(Deceitful efforts to discourage Americans from learning the truth about the "income tax")
The plane that gets the most flak is the one that's right above the target.
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.
The effort also involves online activity by purportedly disinterested folks who we are supposed to imagine spend huge amounts of time posting "Stay away from this crazy CtC stuff!" out of the goodness of their hearts and a selfless concern for the well-being of others. In other words, this is online activity by obvious government-connected or supervised "agents-provocateur" and the occasional "useful idiot" shill.
Some of these folks imagine themselves to be beneficiaries of the status quo, or want to be on some official's cocktail-party A-list. Some are doubtless just shameless hacks attempting to defend a professional career of thoughtlessly buying into the "income tax" scam as commonly misunderstood, and see their best bet at avoiding embarrassment in helping the government bury the truth. Some are actually "tax honesty" folks, who attack CtC because it debunks their pet theories about the tax and interferes with their marketing of services and products.
These "non-official" posts (which can be found in newsgroups, blogs, and occupying entire websites) are generally of a consistent character. All make fallacious "resort to authority" arguments based on a careful selection of misleading, irrelevant or demonstrably flawed material from certain judicial rulings.
Or (or also), they present outright lies about events such as tax-agency reactions to educated filings, lies about the content or arguments in CtC, or both. All rely on you not investigating matters for yourself, knowing that such investigations are often time-consuming and sometimes outright difficult.
For instance, the trolls count on you not seeing this exposé of IRS forgeries and false statements which are deployed as part of an agency effort to cover up its "frivolous return penalty" fraud. That fraud is practiced in an effort to discourage CtC-educated filings (and to scare away people not yet educated).
Here's the simple, impossible-to-misunderstand short answer to these efforts to bullsh*t you into believing that CtC is wrong in some fashion, or that CtC-educated filings are disregarded or impotent: Treasury Department Certificates of Assessment and IRS transcripts showing that even I, the most intensely-targeted man on the planet in the government's efforts to discourage you from reading CtC, have not had any federal income tax assessed against me since filing the very first educated tax returns back in 2003 and 2004-- not even for those first filings themselves (and despite repeated government attacks on me in courtrooms involving these very filings).
Here's another simple, impossible to misunderstand short answer to troll bs: The IRS has admitted under oath that tens of thousands of CtC-educated filings have been made since 2003. Now consider how many allegedly adverse court rulings are claimed in these official and non-official scare-you-away-from-CtC efforts. It's a total of a dozen or so...
Furthermore, pretty-much everything said in these official and non-official scare-you-away-from-CtC efforts about even the scant handful of cases cited is grossly misrepresented. Let's examine a few of these falsehoods.
I DOUBT THAT ANYONE SERIOUSLY INTERESTED IN THE TRUTH and knowing what's at stake would be taken in by the trolleries discussed here even without seeing these debunkings. Such an eyes-open person would go to the trouble of investigating the trolls' representations, and would learn what's really true on his or her own. In any event, for those folks, what is presented above is certainly sufficient illumination of the crass reality of troll-product.
Unfortunately, there are lots of people who don't understand that there IS something to investigate. Or, those folks haven't yet reached the educated, well-tuned cynicism toward "officialdom" and its pronouncements that is necessary to cut through the fog and get to the heart where bs can be seen for what it is.
Americans have, after all, been subject to a lifetime of conditioning which has nurtured an infantile view of state operatives as inherently well-meaning and honest. For many, the only way to get past that programming is to go head-to-head with the liars personally or to spend a little additional time on a more in-depth discussion than the simple exposures laid out in the preceding discussion.
For the benefit of the latter group, a history of corrupt government efforts to suppress CtC, which will give useful context and additional depth for proper appreciation of all the trolleries and other mendacities discussed in this collection of debunkings can be found here. Some will also find the in-depth parsings of commonly-misrepresented judicial rulings related to the overall subject of the income tax found here to be helpful, as well.
BTW, I will be very grateful to anyone who uses the material in this collection to post their own rebuttals to the troll community's mendacities where possible. I simply can't keep up with the volume of the misleading nonsense, and have to rely on the good help of folks like you.
P. S. Though not relevant to debunking the misrepresentations and spin about institutional response to CtC-educated filings which is the focus of this discussion, the troll community likes to make a point of posting ad hominem attacks on me personally, in an effort to suggest that what I reveal about the law, and about their own crimes, should be disregarded because I'm some kind of a bad person. This effort focuses on an incident in which I was involved at a Michigan Post Office in 1990.
The government has always characterized this as a "bombing" in its usual effort to demonize and direct a "two-minute hate" at those who step outside its cognitive boxes. The truth about the matter can be found here.
On The Psychology Of Denial
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THOSE IN DENIAL of the truth about the tax laid out in cold, hard, unambiguous documentation in CtC continues to fascinate me! These folks are presented with a simple choice between an obvious, patently ridiculous fiction and a plain, thoroughly-documented truth which has been being continuously acknowledged for years now even by the peddlers of the absurd fiction. Yet they still manage to avoid choosing to embrace the truth.
On the one hand, these deniers must imagine that their ancestors were drooling idiots, who inexplicably authorized their widely (and wisely) distrusted government agents to seize any portion of their own earnings those agents wished (and those of all future generations). The only "control" to which that utterly despotic power was subject [goes this myth] is that those who abuse it can be turned out of office afterwards by what might then be an utterly ruined and subjugated population.
Simply to describe this fantasy in plain words reveals it to be self-evident nonsense. Indeed, even after what most of them would admit has been a life-long conditioning of acceptance of mammoth government, not one of the deniers themselves would be so daft as to grant such authority to the state.
The competing conclusion available to the deniers is simply that they have been successfully snookered by a careful, disciplined, well-financed, generations-long campaign to cultivate and exploit a general misunderstanding of what those who came before REALLY did, and the actual, limited nature of the income tax.
These ARE the only two choices. There's no such thing as being "a little bit pregnant", and when you sweep away all the cognitive clutter from decades of effort to create and exploit confusion about the tax by those who benefit thereby, this is what is left: Either our ancestors authorized an effectively unlimited tax-- entirely within the discretion of the state at any given time as to what it falls upon, and how heavily-- or they did not and the deniers have been snookered.
Even leaving aside simple common sense, ALL of the relevant evidence-- of which there is a huge volume from every possible authoritative source-- dismisses the first choice to the trash-can where it belongs and makes clear that the second is incontrovertibly true.
Nonetheless, those who persist in denial refuse to get it right.
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN I IMAGINED that the problem was the strength of that lifelong conditioning to which the deniers have been subject. But the constantly-swelling ranks of CtC-educated Americans who DO shuck off the nonsense proves that the conditioning is far from irreversible.
So I then began to suspect that embarrassment played a significant role in this persistent denial of the demonstrated truth. My thought was that it was just too mortifying for those in denial to admit to having been so thoroughly taken in and to have needlessly handed over up to half of all their earnings over the years. I imagined that the deniers just couldn't bear to admit this to themselves or anyone else, and would rather just go on paying massive tribute to their mental conquerors in a particularly severe case of "cutting off your nose to spite your face".
Eventually I had to let that thought go also, however. Nobody is THAT proud, especially in light of the fact that nearly EVERYONE was taken in...
SO, I'VE COME TO REALIZE what is actually in play with those who persist in denial-- a fundamental failure of moral courage. It's this simple: Acknowledging the truth about the tax inescapably imposes a moral duty upon a person to stand up and act in accordance with that truth. Some folks just don't have the integrity for that kind of adult responsibility.
It is sort of a "see no evil" dynamic. If one manages to "see none" (or to equip oneself with "plausible denial" of having seen any), one is spared overt moral responsibility to denounce, and possibly confront, the evil-doer...
Avoiding that obligation to denounce and confront is something for which many a moral coward is willing to go on paying even half the fruits of his or her blood, sweat and tears. I suppose it's almost easy for these folks. That corrupt choice has been well-lubricated with the comforting props of the "validating" fictions about the 16th Amendment, the companionship of others similarly inclined, the pride factor, and most importantly, the thoroughly-cultivated reputation of the evil-doers from whom the deniers avert their gaze as absolutely rabid junk-yard dogs, utterly devoid of any respect for the law, and very unpleasant to confront and denounce.
Almost easy... But how shameful...
LEARN the liberating, empowering, critically-important truth about the 16th Amendment and the liberating, empowering, critically-important truth about the "income" tax. STOP merely reading (or writing) about how bad things are and START DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT!