WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers
who forget but doers who act - they will be blessed in their doing. James 1, verse 25
"As a corollary to the proposition that all institutions must be subordinated to the law of equal freedom, we cannot choose but admit the right of the citizen to adopt a condition of voluntary outlawry. If every man has freedom to do all that he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man, then he is free to drop connection with the state - to relinquish its protection, and to refuse paying toward its support. It is self-evident that in so behaving he in no way trenches [encroaches] upon the liberty of others; for his position is a passive one; and whilst passive he cannot become an aggressor. It is equally self-evident that he cannot be compelled to continue [to be a member] of a political corporation, without a breach of moral law, seeing that citizenship involves a payment of taxes; and the taking away of a man's property against his will, is an infringement of his rights. Government being simply an agent employed in common by a number of individuals to secure to them certain advantages, the very nature of the connection implies that it is for each to say whether he will employ such an agent or not. If any one of them determines to ignore this mutual-safety confederation, nothing can be said except that he loses all claim to its good offices, and exposes himself to the danger of maltreatment - a thing he is quite at liberty to do if he likes. He cannot be coerced into political combination without a breach of the law of equal freedom; he can withdraw from it without committing any such breach; and he has therefore a right so to withdraw."
Herbert Spencer, 1844
1. Discover That You Are Free
Some people naturally realize or discover that they are free. They are a very small minority; less that one percent of humans. Two books may be particularly useful in this respect:
- The Discovery of Freedom: Man's Struggle Against Authority by Rose Wilder Lane.
- How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World by Harry Browne.
And you, O mortal, do not be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns surround you and you live among scorpions;
do not be afraid of their words, and do not be dismayed at their looks.
Ezekiel 2, verse 6
2. Overcome Your Fear Of The IRS
Since the days we lived in caves we have feared strangers. The IRS is a mean, vicious, terrifying stranger - until you get to know it a little better. Knowledge is power. Once you discover its soft belly, the IRS becomes a paper tiger. The following books are highly recommended:
- Tax Fraud & Evasion: The War Stories by Donald W. MacPherson.
- Taxscam: How the IRS Swindles You and What You Can Do About It by Alan Stang.
- Do Unto the IRS as They Would Do Unto You! by M.J. "Red" Beckman.
- To Harass Our People: The IRS and Government Abuse of Power by Congressman George Hansen.
- Tax Revolt: The Battle for the Constitution by Martin A. Larson.
- How Anyone Can Stop Paying Income Taxes by Irwin A. Schiff.
- The Best Kept Secret: "Taxpayer" v. Nontaxpayer by Otto Skinner.
- If You Are The Defendant: Supplement to the Best Kept Secret by Otto Skinner.
For a comprehensive approach to beating the IRS, contact Free America! Institute - see last page.
For years and years our government has used
As a method collecting - the rack and screws
They say you'll go to jail, if you don't confess
We say "Cut the thievin' hands off the IRS."
We're gonna get rid of the IRS
We got no use for the rack and the screws
Or their inquisitorial abuse
Cut the thievin' hands off the IRS...
Ajay Lowery, 1981
The clever see danger and hide; but the simple go on, and suffer for it.
Proverbs 22, verse 3
3. Safeguard Your Income And Assets Against Economic Rape
The best way I know of for doing this is to use an instrument called the "Pure Trust." Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution states, "No State shall pass any law impairing the obligation of contracts." The Pure Trust is a contract under the Constitution and Common Law that creates a trust. The first Pure Trust of record in North America was established in 1765 by Patrick Henry for Governor Robert Morris of the Virginia Colony, who was a prominent financier of the American Revolution. Called the North American Land Company, it is still in operation today. It is the kind of Trust that the super-rich have been using for centuries to maximize their privacy, safeguard their assets, and minimize their taxes. The Kennedys, Astors, Rockefellers, Hunts, and Mellons have all been using Pure Trusts for many years. The Pure Trust has these features:
- It is a "legal person" or identity, in the same way that a corporation is a legal person.
- It is lawful and all its aspects are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
- It can own assets and engage in business - like a corporation, but with none of the disadvantages of a corporation - you can use it instead of a corporation to operate any lawful business.
- It is not subject to statutory regulation.
- It is very private; it has no reporting requirements to anyone; its bank accounts are private.
- No social security numbers or tax identification numbers are associated with it or its bank accounts.
- It safeguards assets; its user becomes virtually judgment-proof - makes it almost impossible for the IRS or anyone else to seize your assets.
- It enjoys enormous income tax advantages - you can control your personal income, assess yourself, and pay income tax accordingly, if you want to.
- It eliminates capital gains taxes.
- It eliminates probate and estate taxes.
To find out more, request information on The Pure Trust Package from Free America! Institute - see last page.
Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Proverbs 8, verses 10-11
4. Gold And Silver
A civilization cannot survive and prosper very long without sound money. If the U.S. banks and financial system collapses through hyperinflation or pervasive bankruptcies, we will need to turn to something else for money. Since biblical times and before, gold and silver have always performed best as money. The Old Testament Hebrew word "keceph" means both silver and money. Pre-1965 U.S. silver coins will be used for money if the current U.S. currency system collapses; so will other coins, and silver and gold in other forms. But how do you get the gold and silver you need, how do you store it, and how do you prevent the government from finding out about it and confiscating it - like they did in 1934.
The Gold and Silver Manual by Frederick Mann is now under preparation. It covers the following:
- Why you must have silver and gold.
- Why you should buy silver and gold before government regulation makes it very difficult.
- Which forms of silver and gold should you buy.
- How to shop around for the best prices and lowest commissions.
- What are the pitfalls and how to avoid them.
- How to store silver and gold without fear of exposure and confiscation.
- How to maintain privacy, particularly when selling gold.
To find out more, ask for information about The Gold and Silver Manual by Frederick Mann from Free America! Institute - see last page.
This is the offering that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze.
Exodus 25, verse 3
5. Private Banking
In California a very private "non-bank" has been operating successfully for fifteen years. It caters for accounts in gold or Federal Reserve Notes. It is completely private and doesn't report to anyone. It pays interest on both gold and Federal Reserve Note balances. In Chapter Three Harry Figgie indicated the likelihood of hyperinflation by 1995. The dollar may be wiped out, and the government-regulated banking system may collapse completely. To protect our monetary assets, we need to use alternative private banks where possible. Ideally, we need to establish a network of private banks throughout the country, and eventually throughout the rest of the world.
Inquire about The Private Banking Package from Free America! Institute.
6. Physical Survival
It is conceivable that American civilization is gradually and inexorably collapsing. A complete breakdown of the financial system is possible. Our food distribution systems may suffer. In some cities food may become scarce. There may be extensive rioting - much worse than the Los Angeles riots of May, 1992. In some cities physical survival may become a problem. If you are interested in perusing this area, I suggest you read How You can Find Happiness During the Collapse of Western Civilization by Robert J. Ringer.
7. Jury Nullification
Every member of a jury has the right and the duty to judge both the facts and the law. A jury member may find an accused not guilty for reasons of conscience or because he or she regards the law as bad. This is called jury nullification. It is one of the checks and balances in the American system of government. Thomas Jefferson called it the most important check. The American judicial system has been subverted and corrupted by judges who don't inform juries of their right of jury nullification. However, in some parts of the country people know they have this right and duty. I have been told that the IRS has hardly won a case against a tax protestor in Montana in 20 years, because of jury nullification.
In my opinion, our best hope for "changing the system" is through jury nullification. Imagine what would happen if a significant percentage of the population knew they had the right and duty of jury nullification. The bad laws would be effectively nullified. And, heaven forbid, should you ever end up in court, it would help a great deal if at least one of the jury members knew about jury nullification. It just takes one jury member out of twelve to prevent you from being convicted when you have been accused of contravening a bad or unconstitutional law, or if the judge refuses to let you use the Constitution in your defense.
So it may be worth your while to spread the jury nullification message. Contact the Fully Informed Jury Association, PO Box 59, Helmville, MT 59843 - 1-800-TEL-JURY.
You shall not follow a majority in wrongdoing: when you bear witness in a lawsuit, you shall not side with the majority so as to pervert justice. Exodus 23, verse 2
8. Market Freedom and Make a Fortune.
The principals of Free America! Institute have been working very hard at developing the means whereby almost anyone - without any special skills or training - can promote freedom while making a personal fortune. If you are interested in these thrilling developments, please contact us - see last page.
And that day about three thousand persons were added.
Acts 2, verse 41
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10. Creating A Free America
For many years people have attempted to change the system by aiming their grievances and suggestions at politicians in power. I believe such efforts should continue - once in a while, people in power do make beneficial changes. But I also believe that a nation is made up of individuals. America will be free, healthy, and prosperous when its individuals are free, healthy, and prosperous. By increasing our freedom, health, and prosperity as individuals, we can eventually create a free, healthy, prosperous America. So we start with ourselves, individual by individual.
There is a principle of action and reaction, force and counter-force - first formulated by Isaac Newton. This also applies to political systems. If you push against a system to change it, that system may very well push back at you. Paradoxically, the state usually gets stronger when people push against it. It says, "All these evil people are trying to destroy the state, therefore we need more police, more soldiers, more money."
So we use a different strategy. We withdraw from the state. We build our individual defenses, so the government raiders can't loot our wealth. We create our own free and private institutions. And should the politicians, bureaucrats, and their handmaiden-lawyers attack us, we shall beat them back more often than not. We shall use their energy and effort to strengthen ourselves and to persuade many more people to join our ranks. This way, I believe, we will create a free, healthy, wealthy America.
"It is therefore the inhabitants themselves who permit, or, rather, bring about, their own subjection, since by ceasing to submit they would put an end to their servitude. A people enslaves itself, cuts its own throat, when, having a choice between being vassals and being free men, it deserts its liberties and takes on the yoke, gives consent to its own misery, or, rather, apparently welcomes it...
Everyone knows that the fire from a little spark will increase and blaze ever higher as long as it finds wood to burn; yet without being quenched by water, but merely by finding no more fuel to feed on, it consumes itself, dies down, and is no longer a flame. Similarly, the more tyrants pillage, the more they crave, the more they ruin and destroy; the more one yields to them, and obeys them, by that much do they become mightier and more formidable, the readier to annihilate and destroy. But if not one thing is yielded to them, if, without any violence they are simply not obeyed, they become naked and undone and as nothing, just as, when the root receives no nourishment, the branch withers and dies...
I do not know how it happens that nature fails to place within the hearts of men a burning desire for liberty, a blessing so great and so desirable that when it is lost all evils follow thereafter, and even the blessings that remain lose taste and savor because of their corruption by servitude. Liberty is the only joy upon which men do not seem to insist; for surely if they really wanted it they would claim it. Apparently they refuse this wonderful privilege because it is so easily acquired...
He who thus domineers over you has only two eyes, only two hands, only one body, no more than is possessed by the least man among the infinite numbers dwelling in your cities; he has indeed nothing more than the power that you confer upon him to destroy you. Where has he acquired enough eyes to spy upon you, if you do not provide them yourselves? How can he have so many arms to beat you with, if he does not borrow them from you? The feet that trample down your cities, where does he get them if they are not your own? How does he have any power over you except through you? How would he dare assail you if he had no cooperation from you? What could he do to you if you yourselves did not connive with the thief who plunders you, if you were not accomplices of the murderer who kills you, if you were not traitors to yourselves? You sow your crops in order that he may ravage them, you install and furnish your homes to give him goods to pillage; you rear your daughters that he may gratify his lust; you bring up your children in order that he may confer upon them the greatest privilege he knows - to be led into his battles, to be delivered to butchery, to be made the servants of his greed and the instruments of his vengeance; you yield your bodies unto hard labor in order that he may indulge in his delights and wallow in his filthy pleasures; you weaken yourselves in order to make him the stronger and the mightier to hold you in check. From all these indignities, such as the very beasts of the field would not endure, you can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action, but merely by willing to be free. Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces. [Emphasis added]
Éttiene de la Boétie, 1562
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