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Current Events and Continuing Education for November 23 through December 6, 2014

“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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Features in this edition:

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If this is allowed to stand, the rule of law is dead.

All That Matters Now


A picture is worth a thousand words:

A Graphical Contest


This week's recommended reading:

The State Secrets Senator Mark Udall Should Reveal


A resurgence of respect for the republic in Michigan; willful blindness to the solution; see this one; more...

On This And That...


It's a MUCH better story than the one you learned in school:

The Real History Of Thanksgiving


The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

You Either Stand Up For The Truth, Or You've Surrendered To The Lie


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

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Got something to say?

Your Comments


...and much, much more!


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


The Fourteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

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


Click here for the current Mid-Edition Update posts

Featured In This Update:

Set Your Church Free II


Do You Really Consent To What Is Done By The State?


In The End, It's A Question Of Morality


What Makes YOU A Warrior For The Truth?


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


A "Pragmatic" Perspective On The Tax And The Rule Of Law


Your Comments


...and much, much more!


"There are two distinct classes of men...those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes."

- Thomas Paine


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

If CtC were actually right,

it would mean the government's been concealing and denying the truth for years on end,

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

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



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


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


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


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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 23- In 1876, corrupt Tammany Hall politician "Boss" Tweed is extradited from Spain, to which he fled to escape charges in New York.  In 1936, the first edition of Life magazine is published.  In 1954, the Dow exceeds its previous record high, which had been reached shortly before the crash of 1929.  In 1963, Doctor Who hits the airwaves for the first time.  In 1981, Ronald Reagan authorizes the CIA to recruit, equip and train "Contra" rebels in Nicaragua.  In 2011, the president of Yemen agrees to resign in exchange for legal immunity for past crimes.

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


"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


This Is All That Matters Right Now

On December 10, the good guys come together, or a final nail goes into the rule of law's coffin.

LET IT BE SAID PLAINLY: Forcing someone to declare herself indebted to another party-- whether by court order or threat of penalty for not making such a declaration-- is not a legitimate, lawful act of any organ of the state. Instead, it is a corrupt, tyrannical act, and prohibited by the United States Constitution's speech, due process and equal protection provisions.

LET IT BE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD: Compelling someone to declare a belief that her earnings are "income" taxable by the United States is compelling her to declare herself indebted to the United States (or to declare her agreement with material facts under which the tax debt then arises as a matter of law). Compelling someone to declare her earnings on a line in the "income" section of a testimonial document like a 1040-- whether by direct command or by threat of a penalty for not doing so-- is compelling her to declare a belief that those earnings are "income" and subject to the tax.

LET IT BE RECOGNIZED: If someone's earnings ARE actually subject to the tax as a matter of law, and the government is aware of them sufficiently to command their declaration on a 1040, there can be no legitimate purpose for compelling their declaration, even were doing so not Constitutionally prohibited. Such an effort to compel can only serve a government interest if those earnings ARE NOT actually subject to the tax as a matter of law.

Earnings actually subject to the tax are so subject whether the recipient agrees or not. Compelling agreement with that fact is pointless as well as illegal. All the government needs to do is create its own return declaring the earnings to be "income" over a sworn signature-- which it is, in fact, required to do by law if the recipient of the earnings hasn't already agreed to the tax. Needless to say, this is both simpler, cheaper and easier than attempting to compel agreement from the recipient, and involves no Constitutional issues. (And again, it is mandated by law in any event).

Compulsion of declared "agreement" is only of use to the government where the earnings in question are NOT actually taxable. Its purpose is to eliminate the recipient's ability to dispute the application of the tax to those earnings, and allow the government to proceed as though those earnings are taxable as a matter of law.

Declared agreement creates a false appearance of "no dispute over material facts". The government is relieved of what otherwise would be its burdens of proof (or, more exactly, its obligation to walk away from the untaxable earnings and confine its attention to gains legitimately subject to the tax, in regard to which no coerced fiction of agreement is needed). The tax can then collected-- improperly, but with a superficial appearance of legitimacy which is impenetrable by anyone not educated about the actual objects of the tax and how it is applied under the law.

BUT THERE COULD NEVER BE SUCH COMPELLED AGREEMENT IN AMERICA, you say! Such a thing could never happen here!!

Wrong. It IS happening here, right now. And you'd better pay attention and get involved.

HERE'S THE STORY: In 2006, the government was faced with the fact that CtC had laid bare its then-70-year-old "agreements secured by ignorance" program. Under that regime, Americans had for decades been misled into declaring their earnings to be subject to the tax with no illegal compulsion necessary, simply due to having no idea of the actual limits of the tax and of the legal effect of listing their earnings as "income" on a signed 1040.

Thanks to CtC, Americans were now declining to "agree" in ever-increasing numbers, and were routinely using those 1040s to instead demand-- and receive-- complete refunds of what had been inappropriately withheld from them in connection with the tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes included. In desperate response, the DOJ and IRS launched a project to test the depths to which judicial co-option would allow them to go in attempting to replace ignorance with compulsion.

The DOJ filed a lawsuit against me and my wife, Doreen. It claimed that refunds made to us of what had been withheld from me in 2002 and 2003 were just mistakes.

This claim was made despite elaborate IRS fussing over those refund claims before they were honored and despite the government's inability to produce even an actual IRS "examination report" disputing our claims (it presented the court with a fake one, instead). The claim was made even though to this day-- more than eight years since the suit was brought, and more than seven since the ruling for the government by the compliant court to which the ploy was entrusted-- the government's own Department of Treasury acknowledges that our refunds are correct, that nothing taxable was received in those years contrary to our returns, and that no tax has ever been owed.

But the government had a "workaround for these problems. It asked the judge to declare "findings" of every "fact" alleged by the government, and to order Doreen and me to swear to agreement with them by replacing our freely-made tax returns with new ones on which we were to declare our belief in the truth of these "facts" (and to conceal that these declarations were coerced).

Further, because attacking CtC was the sole and real purpose of this suit, the government also asked for a "finding" that CtC claims that "wages" are not "income" and that only federal, state and local government workers are subject to the tax, and for an order prohibiting Doreen and me from filing returns based on these absurd notions falsely ascribed to the book. Together, the "findings" and the two orders would equip the DOJ and IRS to crow that "a court has ruled against CtC!"

With not so much as a single hearing, evidentiary or otherwise, the kept court issued the "findings" and orders asked for (and entirely written by) the government. (In a hearing three years later the judge claimed to have somehow misunderstood our dispute of the government's assertions of facts as actually being agreement with them...)

We appealed, of course, but the appellate court responded by granting a government motion barring our memorandum detailing procedural flaws from being considered or going into the appellate record. This allowed the appellate panel to deem all the "found facts" to be true, and to therefore justify a denial of the appeal. The Supreme Court elected to not make our case one of the .007% of petitions received each year it would hear.

THUS FREED FROM FEAR THAT A COURT would act to stop it (and there being virtually zero attention to any of this in the media), the DOJ doubled-down. In late 2008, it charged me with filing "false returns" based on the proposition that I didn't really believe my earnings shouldn't be declared as "income" (under the "wages" label or otherwise) on my tax forms.

The government's key "evidence" was 743 pages of government filings in the lawsuit. All were admitted by the judge without a testifying (and examinable) witness involved; the docs with all their government-serving allegations and conclusions were just handed over to the jury.

The featured item was the ruling by the court in that suit, in which my earnings were "found" to be what the government had asked the court to say (and CtC was "found" to say what it does not). That was not enough, though-- the government also felt obliged to deny the jury the actual statutory definitions of things like "wages", and to have it specifically instructed to deliberate using prosecution-written substitute definitions which essentially declared my earnings to be "wages" (unlike the actual definitions), and obliged the jury to conclude that I must have believed my earnings to be "wages" when I said by way of my forms that I didn't.

NEEDLESS (I HOPE) TO SAY, no one who had read CtC was fooled or intimidated by this kangaroo proceeding (something doubtless helped along by the fact that even as I cooled my heels for the next two years, CtC-readers across the country continued to receive their complete refunds without interruption, rather decisively proving which set of definitions was actually the right one). So, in 2013, the government doubled-down yet again.

In June of that year my wife Doreen was arrested and charged with "criminal contempt of court" for alleged willful disobedience to the orders issued in the lawsuit 6 years prior. That is, Doreen was charged with a crime for not letting herself be compelled to declare a belief that her earnings are subject to the tax.

The first trial was held in October of 2013. Doreen defended herself.

Faced with the problem of the orders Doreen is accused of resisting being manifestly unlawful, the government asked for an instruction barring the jury from considering the unlawfulness or unconstitutionality of the orders in deliberations.

Even then the government knew it couldn't get a guilty verdict. So it also asked that the jury also be told it needn't unanimously agree that Doreen had actually committed either of the two distinct acts of contempt alleged in the indictment-- one, failing to submit "amended returns" for 2002 and 2003 declaring a belief that her earnings were taxable, and two, filing a return the government alleged was based on the absurd notion falsely ascribed to CtC that only federal, state and local government workers are subject to the income tax (this was a return filed in 2009 for a $5 refund of withholdings from Doreen's $59 of W-2-reported earnings in 2008, which the government, after its standard thorough vetting of her claim, had duly issued).

(By the way, this second alleged offense was deliberately misstated in the indictment and the jury instruction as violating an order to "not file a false return", even though the order involved actually says what I list above. This is because the government knows it can't prove that Doreen filed a return based on a notion that is easily shown to not appear in CtC at all.)

That trial, conducted against Doreen by a team of DOJ specialists brought into Detroit from Washington to do the mugging, ended in a hung jury.

This wouldn't do for the tyranny-interests, so they tried a second time, in July of 2014. Again, Doreen defended herself. Again, the special instructions were given to the jury removing the "lawfulness" issue (even though it is a specific statutory element of "contempt" crimes) and sparing the government from its actual unanimous verdict burden.

But this time the government also saw to it that Doreen was not permitted to make her Opening Statement, or to finish her Closing Argument. This time she was prevented from citing and reading to the jurors Supreme Court opinions on speech rights specifically declaring unconstitutional orders like those she was accused of believing herself to be under a valid legal duty to obey but violating anyway-- the legal standard for a contempt charge.

To top it all off, this time, in the closing minutes of the trial, the prosecutors produced what they claimed to be evidence that, contrary to Doreen's testimony on the subject, the government had never actually pursued-- and then abandoned-- efforts to enjoin CtC shortly after it appeared in print (which of course, it actually had). Unable to prove that this "evidence" was actually a government misrepresentation until later, Doreen's reliability as a witness and a key fact involved in the defense theory of the case appeared to be impeached. (Find more discussion, documentation and relevant motions concerning many of these unprecedented attacks on due process here.)

With all of that, this time the jury returned a guilty verdict.

All of the foregoing should be enough to outrage and make deeply concerned any and every adult American. Plainly, this is a horrendous assault on the rule of law, and one being practiced in order to keep everyone from learning about the most significant government scam and abuse in our country's history-- the systemic mis-application of the income tax to the tune of trillions of dollars scammed out of the pockets of their rightful owners and into the hands of the political class and its clients and cronies.

But there is one additional aspect of this assault on the rule of law that goes even beyond just the First Amendment and due process/equal protection issues, and the purely practical issues of all that money being snookered away. This other thing, which ought to chill you to the very bone if you've got your wits about you, is this: The concept rested on by the government for why it was okay to dictate and command Doreen's statements of belief was that she is only being told to say what she herself really believes to be true. After all, a judge has said it. Therefore, Doreen must believe it, too.

Over and over, throughout the trial, the US attorneys kept saying Doreen was only being ordered to "say what was correct". Their Closing Argument was little more than pounding on the podium and shouting that Doreen was told what was correct by the judge, and so how could the jury imagine that she could honestly believe otherwise?!

Think about that, and tremble.

An "official" has said it, therefore it must be true, therefore you can be forced to say you believe it, too-- even on a legal form that controls who gets to keep or claim your property.

That's exactly the same sick and twisted crap we once rightly denounced in the old Soviet Union, where people who dissented against the party line were deemed mentally ill and made wards of the state, without rights. Here it is in America-- if you don't do something about it.

SO HERE'S THE THING, PEOPLE-- THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS NOW. On December 10, at 1:30 PM, in the courtroom of Victoria Roberts in the Theodore Levin Federal Building in downtown Detroit, my beautiful and good Doreen is due to be sentenced for the alleged "crime" of not letting herself be compelled to declare a belief the government wants her forced to avow, and punished for not avowing.

Be there, making yourself heard and seen, and until then, be raising one hell of a racket with journalists and the legal community-- especially organizations that profess to be "public interest". If not, don't cry to me when your turn comes.

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

-Edmund Burke

P. S. Anyone who's ever been presented with the threat of a "frivolous penalty" based on, or reasonably taken as based on their having not declared some or all of their earnings as "income" on a 1040-- even just one of the fictional versions with which a few educated filers are occasionally harassed-- is a victim of this tyranny just as much as if he or she had been ordered directly on pain of punishment to so declare. If this is you, you ought to be furious. You ought to be all over the newspapers and the public-interest law organizations, as well as suing and seeking criminal charges against those responsible.

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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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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 Honor Roll 

Do you have a victory to share?  Click here to learn how to do so.

If you're working on one, and just getting stonewalled or speed-bumped, you can still be recognized! Go here to learn what to do.


A New Book On The Truth About The Tax

TOM BOTTARO, ChFC, HAS JUST PUBLISHED 'SECRETS of the Income Tax Code- What the IRS doesn't want you to know!' Tom's book is a nice, accessible drill-down on several key aspects of the tax. Find it here.

Find many other printables and sharables suited to every different occasion and purpose here.




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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A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were fans of Big Government.
 Not really knowing what a Big Government fan is, but wanting to be liked by the
 teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little TJ.
 The teacher asked Little TJ why he has decided to be different...again.
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm not a fan of Big Government."
 The teacher asked, "Why aren't you a fan of Big Government?"
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm a libertarian."
 The teacher asked him why he's a libertarian.  Little TJ answered, "Well, my Dad's a libertarian and my Mom's a libertarian, so I'm a libertarian."
 Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, "If your dad were a moron and your mom were an idiot, what would that make you?"
 With a big smile, Little TJ replied, "That would make me a fan of Big Government."


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 24- In 1859, Charles Darwin publishes 'On the Origin of Species'.  In 1917, a bomb explodes in Police headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing ten.  In 1932, the FBI Crime Lab opens its doors.  In 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of JFK, is shot by Jack Ruby on live television; Lyndon Johnson declares his intention to support the government of South Vietnam both militarily and economically.  In 1971, D. B. Cooper parachutes from a hijacked airliner with $200,000.00 in ransom money.  Neither have been seen since.


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. 

This Week's Outreach Bon Mot:

Collecting an excise is no more an "exercise of sovereignty"-- which is to say, no more special, and no more entitled to special advantages under the law-- than is charging parade-watchers for the use of your restaurant's bathroom.

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

-George Orwell

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A Graphical Contest

A picture is worth a thousand words...

I'VE GOT A CHALLENGE FOR ALL THE GRAPHIC ARTISTS OUT THERE! Due to the success of the "ignorance tax" scam, a simple dynamic is in place in America: Wealth is extracted from the millions taken in by the scam and moved into the US Treasury. From there it is doled out under one federal program or another to clients and cronies of the state-- the military-industrial complex; industries capitalizing on the massive welfare state apparatus; big agribusiness; the banksters; big education/indoctrination; prison industries; etc.

These beneficiaries of the tax scam then send back a dribble of the pelf to support and retain in office the political hacks who support and maintain the programs under which all that money goes into motion (which is still a very big dribble, since the pelf is doled out in torrential volumes, and a tiny fraction of that torrent is still a lot of money).

WHAT I'M ASKING YOU ARTISTS AND POWER-POINTERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS FOR is your best effort at a graphical representation of this pathology, and then of the effect of cutting off the funding at the source-- that is, the effect of widespread understanding of the truth about the tax-- the later part of which would be best represented in stages for maximum illustrative value.

This could be a series of four or five .jpg images (one illustrating the dynamic as it now is, and then several showing the effect of cutting off say, 10% of the funding coming out of the peoples' pockets, then 30%, then 60%, then ending at the 20% or so that actually will be left when everyone once again accurately understands the tax). Or, it could be a video animation; or a Power-Point.

Give it your best shot, folks! Don't be shy.

I know that there are some very talented folks out there, and your effort on this project will be most appreciated and very useful to the cause. Send your submissions to me as soon as you put them together. I'm not putting a "due date" on this contest, but the sooner submissions come in, the sooner I'll be able to put them to work helping open minds and hearts to the truth, and why it's so important.

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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


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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


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The State Secrets Senator Mark Udall Should Reveal

As a lame-duck member of Congress, the Coloradan has the unique ability to expose CIA and NSA lawbreaking—without breaking the law himself.

by Conor Friedersdorf

When Mark Udall lost his Senate seat in the midterm elections, civil libertarians familiar with his efforts to inform Americans about the CIA and NSA had the same thought: Before leaving office, the Colorado Democrat should tell the public about the abuses the government is trying to hide. National-security officials are able to violate the Constitution and various statutes with impunity in large part because they classify their misbehavior as a state secret. It's a neat trick. To expose their lawbreaking, one must first break the law.

But there is a check on this unscrupulous trick.

Members of Congress can reveal classified information in their capacity as legislators without facing legal consequences. As the U.S. Constitution puts it, "The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place."

This "Speech or Debate Clause" was most famously invoked in 1971, when Senator Mike Gravel called a late-night subcommittee meeting and entered the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record, liberating them for the public and thwarting executive-branch officials who insisted that they should be suppressed.

Today, it's CIA torture and mass surveillance of innocent people that the executive branch wants to hide. It's beyond dispute that Bush administration interrogation tactics were illegal, as is the fact, documented in FISA Court opinions, that the NSA knowingly violated the Fourth Amendment on many occasions. Yet there is a lot about torture and surveillance that Americans still don't know.


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Now consider:

Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE had the fortitude and clarity of vision to do the only thing that will actually make a difference by taking control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates Washington's misbehavior?!


Now ask yourself this: Have I really done all that I can to urge everyone I know to also stand up and act in the only way that will really bring about change in my lifetime? 


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 25- In 1783, the last British troops leave New York City.  In 1867, Alfred Nobel patents dynamite.  In 1874, the "Greenback Party"-- a pro-inflation political organization-- is established.  Ten years later it is dis-established, but not before occupying 25 seats in the U.S. House, in the aggregate, over that decade.  In 1950, the People's Republic of China commits troops to the Korean War on the side of the North Koreans.  In 1952, Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London.  It goes on to become the longest-running play in history.  In 1986, Edwin Meese announces that money from arms sales to Iran were illegally diverted to the "Contra" rebels in Nicaragua.


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.


In this new volume, you'll learn about:


  • The in-depth, real story behind the Sixteenth Amendment;

  • A simple little model of just how the "income" tax works;

  • Cognitive stumbling blocks exploited by tax agencies against liberation-seeking Americans;

  • The disturbing relationship between the "income" tax and the Federal Reserve;

  • Why tax reform ideas like the "Fair Tax" are not only unnecessary, but completely counter-productive and even dangerous;

  • Why the "income" tax is what it is, and has to be;

  • The truth about common myths and misunderstandings within the "tax honesty" movement;

  • How to think clearly about the tax, the law in general, and the voracious state;


  • A sordid little passport application scam revealed;

  • How to know if you're in denial about the current crisis in America;

  • Whether the Constitution is going to save you, or is it the other way around?

  • The truth about paper "money; government schools; the Second Amendment...

...and much, much more!

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




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Page Two

This And That

A resurgence of respect for the republic; willful blindness to the solution; why the Gadsden should replace the Stars and Stripes on election day; see this one; more...

LAST THURSDAY, November 20, the deeply-libertarian (not "tea party", but real paleo-conservative) wing of the Republican Party proved to have become overwhelmingly dominant in the largest Republican Party county organization in Michigan.

Oakland County's Republican Party organization leadership was swept clean of its long-standing "mainstream" apparatchiks, who were replaced in their entirety with folks dedicated to the platform positions GOP hacks love to quote when campaigning but always find reasons to evade once in office. I'm not a Republican party member myself, and carry no water for it, but am very pleased to see this concrete evidence that dramatic change has been bubbling just under the surface and is starting to break into the open. May this be just one of many such eruptions.


I COULDN'T HELP BUT FIND FUNNY (funny peculiar/funny ironic, not funny ha-ha) the glum and occasionally ominous expressions by alt-media pundits following Tuesday's vote to the effect that "Nothing will change; our progress downhill will continue notwithstanding any change in the faces in Washington." These dark perspectives are so right, but also so willfully blind.

Nothing will change in the course America is on by rotating a few handfuls of new faces into or out of Mordor-on-the-Potomac, and no rational person would imagine that it could work that way. That's not the funny thing.

The funny thing is that so many of these alt-media pessimists know, or have reason to know, about the one thing that can and would generate the change for which they purport to long: What CtC reveals about the "income" tax. That knowledge enables each individual American to impose change without any reliance on a political process long-proven to be inadequate to the task-- WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY IT WILL HAPPEN.


CITIZENFOUR, THE NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT EDWARD SNOWDEN by Laura Poitras opened in select theaters October 24. If it's in your area already, see it. If it's not, call your favorite local theater and demand it.

Please don't ever forget: If you don't celebrate and support those who act on your behalf even at great personal expense, pretty soon none will.


WATCHING THE WORLD SERIES THIS YEAR was so annoying at times that I just switched the channel and forewent seeing the end of the game. Advertisers, take note!

The tripping point was each occasion when the traditional 'Seventh-Inning Stretch' ritual was distorted and essentially stripped of its all-American character by a mawkish and fascistic session of state-worship in the form of a soldier singing 'God Bless America'. Where America used to gaily carol about peanuts and Cracker-Jack it now is urged by the statist infestation of the corridors of power (and its sycophants in business) to behave as though Gotterdammerung looms and only our richly-financed, Constitution-shredding, world-bestriding military-industrial-security complex gives us any hope of surviving.

Sometimes I suspect that huge swathes of our national cultural fabric is being cut to a pattern designed by Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl. What a shame to see a beautiful song like 'God Bless America' turned to such an evil use, and to see a great icon of real American character-- the utterly confident and sublime relaxation of baseball, properly conducted-- spoiled by the taint of this jingoistic ugliness.


SAY, HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN ANY THOUGHT to what will happen when 30 million other Americans-- or even just 3 million-- learn what you know about the "income" tax and begin following your example of acting to protect your own interests and uphold the law?

The political class thinks about it-- a lot.

You should, too, and add vigorous outreach to your activism.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 26- In 1778, Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit Maui, Hawaii.  In 1789, a national Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in America upon the recommendation of George Washington.


The Real History Of Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING DAY IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE special days of the year, and not because of the great food. The real virtues of this unique American celebration lie in the lessons in humility and maturity offered by its history. Offered, that is, by its true history, not the "Thank God (sorry, politically incorrect-- make that, "Thank Fortuitous Random Chance"...) we were saved from starvation by the generosity of our neighbors-- see how wonderful socialism can be!" lie about the feast we commemorate each fourth Thursday in November, which is systematically drilled into the head of every American child who has been put into the hands of the Obedience Training and Approved Knowledge Implantation Centers otherwise known as "public schools".

In fact, the feast we commemorate had nothing whatsoever to do with "generosity"-- indeed, the truth is almost the very opposite. What we actually commemorate on Thanksgiving is the effect of the Plymouth Rock colonist's having come to recognize that only when each person looks to his or her own interests, and has a secure claim to the proceeds of his or her own efforts, can a society truly prosper.

In very brief summary, the Plymouth Rock colony began as a commune, organized under the principle that the proceeds of every individual's labors would be claimed of right by the community as a whole, and then redistributed in equal measure to every member. This system lasted for several years, during which the colony grew ever more hungry and impoverished until, in 1623 and on the verge of the colony's failure, this feel-good foolishness was replaced by formal acceptance of the natural-law principle that no one has the right to dictate the disposal of the product of another's labor.

With that, the ruinous pretense that the community had a rightful claim on the food produced by each member was abandoned, and the colonist's rights to their own production was secured. Only then did the colony have its first bountiful harvest, for which the members properly gave thanks.

It is the beneficial consequence of the Plymouth Rock Colony's epiphany concerning the destructive follies of socialism and the rewarding virtues of natural law that we have celebrated ever since. William Bradford, governor of the colony during these years, expresses the lesson taken by these ancestors of the American revolutionaries of a century-and-a-half hence with these words:

"The experience that has had in this common course and condition, tried sundrie years, and that amongst Godly and sober men, may well evince the Vanities of the conceit of Plato's and other ancients, applauded by some of later times; that the taking away of propertie, and bringing into commone wealth, would make them happy and flourishing, as if they were wiser than God."

Needless to say, the experience of the Plymouth Rock Colony was firmly in the American memory at the time that our founding principles were spelled out and inscribed into permanence in our great chartering documents-- the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and our federal and various state Constitutions. Thus, prominent among these core principles is that no government (which is, in theory, the agent of the community acting as a whole) has a claim of right to any property other than its own, or that produced by the exercise of its own unique prerogatives.

The virtuous lessons learned by the Plymouth Rock Colony's near-disastrous experiment with a fancied "alternative" to this basic reality of natural law, and the wisdom of our Founders in taking those lessons to heart and hardwiring them into our American legal structure are well worth giving thanks for. So, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and hope that it finds you all well, and leaves you all comfortably stuffed with the good food and good cheer for which this holiday is casually and warmly known.

But I also hope that you all dwell for a few minutes on the more sober aspects of this commemoration, and especially see to it that your children understand the truth. It has been famously and wisely observed that those who allow themselves to be ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it.

(A somewhat more comprehensive discussion of the history of Thanksgiving, by the excellent Richard J. Maybury, can be found here.)

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What Do The People Do About The Rogue State??

The most important question facing Americans today

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE: The People impose restraint on the rogue state by choosing-- one by one-- to cease voluntarily turning control over their resources to the state, and choosing instead to retain control over those resources. This is done by refusing-- one by one-- to engage in "income tax" excisable activities (and refusing to blindly or fearfully allow their activities to be treated or taken as excisable activities upon which the tax arises, when they really are not).

The refusal of individual Americans to voluntarily engage in excisable activities forces the state to resort to highly-politically-accountable, highly-politically-vulnerable alternatives revenue sources. These include options like direct, apportioned taxes (which will not be tolerated by the people or approved by Congress at $multi-trillion annual volumes), and/or increased revenue tariffs (which can raise amounts adequate for legitimate state needs, but are very self-regulating, since consumers naturally choose domestic product alternatives when higher tariffs raise the prices of imports beyond a certain point).

This solution is precisely the one intended and provided for by the Founders-- who didn't impose the taxation rules in the US Constitution just so they could admire their handwriting. They put those rules in place in direct anticipation of state behavior of the sort with which we are now plagued.

 As even so odious a character as Hamilton pointed out in Federalist #21:

“Imposts, excises, and, in general, all duties upon articles of consumption, may be compared to a fluid, which will, in time, find its level with the means of paying them. The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources. ...If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power of imposing them.”

What we've got today is simply the direct (and perfectly predictable) consequences of NOT adhering to the Founders' plan. As Frederick Douglass trenchantly observed,

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."

We've got plenty of injustice and wrong these days. But our fix to the problem was bought for us with blood a few hundred years ago.

All we have to do is stop playing along with the rogue state's false (and rather embarrassingly crude) paradigm  concerning who owns what, and what powers to tax have really been granted. As soon as enough of us quit endorsing that nonsense, it's all good

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A brief look at 100 years of Fiscal Folly; and a nice confirmation of CtC scholarship using four-generation-old data from the IRS itself.


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)."

-Mark C. Phillips, JD


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

-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."

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 27- In 1870, the New York Times dubs baseball America's National Game.  1924, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in New York City.  In 1965, Pentagon officials inform the Johnson administration that a "surge" is necessary for success in Vietnam.


  IGNORANCE TAX: An unnecessary exaction suffered out of ignorance as to its lawful objects 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.  See "Income Tax", "Social Security Tax", "Medicare Tax" and "Federal Unemployment Tax".


An Introduction To The Liberating Truth In Ten Easy Segments

Tom Bottaro, ChFC, CtCW, author of 'Secrets of the Income Tax Code- A Guide for Businessmen', has shared another fine outreach effort. Tom has been writing and sending a series of short wake-up and educational essays to friends and family, one by one, for some time. When Tom told me about this, I asked him to compile the pieces and let me post them for everyone to enjoy and share with their own people. Tom, good guy and warrior for the truth that he is, was perfectly agreeable.

Here is the compilation in printable .pdf format. I hope everyone will indeed share it widely. 


"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





CtC Warrior David Sides says, "Bumper stickers?  Nice, but NOT BIG ENOUGH!"


(By the way, Dave's got it precisely right-- If you want your power to be secure, your neighbors have to be empowered with the same knowledge that you've acquired.  Click here for ideas about spreading the truth-- which include normal bumper stickers available for free, by the way....)




Photographed on 1-70 in Missouri




At a rally outside the Alamo




CtC Warrior Brian H. in Alaska has a great INDOOR approach to spreading the transformational truth. Here's Brian's desk at his workplace:



You notice the big glass container to the right of the CtC in the first pic above? Tasty freebies for Brian's co-workers-- candy and brain-candy all in one:



Very sweet!




'Don't Tread On Me' Polo Shirts Say It All!



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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...



Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

November 28- In 1895, the first American automobile race is run-- 54 miles of thunder and speed.  The winner hit the finish line after approximately 10 hours of hard driving.  In 1907, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater.  In 1979, an Air New Zealand DC 10 crashes at full speed into Mt. Erebus, Antarctica, due to a navigation error, killing all 257 on board.  As can be plainly seen from the image below, actual high-speed large-commercial-aircraft crashes leave a whole lot of obvious wreckage:


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(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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If You're Not Standing Up, Then You're Standing Down

...and "standing down" means "going down"...


MY FRIENDS, IT IS MY SINCERE BELIEF that this community of activists has been encouraged, inspired, enlightened and expanded over the years by the steady posting here of your ongoing victories on behalf of the rule of law. Certainly, it has been my pride and my joy to help you share with the world your honorable testament to the liberating truth about the tax, widespread knowledge of which is so critical to the well-being of ourselves, our children, and our beloved America.


However, unless YOU send those victories I can't post them. Unless YOU stand up, your courage and commitment can't inspire anyone.


YOU WILL RECALL THAT FOR THE LAST YEAR OR SO I've been telling you that we are in a transformational moment. Look around at what is going on today and recognize the truth of what I say.


More than half the American population views government as a threat. As mainstream a publication as Forbes magazine is posting articles about massive DHS ammunition and armored vehicle purchases. Denunciations of the NSA violations are features in every major MSM organ.


Even before Edward Snowden's documentation of particular crimes being committed against the American people the LA Times, NY Times, Washington Times and other mainstream organs were editorializing about Leviathan having grown too big, and gotten dangerously out-of-hand (see stories at each of the preceding links). In the Spring Rand Paul's filibuster denouncing the lawlessness of Mordor-on-the-Potomac prompted a major buzz across the country, and in July Justin Amash shocked Washington by very nearly defunding a huge portion of the illegal surveillance state's crimes.


Concurrently, this CtC community has been winning legal victories and refunds which are ever-more significant and telling. Consider, for instance, the victories which have qualified for the EWWBL collection. Every one of these is an especially illuminating acknowledgement of the truth about the tax, and now include a very significant two-time victory in a federal district court.


Things are happening!


HOW IT ALL SHAKES OUT is still up for grabs, though. This is not the time for either complacency or paralysis, because both of those don't amount to "doing nothing"-- instead they amount to "standing down". And standing down means conceding the fight, letting all these eleventh-hour sparks of light burn out unnurtured and the moment be a transformation for the worse.


This is not the time for standing down. This is the time for a FULL-COURT PRESS.


This is the time for educated American grown-ups to stand up tall and firm, pulling others to their feet by their very gravity. This is the time for leading the way.


STAND UP! SEND THOSE VICTORIES-- the new ones, and those of the last few years as well. Click here to learn how. Even if you don't have checks to scan, send your testimonials. Learn how to do that here.




The Willingness Of Some People To Trade Liberty For Convenience Is Without Limit

Some Observations About Current Political Efforts To Evade The Truth, Such As The "Fair Tax" Scheme


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




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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 29- In 1947, the UN General Assembly votes to partition Palestine into separate Jewish and Palestinian states.  In 1963, the Warren Commission is established to investigate the assassination of JFK.  In 1967, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara resigns.  In 1972, 'Pong' makes its first appearance, in a tavern in California.  In 1983, the UN General Assembly resolves that the Soviet Union should end its occupation of Afghanistan.


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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.


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