for which it was passed, does not treat income taxes as direct taxes but simply removed the ground which led to their being considered as such in the Pollock case, namely, the source of the income. Therefore, they are again to be classified in the class of indirect taxes to which they by nature belong."

Cornell Law Quarterly, 1 Cornell L. Q. 298 (1915-16)

"In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., Mr. C. J. White, upholding the income tax imposed by the Tariff Act of 1913, construed the Amendment as a declaration that an income tax is "indirect," rather than as making an exception to the rule that direct taxes must be apportioned."

Harvard Law Review, 29 Harv. L. Rev. 536 (1915-16)

The Supreme Court says the same again and again, with both executive and legislative branch experts re-affirming it all over the years:

“[B]y the [Brushaber] ruling, it was settled that the provisions of the Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation, but simply prohibited the previous complete and plenary power of income taxation possessed by Congress from the beginning from being taken out of the category of indirect taxation to which it inherently belonged, and being placed in the category of direct taxation subject to apportionment by a consideration of the sources from which the income was derived -- that is, by testing the tax not by what it was, a tax on income, but by a mistaken theory deduced from the origin or source of the income taxed.”

U. S. Supreme Court, Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co., 240 U.S. 103 (1916)

"If the tax is a direct one, it shall be apportioned according to the census or enumeration. If it is a duty, impost, or excise, it shall be uniform throughout the United States. Together, these classes include every form of tax appropriate to sovereignty. Cf. Burnet v. Brooks, 288 U. S. 378, 288 U. S. 403, 288 U. S. 405; Brushaber v. Union Pacific R. Co., 240 U. S. 1, 240 U. S. 12.

U.S. Supreme Court, Steward Machine Co. v. Collector of Internal Revenue, 301 U.S. 548 (1937)

"[T]he amendment made it possible to bring investment income within the scope of the general income-tax law, but did not change the character of the tax. It is still fundamentally an excise or duty..."

Treasury Department legislative draftsman F. Morse Hubbard in testimony to Congress in 1943

"The Supreme Court, in a decision written by Chief Justice White, first noted that the Sixteenth Amendment did not authorize any new type of tax, nor did it repeal or revoke the tax clauses of Article I of the Constitution, quoted above. Direct taxes were, notwithstanding the advent of the Sixteenth Amendment, still subject to the rule of apportionment…"

Legislative Attorney of the American Law Division of the Library of Congress Howard M. Zaritsky in his 1979 Report No. 80-19A, entitled 'Some Constitutional Questions Regarding the Federal Income Tax Laws'

Properly understood-- which means, understood as anyone would understand its plain words if not conditioned by a lifetime of distorting myth-monger nonsense-- the 16th Amendment says nothing about modifying or repealing anything, and says nothing suggesting a definition of "incomes" as "all that comes in" or anything like it. Instead it simply says that what is meant by "incomes" as used in the amendment can be taxed without apportionment.

The meaning of that term, "incomes", was, at the time of the amendment, already thoroughly established by 51 years of consistent statutory usage and judicial construction. Enacted in 1862, the income tax had been the focus of a dozen large and elaborate pieces of legislation between then and 1913, all of which used the term in a completely consistent fashion, and were consistently construed by the courts in the same way.

The meaning of "incomes" as used in the 16th Amendment is also necessarily dictated and controlled by other relevant provisions of the Constitution already in place when "incomes" became a Constitutional term in 1913. Those provisions, Article 1, Section 2 cl. 3 and Section 9 cl. 4, lay down the rule that only non-capitations (and only non-direct taxes generally) can be collected without apportionment.

Because of the apportionment rule, which is nowhere declared as modified or repealed by the 16th Amendment, the "incomes" being considered in the 16th Amendment and declared collectable without apportionment must be confined to objects of indirect taxation (and particularly cannot be anything which is the object of a capitation as defined by Adam Smith, per the historical records and the express finding of the US Supreme Court). And that this is the case is exactly what is uniformly said by that tall stack of authorities quoted above.

The simple, indisputable fact is, the "incomes" with which the 16th Amendment is concerned can only be excise-taxable-activities (measured and denominated by the gains the distinguished activities produce)-- not one whit different in character or scope from what they had been long before the amendment. Here's F. Morse Hubbard again, drilling down on that point in his 1943 testimony to Congress:

"The income tax... ...is an excise tax with respect to certain activities and privileges which is measured by reference to the income which they produce. The income is not the subject of the tax; it is the basis for determining the amount of tax.”

As is seen in Hubbard's words, the straightforward declarations of the Brushaber court, and those of all the other authorities cited, the 16th Amendment changed nothing about what is taxed or how the tax applies. The only meaning and effect of the amendment was to overrule the conclusion in an 1895 Supreme Court decision (Pollock v. Farmer's Loan & Trust) that the application of the tax to dividends and rent became legally a property tax by virtue of the sources (stocks and real estate) from which they were derived even though the dividends and rent were otherwise proper objects of an excise due to being privilege-based gains.

On the basis of that tax-on-the-fruit-is-a-tax-on-the-tree reasoning, the Supreme Court struck down 10 sections of the 1894 act reviving the income tax after 22 years of dormancy. The 16th Amendment was passed in order to nullify that ruling and allow the 51-year-old privilege excise to resume.

...but no one looked...

BUT WHO IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20th CENTURY READ THESE SUPREME COURT RULINGS and kept them in mind as the years passed, and how many folks attended those Congressional hearings? Too few, apparently. After 30 years of subversive lies that the 16th Amendment allowed for a Marxist indiscriminate federal tax on "all that comes in" (or on money, or gains, or economic activity generally, any one of which, or any variation of which, would be a capitation) without the discipline and limitations of apportionment, the American people fell for the myth in the early 1940s-- and in so doing, made the myth a reality.

75 years of darkness promptly descended upon America, a darkness which might well be described as the shadow thrown across the land by the cancerously-swollen state grown huge and terrible at the expense of individual liberty and prosperity. That cancerous growth, made possible by the widespread misapplication of the income tax which began in amidst the tumult and distraction of World War II, had been the goal of the Fabian myth-mongers the whole time, in the expectation that they and their ideological descendants would be the ones pulling Leviathan's strings.

It hasn't just been the Fabian socialists

AS I SAID EARLIER, the myth-mongers succeeded in part by persistence (and clever and forethoughtful self-emplacement in positions of intellectual and educational influence), and in part by pandering to the interests of two key groups, who were quickly co-opted into the disinformation campaign. These two groups consisted of people in government, and private-sector persons engaged in the distinguishable privilege-based activities to which the American "income" tax actually applies.

The interests of the myth-mongers themselves (some of whom were from among both of these other groups themselves) was the transformation of the political power structure in America from one of individual liberty and the sharply- and broadly-diffused distribution of power necessary to preserve individual liberty into a collectivist, centralized power structure they expected to dominate and exploit. But there is another side to the income tax issue.

The actual objects of the actual income tax lawfully in place in America are gains from the exercise of federal privilege. Gains from the exercise of federal privilege means, to put it bluntly, private benefits enjoyed from the use of public resources. Such privileges include ownership and profitable operation of national banks, subsidized railroads and federal land exploitation, certain armament industries, enjoyment of public office, certain categories of bond investments, and other specially-advantaged situations.

The revival of the income tax with the adoption of the 16th Amendment restored a taxation of these private benefits which had been on hiatus since 1895. All these generally well-heeled and influential beneficiaries of privilege who had been banking all their profits without returning a dime to the public till found themselves facing some serious haircuts.

These folks quickly realized, perhaps with the encouragement of the Fabian socialists, that it is personally less expensive to be one of a great many contributors to the public fisc than one of only a few being tapped to finance the state, at what would be correspondingly higher rates. Plus, most of these folks also realized that the benefits to be had from exploiting the privileges to which they had access are much greater when the privilege-granter is big and powerful than when is it small enough to drown in a bathtub, as is the case when the Constitutional tax rules are being properly respected.

In short, the "1%" of the early part of the 20th century saw a lot to be gained for itself by arranging for its special "privilege tax" to become misunderstood and end up being paid by everyone, rather than just by themselves.

Ultimately, whether by agreement or simply a confluence of interest, the political class and the plutocracy found common cause with the Fabian ideologues. All put their shoulders behind the wheel delivering the "direct tax on all that comes in" myth of the transformational 16th Amendment into the public mind.

When all is said and done, the myth-mongers of the Fabian socialists, the political class and the 1% plutocracy has proven to be the greatest snow-job in world history. Trillions upon trillions of dollars of wealth and power have been fleeced from the hard-working American men and women who created it and have gone to enrich smug thieves who doubtless laugh all the way to the bank.

It's not much fun being tick-food, is it?

SO HERE'S A DISTURBING THOUGHT FOR EVERYONE who continues to pay the "ignorance tax"-- that is, an unapportioned tax on their unprivileged earnings being paid under the erroneous belief that the 16th Amendment authorized such a rule-defying capitation: You're letting yourself be a tool and a victim of the "1%", feeding them more wealth than they otherwise would ever have-- entirely at your expense, while simultaneously sparing them from their proper share of a tax which is designed to fall on them alone.

How does that feel? Not so good, right?

Here's another disturbing thought: The successful implantation of the myth of a Constitutionally-authorized unapportioned capitation-- especially in light of the apparent contradiction that suggests with the perfectly clear apportionment requirements found in Article 1-- has led many of today's Americans to see the Constitution as fundamentally flawed. What a windfall this is to those who have promoted the unapportioned-capitation-authority myth!

These promoters had chafed under the restraints of the Constitution for 140 years before breaking free 75 years ago or so. Seeing even pundits who claim to be classic liberals (libertarians) now disparage and denounce what Gladstone described as "the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man," and what did indeed bind down the government by its chains effectively until the myth took hold, must send shivers of delight down the scoundrels' backs.

Now, the good news!

HAPPILY, FREEING YOURSELF from the 1%'s parasitic grasp (and changing those shivers of delight to shivers of another kind) is easy. All you have to do is read 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America'.

In as short a time as you can read that small book, you will become the master of your own wealth and power in the fashion intended by the Founders of this great country. Those Founders set up the taxation rules in the Constitution for one simple reason: to protect your liberty by restraining the dangerous servant they were creating at the same time. Their plan simply counts on you to look after your own interests in order to make it all work.

In as short a time as you can read that small book, you will join tens of thousands of your fellow Americans as part of the solution to the problem of Leviathan.

In as short a time as you can read that small book,, you will take a big step on behalf of all of us toward the restoration of the limited-government republic which was America's real claim to legitimate exceptionalism.

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

-Mohandas Gandhi

P.S. For a detailed discussion of the adoption of the 16th Amendment from the standpoint of the political considerations at the time, see this. For a drill-down on the meaning and effect of the amendment, see this.


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 12- In 1912, the frozen bodies of the Scott expedition are found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.  In 1981, the space shuttle Columbia becomes the first spacecraft to be launched twice.  In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee publishes the design of what becomes the World Wide Web.  In 2006, South Ossetia holds its second referendum to validate its 1991 declaration of independence from Georgia (the first one in 1992 having gone unrecognized by the international community).  95% of ethnic South Ossetians participated (66.2% of the population), and the vote was 99% in favor of independence.  The vote was monitored by observers from Germany, Austria, Poland, Sweden and several other countries.  Nonetheless, most Western governments refuse to recognize this second affirmation of the will of the people either, in part because the government of Georgia refuses to do so.


What's Going On Here, People?

I won't say that anyone reading these words owes me anything. But I will say that I need your help looking out for your interests, and I'm not getting it.

HAS ANYONE NOTICED the volume of comments posted on the National Forum? Those comments are the best indicator to the many forum visitors that this is an active, vibrant and inviting community of the sort to which they want to belong, and to which they can contribute ever-more energy and muscle to our hugely-important effort to restore the rule of law where it matters most. (Follow that link, people, and remind yourselves of what's at stake.)

You'll find that volume indicated in the numbers in the "Replies" column of the forum (the middle column). Go look.

Pretty impressive, yes? Well... Not.

Doubtless most of those thousands that have found their way to the forum have turned away in either scorn or despair. Their critically-important numbers, which might have been added to ours in an exponential improvement in our political, social and legal throw-weight, just drifted off, more likely to tell their friends not to bother looking themselves than to encourage a visit.

HOW'S THE TWITTER BUZZ DOING? Many hundreds, at least, in this community tweet often, if not incessantly. And yet not even my newsletter article announcement tweets ever get more than a handful of re-tweets, and usually none at all. Those in the community tweeting posts of their own encouraging others to wake to this hugely- and uniquely-important information fare no better.

The same is true of Facebook shares, GABs, and emails. And those billboards and bus ads and newspaper ads I have told everyone are so important? Here are links to images of all of them:

All told, this is the behavior of morbidity. It is as attractive to people looking for a home in which they can learn and begin standing up for the truth-- which you desperately need more and more to do, for your own benefit-- as a week-old dead fish on the shingle.

IN MID MAY I posted an article asking the question, 'Which Storm Is It Going To Be For You? 1776's? Or 1984's?' At the end of September there I warned, 'Most Of You Deserve To Be Crushed Like Cockroaches'. Three weeks ago came 'Some Further Comments On The Recent Kestin Ruling'. Two weeks ago it was 'The Main Chance That Everyone Is Missing'

Every one of these articles (and many others between them and before them) are my best effort to communicate to you the fact that YOU HAVE TO SPREAD CtC's REVELATIONS TO MORE PEOPLE. Your own security in doing what you know is right for your own sake rests in the spread of that knowledge to others.

I know, what a pain, right? Why can't the bureaucrats and status quo-invested officials just obey the law the way they are supposed to do?

Didn't they promise us they would? What the hell is wrong with these people?!

And what can I do? I don't know how to "reach out" to people.

And who's got the time? I've got squirrels to chase...

Sure, Dug. I understand.

YOU KNOW (actually, you probably don't), last week this community had a breakthrough victory in tax court over one of the bogus "frivolous return penalties". You remember those-- the number-one bad-behavior resort by tax agencies struggling to find mission-fulfilling work-arounds.

And this is not a quirky, mixed-message victory like in the Kestin ruling. This one is so straight-up and slap-down that rather than let the matter end up as a ruling of the court the IRS Office of Chief Counsel has just conceded the issue, hoping to minimize the fallout.

A half-dozen tax court cases are about to collapse on the basis of invalid Notices of Deficiency, which are what those few CtC-educated Americans who have been targeted with one of these notices seems to have gotten, almost without exception. The struggles of the IRS attorneys and tax court judges to save these cases from the fire are almost comical to behold.

Recently, we've seen some seriously dramatic and illustrative victories, such as Dane La Vigne's and Steve & Kristin Stackelhouse's. Balky tax agency behavior has been getting more demonstrable even to folks knowing zero about the tax and who hadn't had a clue that anything untoward has been going on, such as Steve and Daisy Bulter's 2017 federal victory, especially when juxtaposed with their 2018 victory secured just 12 weeks later.

The point is, the good guys are now on the verge of winning. This community should be a beehive of bright-eyed, high-energy activism, shoring up our gains and momentum with more and more warriors for the truth.

Instead, it's the morgue. And those gains and momentum can still slip away from cold, dead fingers, my friends.

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

-Edmund Burke

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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:

November 13- In 1916, Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes is expelled from his party (and post) over his support for conscription.  In 1927, the Holland Tunnel opens for traffic between New Jersey and New York.  In 2002, Iraq agrees to the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 1441 concerning inspections for alleged "weapons of mass destruction", while maintaining that it is already in compliance with previous disarmament demands.  No such weapons were found by the inspection teams, but Iraq's alleged continued possession of these WMDs was nonetheless used as a pretext for the March 2003 invasion by the United States.  The WMDs have still not turned up...


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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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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:

November 14- In 1910, Eugene Ely performs the first aircraft take-off form the deck of a ship.  In 1969, Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the Moon, lifts off.  In 1971, Mariner 9 becomes the first spacecraft to orbit another planet (Mars).  In 1972, the Dow Jones Industrial Average close above 1,000 for the first time.  In 2001, the United States proxy "Afghan Northern Alliance" takes Kabul, having driven the Taliban from the capital on the pretext that it was harboring Osama Bin Laden, when, in fact, the Taliban had offered to turn Bin Laden over to the United States upon presentation of at least some evidence of his involvement in the events of 9/11.  The events of 9/11 were never listed by the FBI on its Bin Laden "Wanted" poster, with the explanation reported to be a "lack of hard evidence" of his involvement in those events.  In 2002, the United States House of Representatives votes down a proposal to create an independent commission to investigate the events of 9/11.


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.

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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:

November 15- In 1777, the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.  In 1920, the first assembly of the League of Nations takes place in Geneva, Switzerland.  In 1939, the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. is laid.  In 1971, Intel releases the first commercial single-chip CPU.


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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-James Madison

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Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)


The "Deep State" Has Been Redefined As Career Bureaucrats Doing Their Patriotic Duty

by Edward Curtin

It gets funny, this shallow analysis of the deep state that is currently big news. There’s something ghoulish about it, perfectly timed for Halloween and masked jokers. What was once ridiculed by the CIA and its attendant lackeys in the media as the paranoia of “conspiracy theorists” is now openly admitted in reverent tones of patriotic fervor. But with a twisted twist.

It was two years ago, early in the Trump administration, when The New Yorker and Salon, among many others, were asserting in no uncertain terms that there was no deep state in the United States, and so Trump had nothing to fear from that quarter since it was a figment of his paranoia. Kit Knightly, brilliantly demolished this spurious propaganda on March 21, 2017 in a must read reminder of how tricksters play their games. See his “There is No Deep State…it just looks like there is” in the Off-Guardian.

The corporate mass-media have recently discovered a “deep state” that they claim to be not some evil group of assassins who work for the super-rich owners of the country and murder their own president (JFK) and other unpatriotic dissidents (Malcom X, MLK, RK, among others) and undermine democracy home and abroad, but are now said to be just fine upstanding American citizens who work within the government bureaucracies and are patriotic believers in democracy intent on doing the right thing.


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



I HAVEN'T READ A LOT OF EDWARD CURTIN'S STUFF, but everything I have read has evinced a rare ability to see and sort out the unspoken agenda of those whose products Curtin is examining. This piece is no exception, and the substance of this one is a matter near and dear to my own area of interest: propaganda and other deceptions and manipulations by which the mandarins of the status quo secure their power.

It's just a shame that Curtin doesn't know that there is a solution to the spin-meisters and those they serve, and one which is 100% in the hands of the individuals who will benefit from its deployment. I am sure that if he knew, someone with as incisive a mind as Curtin would be broadcasting this liberating, Leviathan-crushing news as loudly as his big voice can manage.

Maybe someone will figure out a way to tell him.

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A Little Extra

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

Held over great reading recommendations:

Disinformation-How it works

by Brandon Smith


The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

by Étienne de la Boétie


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Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

November 16- In 1776, Hessian mercenaries working for the British capture Fort Washington, New York, from the American Revolutionaries.  In 1821, William Becknell first navigates what becomes known as the  Santa Fe Trail.  In 1907, Oklahoma becomes the 46th sovereign American state and is admitted to the union as such.  In 1914, the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks open for business.  In 1965, the Soviet Union launches Venera 3, the first spacecraft to land on another planet, toward Venus.


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And don't miss:

Was Grandpa Really a Moron

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

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

[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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-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


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IGNORANCE TAX: An unnecessary income tax exaction suffered out of ignorance as to lawful objects of the tax and the means of its application by someone too lazy, frightened or misled to learn how it really works and to what it really applies.

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

-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 of this week:

November 17- In 1734, Peter Zenger is arrested for "seditious libel"-- publishing criticisms of the Governor of New York.  He was acquitted of the charge after his jury was informed of its inherent authority to judge the legitimacy of the law under which Zenger was charges, as well as the fact question of whether he had, in fact, done what the law purported to prohibit.  In 1777, the Articles of Confederation are submitted to the several American States for ratification.  In 1869, the Suez Canal opens.  In 1967, Lyndon Johnson reports to the American public that the United States military is making progress in Vietnam.  In 1970, Lt. William Calley goes on trial for the My Lai massacre; the Soviet Union lands Lunokhod 1 on the Moon-- the first extra-terrestrially deployed roving remote-controlled robot; and Douglas Engelbart patents the mouse.  In 1973, Richard Nixon tells the assembled managing editors of Associated Press, "I am not a crook!"  In 1989, a police suppression of a peaceful student protest in Prague sparks the "Velvet Revolution", which overthrows the more-than forty-year-old communist government of Czechoslovakia in less than six weeks.  In 2004, Kmart announces its purchase of Sears, Roebuck and Co..


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.