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Getting Involved – Doing Something to Bring About a Voluntary Society

This week a friend went to court and had a bracelet attached to monitor his movements.  Why?  Because twelve people were too afraid to stand up to a couple of lawyers.  Lawyers who clearly had no facts to prove jurisdiction and their constitution and code were applicable to Mike.  As covered on my show and articles, Lori Hendrickson, working together with Edward Lodge, brought out no less then twenty-eight witnesses and didn’t even attempt to prove their code was applicable and that Mike believed he was obligated to pay taxes and file returns.  So, while the twelve were hung on the more serious tax evasion charges, they convicted him of willful failure to file.

Not one witnesses was permitted to testify the code was applicable and that Mike believed he was required to pay and file returns; those are two elements of the alleged statutory violations.  In my opinion, if these twelve people had any guts and common decency, they would not have permitted these lawyers to proceed with witnesses who had no relevant testimony to offer.

And that prosecution is a microcosm of why governments are still farming us today.  It all comes down to fear; fear of (more…)


Overwhelm the System

I’ve been discussing this idea on my radio show, the No State Project, for the last few weeks.  We spoke about it in depth on the last show and the podcast will be posted soon.

I’ve said it before and I’ll keep repeating it: real change will not come without non-violent, non-cooperation with the tax system.  Liberty is not a spectator sport and it seems even those who profess to be libertarians are still paralyzed with fear and unable or unwilling to start living more consistent with their principals.

If those who have long supported Dr. Ron Paul truly want to see the end of (more…)

Dealing With Bureaucrats

I talk and write a lot about damage control, limiting the amount of damage bureaucrats intend on causing you.  It’s really the basis of everything I do professionally.  While it’s very satisfying helping people from North American, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, it also means I spend a good chunk of my day interacting with bureaucrats.  Mostly the worst of the worst: tax agents.   Today was no different and we started early.

Things didn’t start well at all, I didn’t think they would when the IRS agent’s pseudonym was “Mr. Johnson”.  At one point I did state that was “a real unfortunate pseudonym you picked for yourself.”  For those unaware, tax agents even lie about their names.  Everything is false with bureaucrats, except their willingness to use violence to get what they want.

What you’ll encounter with bureaucrats, is the attitude is usually the same, they dictate the terms of resolving problems.  They are very predictable, just fill out their forms and pay them.   Despite the fact I never argue tax law, I stick to questioning the evidence the IRS relies on, Mr. Johnson could not resist accusing me of arguing tax law.   After all, the previous agent made that notation on the account, it must be correct.

Mr. Johnson was bad enough, the next was even worse, Ms. Valenzuela.  This woman was even more robotic.  At one point I started talking to my client (it was a three-way call) about Ms. Valenzuela while she was ranting about filing a return; we were talking about how we were not going to accomplish anything when she was acting like a telemarketer reading from a script.  Valenzuela didn’t seem to notice we were talking.

The good news is  people who are very rigid in their behavior, are also  easily manipulated.  They’re predictable.  We know tax agents believe they are never wrong, any opposition is automatically deemed frivolous.  This rigidity can be used against them  to get to a resolution.

After all, if they’re never wrong, then what’s the point of office of appeals?


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Liberty, Really?

This past week has been particularly tough for me, I spoke about on this past week’s No State Project.  Ian Freeman, host of Free Talk Live, and a friend of mine, was arrested for standing in front of a police car for forty-five seconds.  He was convicted and given a sentence of one year in jail, all suspended except for ninety days.  This was done in the “Live free or die” state of New Hampshire.

I filed a petition for habeas corpus to challenge what I think is an injustice.  While I was challenged and eventually stricken as a party, the judge permitted no challenge to a lawyer named John Webb.  John was essentially given immunity from being challenged on his appearance in the proceedings.  You can hear how Philip Mangone, the lawyer with the robe, refused to permit challenge here.

They came after me, but I couldn’t question Webb’s appearance.   For those unaware, when people like Webb claim to represent the “STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE” or any other “state”, it is a fiction, there is no reality to it.  And they don’t like being questioned on it at all, as you can hear in the above link.

We all tend to carry fictions around with us, some more useful than others, others pretty harmful.  People like Webb and Mangone’s fictions are pretty harmful.  They labor under the fiction they are a state, they are not responsible for their actions, their crimes.

So it’s easy for Philip Magone to keep my friend Ian in shackles for the hearing last Friday, 23 September 2011.  As I pointed out in my recent motion to Philip, even OJ, accused of butchering two people, was in court in a suit and unshackled.  Ian, accused of standing in front of a police car for 45 seconds, is kept in shackles.

Why?  Not because Ian was any kind of violent threat to Mangone, no Ian and I represent a far worse threat.  We are a threat to their fictions.  They know they hide behind flimsy pseudonyms so questions are not permitted.

But more people are catching on.  It doesn’t require any violence or protests in the streets.  We just need to ask them questions.



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