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Current Events and Continuing Education for January 27, 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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More very welcome thunder in the air...

The Lights Go On In Colorado!

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Been holding your nose on election day?

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

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Delivering this debunk can have a big payoff, folks:

A History Lesson For Pundits And Professionals

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Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'The Latest And Most Reckless US Imperial Act?'

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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week

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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

 

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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

January 27- In 1606, the trial of Guy Fawkes over the 'gunpowder plot' begins.  In 1825, Congress establishes the territory to which the Eastern Native American populations will be forcibly relocated by way of the 'Trail of Tears'.

 

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

  

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

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"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams

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The Lights Go On In Colorado!

Rocky Mountain High, Baby!

FOLLOWING THE LEAD of the great warriors for liberty and the rule of law in the Georgia CtC forum, the Colorado organization has now lit up the Centennial State, as well!

I-25 between Colorado Springs and Denver

Billboards in three locations so far are waking up Coloradans and putting their feet on the path to becoming part of the solution, instead of remaining victimized "copper-top" contributors to the problem, in the grip of deeply-exploited, state-cultivated ignorance.

As I pointed out when Georgia lit up:

YOU'RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH the "butterfly effect", right? That's the social/political action metaphor for the potential of effective activism. In brief, a butterfly flapping its wings can put a stir into the air which, through the astonishing complexity of variables on which it can impinge, eventually becomes a mighty gale.

The Georgia Warriors threw down a powerful wing-clap.

Colorado is now answering with some thunder of its own.

Now it's time for YOU to move some air.

Pretty soon, there'll be a serious cleansing storm at work.

Nice thought, yes?

Do I hear, "Challenge accepted!"?

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams

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

No more holding your nose and pulling the lever just to keep the worse threat out of office.

HOW MANY TIMES have you cast a ballot for an unpleasing political candidate simply to keep an even more unpleasing candidate from the office? If you're a typical American voter and no longer wet behind the ears, you've done it many times.

Over the last 80 years, that "lesser of two evils" choice has become a commonplace where it never really had been before. This is because over that 80 years audacious hobgoblin-floggers have skillfully exploited fears they have excited in the public mind and ignorance they have nurtured about the limited scope of the income tax to attach more and more power to the office they hold-- power which will be wielded by each of their successors.

As a consequence, over that 80 years each politician winning high office has become more and more capable of doing great harm to you and your children. In the case of federal office-holders, the threat extends to even non-Americans and their children, and to the world overall.

In light of these threats, prudence has compelled American voters to hold their noses and vote for folks their grandparents would have hooted off the stage, if not committed them for psychiatric evaluation-- because the other sociopath seeking the office is even hairier and scarier.

Many, many such voters would rather cast ballots for actually-pleasing third-party candidates. But those folks face the prospect that by withholding a vote for the lesser evil major-party candidate they will ensure that the greater evil from the other major party takes power-- a prospect too grim to face considering the modern scope of the power involved.

In the last presidential election a very large percentage of the votes cast for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton were not votes FOR the candidate chosen. They were votes AGAINST the opposition candidate. And such has been the pattern for decades now.

This is no way for good Americans to make such choices. But it has seemed necessary-- until now.

THIS YEAR, THE CtC REMEDY offers all Americans the chance of liberation from the 'Hobson's choice' of defensively backing an evil candidate-- a candidate of greater or lesser evil, but evil nonetheless. All it takes is a vigorous campaign by those in the know to spread awareness of the truth about the income tax revealed in CtC.

Widespread awareness of the truth about the tax will prompt Americans to cease furnishing evil office-holders with the fuel by which government power is fed. At that point, as in the past, even a real monster taking office will be able to do little harm.

Picture a "swamp" confined to $1 trillion or so in total annual income tax revenues-- "normal" income taxes and income "surtaxes" (FICA taxes)-- with that amount diminishing as federal sprawl recedes and fewer people find themselves entangled with the shrinking state. A "swamp" with little or no ability to finance excess spending with debt, and little or no ability to puff itself up with inflation (at least, little more than the extraction with which Americans have already learned to live).

The only available options are revenue tariffs (which are never well-received unless kept relatively low, and which, serendipitously, steer consumers to home industry products in any event) and apportioned direct taxes (which are constrained in their scope by Constitutional design and are incapable of profligacy due to the high political accountability which attends their passage).

Not much of a "swamp", at that point, and draining fast in size and influence as Washington's tentacles wither away from their current grants-and-bureaucratic army-enabled intrusions into a million places they don't belong.

Knowing this, American voters will stop voting for the "better" monster, and will vote instead for policies they really favor. It then won't be but a single election cycle before even the major parties will race back to their roots and start fielding desirable candidates as well, in order to still have a chance at even just the little bit of pie remaining on the table. After all, half a loaf (or a tenth of a loaf) is better than none.

SO, KNOW ANY THIRD-PARTY ENTHUSIASTS? Be a good neighbor and make sure THEY know about the CtC Remedy. They'll love you for it.

And pass this along to every third-party candidate you know, especially. They can and should run with it!

Share this all vigorously. The liberation you will deliver to those other folks will liberate you from ugly and dangerous Hobson's choices as well.

 

P.S. Find some related commentary here, here and here.

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An Important History Lesson For Legal Scholars And Pundits Alike

...debunking the relentlessly persistent "income tax began in 1913 with the 16th Amendment" myth.

JUST LAST WEEK ALONE I encountered several ill-informed assertions-- by well-known pundits and even one historian-- that the origin of today's income tax is to be found in 1913 and the Sixteenth Amendment. This mythological infection has burrowed deeply into the American body of received wisdom, despite being not only wrong but unmistakably contradicted by the sources of information most routinely relied upon for accuracy regarding this sort of issue.

The persistence of this myth is a testament to its importance to the "ignorance tax" scheme, the beneficiaries of which-- the IRS and other tax agencies, the DOJ and its state counterparts, and the "tax professional industry"-- are its most flagrant boosters. So, though I've done so before more than once, I'm going to take that myth apart, in the hope that this latest debunking will find its way onto the screens of every one of its victims.

Happily, doing that "take-apart" only requires a look at a couple of as-mainstream-as-you-can-get authorities. The only challenge will be overcoming that quirky human tendency to read things selectively-- subconsciously editing as we go to harmonize what we're seeing with what we already believe true. I'll provide a little guidance (and some "emphasis added") where needed to meet that challenge.

TO START WITH, we have to remember the Pollock case. This was a lawsuit by an investor objecting to the payment of income taxes by Farmer's Loan & Trust Co. (now Citibank) on its national-railroading-related profits prior to distributing them as dividends. The suit led to an 1895 Supreme Court ruling that when the income tax was applied to what had previously been viewed without controversy as excisable dividends or rent it was transformed into a direct tax requiring apportionment.

The reasoning adopted by the court was that since the sources from which dividends and rent are derived-- stock or real estate-- are both personal property, any tax on those two forms of gains amounted to a property tax. A tax on the fruit was a tax on the tree and a tax on the tree was a direct tax, went the argument (which served a lot of very corrupt and very powerful Washington interests of the time) notwithstanding other considerations which by which those gains would qualify for the excise.

Accordingly, the court declared:

"The tax imposed by sections 27 to 37, inclusive, of the act of 1894, so far as it falls on the income of real estate, and of personal property [dividends], being a direct tax, within the meaning of the constitution, and therefore unconstitutional and void, because not apportioned according to representation, all those sections, constituting one entire scheme of taxation, are necessarily invalid.”

Pollock v. Farmer's Loan & Trust Co., 157 U.S. 429 (1895)

The purpose of the Sixteenth Amendment was to overrule the Pollock court and allow the very popular income tax to resume operations as before the corrupt interruption.

In 1916, a unanimous Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Brushaber v. Union Pacific RR. Co. (240 U.S. 1, 1916) sorting out and settling the purpose, meaning and effect of the Sixteenth Amendment, as summarized above. Reporting on that ruling at the time, the Cornell Law Quarterly put it this way:

"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)

Un-parsed by knowing eyes, the import of this language can just be skipped over without disturbing the deeply-encouraged myth of the 1913, Sixteenth Amendment origin of the income tax. But let's do that parsing:

"The Amendment ... simply removed the ground which led to [income taxes] being considered as [direct taxes] in the Pollock case [in 1895]" with those same taxes being "again ... classified in the class of indirect taxes to which they by nature belong".

Can there be any doubt that the Cornell legal experts are speaking of a tax pre-dating 1913 and the Sixteenth Amendment by 18 years and proceeding-- unchanged but merely pulled back on the track by the amendment after being bumped off by the errant Pollock court ruling-- into today's post-Sixteenth Amendment present?

This cannot be honestly misunderstood. The income tax DID NOT begin in 1913 or by virtue of the Sixteenth Amendment. Period.

But let's continue...

Within the same month as its Brushaber ruling the same Supreme Court ruled on another "income" tax-related case in Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co., 240 U.S. 103 (1916). In Stanton, the court makes this unambiguous statement:

“[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.”

The Supremes saying the same again, a couple of years later:

"The Sixteenth Amendment, although referred to in argument, has no real bearing and may be put out of view. As pointed out in recent decisions,it does not extend the taxing power to new or excepted subjects..."

Peck v. Lowe, 247 U.S. 165 (1918)

61 years later, the American Law Division of the Library of Congress puts it this way:

"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…"

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'

Fast-forward 9 more years and the Supreme Court says it again:

"[T]he sole purpose of the Sixteenth Amendment was to remove the apportionment requirement for whichever incomes were otherwise taxable. 45 Cong. Rec. 2245-2246 (1910); id. at 2539; see also Brushaber v. Union Pacific R. Co., 240 U. S. 1, 240 U. S. 17-18 (1916)

So. Carolina v. Baker, 485 U.S. 505 (1988)

(This one benefits from a little knowledgeable parsing as well, or its import is capable of being missed. Inserting the clarifying elements we have:"[T]he sole purpose of the Sixteenth Amendment was to remove the apportionment requirement [imposed by the Pollock court in 1985 upon] whichever incomes were [then] otherwise taxable.")

WELL, IS THIS ALL CLEAR ENOUGH? The income tax pre-dates 1913 and the Sixteenth Amendment.

Does this matter? Of course it does, and hugely.

What is proven by the evidence of the pre-amendment origin of the tax is that the tax of today-- the same tax as yesterday's-- can and does only fall on the same limited class of objects which were uncontroversially taxed without apportionment prior to the Pollock interruption. That means the tax still only falls on objects suited to an indirect excise (which, in turn, means objects suited to a "privilege tax", as also declared by the Supreme Court).

It is in hope of obscuring this straightforward and "ignorance tax"-threatening cognitive light-bulb that the myth-mongers work so hard to promote the nonsense about 1913 and the Sixteenth Amendment being the origin of today's tax. Indeed, even if these mendicants admit that an income tax was collected prior to 1913 (which is, of course, easy to prove and hard to deny), they pretend that the post-1913 tax is different in character from the pre-1913 tax, even in the face of every relevant authority saying otherwise.

The "ignorance tax" folks grasp that obscuring the truth about the origin of the tax is that important to their scheme. YOU need to grasp how important exposing the truth about the origin of the tax is to liberating everyone from the "ignorance tax" scheme.

SO, SLAP ANY PUNDIT or professional you meet who speaks of a 1913 origin of the tax with this fistful of facts! Make sure that he or she leaves the encounter knowing the truth and ruminating on its implications.

You'll be helping restore liberty and the rule of law in America-- one mind at a time. But they'll do it wholesale once they've thought it all through.

"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

(P.S. Those looking for a comprehensive presentation on the whole history of the Sixteenth Amendment, and how that accurate history has been under assault by the "ignorance tax" beneficiaries, will find it here.)

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Tools For Leveraging The CtC Superpower

You've got magic in your hands, if you will use it...

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The Law, In Seven Pages

Really.

HERE IS THE LAW, IN 7 PAGES.

HERE IS HOW THE SCHEME WORKS, IN 8 PAGES.

HERE IS HOW TO OVERCOME THE SCHEME AND ENFORCE THE LAW, IN 256 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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NOTE: I will still not be engaging in correspondence by any of these alternative means-- those wishing to correspond with me should continue to use direct email for this purpose.

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

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Regarding Trolleries

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

 

 

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

Click here for the rest of this article

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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.

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How To Be A Leader In The CtC Community

It's simple:

KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TAX IN DETAIL

LEAD BY EXAMPLE

KNOW WHERE TO FIND THE RESOURCES

BE FAMILIAR WITH THE SCAMS, THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS, AND THE TROLL-POLLUTION

TAKE CHARGE IN YOUR STATE FORUM, HELPING EVERYONE TO THINK CLEARLY AND STAY ON TOPIC

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.

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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...

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The Liberating Truth About The 16th Amendment

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

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

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

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

-Thomas Paine

 

OUTREACH!!!

JOB ONE, PEOPLE!!! SPREAD. THE. WORD.

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

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Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)

 

The Latest And Most Reckless US Imperial Act

Following the U.S. assassination of Soleimani, the Trump administration is leading American conduct abroad into a zone of probably unprecedented lawlessness.

by Patrick Lawrence

Of all the preposterous assertions made since the drone assassination of Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3, the prize for bottomless ignorance must go to the bottomlessly ignorant Mike Pompeo.

Speaking after the influential Iranian general’s death, our frightening secretary of state declaimed on CBS’s Face the Nation, “There was sound and just and legal reason for the actions the President took, and the world is safer as a result.” In appearances on five news programs on the same Sunday morning, the evangelical paranoid who now runs American foreign policy was a singer with a one-note tune. “It’s very clear the world’s a safer place today,” Pompeo said on ABC’s Jan. 5 edition of This Week.

In our late-imperial phase, we seem to have reached that moment when, whatever high officials say in matters of the empire’s foreign policy, we must consider whether the opposite is in fact the case. So we have it now.

We are not safer now that Soleimani, a revered figure across much of the Middle East, has been murdered. The planet has just become significantly more dangerous, especially but not only for Americans, and this is so for one simple reason: The Trump administration, Pompeo bearing the standard, has just tipped American conduct abroad into a zone of probably unprecedented lawlessness, Pompeo’s nonsensical claim to legality notwithstanding.

This is a very consequential line to cross.

Hardly does it hold that Washington’s foreign policy cliques customarily keep international law uppermost in their minds and that recent events are aberrations. Nothing suggests policy planners even consider legalities except when it makes useful propaganda to charge others with violating international statutes and conventions.

Neither can the Soleimani assassination be understood in isolation: This was only the most reckless of numerous policy decisions recently taken in the Middle East. Since late last year, to consider merely the immediate past, the Trump administration has acted ever more flagrantly in violation of all international legal authorities and documents — the UN Charter, the International Criminal Court, and the International Court of Justice in the Hague chief among them.

Washington is into full-frontal lawlessness now.

‘Keeping the Oil’

Continued...

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

 

Afterword

PATRICK LAWRENCE IS SO GRIMLY CORRECT-- and not least in his unveiled condemnation of Mike Pompeo. The United States Secretary of State is manifestly insane, and this has never been more plainly on display than in the wake of the Soleimani murder.

In fact, in light of the transparency of Pompeo's recent displays of war-lust soicopathy, his continuation in office to this date is by itself sufficient to prove that Donald Trump has never actually meant anything he ever said about wanting to get out of Middle East wars.

Pompeo-- and thus, his enabler Trump, as well-- plainly WANT Middle East wars. It can't be known whether this immoral irresponsibility is grounded solely in a desire to serve Israeli resource access and territorial ambitions (perhaps due to blackmail?-- after all, who knows what kind of skeletons might be found in the closets of guys who lie as casually as these guys do...) or because of a lunatic belief that a big enough conflagration there will bring on "the rapture" and see them wafted up to Heaven to join their fellow cultists summoned to the sky 23 years ago when comet Hale-Bopp passed through the neighborhood. Both seem equally likely to me.

But the reasons are immaterial. What IS material is that Pompeo and his boss are lathering the horses in their drive to ignite Hell on Earth for some, if not for all of us.

AMERICANS WHO ARE NOT INSANE need to step up, and step up briskly. We'd be crazy ourselves to wait until more crimes are committed, or worse, before pulling the plug on the Rock'em Sock'em Robots of DC.

As P.J. O'Rourke pithily observed, "Giving money and power to politicians is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." Sane Americans need to take away the money and power from the crazies behind the wheel. After all, we're in the back seat of that car...

Call it prudent pre-emption of an imminent threat... Even the crazies will appreciate the reasoning, or at least the irony.

HERE'S WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE: Help your neighbors learn the truth-- about the law; about Leviathan; and about the liars. They'll resist and resist and resist, as the propaganda in which they've been steeped all their lives struggles to maintain its grip and keep them drinking the Kool-Aid. But the truth will win in the end, if you are persistent.

"I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves...too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: 'Our country, right or wrong!' They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: 'Our country--when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'"

-Senator Carl Schurz, October 17, 1899

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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

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The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

by Étienne de la Boétie

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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)."

-Mark C. Phillips, JD

 

"...I find your work fascinatingly simple to understand."

-J-Jerry Arnowitz, JD

 

"Your book is a masterpiece!"

-Michael Carver, JD

 

"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.

Are you ready for a challenge that'll put some real meaning behind all the effort you went through to get your credentials? Send me an email.

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Are You Ready For More Power?

"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

Click here for more information

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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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.

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

 

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

 

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

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

If CtC were actually right, it would mean the government's been concealing and denying and suppressing the truth for years on end, and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

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

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Resources:

Selected Features From Recent Editions:

There's a really good reason...

Why I Write About Politics And Public Policy

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

The Virtual Certainty Of Foreign Interference In The 2020 Election

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An enrichment of the resource pool:

2015 And 2016 Editions Have Been Added To The Online Newsletter Archive

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Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'Blood On Whose Hands?'

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We've all been victims of a monstrous subterfuge:

The Cowbird State

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Nick Audette has shared video and documents concerning...

A Nice Victory For A New Warrior

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Decades of systematic corruption of the American political class leave us facing:

The Virtual Certainty Of Foreign Interference In The 2020 Election

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Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'On Rogues And Rogue States'

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

The Day The Lights Went On In Georgia!

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Ruben Varela shares some good news:

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

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And let's not stop with billboards...

Tools For Leveraging The CtC Superpower

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Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'Reclaiming Your Inner Fascist'

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

Leviathan Takes More Hits

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And yet, it moves...

The Galileo Factor

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Already?! Yes!!

It's 'Christmas Special' Time Again!

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Having just had our first snowfall of the year, let's revisit:

The Biggest Snow Job In World History

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

What Is Going On Here, People?

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Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'The Deep-State, Redefined'

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

The Main Chance That Everyone Is Missing

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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

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I hate to say it, but...

Most Of You Deserve To Be Squashed Like Cockroaches

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

Brenna Wright Shares Her Tax Truth Odyssey

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Fascinating material on a pernicious effort to destroy liberty:

A Few Words About "Climate Change" Fraud

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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

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This really is a simple enough thing...

Hendrickson's Axiom of Special Definitions

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From the 'Garbage In Yields Garbage Out' Department:

Debunking The '1870s Income Tax Repeal' Myth

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

A Few Words About The Constitution

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At least these "ladies" are honest...

A Word From The United Bitches Of America

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

Why Donald Trump Should Be Impeached

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It is so easy to prove that...

The Government Knows Perfectly Well That CtC Is 100% Correct

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An updated and ever-more important commentary:

What America Really Gets From The "Ignorance Tax"

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See Prior Editions In Their Entirety:

Newsletter Archives

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Get All Newsletters As They Are Published:

Newsletter Delivery Options

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

Find my YouTube channel here.

 

The upgraded Fifteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

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

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

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

January 28- In 1547, a nine-year-old becomes King of England (Edward VI).  In 1909, U.S. troops leave most of Cuba in the hands of American puppet Jose Miguel Gomez (operating under a U.S.-dictated "constitution"), continuing to occupy only the naval base at Guantanamo Bay.  In 1958, "Lego" is patented.  In 1981, Ronald Reagan ends federal price controls on petroleum first put in place during the 1970s.

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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.

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Hey! If you're not getting the newsletter delivered to your email inbox every Monday, go to this link and subscribe to the group-- leave all options in their default states.

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

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

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

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Rick Van Camp's Excellent Outreach Letter

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Notes And Tips For Educated Filers

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Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

January 29- In 1845, Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" is published.  In 1861, Kansas is admitted to the union as the 34th of the several states.  In 1886, Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-powered automobile.  In 1891, Queen Liliuokalani takes the throne of Hawaii.  In 2002, George W. Bush delivers his State of the Union address in which he deploys the phrase "axis of evil" in regard to Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

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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) these guidelines and encouragements.

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Some Good Perspective From The Delightfully Sardonic John Prine

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

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Eric Copenhaver With A Great Video Testimonial

SEE MORE GREAT VIDEOS.

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.

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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.

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

Cognitive dissonance in action.

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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.

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Hey, Gamers!

WAKEN TO THE REAL-LIFE ADVENTURE IN WHICH YOU ARE UNKNOWINGLY IMMERSED! Put down your controller and listen!

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!

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

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Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

January 30- In 1649, King Charles I of England is beheaded after attempting to claim more authority than the people were prepared to recognize in a ruler.  In 1835, Richard Lawrence attempts to assassinate President Andrew Jackson, but both his pistols misfire.  In 1933, Adolph Hitler is sworn in as chancellor of Germany.  In 1948, Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated.  In 1956, Martin Luther King Jr.'s home is bombed.  In 1968, the Tet Offensive begins in Vietnam.  In 1969, the Beatles give their last public performance, an impromptu concert played on the roof of Apple Records in London.  In 1976, George H. W. Bush becomes director of the CIA.  In 1982, Richard Skrenta creates the first computer virus.

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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...

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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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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.

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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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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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Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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

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Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

January 31- In 1606, Guy Fawkes is executed for the Gunpowder Plot.  In 1876, the federal government orders all Native Americans onto reservations.  In 1930, 3M begins marketing Scotch tape.  In 1945, Private Eddie Slovik is executed for desertion from the U.S. Army.  In 1950, Truman announces a program to develop a hydrogen bomb.  In 1958, an American satellite is successfully launched into orbit.  In 1995, President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico.  In 1996, a truck-bomb is detonated outside the central bank of Sri Lanka.

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

-James Madison

How About You?

Are You Governing Yourself?

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

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

HOMESCHOOL YOUR KIDS!

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Want to get on the Newsletter mailing list? Just click here and subscribe to the group, leaving all options at their defaults!

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Some Observations Regarding Educated And Accurate Filing

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

Renew Your Promise

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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.

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

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson

The Choice Is This Stark

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

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Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

February 1- In 1814, the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines erupts, vomiting huge volumes of ash (and "greenhouse gasses", as well) into the atmosphere, followed a year later by another massive eruption, from Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies. Between the two, these eruptions produced "The Year Without A Summer" in 1816.  In 1861, Texas becomes the seventh of the several states to secede from the Union.  In 1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police begin operations.  In 1942, Vidkun Quisling is appointed Premier of Norway by the Nazi occupiers.  In 1968, South Vietnamese National Police Chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan is photographed summarily executing North Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem in an intersection in Saigon.  In 1979, convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by Jimmy Carter.  In 1979, the Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Tehran after 15 years in exile.  In 1992, Warren Anderson, ex-CEO of Union Carbide, is declared a fugitive from justice by India's Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal for failing to appear in proceedings concerning the Bhopal chemical plant disaster in which a probable 16,000 people died from exposure to toxic gas.  In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia disintegrates during re-entry.  In 2004, Janet Jackson has a wardrobe malfunction.

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

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

Regarding "Tax Reform"

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HELP SPREAD THE LIBERATING TRUTH ABOUT THE TAX

“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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Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

February 2- In 1653, New Amsterdam is incorporated (later renamed New York City).  In 1709, Alexander Selkirk is rescued from shipwreck on a desert island, inspiring Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe'.  In 1790, the United States Supreme Court convenes for the first time.  In 1848, the first shipload of Chinese emigrants arrives in San Francisco.  In 1876, baseball's National League is formed.  In 1880, the first electric streetlight is installed, in Wabash, Indiana.  In 1887, Punxsutawney Phil takes the stage for the first time.  In 1913, Grand Central Station opens in New York City.  In 1922, James Joyce's 'Ulysses' is published.  In 1933, Hitler dissolves the German Parliament.  In 1940, Frank Sinatra debuts with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.  In 1972, the British Embassy in Dublin is destroyed by protestors after 27 unarmed civil rights marchers are shot in Derry by British troops, resulting in 14 fatalities.  In 1989, the last Soviet armored column is driven out of Afghanistan after a ten-year bleeding of the USSR.

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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.