“I don’t think there is any question there would be a national revolt against current federal taxes if the public paid them all on April 15. Withholding provides the key illusion which allows our tax system to function. That’s okay by me because I happen to support most of the federal spending programs.”
– Andrew Levine (former IRS lawyer)
Congressman George Hansen is a rather fascinating legislator. He was a negotiator during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis and he paved the way for the 1978 Marshall v. Barlow’s U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that OSHA cannot warrantless search businesses. Much like his fellow congresscritter Ron Paul, Hansen believed in a hypothetically “limited” government.
Ironically, Hansen is a documented political prisoner. For being convicted of having made false statements (18 USC § 1001), which is a victimless crime, Hansen was subjected to diesel therapy. As a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, diesel therapy is institutionalized torture whereby jailers deny inmates access to a toilet, food, water, and even physical movement by having them tightly shackled and transported fruitlessly for hours or days on end; although Hansen was arguably acquitted due to the 1995 Hubbard v. U.S. case, he is unique for being known as the only congresscritter who was tortured for being politically outspoken. Continue reading
Today’s article is composed of annotations excerpted out of the United States Constitution Annotated (CONAN). Federal taxation (Art. I § 2 cl. 3, Art. I § 8 cl. 1, Art. I § 9 cl. 4, & Art. I § 9 cl. 5), including the Fourteenth & Sixteenth Amendments that modified it, are the actual constitutional clauses by which taxes are collected by the central government. Footnotes have been removed from these annotations for ease of reading, yet, they are still viewable in their original form from the Library of Congress.
Three-fifths [Apportionment] Clause (Art. I § 2 cl. 3)
APPORTIONMENT OF SEATS IN THE HOUSE
The Census Requirement
The Census Clause “reflects several important constitutional determinations: that comparative state political power in the House would reflect comparative wealth; that comparative power would shift every 10 years to reflect population changes; that federal tax authority would rest upon the same base; and that Congress, not the states, would determine the manner of conducting the census.” These determinations “all suggest a strong constitutional interest in accuracy.” The language employed – “actual enumeration” – requires an actual count, but gives Congress wide discretion in determining the methodology of that count. The word “enumeration” refers to a counting process without describing the count’s methodological details. The word “actual” merely refers to the enumeration to be used for apportioning the Third Congress, and thereby distinguishes “a deliberately taken count” from the conjectural approach that had been used for the First Congress. Continue reading
The following definitions for “wages” are taken from Ballantine’s Law Dictionary (3rd edition), Bouvier’s Law Dictionary (6th edition), Black’s Law Dictionary (2nd edition), and Webster’s Dictionary (1828):
Compensation for manual labor, skilled or unskilled, paid at stated times, and measured by the day, week, month, or season. Sums paid as hire or reward to domestic or menial servants, artisans, mechanics, laborers, or other employees of like class, as distinguished from the compensation of clerks, officers of corporations, and public officers [35 Am J1st M & S § 63]. Compensation paid one for personal services of some kind [22 Am J1st Exemp § 65]. Anything constituting a reward for a workman’s labor, whether the pay is by the hour, the day, the week, the month, or by the job or piece [9 Am J2d Bankr § 537]. (Pertaining to priority of wage claim.) Inclusive of board, lodging, or “other facilities” customarily furnished by an employer to his employees [29 USC § 203(m). (Definition of Fair Labor Standards Act.)] All remuneration payable for personal services, including commissions, bonuses, and gratuities customarily incident to the course of employment, whether received in cash or other medium [Fuller Brush Co. v Industrial Com. 99 Utah 97, 104 P2d 201, 129 ALR 511]. All remuneration for employment, including the cash value of all remuneration paid in any medium other than cash [Social Secur. Board v Nierotko, 327 US 358, 90 L Ed 718, 66 S Ct 637, 162 ALR 1445]. Continue reading
Today’s meme shows what agorist cardboard “protest” signs look like. To my knowledge, the man on the right is unknown, but the woman on the left is Regan Keely, who wrote, “AGORISM: Empower Yourself, Empower Others,” and “It is Time to Transcend Politics.” If you’d like to see how agorism is applicable to the real world, then be sure to read my fanfic, “An Agorist Anecdote.”
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“I am a survivalist, and by nature a survivalist is an optimist…[i]t is difficult to find any well-recommended historian, economist, political scientist, sociologist, or military strategist that will predict that disasters are not inevitable, yet we survivalists dare to be optimistic about the future. We survivalists do not need to predict the probability of disaster any more than we need to predict the sun setting…[t]he survivalist can not lose because his survival preparations will be of value regardless of what the future has in store…[t]oday’s survivalist is an asset to his community and to the world and should be proud to say, ‘I am a survivalist.’”
– James Jones
Not entirely unlike Objectivism, I’ve had my own experiences with survivalism. Although I never self-identified as an Objectivist, I have described myself as a survivalist in the past, which I wouldn’t say anymore to be true. That being said, I am familiar with the subject matter of emergency prep, given my previous experience as a Boy Scout.
During my survivalist days, I started out as a “Rawlesian” because I honestly thought there were no other options, until I ran across Jack Spirko’s “modern survival” school of thought, which suited me a lot better; for example, I disagreed that “charity is a moral imperative,” yet I agreed that taxation is theft. While things like “civilization is a thin veneer” and “exploit force multipliers” are precepts I think are validly true, following Rawlesianism consistently to the letter is a bit comical to me, to be honest. Given that I’m now pursuing vonuence, let’s just say worrying about doom porn is one thing I don’t do anymore like I used to back in the day. Continue reading
Today’s article is an excerpt from two pages of “The Encyclopedia of Country Living,” 10th edition. Carla Emery was an organic farmer who taught homesteading skills; her book was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest mimeographed volume in general circulation at 700 pages in 1975. The following excerpt is republished here under the intention of the Fair Use doctrine – no copyright infringement intended.
October 1992. For the last 5 weeks, I’ve been going to barter fairs every weekend selling books, off in the most rural areas of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. At one fair in the Okanogan Highlands, where the stars at night look so big and bright you feel that you could just reach up and grab one, I happened on a quinoa (pronounced “keenwa”) booth. “Oh,” I said to the lady with delight. “Could I buy some seed from you?”
“No,” she stated firmly. “You can buy quinoa porridge, or flour, or quinoa grain for soups, but we don’t sell seed. We’ve spent 5 years developing our supply source direct from the high Andes and have too much invested to risk that.”
Well, phooey all over you, I thought to unspoken return, as I silently walked away. Sorry about that, Lady, but I’ll lay odds you’re growing it yourself right in this lovely mountain valley. It’s a perfect place for quinoa. And you may not like it, but in the new edition of my book I’m going to tell anybody who reads it how to grow quinoa. Yes, and where they can get seed right here in the United States. Some types of information I think should be public by God-given right, including where to get seeds and how to grow and process food. So here it is… Continue reading
“One could even say that there is a fascination with the royals among Americans. The popular British press has claimed that a substantial majority of the crowd in front of the Buckingham Palace on any given in London is American. The popular American press doted on Princess Diana and went into a frenzy when she died. Not a month goes by but that there is an article or television program devoted to the institution of the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II, her children, or grandchildren. Some British friends have commented that Americans sometimes seem more attached to the monarchy than the average Briton.”
– William Moody
Superficiality is an indispensable feature of the servile society. Whether it be political crusading or the promulgation of the “white genocide” myth, unfairly pigeonholing individuals based solely on their physical appearance is truly evocative of judging a book by its cover. What many would consider to be a classic tale of historical fiction, serves as a critique of what is in reality an unjust class system, which is largely based on aesthetics. Continue reading
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“It is incredible how as soon as a people becomes subject, it promptly falls into such complete forgetfulness of its freedom that it can hardly be roused to the point of regaining it, obeying so easily and so willingly that one is led to say, on beholding such a situation, that this people has not so much lost its liberty as won its enslavement. It is true that in the beginning men submit under constraint and force; but those who come after them obey without regret and perform willingly what their predecessors had done because they had to. This is why men born under the yoke and then nourished and reared in slavery are content, unaware of any other state or right, and considering as quite natural the condition into which they were born.” [emphasis added]
– Étienne de La Boétie
Paulbaack’s “Kiss the Ring of Dracula.”
Carefully calculated submission, simply defined, is obedience to government laws for the sake of self-preservation when faced with superior firepower. It is a method used whenever openly resisting the State becomes unwise to the degree of becoming a suicide pact. Given the reality of lawfare, it is not always possible to conduct more effective pushback, even in the form of legal interstices. Continue reading
“Tactics lies in and fills the province of fighting…[w]hile fighting is a physical act, its direction is a mental process…[f]orce is a vicious cycle – or rather, a spiral – unless its application is controlled by the most carefully reasoned calculation.”
– B. H. Liddell Hart
A broad history of hand-to-hand combat throughout the world showcasing the variety of martial arts traditions is valuable for understanding military combatives. Photos of soldiers training are accompanied by illustrations demonstrating particular methods of defeating enemies. At approximately 180 pages, this book is small enough that you could bring it with you to your next sparring session and use it as a reference manual. Continue reading
“This is the difference between the power of our Creator and anything else, particularly evil, that you go into a pitch black room full of evil, call it darkness, and light a little candle, and instantly, that darkness flees, but you can’t do the opposite. You can’t go into a well-lit room full of truth and wisdom and righteousness and joy and health and harmony with the universal power – you can’t take any amount of darkness and go into that well-lit room and have any effect whatsoever. That is the metaphor which I frequently think of, when I think that I’m not empowered, it is the greatest lesson for me, and I think everybody else to know, that we are on the winning side, and that we’ll win in the end.”
– Leonard Horowitz
Deborah “Deb” Jordan, Pete Santilli’s (former?) co-host on The Pete Santilli Show.
The Citizens for Constitutional Freedom (C4CF) were a group of American constitutionalist patriots who conducted a sit-in at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon last year. They were arrested concurrent with the ambush that got LaVoy Finicum killed by government police. Subsequently, the C4CF membership were charged with violating 18 USC § 372 (“conspiracy to injure or impede officers of the United States”); on October 27th of 2016, a federal jury delivered not guilty verdicts for several, but not all, of C4CF. Continue reading