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from Pete Hendrickson,

the man who Cracked the Code of the United States "income" tax;


became the first American in history to recover EVERYTHING withheld from him, Social Security and Medicare "contributions" included;


and has ever since been the target of unrelenting assaults by a government willing to do just about anything to thwart the spread of the truth!!


'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!


Pete Hendrickson, author of 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America' and 'Upholding the Law And Other Observations' serves up another hearty dish of liberating truth for a dangerously malnourished America.


'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?  Critical Inquiries for a New American Century' (WGRaM) ranges from a beginner-level primer to the truth about the income tax to nuts-and-bolts, hands-on information custom-tailored for the pro se litigant.  It's not all about taxation, though, because taxation is not just about taxation.


Properly understood, the structure of taxation is the structure of the relationship between citizen and state, and sovereign and servant.  Thus, WGRaM takes the reader on an odyssey through the realm of law, morality, policy and politics that most Americans will find astonishing, disturbing, invigorating, enlightening and inspirational.  Those in the exploitation business will just find it disturbing.


'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?'

(Word to the wise-- he wasn't...)

Heavyweight laminated softbound;
8vo size; 288 pages.
ISBN: 0974393622


Click here to order


And when you're done with the book, let me know what you think at feedback 'at' losthorizons.com!


From the Foreword to 'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?'

Most intellectual exercises require a bit of equipment if one is going to profit from the effort.  If, for instance, the goal is to bulk up one’s understanding of what is going on in the marketplace and why, it is important to keep on hand and in constant view the basic laws of supply, demand, and the function of prices; and a comprehension of what constitutes real money as distinct from fiat currency and other types of “securities”.

Where economic behavior and processes are concerned, equipment of this sort is not a matter of “perspective” or “position”.  It is not a matter of one’s ideology or politics or preferences, with its utility in economic analysis being therefore a matter of choice.  In economics, the principles of supply, demand, price and money are principles in the hard sense of the word-- inescapable realities which WILL have their effect, regardless of our ideology, politics or preferences.

A failure to acknowledge these principles and their inevitable effects won’t make their effects vanish.  On the other hand, a failure to acknowledge these principles when attempting to exercise one’s understanding of economics will ensure that gains from the effort will never appear.

Economic analysis unanchored in the core principles of the dismal science is like exercising with styrofoam barbells. One may work vigorously all day long, but will have nothing to show for it but the same flab with which one began, a circular rut worn into one’s synapses, and a disinclination to soon return to a study that has proven to be a greater source of confusion than of illumination.


 Useful and productive consideration of government and law, particularly Constitutional law, also requires the firm possession and crisp deployment of certain basic pieces of intellectual equipment.  Some of these are very simple to state and understand.

For example, there is the core principle that when a government is established by an explicit charter, that is, by a constitution, any act or behavior which is outside the scope permitted by that charter, or which is prohibited by it, is inherently and inescapably an act or behavior devoid of  general governmental authority.  Such behavior simply is not, and cannot be, that of the established government acting in its capacity as such, since the establishing instrument does not provide for it, or specifically provides against it.

The implications of this simple principle are similarly straightforward.  For example, if the United States Constitution is the instrument by which a general government is established, and that Constitution specifies that, “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech,” then any act of Congress abridging any freedom of speech is self-evidently not an act of that government acting in its capacity as a government, and is devoid of general authority.  Such an act can impose no obligation or restraint on any undistinguished person-- at least, not as an expression or invocation of any legitimate general legal jurisdiction possessed by the Constitutionally-established government.

 Another of these basic pieces of intellectual equipment is an understanding of the fact that no governmental enactment is legitimate unless it is an expression of the deliberate purpose and intent of those to whom it statically applies.  That is, unless the members of a polity have deliberately delegated an authority upon which a government enactment can be based, that enactment possesses no general authority over those members.

Yet another of these basic pieces of intellectual equipment necessary to the productive consideration of government and law, and perhaps the most important, is an understanding that members of a polity are incapable of delegating any power to any government or other agent which they themselves do not individually possess to begin with.  If you can’t do it, you can’t give someone else permission to do it...


Praise for Pete Hendrickson's other works on public policy and the law:


"Your book is a masterpiece!"

Michael Carver, JD


“First off thank you for writing it!”  “I now realize the amount of work that you have put into this… I pray that tens of thousands purchase it. Again thanks!!!”  

Ed Paquette, Canton, North Carolina 


"Thank you so much for your exquisitely documented and beautifully written "Cracking the Code"- "This book is a masterpiece of analysis, clarity and revelation."  "This is brain candy for patriots!"

Christiane Sauter, Syracuse, New York


"I would like to pick up at least 10 copies of your book for friends and family…”

Charles Shiflett, Marietta, Georgia


“BRAVO!  You are an excellent writer and I certainly feel informed enough to begin my challenge of our Income Tax laws.”

Patrick Mooney, The Institute of Unlearning (www.unlearning.org)


"Your book gave me a much deeper understanding into what this is all really about, and a better idea of how to defend myself against the monster.”  “I enjoyed your style of writing, as it does bring greater clarity to a very complicated set of problems, one building upon the next.”  

Bill Woodrow, Damascus, Maryland


"Wonderful Book!!!  Thank you for your work!"

Michael-Edward, Deland, Florida


"[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 have been studying this subject for 10 years and this is, by far, the best work I have seen on the subject.  Not only is it enlightening, but it tells you how to proceed to get your money back if you should choose to do so. Thanks for your work."

Brad Parsons, Cleburne, Texas


"...I just recently read your book 'Cracking the Code' and I love it.  I have been studying the tax "problem" for about 6 years now and your book really crystallizes everything."

Karl Weatherly, Ketchum, Idaho


"All American Citizens who truly love their freedom and have a healthy skepticism of the federal government will add this book to their evidentiary foundation..." "...it's a beautiful thing you've done."

John Carpenter, Ann Arbor, Michigan


"Thank you so much for a well written book.  It  really gave me a lift."

Clyde H Shaulis, Jr., Erie, Michigan


"I just finished reading Cracking the Code yesterday and I must congratulate you on this fine piece of work.  I have spent several thousand hours in the law library researching these and other legal issues, and your book is a masterpiece."

Gerald Brown, Ed. D., author of 'Cooperative Federalism' and co-author of 'In Their Own Words'


"After reading your book, I knew that you had found the answer that everyone has been looking for."

Arthur Pollock, Perryville, Maryland


"...the most important book about the federal income tax that I have ever read (and I've read some two dozen in twenty years)..."

Pitman Buck Jr., author of 'The Colossal Fraud of Involuntary Perjury'


"If you are looking for the clear and simple Truth in the deliberately convoluted maze of Federal tax law, this is the one book you must read."

Steve in Boston


"…haven't been able to put it down.  Great information and fabulously put together!”

Bart Goss, Stockbridge, Georgia


"Thanks for the wonderful book."

Charley Harman, Black Diamond, Washington


"Great stuff!  Thanks... ...for an excellent read and all the investigative historical research.  ...I can now move forward with confidence."

Ron Flick, Roland, Arkansas


"...your book confirms my understanding of the fraud." "I have recommended this book to many..."

Jeff G. Pemberton, Little Rock, Arkansas


"Excellent material..." "You appear to have solved the puzzle, for which I am most grateful."

James W. Sisk, Goodlettsville, Tennessee


"This is a fabulous book I would highly recommend…”

Larry Golson, Montgomery, Alabama


"Excellent work.  You have demystified the most misunderstood and misinterpreted elements of the so-called tax laws so that anyone with an enquiring mind can easily see how these codes have been used to steal American's labor for over fifty years.  In particular, I enjoyed your philosophical and ideological commentaries on the nature of law, how it works, and why law must operate the way it was designed...

Grant Sterling, author of 'Forbidden Property: What You Don't Own Can Hurt You!'


"I have read your CtC book twice.  What a masterpiece!  As a CPA and CFP (Certified Financial Planner), I had always suspected that something was wrong with the tax system."  "I am telling all of my clients about your book and I am helping them file past due or amended returns to obtain their rightful refunds."

Don Gray, Portage, Michigan


"...one of the best I have read on the subject and I have been studying the subject for over 30 years."

Bill Richards, Newport News, Virginia


"I consider your book to be one of my most prized possessions.  Thank you."

Darrell Berg, Milton, New York


"Read the book in about 2 days.  Very well done.  I have been looking at the issue for about 5 years and you distill the info down in a way even the newbies can absorb.  Well worth the asking price.  I hope this really sells."

Ed Wahler, Fletcher, North Carolina


"Thank you for your superb work..."

Chet West, Woodland Park, Colorado


"I cannot express how helpful 'Cracking the Code' has been...  Once I picked up your book, setting it down was not an option!  Who could have guessed that a sound grasp on what the law ACTUALLY SAYS could utterly banish the multifarious voices of misinformation streaming from the bureau."

J. K., Rhinelander, Wisconsin



J. J. W., Akron, Ohio


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

Jerry Arnowitz, JD


"Loved your book Cracking The Code."

Bill Harding, Hudson, Michigan


"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 Green, JD, Spring, Texas


"Great Book."

Richard DeSimone, Columbus, Ohio


"Greetings!  I want to thank you heartily for the fine book 'Cracking the Code."

Betsy Dettloff, Rochester Hills, Michigan


"Your book is excellent..."

Arnold Leibowitz, Los Angeles, California


“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 found the book to be extremely beneficial even though I was fairly knowledgeable on the subject prior to reading the book."  "It is definitely on my list of 'recommended reads'. Thanks for a great book."

Phil Patana, St. Louis, Missouri


"...I appreciate your book greatly..."

Jeffrey T. Maehr, Pagosa Springs, Colorado


"Your book gives me a great boost in my determination..." "Thanks for your great book as I will use it as a reference in the future."

T.L. Peck, Lyman, South Carolina


"EXCELLENT" "...very well written and accurate." "... I would highly recommend."

Dave Wissel, Lebanon, Ohio


"I am SO grateful for your book."

Nancy in Massachusetts


"I've just started reading the book a couple of days ago.  Talk about mind blowing.  Your book is really helping me to understand what the tax system is all about."

Elizabeth Larsen, Midland, Michigan


"What a great book!"

John B. Gartner, West Chester, Pennsylvania


"I very much enjoyed reading it and will be recommending it to many..."

K. B., Omaha, Nebraska


"...a valuable tool, and a wealth of knowledge."  "Thank you for all your research..."

Arleen Miller, Page, Arizona


"After receiving CtC I read it in a day or two (every spare minute I could get).  It is the best book-- the best material-- I have read yet on the income tax issue."  "Thank you for your research and your great book..."

Robin Kartchner, Pleasant Grove, Utah


"...of everything I've read in the last 15 years, this is certainly the clearest explanation I have ever seen."

Sue Kennedy, Sun Valley, California


"Wow!!!!  I've been studying this for 10 years and haven't gotten anything as clearly as you have put it in your book.  I will be ordering more copies to put into the hands of everyone I know!!  I cannot thank you enough for your time and research."

Joyce Cox, Afton, Wyoming


"Thank you for the most informative, wonderful book I have read in ages."

Andy Valisalo, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


"...one of the best, most readable [books] I have found in my 20 years of studying the IRS and the tax code, rules, regulations and administrative procedures."

Steve Blumenthal, Salinas, California


"...an excellent book..."

Carolyn Gard, Houston, Texas


"I wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you how much I appreciate the level and quality of research you've obviously undertaken to write this book."  "...I think your book is probably one of the most cohesive presentations I have read on the subject of the federal income tax."

R. L., San Diego, California


"...very enlightening...  Thank you very much..."

Holland V. Corbitt, Loganville, Georgia


"I think your book is the best and most thorough analysis of the "Income Tax" law.  The book is extremely well written.  Almost no one has written about this subject with the clarity and precision you have in your book."  "I think your book is the one everyone... ...should read."

Joe Wert, Arlington, Texas


"I want to express my congratulations and my gratitude for such an exhaustive and thorough work as 'Cracking the Code'".  "[I found it] extraordinarily enlightening."

Carl Stewart, Saint Cloud, Florida


"...the best info I have ever read."

Charles Boulton, LaCenter, Kentucky


"Your book is exhaustively researched and a must have for anyone who is considering removing the government leech from their backside. Great Stuff!"
Rick Jaensch, Annandale, Virginia


"Kudos to a well researched and well presented book.  It's about time that someone has printed a book that accurately describes the meaning and intent of the tax laws."

Thom Anderson, Annapolis, Maryland


"I am an attorney and want to give a testimonial to your book, which I find to be compelling. I am exercising these rights for myself and my adult children. I'm even considering making this my new avenue of law practice."

Nancy "Ana" Garner, JD


"Wow! You’ve created a masterpiece..."  "I too am walking taller today after reading “Cracking the Code”.  Thank you very much for writing it..." "...you’ve given us the knowledge needed for asserting a proper legal defense."

Michael Olsen, Wellsville, Utah


"Thank you for writing "CtC"; it is most excellent, in quality of research, style and clarity.  I agree with you that this is the most important issue for the people of this nation.  I have recommended your book to all my compatriots in the fight against fraud."

Doug Eades, Copley, Ohio


"I have finished reading 'Cracking the Code' --it's excellent.  It puts the government's sham of fraud & extortion into perspective.  It finally all makes sense!  I'm recommending your book to everyone I know."

Ron C. Rector, Broadview Heights, Ohio


"Thanks for all the work, research, and courage to act that you have put forth.  I've been hammering away at understanding this ugly mess for years.  The research and writings of so many other people, for which I've spent thousands of dollars, can't hold a candle to your laser..."

Val-David Smithson, Reno, Nevada


"Thank you for writing your fascinating and informative book.  'Cracking the Code' is the first book that I have read which offers a comprehensive explanation and viable resolution.  Your book has been the key to unlocking the Tax-Code puzzle"

Carl Olsen, Colorado Springs, Colorado


"I have spent over $5000 on information regarding the IRS, and I consider your $20 book the best piece of information that I have found.  Thank you."

Judy E., Raleigh, North Carolina


"I really have enjoyed your book and companion CD.  Both are well done- best I've seen from anyone, and I have read extensively..."

John Peacock, San Diego, California


"'Cracking the Code' has shocked and amazed me.  Everything checks out... a more important book has never been written.  Reading it is like taking the red pill in the movie 'The Matrix'.  Thanks for showing me just how deep the rabbit hole goes."

Thomas H. deSabla, Silver Springs, Maryland


"Many have attempted to research and sift the data, but your book and website alone... ...separate truth from error substantively and consistently.  Your explanations are always cogent and clear...  You have given me the tools to be upfront with this information to my acquaintances credibly and authoritatively.  Thank you..."

John  J. Bulten, Tulsa, Oklahoma


"Your book was fabulous.  It was concise, yet full of information.  It was clear,... masterful.  I am somewhat familiar with the tax/sovereignty issue, however, I have never encountered a work such as yours.  Thank you for enlightening me..."

 Marc Mabli, Long Island, New York


How the federal and state governments have reacted to Pete Hendrickson's work


Another way the entrenched feds, who like things just the way they are, have reacted...