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The November 28 2022 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge-- and actual solutions-- intersect with real Americans!

'Tis The Season For Victories By The Good Over The Bad...
...and I have a very pleasing such victory to share!

IN MARCH OF 2121, the excellent Ruben of California was minding his own business like every good American should when there appeared before him an unexpected sight. It was a ghost of Christmases past-- the spittle-flecked, chain-rattling specter of a junk-yard dog whose tag bore the cryptic runes: IRS.

Ruben remembered well the years gone by in which the sight of this crooked and mangy beast had struck fear into his heart.

This time, however, even though in its yellowed and carious fangs the grim and grimy cur clutched a paper titled "Notice of Deficiency":



Make Someone You Love Sweat Bullets This Christmas!!
...and show them how much you respect them.

I THINK WE'D ALL AGREE that sometimes the truth can be a pesky thing-- demanding, disturbing, and seriously inconvenient.

The fact is, when you know the truth, you have to act on it, or be party to a lie; and when that lie is old, entrenched, vigorously defended and comfortingly familiar, the correcting truth can be very hard to learn, and even harder to act upon.

That's why one of the most challenging gifts to receive this holiday season is a copy of 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America'.

Learning the truth about the income tax means setting aside misconceptions nurtured for a lifetime. Acting on that truth means abandoning lifelong servility to the state through the offices of the IRS-- the one organization whose carefully cultivated reputation as a rabid junkyard dog is feared by everyone in America.

Both of those things are really hard!

However, those very same challenges also make 'Cracking the Code-...' the most rewarding gift to get or give this holiday season.



A Few Observations On Current Events
I'd rather just relax and enjoy the spirit of the season, but...

“There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men.”
–Edmund Burke

BECAUSE THIS ONE HAS REARED its ugly head again recently-- most prominently with some plumping for it by Britain's new Prime Minister-- let me say here in the most certain terms possible: Advocacy of a "central bank digital currency" (CBDC) should be made the death knell for any political or business career. Such advocates should immediately lose any position of trust and honor, if not their place in society itself.

Indeed, advocacy for CBDC is tantamount to treason-- and I mean that very seriously.

The US Constitution is grounded in the principle of decentralization. This is expressed, for instance, in federalism, the tripart division (trivision?) of government institutional structure, the role of juries, the limitations on direct taxation, the sacred places given to freedom of speech, the people's ability to resist and overcome central government oppression and personal privacy, and the fundamental residence of ultimate power in all things and at every level in each of hundreds of millions of citizens. Diffusion of power as the American organizing principle is expressed in many specific statements to this effect by the Founders and Framers, as well.

CBDC has centralization as its primary characteristic. It is designed to remove money from individual ownership and control as a practical matter (regardless of any soothing associated rhetoric, whether in the form of statutes or otherwise) and transferring that control (and hence, real ownership, and almost unimaginable tyrannical power-- see Part III of this discussion for a quick sketch of this horror) to a central bank and those to whom it answers.

Thus, CBDC is a concept, and has a purpose, which serve to give aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States. Its advocates should be treated accordingly.



Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)

The Road To Totalitarianism (Revisited)
by CJ Hopkins

It feels like it’s finally over, doesn’t it, the whole “apocalyptic pandemic” thing? I mean, really, really over this time. Not like all those other times when you thought it was over, but it wasn’t over, and was like the end of those Alien movies, where it seems like Ripley has finally escaped, but the alien is hiding out in the shuttle, or the escape pod, or Ripley’s intestinal tract.

But this time doesn’t feel like that. This time it feels like it’s really, really over. Go out and take a look around. Hardly anyone is wearing masks anymore (except where masks are mandatory) or being coerced into submitting to “vaccinations” (except where “vaccination” is mandatory), and the hordes of hate-drunk New Normal fanatics who demanded that “the Unvaccinated” be segregated, censored, fired from their jobs, and otherwise demonized and persecuted, have all fallen silent (except for those who haven’t).

Everything is back to normal, right?

Wrong. Everything is not back to normal. Everything is absolutely New Normal. What is over is the “shock-and-awe” phase, which was never meant to go on forever. It was always only meant to get us here.



Illuminating Anniversaries For This Week!


"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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