The Lost Horizons News Page Two
1. THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO JOIN A STATE GROUP: Go here and follow the instructions exactly.
When you have done so, and sent that request, wait. I'm only one guy. I can only do these updates as I find time between writing these newsletters, my research posts, and my replies to the very large volume of mail I get continuously. It may be several weeks, or even more than a month, before you find an automated "group invitation" in your mailbox from GoogleGroups, or a "Welcome, CtC Warrior" email from me. When you do, follow its instructions promptly or it will expire.
If something goes wrong with your invite or your membership (such as you let the invite expire, or lose the email address with which you joined) go through the process above again. It will do no good to try to do something through GoogleGroups or to try to apply (or re-apply) to the group directly.
2. BE A LEADER IN THE GROUP YOU HAVE JOINED! Most folks don't find leadership to come naturally (and some folks join these groups in order to "lead" people astray).
Vie with everyone else in the group (or step into the vacuum) to be the one who most diligently and creatively keeps everyone focused on CtC's message and information; on newsletter items; and on step-up-to-the-plate activism.
Time, unfortunately, is on the side of the well-funded disinformation specialists
OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE DEMONSTRATED FAR BEYOND RATIONAL DOUBT OR HONEST DISPUTE that for the last 75 years the income tax has been systematically mis-administered so as to capture far more revenue and from far more earners than it should and would were its actual statutory limits more broadly understood. I have further shown that this is not because of some quirk in the law being exploited by the IRS but solely because of the ignorance of the Americans to whom it ends up being misapplied.
People's ignorance is certainly being exploited by the IRS, of course. But as written, and as interpreted by the courts and the tax agency itself, the law is perfectly clear and entirely on the side of most Americans. Even while corrupt elements in the government have engaged in strenuous efforts to create a facade of opposition to what CtC reveals and thus shore up the ignorance regime, and even while some folks are unfortunately targeted for annoying and sometimes protracted resistance to their claims before they are honored, nearly every person who simply learns how to stop the tax from being misapplied in his or her own case and acts accordingly has been enjoying proper acknowledgement and capitulation to the truth by federal and state tax agencies since 2003.
At the same time, I've also plainly shown that the collapse of the rule of law and metastasizing of the rogue State now threatening the well-being of every American (and possibly the entire world) coincides with, and results directly and exclusively from, the onset of the mis-application of the income tax in the early 1940s.
In short, I've shown the nature of the problem about which every non-state-coopted pundit steadily warns, and the nature of the solution to that problem. What's more, I introduce, highlight, and celebrate the tens of thousands of other American men and women who have also learned these facts and are leading the way down the only path to that solution.
NEARLY EVERY WEEK FOR NINE YEARS, I have shared my posts about all these things with all of you. For the last three years, I have copied those folks in the (purportedly) non-state-coopted media whose email addresses I believe I have.
At the same time, week after week the well-financed and much more influential enemies of the state-restraining, liberty-enhancing truth have steadily injected more and more noise into the ether in an attempt to drown out my signal. This means that the window of opportunity in which the liberating truth has a realistic chance to do its good work-- which it can only do by becoming widely known-- is finite and narrowing.
And yet every week the acknowledgements and desperately-needed signal-amplification offered by the purportedly-non-coopted media amount to... nada. Zero, zilch, radio silence.
This won't do. It also makes no sense-- unless my emails to these folks simply aren't getting through.
There are several reasons why my emails may not be making it. Some are as mundane as the possibility that they are being spam-filtered away from these folks' inboxes. It is known to me that, for instance, anyone on a pacbell, swbell or optonline server often won't receive my emails-- these servers systematically (and apparently automatically, for reasons known only to their programmers) reject my emails as spam. There may be others that do the same without doing bounce-backs to me to let me know.
Then there are darker possibilities. As was posted here a few months ago in a letter from an educated American who works for the City of Los Angeles, while no other websites that might be described as "outside the box" are known to be so treated, access to losthorizons.com is blocked on the city's internet-capable computers. Wikipedia won't allow links to documents posted on losthorizons.com. Recent additions to the ongoing treasure-trove of revelations from the heroic Edward Snowden have awakened us all to the possibility of other nobblings of the same sort on a grander scale. It's also possible that some of these folks may simply have closed their own minds.
IN RESPONSE TO THIS PROBLEM, I am going to ask for everyone's help. Following is a short list of publicly-available alt-media-pundit email addresses which I have accumulated.
Because my emails do not seem to be making it through to these folks, I'd be grateful if you were to see if yours do. Compose your own thoughtful, courteous but plain-spoken entreaties and admonishments to these folks making clear to them that patriotic, activist and educated Americans are wondering why they are not contributing their voices on the side of the angels in this critically-important contest between State-serving myths and corruption and the liberating truth. Forward my emails to them, as well.
EXPECT RESISTANCE FROM THESE FOLKS! All of them are likely to think they already know all about the income tax, and will have opinions based on either some theories of their own or from the "tax honesty" community. Or they will be standard victims of "ignorance tax" mythologies.
Some of these folks will even reflexively resort to the troll sites and other noise generators maintained by the IRS and DOJ on the internet and fall prey to the fallacious notion that since I have been attacked by the government what I say must somehow be wrong, despite all the unambiguous evidence to the contrary. (This is as crazy as concluding that because John Kirkiaou and Chelsea Manning are in prison, and the government is salivating over the prospect of getting its prosecutorial hands on Edward Snowden and Julian Assange and Kangarooing them in as well, all the state crimes these folks revealed must not really have happened. But believe it or not, people can be that thoroughly conditioned to worship the State.)
None of these folks will know a tenth of what you know about the tax. None of them will know a hundredth of what you know about CtC, its history, and the ferocious campaign to keep people like them from knowing the truth about it. Many if not most of them will have been primed to reflexively imagine anything challenging the common understanding of the income tax to be just another version of the mistaken notions promoted by Irwin Schiff, SEDM, the "861" crowd, the "There is no law!" crowd and the "Section 83" kooks (or any of the other scams and misunderstandings discussed and debunked here).
For one reason or another, I am unable to deal with this problem myself; your help will be greatly appreciated and may do much good. By the by, if you have any other addresses of the same sort, please share them with me for addition to this list.
Glenn Greenwald- email@example.com
Lew Rockwell- firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Woods- email@example.com
Thomas DiLorenzo- TDilo@aol.com
Chuck Baldwin- firstname.lastname@example.org
John Whitehead- email@example.com
William Anderson- firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Raimondo- email@example.com
Karen Kwiatkowski- firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Rosenberg- email@example.com
Tom Englehardt- firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Poitras- email@example.com
John Stossel- c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
KrisAnne Hall- email@example.com
Robert Parry- firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Craig Roberts- email@example.com
George Noory- firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Turley- email@example.com
G. Edward Griffin- firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Owen- email@example.com
Alan Watt- firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Newman- email@example.com
Adam Kokesh- firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Phelan- email@example.com
Pat Shannan- firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Higgs- email@example.com
Sharyl Attkisson- firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerald Celentes email@example.com
Jeff Rense firstname.lastname@example.org
Leland Conway email@example.com
John Odermatt firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Bollyn email@example.com
Katherine Hine firstname.lastname@example.org
Radley Balko email@example.com
Andy Ostrowski firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Rappoport email@example.com
Jenna McLaughlin firstname.lastname@example.org
L. Neil Smith email@example.com
One Way To Reach Out To An Errant Pundit
Educated, grown-up American Brendan Trainor shares his excellent example
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.
THERE'S THIS THING CALLED "TWITTER"... What an off-putting name! I'm a man of what I fear is quickly becoming "the old school", and I have great difficulty imagining myself "tweeting"...
But as most of you probably know far better than I do, Twitter is an amazing way to communicate with a huge number of people-- at least, if one's "tweets" get attention and are shared by others. As of July of 2014, there were more than 645 million Twitter participants. Out of respect for this reality, I opened a Twitter account some time ago, and actually "tweeted" newsletter post announcements for a little while last year.
Anyway, I am a million miles from being knowledgeable about how this media tool can best be used. But from within the limits of my understanding, it seems to me that right now would be a good time to try to make use of it, and that if everyone who has an account (or who can take a few moments to open one) goes to my account and clicks the "follow" button, and then begins tweeting and "re-tweeting" mine and everyone else's posts and replies, something important might be accomplished.
Make your own tweets. Just pick a link from the Site Map and add the hashtag #TheTruthAboutTheTax and some text that you think will intrigue. You can even use https://hootsuite.com/ or to schedule tweets to be sent automatically at various times of day.
If you add a hashtag from another existing tweet-thread, your tweets will go to everyone following that thread, too. Those folks will then not only see your tweets, but also be able to engage with the #TheTruthAboutTheTax thread themselves.
For instance, there is a hashtag "#Tax" currently in use. If you add that tag to a tweet from the list above (or one of your own of a similar sort), you can get your tweet in front of everyone in the other thread as well as the #TheTruthAboutTheTax thread.
You can see what hashtags are "trending" (that is, getting LOTS of views) on the left side of your twitter account page. If any appear at any point which seem a reasonable fit (they change from time to time), use those as the add-ons to maximize the impact. (Keep in mind that if you add a hashtag, you may need to shorten the message in order to keep within the 140-character limit. The same issue may arise when you re-tweet, if the system adds a reference to the original tweeter such as "@losthorizons1".)
You can also target tweets to specific recipients by becoming a follower of that person, and then using the "reply" function on any tweet you receive from that person. Further, you can also try to get tweets seen by specific recipients even without being able to reply by including that person's twitter address in your tweet.
Here are some possibly useful Twitter contacts:
Andrew Napolitano: @Judgenap
John Stossel: @FBNStossel
Alex Jones: @RealAlexJones
Lew Rockwell: @lewrockwell
Paul Craig Roberts: @PCraigRoberts
Bruce Fein: @BruceFeinEsq
Dr. Chuck Baldwin: @drchuckbaldwin
Pat Buchanan: @PatrickBuchanan
The Rutherford Institute (John Whitehead): @Rutherford_Inst
Be prepared to dialogue with respondents, answer questions, reassure skeptics and correct trolls, but remember that everyone can step in to help with these tasks, so they won't fall on you, personally, any more than you want.
Should be fun, and with any luck, this will do a lot of good for a lot of folks in a very short period of time.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
P.S. After first inviting everyone to participate in the important outreach/education project laid out above, I received a disturbingly large number of expressions very hostile to (or paranoid about) social media in general. I want to take a few moments for some comments on this subject.
I am aware of the widespread disinclination toward social media. Indeed, I share that disinclination, both as to its use as a public billboard for all manner of what I regard as more properly private details of one's life, and as to its hazard as a handy and easily abused repository of personal information. It is the latter concern that motivates those explaining why they have deliberately not participated in my "twitter project", many of whom have heard for years that, in fact, "facebook", for instance, is, in part at least, an NSA creation.
I can't speak to the origin of "facebook" with any authority. But I can apply a little logic and say that having a facebook page is only a breach of personal information security to the degree that the page is used as a billboard for things better kept private.
As you surely are all aware, there is a LostHorizons facebook page. I created it a few years ago, and with rare exceptions, the only thing ever posted to it are weekly newsletter update announcements. Those announcements are received by (at the moment) 899 people who otherwise might never be aware of them, since many of those who live in that [facebook] world simply don't use email anymore at all.
Because I only post what I do, I need have no concerns about security. Nothing is there to be data-mined against my wishes, and it is not a log of my comings and goings and daily activities and events, as is true of those who treat a facebook page as an online diary to which everyone has a key.
Twitter doesn't even have the potential for the hazards of facebook. Twitter is oriented to notational text posts and nothing else (more CAN be posted, within strict limits, but the interface doesn't invite them). Twitter accounts can be anonymous-- go to the library (or download and install the Tor browser) and open a gmail account, then use it to open a twitter account with a fake name, if you like.
But even if anonymity were not possible, the remedy for any security concern is simply to not post anything in an undisciplined fashion. And even if anonymity were not possible, and some kind of inchoate security hazard were inevitable, there is still good reason to use these media for certain purposes.
Twitter, at least, has great power as an outreach tool. As noted above, there are (as of July of 2014) 645,750,000 users of Twitter. Read that number again: more than 645 million!
To inflexibly avoid the use of a tool like Twitter for fear of being noticed is to put a gag in your own mouth, and ensure that the liberating, law-supporting, state-restraining truth that you are able to share will never benefit from the weight of your testimony and support in the powerful way that it could and should. You can't score goals if you don't take shots, and you can't take shots if you don't take the field.
I HAVE A TERRIBLE CONCERN that many in this community aren't boldly taking the field and boldly taking their shots. Doing so amounts to nothing more complicated than diligently and unapologeticly spreading of the webpages and other files linked from here, but many may not be doing this due to fears of being noticed. Being noticed may be a legitimate expectation, but so what?
Of course the lawless state, the bane of which is sunlight and the truth, will do everything it can to discourage you from shedding that sunlight and spreading that truth. But just as "of course", you must do it!
Further, to not do that spreading through social media when possible is to lose the amazing benefit of the "six degrees of separation" reality.
I hear from everyone (and especially those who say they will not use the social media) about efforts to spread the word to anyone that can be button-holed, and everyone within a circle of acquaintances. These efforts are great, important and very much should go on.
But those one can buttonhole, and those within one's circle-- even within one's circle of email correspondents-- make up a very limited, non-organically-expanding target. While someone to whom you email might choose to pass your email along, they might not, too.
The genius of the social media is that your messages can be found by others without you or anyone else having to do anything, and more, as you develop a body of contacts, their contacts come with them, to a greater or lesser degree. Six degrees of such contact inter-linkings and you're speaking to pretty nearly EVERYONE.
Further still, by NOT using social media for these education and illumination efforts is to leave a huge number of young Americans-- many of whom would leap at the chance to do something meaningful just for the glory and the adventure of it if they knew it was there to be done-- languishing in the darkness and burning up their real hero energy playing fake heroes in video games because too few light-bearers go where these young people keep their ears and eyes.
BOTTOM LINE: Please don't stay off the soapbox! As I said in my controversial email the other day, you have one of the most sought-after prizes of modern American history to offer. Shout it loud and proud, and damn the torpedoes.
"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."
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:
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,
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.
...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). Rand Paul's filibusters denouncing the lawlessness of Mordor-on-the-Potomac prompted a major buzz across the country, and in July of 2013 Justin Amash shocked Washington by very nearly defunding a huge portion of the illegal surveillance state's crimes.
More recently, Brexit, the populist insurgencies in the American presidential contest, and the desperate, unprecedented corruption of the DOJ and federal courts on display in the effort to suppress CtC's revelations by criminally-abusing my wife Doreen all trumpet the same message: the world, and especially America, are in a state of flux. We are in a transformational moment.
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 each is more remarkable and revealing than the last.
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 un-nurtured 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 to the restoration of the republic, liberty and the rule of law.
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.