Several State comedians said "The earthquake in Japan is great news! It will stimulate the economy!"
I am very offended, when a State comedian suggests that disasters stimulate the economy.
Suppose that were true, "Disasters stimulate the economy!" In that case, State thugs should evacuate a major city, bomb it to rubble, and then rebuild it. When you suggest that, a State comedian says "Now you're being silly."
State comedians also say "War stimulates the economy!" A more accurate explanation is "War increases profits for military contractors. They spend money lobbying. They hire economists to say 'War is good for the economy!'"
If there's more spending on war, there's less spending in the productive sector of the economy. If there's effort spent rebuilding after a disaster, that takes away from other productive uses.
It is obviously silly, when State comedians say "Disasters stimulate the economy!" If that were true, then bombing every major city to rubble would be GREAT for the economy.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Several State comedians said "The earthquake in Japan is great news! It will stimulate the economy!"
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Charlie Sheen was fired from his popular sitcom on CBS. The reaction to this incident is interesting.
Twenty years ago, a fired celebrity would be SOL. Without the mainstream media gatekeepers, a celebrity cannot connect with fans.
Now, the Internet changes things. Charlie Sheen can present his point of view uncensored, via the Internet. He isn't dependent on the mainstream media gatekeepers.
Charlie Sheen has a valid complaint. He says "I was fired for reasons unrelated to job performance. My sitcom had great ratings. Therefore, I was doing a great job." Anybody who was ever unfairly fired, can relate to Charlie Sheen's circumstances.
If you're a celebrity, you're a slave. You're a high-paid high-status slave. If a slave gets unruly, an example must be made. "Don't disrespect your boss. Don't disrespect the rules." is more important than actual performance.
A disgraced celebrity can turn to the Internet. They can still make a decent salary. It is possible, but harder, to build up a reputation self-publishing on the Internet.
There is an interesting conspiracy theory, regarding Charlie Sheen. Allegedly, Charlie Sheen supports the "9/11 Truth Movement", and he was fired for that reason. Also, drugs and prostitutes are State-forbidden conduct.
When Charlie Sheen is publicly discussed on the news, that takes away from more important issues. It's a distraction. People are talking about Charlie Sheen rather than "WTF? The economy sucks!"
Even if Charlie Sheen never gets another mainstream media job, he'll earn a decent living from live performances and self-publishing on the Internet. That's a big difference now compared to 20 years ago.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Bitcoin is an alternative digital currency. It is gaining popularity.
Bitcoin is a fiat currency. New bitcoins are generated whenever someone generates a key with certain properties. Some people have set up servers to "mine" bitcoins. They search for suitable keys to generate new bitcoins. There is a limit on the total number of possible bitcoins.
You can trade bitcoins for gold or silver or State paper money.
Bitcoin is distributed. Each Bitcoin client contains an encrypted copy of the entire monetary base. Each Bitcoin client contains an encrypted copy of the full transaction history. Every time there is a transaction, it is shared among every client. The data is strong-encrypted. The P2P nature makes it hard for the State to shut down Bitcoin.
Do you see the flaws in Bitcoin?
I read an interesting conspiracy theory regarding Bitcoin. Someone said "The guy who created Bitcoin actually works for the NSA."
I don't like Bitcoin. I don't see the attraction of using Bitcoin compared to gold and silver. Are State insiders promoting Bitcoin, as a distraction to using gold and silver?
If someone asked me, I'd accept payment in Bitcoin, only if I could convert it to gold or silver or State money.
Fewer than 1% of the population is running a Bicoin client. This makes it very easy for State thugs. They can check and see who's running a Bitcoin client, and add you to their "subversive persons" list.
For example, State thugs can keep track of who's running Tor. I heard of one guy who set up a Tor exit node. State thugs forced him to shut it down. They claimed someone used his Tor exit node for "downloading child pornography", making him legally responsible. I suspect most Tor nodes are run by the NSA. The NSA would have to be totally clueless, if they weren't controlling a large number of Tor nodes.
Suppose that the Bitcoin encryption has a hidden flaw. It's open source. That doesn't mean there isn't a cleverly-hidden flaw in the encryption.
The NSA is more than 20 years ahead of the general public, regarding encryption tricks. They could have planted an exploitable flaw in the Bitcoin encryption.
Every Bitcoin client has a copy of the full monetary base and the full transaction history. This makes it very easy for State thugs to spy on Bitcoin users, especially if there's a backdoor decryption key.
State tax collectors can run a Bitcoin client, apply their secret encryption backdoor, and see who's a heavy Bitcoin user. It's very easy for State thugs to identify heavy Bitcoin users.
I don't like Bitcoin. It's inferior to gold and silver. You can get the same benefit as Bitcoin by making entries on a piece of paper, settling with physical gold and silver when necessary.
I haven't seen an "alternate monetary system" that's more attractive than gold and silver. Are State insiders intentionally promoting Bitcoin, knowing it has exploitable flaws?
Monday, March 28, 2011
There are five stages you go through, when cracking your pro-State brainwashing.
Here are some examples of denial:
The economy is getting better!Most people haven't progressed past the "denial" stage. If you challenge them, they will get hostile and defensive.
Inflation is low!
Ben Bernanke is doing a good job, managing the economy.
Taxation is not theft!
Government protects my freedom!
There's nothing wrong with the IRS.
There's nothing wrong with the Federal Reserve.
If you're a brainwashed zombie pro-State troll, it's a lot like being a drug addict! It's hard to admit that nearly everything you know about economics and politics is a lie.
Many people get stuck here. They'll be obsessed over a specific Statist who injured them. It may be a policeman, bureaucrat, judge, politician, or abusive boss.
Many people commit "suicide by cop" when they're in the anger phase. Jared Lougner and Joe Stack got stuck at the "anger" phase.
If you violently resist when a State thug abuses you, then you're going to get killed. You're throwing your life away for nothing. However, if everyone resisted at the same time, the State would collapse.
It's a type of equilibrium. If almost nobody resists evil, then anyone who resists is eliminated. If everyone resists evil, then everyone is immediately freed.
In the bargaining phase, you think that you can somehow convince State thugs to leave you alone.
Here's some examples of people stuck in the bargaining phase.
If I say or do the right thing, then my abusive jerk boss will start appreciating me!If you're fighting the State according to State rules, then you're stuck in the bargaining phase. If you think the current form of government can be reformed, then you're stuck in the bargaining phase.
If only we vote for the right politicians, then things will get better!
If I say the magic words, then the judge will let me go!
If I file the right paperwork with the State, then I get my freedom back!
I'm going to get a fair trial!
If only we can get this law changed, then things will get better!
If I work hard, obey all the laws, and pay taxes, then everything will work out right!
If only we pass the right reforms, then the collapse can be averted!
If only judges and politicians respected the Constitution!
Most "tax protesters" are stuck in the bargaining phase. For some bizarre reason, they expect to convince the judge. For some bizarre reason, they expect to get a fair trial.
I also never understood why some people believe "There's some magic paperwork I can file with the State to get my freedom back." It isn't that easy.
If you're campaigning for a specific politician, you're stuck in the bargaining phase. If you think your vote matters, you're stuck in the bargaining phase. If you're looking for legal technicalities against State evil, you're stuck in the bargaining phase.
In this stage, you realize it's all one big scam. The odds seem overwhelmingly stacked against you.
Here are some quotes from people stuck in the Depression phase.
I know that the IRS is evil. I report all my income because I don't want to be kidnapped/imprisoned.I'm still partially stuck in this phase. I know the State is one big scam. Except for blogging, I'm not doing anything freedom-oriented.
It's hopeless. The police have virtually unlimited resources.
The mainstream media tell nothing but lies. How can I educate people about the truth in the face of such well-organized evil?
Most people react with hostility, when I challenge their pro-State brainwashing. Why bother trying?
I'm going to be a good slave because there are no alternatives. I'd rather have limited freedom, than be in prison or murdered.
However, I have valid excuses for waiting. I'm still somewhat recovering from my illness. In a few years, there will be more time for anti-State beliefs to spread, and it will be less risky.
This is when you're fully cracked your pro-State brainwashing.
I accept that the current form of government has degenerated into one huge criminal conspiracy. I accept that collapse is inevitable.
I accept that the police have superior resources. If I'm careful, I may be able to pursue freedom without too much personal risk.
I accept that the police try to spy on nearly every group of people.
I accept that the Constitution is not a valid contract. The Constitution was written by insider lawyers seeking to consolidate and expand their power.
I accept that I probably won't get a fair trial, if I'm falsely accused of a crime.
I accept that voting is a fake choice. If there's a really attractive candidate on the ballot, I might waste an hour voting. I'm not holding my breath waiting for insiders to get their act together.
I accept that agorism is the best strategy for personal freedom that I've seen. I'm openminded to other possibilities.
It is a type of progression, when you crack your pro-State brainwashing. There aren't just false logical beliefs. There also are false emotional beliefs.
In addition to logical pro-State brainwashing, people are conditioned to think and act and feel like slaves. That's the reason there's so much hostility when you try to explain the truth to someone, rather than them saying "You're right! I never thought about it that way before! Taxation really is theft!"
It's very much like recovering from addiction, when you crack your pro-State brainwashing. Once you're fully aware of the truth, there's still a lot of work towards getting actual freedom.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
This story was interesting. Gaddafi's international bank accounts were frozen.
You shouldn't trust the State banking system. All it takes is a request by a State thug, and your State bank account is frozen.
However Gaddafi was smart. He has a huge pile of gold! He took physical delivery. If necessary, he can use this gold to pay his mercenaries for months!
State comedians denigrate gold at every opportunity. When the chips are down, smart dictators use gold.
However, a pile of gold is not infinitely useful. It's only good until it's used up!
Some smart insiders are converting their savings to gold and preparing for a SHTF scenario.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
This story is interesting. Barry Bonds' perjury trial started.
According to that article, State prosecutors spent $10M-$50M on this trial. Using the $50M figure, dividing by 300M Americans, I personally paid $0.16 for this trial.
You might say "So what? $0.16 is negligible." If you multiply $0.16 by *ALL* the stupid and wasteful things government does, then it's a lot of money. "Steal $0.16 from each American and spend it on something stupid!" is only possible via the State violence/taxation monopoly.
State thugs are pursuing Barry Bonds to "set an example". This makes him a political prisoner. If you lie to State thugs, that's disrespecting them and a crime.
It's an asymmetric relationship, between the slave and his owners. State thugs are allowed to lie to you. Undercover police can pretend to be your friend and your customer, just so they can charge you with a crime. It's a serious offense to lie to State thugs.
This leads to the oft-quoted slogan "DON'T TALK TO THE POLICE! NO MATTER WHAT! EVEN IF YOU'RE SURE YOU'RE INNOCENT!" If you make a mistake during interrogations, and the police can prove you lied, then you're guilty of "lying to the police", even if they can't convict you of anything else. So many people have thought "I'm a good guy. I have nothing to fear.", and they wind up in jail.
Blagojevich and Martha Stewart were convicted for "lying to the police", even though the other charges against them couldn't stick. DON'T TALK TO THE POLICE!
I wonder if I could uphold "Don't talk to the police!" I'd be tempted to try to convince them that they're doing evil. I'd probably try to convince them that they're evil, without revealing details of my personal business. That might be stupid.
If I criticize the State, promote agorism, and practice agorism, then I will probably be falsely charged with a crime eventually.
"Lying to the police" or "lying to Congress" or "lying to a grand jury" isn't really a crime. The State's authority isn't legitimate. Therefore, it isn't really a crime to lie to them. It isn't a crime to lie to a bully. It isn't a crime to lie to someone who's threatening you with violence.
Unfortunately, most people don't know the State is a scam. They will support prosecuting people who lie to State thugs.
Did Barry Bonds use steroids? Did he lie about it? He probably did. That isn't a crime. It should be a civil matter between him and MLB. Otherwise, it's none of the government's business.
The lesson is "If you lie to us, then we will ruin you." This is entirely a politically-motivated trial. Barry Bonds is a high-status slave. He's still a slave. By ruining a high-ranking slave, that helps keeps the other slaves in line.
Lehman Brothers lied and committed accounting fraud. Nobody was prosecuted. Banksters committed fraud and perjury in "foreclosuregate". Nobody was prosecuted. The Barry Bonds trial is a circus. It's a distraction from the trillions of dollars the banksters stole.
Suppose you say "WTF? You're prosecuting me but not other people." The judge will say "The fact that other people are not prosecuted does not excuse your criminal conduct."
There are two justice systems, one for insiders and one for everyone else. The banksters steal and lie and get away with it. Barry Bonds is harshly punished for a non-crime. The Barry Bonds trial is a distraction from more serious issues.
Friday, March 25, 2011
This story was interesting. P.J. Crowleyworked for the State department. He said "Bradley Manning was mistreated. That was a mistake." He was "forced to resign".
That's amusing. When an insider tells a forbidden truth, he isn't fired. He's "forced to resign". It would be nice to see someone with the balls to say "I'm not resigning. If you want to fire me, then go ahead and fire me." Unfortunately, most insiders are spineless cowards. Even after being "forced to resign", he'll get a cushy job somewhere else. The incentive is for him to not rock the boat and ruin the gravy train.
It is offensive, that insiders are fired whenever they say a forbidden truth. "Bradley Manning was tortured. It makes us look bad." is pretty obvious. Insiders had two choices:
- Sentence Bradley Manning to a couple years in prison, but otherwise treat him decently.
- Torture him.
Bradley Manning's captors are treating him as less than human.
Bradley Manning's biggest mistake was signing up for the military. His father talked him into it.
Bradley Manning doesn't get a jury trial. It's a military trial, with generals as judges. How can Bradley Manning get a fair trial, when the prosecutor and judge are both soldiers? Almost every criminal trial has this defect. Both the prosecutor and judge work for the State.
The Guantanamo Bay detainees have the same problem. It's going to be a farce of a trial, instead of a fair trial. Bradley Manning's defense is "This is evidence of crime! I leaked it because my bosses were covering up crime!" That won't work when the judge is a parasite/psychopath general. Bradley Manning doesn't get the opportunity to argue "jury nullification" in front of a civilian jury. He doesn't even get the farce of "due process" that most criminals get.
The point of torture is punishment and to set an example. If Bradley Manning were tortured with no public disclosure, there's no point. With high-profile torture, that sets an example for other leakers and others who would disobey orders.
According to natural law, Bradley Manning isn't a criminal. He's a hero. He didn't "leak State secrets". He leaked evidence of criminal activity. The State has no legitimate claim to any property, including "secrets". Insiders use secrecy to control the slaves. Insiders use secrecy to cover up crime.
By torturing Bradley Manning, he's been turned into a folk hero. Once he gets out of prison, he'll be a high-profile and credible critic of the State and war.
Therefore, State thugs can never release Bradley Manning. If they do release him, he's going to be publicly criticizing them. Therefore, they must keep him in prison for the rest of his life.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
George Donnelly organized an "Agora I/O" conference this coming weekend. It seems interesting.
(George Donnelly gets an SEO fail. If you google "agora io", his website is #4. He spread himself out on too many domains. He would have been better off doing georgedonnelly.com/agoraio.)
He got a lot of speakers! Actually, "too many speakers" can be a problem. People are overwhelmed with too much information.
I know some of the speakers from other contexts.
Nina Paley is a critic of copyright law. She used some old songs in a movie. It was a huge headache and cost, to secure legal permission to use the songs. Now, she's very critical of copyright law.
The correct answer is "Intellectual property is not property!" This applies to copyright, patents, and trademarks.
Larken Rose spent time in jail as a political prisoner. He publicly questioned the IRS. He said "The income tax is illegal, due to a technicality." He was prosecuted and convicted in a sham trial.
As condition of his "Supervised Release" from jail, Larken Rose was ordered to file amended tax returns. Larken Rose pointed out the irony, that the judge ordered him to commit perjury, by falsely claiming his income was taxable.
Larken Rose seems to be a serious anarchist now. He's good at explaining "Government is one big criminal conspiracy!" Having spent time in jail as a political prisoner, that gives him extra anarchist credibility. However, I never heard Larken Rose advocating for agorism before.
In that sense, Larken Rose is half-correct. Larken Rose knows that the State is one big criminal conspiracy. I haven't heard him mention agorism as a resistance strategy and as an alternative to the State violence monopoly.
I wonder if people in the anti-State movement are converging towards agorism? It's more promising than anything else I read. "Tax protesters" are better off practicing agorism, rather than trying to win in a corrupt State court. An agorist would be an idiot to file a zero return or exploit other "tax protester" tricks. You should deal in cash/gold/silver, directly with your customers, and avoid using the State banking system. (Tax collectors can use bank records to reconstruct your taxable income. Don't use a State bank if you're a serious agorist! For this reason, a secure agorist banking system is needed.)
I've been following Marc Stevens' website a little. He's more focused on fighting the State in State court. I haven't seen Marc Stevens heavily promoting agorism.
I read a lot of Brad Spangler when I first got interested in agorism. I'm interested in more advanced material now.
L Neil Schulman (not to be confused with L Neil Smith) is an agorist fiction writer. (Ironically, L Neil Smith also is an agorist fiction writer. Famously, L Neil Smith got into a copyright infringement dispute with the Shire Society, when their "Shire Declaration" was similar to content from his book. I found it amusing and hypocritical.)
Overall, Agora I/O seems worth investigating. I'm only going to watch the "best" stuff. I don't have time to watch everything. George Donnelly has some interesting speakers.
If someone else looks into it, let me know what stuff is worth watching.
My biggest complaint is "too much content". I don't have that much time to spend on it. I'm only interested in the best few speakers.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
This story on the Federal Reserve was interesting. Notice the "comments closed, 0 comments" at the bottom.
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.Other Reuters stories have active comments sections, even ones that are older.
The story was on how the Federal Reserve had "record profits" of $81.7 billion in 2010. $79.3 billion was turned over to the Treasury. (In other words, the Federal Reserve's operating budget is $2.4 billion. That's a big expense.)
That story also said that the Federal Reserve "balance sheet" is $2.43 trillion. That means the Federal Reserve earned an average of approximately 3.3% on its holdings.
The article didn't mention the Federal Reserve's new "negative liabilities" accounting trick.
The Federal Reserve are such swell guys! They gave $79.3 billion to the Treasury! Good for them! Who do they think they're fooling?
I suspect that many people posted anti-Federal Reserve comments. A censor at Reuters was forced to purge the comment section and shut down comments.
This happens very frequently on the mainstream media. They pretend to be "We're all Internet savvy! We allow comments on our stories!" Then, when the comments don't go the way they want, they censor it.
Most people won't notice "There's no comments section for this post like the others. WTF? Censorship!"
State censorship doesn't just happen in China. It also occurs in the USA. It is a promising sign, that people jumped over that story with anti-Federal Reserve comments. I'm pretty sure the censors were forced to purge the comments, due to overwhelming anti-"Feral Reserve" sentiment.
Posted by FSK at 1:00 PM
This article was in interesting. Gold and silver futures prices had entered backwardation. That means some people think there is a chance of a futures clearing default.
A futures market enters backwardation when the closer delivery month has a higher price than a later delivery month. For example, if the June 2011 futures price is greater than the September 2011 futures price, that's backwardation. The opposite is "contango", which is considered normal.
If the September 2011 price is greater than the June 2011 price, that's contango. Contango is normal due to storage costs. Contango is normal due to financing costs. If you own the June future and are short the September future, you are hedged, but you have to take physical delivery for 3 months. If you buy the June future and take delivery for 3 months, you have to pay for 3 months of storage and you have to finance the purchase for 3 months.
For oil futures, backwardation can occur legitimately. An April 2011 future is no use if you want to heat your home in February.
Gold and silver futures should *NEVER* enter backwardation, unless someone anticipates a clearing default or financial system collapse. Here's why.
Suppose that the June 2011 gold futures price is greater than the September gold futures price, and you have a gold "good delivery bar". You short sell a June 2011 future and you buy an September 2011 future. You profit the difference in price. You deliver your bar in June 2011.
You take the cash from the sale and invest it in 3 month Treasury bonds, earning interest. In September, you take delivery of your future and get a "good delivery bar" back. *PROVIDED THERE'S NO CLEARING DEFAULT*, you made a sure profit. You profited the difference in price, plus 3 months of interest.
GOLD AND SILVER FUTURES PRICES SHOULD NEVER ENTER BACKWARDATION, UNLESS SOMEONE EXPECTS A CLEARING DEFAULT OR FINANCIAL SYSTEM COLLAPSE. Otherwise, someone holding metal would "lend" it for a sure profit.
It's possible for a gold/silver clearing default to occur, without the financial system collapse. If you read the fine print of a futures contract, the exchange may declare "We're suspending physical delivery. Shorts may deliver the FRN-equivalent, rather than delivering physical."
You might say "WTF? Shenanigans!" However, the banksters make the rules. They've suspended physical delivery before. They may no it again.
If the gold or silver futures market enters backwardation, that a trader betting against the financial system. Either traders anticipate a clearing default or a complete collapse. Otherwise, someone holding physical would arbitrage away the price backwardation.
If you really want to, you can calculate "chance of a clearing default" based on how much price backwardation there is. More backwardation indicates a higher chance of clearing default.
Gold and silver futures prices should only enter backwardation if a trader anticipates a clearing default. Otherwise, someone holding physical metal would conduct arbitrage for a guaranteed profit.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Yesterday, I got a 1943 35% silver nickel in change! It was from the soda vending machine at work.
It's worth $2.05 in current melt value. That's more than the last time I found one! There probably also is some numismatic value, but the coin is pretty worn and 1943 is pretty common.
I find a couple of pieces of junk silver per year in change. I can tell easily, based on the tarnish color of the silver. It's like winning a slot machine, when I get junk silver in change.
Posted by FSK at 1:00 PM
Money is the blood of the economy. Money is the benchmark that measures all transactions.
The USA has a corrupt and dishonest monetary system. It's a blood cancer ruining the economy.
In a healthy economy, people profit by performing useful work.
In a dying economy, stealing is more profitable than working. It's easier to trade political favors, than produce something useful.
Inflation is theft. Via inflation, the State profits by stealing people's savings. The banksters and State insiders benefit from inflation.
It's a vampire sucking the life out of the economy. Via inflation, the value of productive work is decreased. The profitability of theft is increased.
If the banksters had to physically rob people, the victims would resist. Via inflation, banksters can rob people without any risk.
A corrupt monetary system and taxation system leads to collapse. All the productivity is drained out of the economy. It's a severe cancer killing the host.
Monday, March 21, 2011
This story is hilarious. People in the USA are panicking, that there will be risk of radiation exposure, due to the nuclear accident in Japan.
The President gave a speech, reassuring people there's nothing to worry about.
"Whether it's the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. territories in the Pacific, we do not expect harmful levels of radiation," Obama said. "That's the judgment of our Nuclear Regulatory Commission and many other experts."The outcome was pretty funny. People in the USA are extremely distrustful, of the President and mainstream media. If the President says "Don't worry about X!", half the people will immediately get concerned about X.
The attempt to prevent a panic led to greater panic! The mainstream media has that little credibility! The more they reassure people that everything's OK, the more people will panic! By default, people assume the mainstream media is lying.
I doubt that the President and mainstream media intentionally caused a panic. They're out of touch. They don't realize how little credibility they have.
In a real sense, the mainstream media has negative credibility! The attempts to stop panic led to greater panic!
The President says "The economy is getting better! There's nothing to worry about!". People react "Who does he think he's fooling?" The President says "There's no risk of radiation exposure! There's nothing to worry about!" People think "OMFG! There's a risk of radiation exposure! It must be true! If it was obviously false, the President wouldn't be officially denouncing it!"
If you take iodine pills without radiation exposure, that might have negative side effects.
I know enough science to understand that there isn't much risk. The reasons to not panic are:
- It was a relatively small radioactive leak.
- The really nasty stuff has a short half-life. For example, iodine-131 has a half-life of 8 days.
- Any radioactivity gets diluted as it spreads and travels.
- There's a certain amount of background radiation all the time. It's negligible compared to that.
Only the people living near the reactor are at risk. The nuclear cleanup workers are at risk. There's no risk for people living in the USA.
This incident is funny. It shows how little credibility the President and mainstream media have. The more they say "There's nothing to worry about!", the more people automatically assume they're lying. People have become automatically cynical, about anything the mainstream media says.
The mainstream media didn't intentionally cause a panic. They're out of touch with how little credibility they have. This story is amusing and reassuring. It's good that people mistrust the media that much.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Bernard von NotHaus was convicted. There's very little information available, regarding the details of the trial.
There was one article mentioned in the mainstream media, for local news. It probably was a press release by the prosecutor, parroted by the State media.
This FBI press release was offensive.
Along with the power to coin money, Congress has the concurrent power to restrain the circulation of money which is not issued under its own authority in order to protect and preserve the constitutional currency for the benefit of all citizens of the nation. It is a violation of federal law for individuals, such as von NotHaus, or organizations, such as NORFED, to create private coin or currency systems to compete with the official coinage and currency of the United States.That's false. Following that reasoning, it's illegal to use gold and silver as money. It's illegal for me to tell people to use gold and silver as money, whenever possible.
According to that press release, bitcoin is illegal.
“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Tompkins said in announcing the verdict. “While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country,” she added. “We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption, and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government.”I guess that makes me a criminal.
It's illegal to advocate for nonviolent resistance? When I hear prosecutors talk like that, it makes me want to join a militia. If nonviolent resistance is illegal, then there's no reason to be unarmed.
If I did join or start a militia, several of the members would probably be undercover cops. Unfortunately, organizing a militia doesn't work. If you prepare to defend yourself from State thugs, they will assault you.
This leads to the famous quote "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
Whenever I read a press release by a prosecutor or judge, it's a clear indication of how evil State thugs are. This is the first time I've heard a prosecutor explicitly say "Nonviolent resistance is illegal." (It's indirectly implied by the way "victimless crimes" are enforced. It is a new low point, that a prosecutor explicitly said so.)
How about infiltrating and dismantling the Federal Reserve? That's a greater threat to economic stability than anything NotHaus ever did.
The jury deliberated for only 90 minutes. That's disappointing. Can you imagine being sentenced to 15 years in prison, after the jury deliberated for only 90 minutes?
If you're 67 years old and sentenced to 15 years in jail, what incentive is there to peacefully report to prison? It's effectively a life sentence.
I don't like the Liberty Dollar. You'd be an idiot to pay such a huge premium to spot silver. However, I would have voted "not guilty".
NotHaus' biggest mistake was "The Liberty Dollar sort of looks like State-issued money." A really stupid person might think that the Liberty Dollar was State-issued money.
Nobody goes to jail for "criticizing the government". According to that FBI press release, criticizing the current form of government is illegal.
Once a prosecutor decides you're a criminal, he'll insist on strict enforcement of every law. Even if NotHaus wasn't convicted for that, prosecutors would have found something else.
The State is one huge criminal conspiracy. Once you realize this, you have a moral obligation to avoid supporting evil. Most people who criticize the State wind up in jail. Once you realize the State is evil, you try to avoid taxes and you boycott the State's paper money.
Once a prosecutor decides you're a criminal, you're SOL. An overzealous prosecutor probably could decide I'm a criminal based on my blog. It'd be rough on the judge and prosecutor and police, because I don't have the body language of a criminal. I'd be clearly pointing out to them, that they're evil. However, if it's a priority, especially if I get a wider audience, they'll kidnap and torture me.
If you tell a policeman or judge "WTF? This is unfair!" They'll respond "Everyone says that." State thugs become desensitized the the emotions of their "customers". It's probably pointless, to try and convince them that they're doing evil.
I don't understand why NotHaus used a public defender. He should have represented himself. A criminal trial is stacked against the defendant anyway.
His public defender did a good job. NotHaus was convicted!
There are a couple of reasons to go pro se instead of using a public defender or lawyer:
- I can read people well now, and should be able to pick people who might vote "not guilty".
- If I do a lot of speaking, I can develop a more personal connection with the jury.
- You need to emphasize that the jurors have to give a straight acquittal or hang. If the jury gives a "compromise verdict", then the judge can do an "upward departure" from sentencing guidelines based on the counts they convict.
- If you're going to be convicted anyway, at least you save $50k-$100k+ on legal expenses.
- A pro se defendant can more easily mention "jury nullification", compared to when you use a lawyer. Even if the judge finds you in contempt, you were going to jail anyway when the jury convicts you. If the judge interrupts you, then you can point out to the jury that it's not a fair trial.
However, if you're jailed for months/years pending trial, and tortured, it could adversely affect your ability to coherently represent yourself.
I'm disappointed that Bernard von NotHaus was convicted. I'm not surprised.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
This story was interesting. Scott Adams made a blog post, observing how State law is biased against men.
That post was heavily criticized. It was very popular.
Scott Adams took down the post, because he didn't want to offend people.
If you're blogging and have a controversial post, that's an indication of success!
Scott Adams already has a successful mainstream media career. He isn't going to risk that, just to tell the truth. He was forced to self-censor and remove that popular post. If he didn't, his publisher might have fired him.
Friday, March 18, 2011
In July, I was called for jury duty in NYC, for state court. I was dismissed without being questioned.
I work as a contract/consultant. I get paid based on hours billed. If I served on a jury, I would not get paid for the missed work. This gave me a financial incentive to avoid jury duty.
I decided that I was going to try to get out of serving. If necessary, I'd tell the judge that I understand jury nullification. (My mother was concerned that the judge would have me jailed for "contempt of court", if I told him that I knew about jury nullification during voir dire.)
It's a moot point, because I was dismissed without being questioned. Was I planning to do something immoral? Do I have a moral obligation, if it's a "victimless crime", to try to get picked for the jury and nullify? I would want other people to do that, if I were falsely accused of a crime.
Most jurors don't understand jury nullification. I understand jury nullification. I could hand out jury nullification pamphlets in front of a courthouse, but that's a waste of my time and may lead to getting arrested.
If I want to exercise my jury nullification right, I have to wait until I get called for jury duty, hope it's a nullification-relevant trial, and hope I get picked for the jury. Even then, I'd be sacrificing my salary while serving on the jury. Even though I understand jury nullification, the odds are practically zero that I'll get a chance to use it on an actual jury.
If a State employee serves for jury duty, then he gets full salary and benefits while serving. If you're employed in the productive sector of the economy, you usually don't get paid for jury duty. State employees have a financial incentive to serve on a jury. Private sector employees have a financial incentive to avoid serving. This leads to a pro-State bias in jury pools.
In a criminal trial, the prosecutor and judge both work for the State. State employees have an incentive to serve on a jury, leading to a pro-State bias in the jury.
What I should have done was look at the defendant first, while being questioned. If it was a "victimless crime", and the defendant seemed like a decent guy, then I should have tried to get picked and nullified.
There are two conflicting viewpoints.
- I should avoid serving on jury duty, because I don't want to lose my paycheck. I should avoid serving on jury duty, because government is evil and I want to have as little to do with it as possible.
- I should serve, because I can nullify and keep an innocent person out of jail.
It's interesting to study the economics of jury nullification. I'm giving up approximately $5k while serving. However, the State pays a lot of money to conduct a jury trial farce. It may cost the State $500k-$1M+ to conduct a jury trial farce. If I nullify and hang, I'm costing myself $5k but I'm costing the State $500k-$1M or more. That's attractive odds. Plus, there are limited judicial resources. If the prosecutor re-tries after a hung jury, that means he has to let someone else go. (Some lawyers and public defenders talk defendants into waiving their "speedy trial" rights.)
I should encourage people to refuse to plea bargain. If I serve on a jury and nullify, I'm rewarding someone who refused to plea bargain.
The State doesn't have enough resources to conduct a jury trial farce for everyone. If I hang a jury, the prosecutor won't have the resources to conduct other trials.
Jury nullification has good financial odds. I'm inconveniencing myself a little, while costing the State a lot of money.
There's a contradiction in State justice. State employees lose nothing when serving on a jury. Productive workers give up their salary, while serving on a jury. Productive workers have a financial incentive to avoid jury duty, but they are more likely to question the State.
Should I avoid serving jury duty, to avoid the personal inconvenience and financial loss? Should I serve, nullify, and keep an innocent person out of jail? I'd want others to nullify for me, but my personal incentive is to avoid jury duty. Why should I give up 2-4 weeks of salary to keep an innocent stranger out of jail?
It's a tough choice. Don't blame me. Blame the corrupt system that imposes tough choices on people who seek freedom.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
- people who refuse to pay taxes
- people who want to use incandescent light bulbs
- people who don't want to purchase health insurance
- people who want to use gold and silver as money
- people who are detained at the Guantanamo Bay death camp
- Bradley Manning
- people who hire "illegal immigrants"
- people who grow, sell, or smoke marijuana
- people who operate a business without a State permit
- people who hand out "jury nullification" pamphlets in front of courthouses
- people who drive their car without getting a permit from the State
Government uses intimidation to keep the slaves in line. By torturing Bradley Manning, that makes other soldiers less willing to leak evidence of military crime. By punishing those who disobey and heavily hyping it, State thugs try to intimidate everyone else into obedience.
Schools explicitly encourage bullying. Schools ability-group students and grade on a curve. This encourages the weaker students to resent the stronger students.
When you age-group students, the most aggressive students get to be bullies. The bullies grow up to be policemen, bureaucrats, or middle managers.
The State *NEEDS BULLIES* in order to function properly. One side-effect of State school is that a certain distribution on personality types is created, based on where people fit in to the school pecking order.
It is hypocritical for President Obama to criticize bullying. The *WHOLE POINT* of government is bullying and intimidation.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I hear this false argument frequently. "Taxation is not theft. The Bible allows taxes."
The pro-State troll usually cites "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's."
Citing the Bible doesn't convince me. I'm not Christian.
"The Bible allows taxes." doesn't convince me that taxation is not theft. Christianity is an evil religion filled with lies. Christianity is a slave religion. Most mainstream religious have this defect.
Christianity says "Accept abuse while you're alive, and you'll be rewarded after you die." That's encouraging someone to be an obedient slave. By definition, nobody can know what really happens after you die.
Is Christianity the One True Religion? Is it a massive brainwashing campaign? Christianity is popular, because it tells people "It's OK that you're a slave."
As another example, Christianity tells "Turn the other cheek!" That means you should not resist when someone robs you, especially when someone with State authority robs you. That is a somewhat convincing approximation to the truth, because it's half correct.
Christianity correctly says "You should not rob other people." However, it is morally desirable to resist when someone robs you. The Non-Aggression Principle is more accurate than "Turn the other cheek!"
If everyone who gets robbed resists, then the criminals will rapidly find their crime unprofitable. That applies to common criminals. That also applies to State-licensed crime and tax collectors.
It is risky to resist, when someone with superior weapons or numbers tries to rob you. That's a separate issue compared to the morality of resistance.
For example, if the police come to kidnap/arrest you, it's probably better tactics to surrender peacefully than resist. It's morally acceptable to resist. However, if you do resist, then the police may execute you right there.
Some hardcore Christians object to taxes, because taxes are used for war. At one time, Quakers strongly objected to taxes. However, "Taxes are evil because they support war." is less accurate than "All taxation is theft, no matter how they're collected and no matter how taxes are spent."
"Taxation is not theft because the Bible says so." makes as much sense as "Taxation is not theft because a group of insider lawyers more than 200 years ago wrote some magic words on a piece of paper." The Bible is a defective 2000 year old document. The Constitution is a defective 200+ year old document.
In State media, the Constitution is worshipped with holy reverence. The correct answer is that the Constitution is not a valid contract. I don't have the option to accept or reject it. My consent is implied based on where I was born.
I have limited freedom to move to another country and pick different owners. No matter where I live, there's a government criminal conspiracy that claims the right to steal my labor and my property.
The Bible doesn't justify taxes. The Constitution doesn't justify taxes. The correct answer is "All taxation is theft! It makes no difference how it's collected or what it's used for."
Even if you could magically recreate a sharply limited government, it would grow back in size to the current monster. Government has a monopoly. If politicians and insiders claim more power, the slaves are SOL.
The natural tendency is for government to grow over time. Eventually, there's a crash and collapse. People start over with a copy of the old system, or a new system. The "new system" this time will hopefully be market anarchism.
Voting doesn't prevent high taxes. Politicians will usually vote for more taxes, because taxes are the source of a politician's power. Without taxes, politicians are obviously a group of crazy people telling everyone else what to do. Without taxes, a judge would be a crazy guy wearing a robe. It's not reasonable to expect insiders to voluntarily restrict their own power.
Lloyd Blankfein claims that he's "doing God's work". Does that mean I'm doing Lucifer's work? "Lucifer" means "bringer of light" or "bringer of truth". I'm pointing out that Christianity teaches people to be obedient slaves. The Federal Reserve and IRS are dangerous terrorist organizations. All taxation is theft. The State is one huge extortion racket.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
This story was hilarious.
The NY Federal Reserve President William Dudley gave a speech in Queens. He said "Inflation is low! The new iPad is awesome!" Someone in the audience retorted "I can't eat an iPad!"
Twenty years ago, such an incident would not be news. The mainstream media would not report it, when insiders make an embarrassing gaffe. Now, with the Internet, such incidents are discussed. I saw this mistake by the NY Fed President discussed on several other blogs.
State comedians have a joke called "hedonics". When calculating inflation, an increase in quality counts as a negative adjustment. With Moore's Law, computer quality doubles ever 1.5-2 years. Computers and software are one of the least-regulated areas of the economy. Thisleads to exponential progress.
State comedians cite Moore's Law as an example of 25% deflation. When calculating the CPI, food and energy are excluded. Food and energy have high sensitivity to true inflation. Therefore, they're excluded.
For another example, new cars now come with mandatory airbags. This counts as a negative adjustment, according to hedonics. You get an airbag now and you couldn't before. New cars are better than old cars. That's a negative inflation adjustment. However, it's illegal to buy a new car without airbags.
Here's another example of hedonics. When housing prices are skyrocketing, that's "implied income" for homeowners, due to equity gains. The equity gains due to rising prices is a negative CPI adjustment. When housing prices crash, houses are cheaper now, leading to another negative CPI adjustment!
Hedonics means "Interpet price data however we want, to come up with a low 'official' inflation estimate." It's one big farce.
The CPI is calculated using the geometric mean instead of the arithmetic mean. If you know basic algebra, this leads to a negative CPI bias.
The CPI is continually reweighted. By cleverly choosing the weights, this leads to negative CPI bias.
It's amusing. State comedians can say with a straight face "Inflation is low. The CPI is an accurate measure of inflation." They are completely out of touch with reality.
Articles like this one are making their way into the mainstream. The Federal Reserve seems less "politically untouchable".
"Anonymous" declared war on the Federal Reserve and Primary Dealers. I wonder if any of them read my blog?
That was an embarrassing moment for the Federal Reserve. "Let them eat iPads" is an excellent summary of the economy. Computers are nice, but you still have to eat.
That gaffe shows how the Federal Reserve is using hedonics to calculate a low CPI, while ignoring food prices and other necessities.
Given that the economy is collapsing, I need useful skills besides writing software. In a SHTF scenario, my current skills are useless.
Monday, March 14, 2011
I haven't done a "Reader Mail" post in awhile. I get more comments now, making it harder. Most of my blogging is done via my cellphone. My lousy envTouch cellphone doesn't support advanced editing.
I can't compose a "Reader Mail" post on my cellphone, so I don't do it.
There were some posts recently that had some interesting comments. In this post, I discuss "Is The Quatloos Website Run By The State?".
My post was mentioned on the quatloos forum. It's been awhile since I tried debating hardcore Statists. I don't normally bother because it's hopeless. I'll address the points they raised. I don't expect to convince diehard Statists. There may be some people like me who read quatloos out of morbid curiosity, even though quatloos is disgusting and offensive. It's interesting to see how the enemy thinks. It's also interesting to see a collection of "people who were unfairly the victim of State violence". A good agorist can learn from their failures. I won't convince hardcore Statists, but there may be some more openminded lurkers. I'm not going to convince the hardcore quatloos regulars, but I might convince some other people who read that forum.
I'm not going to waste time creating a quatloos forum account and debating them there. It's pointless to debate Statists in a forum they control.
I'm not going to convince someone who has dedicated their life to evil. However, other people are appreciating my work.
I noticed that it's sometimes easier to convince people in person, than in an Internet forum. It's an advantage when you can use body language. (For this reason, my risk of being falsely charged with a crime might not be that high. The judge, police, and prosecutor would realize that they're evil, when they saw my body language. However, State thugs learn to desensitize themselves, to the emotions of their "customers".)
I don't understand why Marc Stevens tried debating them on their website. It's frustration and wasted energy for no useful purpose.
Regarding Marc Stevens, the "sovereign citizen" argument might work in traffic court. The judge is confused or doesn't want the headache of arguing with someone who's pointing out that the emperor is naked. The "sovereign citizen" argument almost definitely won't work in a Federal income tax trial.
This post by Franklin Sanders had an interesting bit. (That's an interesting story.)
At its depths, evil is not noble or grand. It's merely a silly, spoiled child, flicking boogers at his betters.None of the quatloos comments were more sophisticated than flinging boogers at me. I'm comfortable enough with the truth, that it doesn't bother me.
The dangerous part is that, if I'm falsely charged with a crime, the judge will have the same perspective as the quatloos regulars. Via biased jury selection, the judge and prosecutor probably will arrange for most jurors to be Statists.
Debating a hardcore Statist degenerates into
FSK: You're being illogical.At this point, it's just a flamewar and a name-calling contest.
Statist: You're being illogical.
It's merely debating axioms. My axioms are "The Non-Aggression Principle" and "Stealing is wrong when individuals do it. Stealing is wrong when small groups of people do it." and "Individual property rights are legitimate and valid." and "I own my own body and property and labor. Nobody else has a claim against my labor greater than my own."
The Statist axioms are "There's nothing wrong with the current taxation system, as written and enforced." and "If you disobey the will of the State/majority, then violence should be used against you." and "The current laws and legal system are a very good approximation of natural law."
I propose "Non-Aggression Principle" as the replacement for "Social Contract". "You consent to the current form of government based on where you were born." makes as much sense as "divine right of kings".
For example, under "Social Contract" theory, Saddam Hussein did nothing illegal. In Iraq, the "Social Contract" said "Saddam Hussein is absolute dictator." By not fleeing the country, the Iraqis consented. Similarly, by not fleeing Nazi Germany, the Jews consented to being murdered.
That's the reasoning Statists are using when they say "If you don't like taxes in the USA, then leave." Why should I be forced to leave? The criminals who steal from me should be forced to leave.
Unfortunately, there's no unoccupied space that I can move to with like-minded people, to form a free society. All land is claimed by a government. The world has been parceled out by several criminal gangs, colluding to enslave everyone else.
One nice idea is for libertarian-minded people to move to the same area and secede, either individually or as a group. Some people in New Hampshire are trying this, but they aren't that advanced yet. "Move to New Hampshire and secede!" seems more attractive than "Move to Somalia and try to start a market anarchist society!"
My viewpoint does not require that violence be used against people who disagree with me. The Statist viewpoint requires that violence be used against those who break the rules, even if they aren't hurting anyone. The rules are made by a handful of insiders. With a representative democracy, individual voters have no real influence.
A Statist confuses "breaking the arbitrary rules" with "real crime". I'm in favor of stopping real crime. I'm against enforcing non-crime, especially "victimless" crimes. (Here a Statist would say "Tax evasion isn't a victimless crime. You're stealing from the government." Of course, that assumes that the State's claim against my labor and property is valid. It's amusing to see terms like "tax loss" in tax evasion trials, because those terms assume that the government has a valid claim to my property.)
I won't use violence against those who disagree with me, or advocate for violence against those who disagree with me. However, I might use violence to defend myself and my property. Unfortunately, that isn't practical when you're outnumbered.
Almost everyone in the world is a Statist. That's a serious problem! However, most of them were never properly educated. If you're fed lies your whole life, you learn that being insane is "normal".
Here's where quatloos goes from disgusting to outright evil.
If you refuse to pay tribute to your masters, violence should be used against you. When the police kidnap/kill you, we're going to cheer them on!The quatloos website isn't merely discussing "tax protesters". They're actively advocating for evil.
If you're a small business owner in the productive sector of the economy, you almost definitely have a lot of hostility towards the IRS. I suspect that most of the quatloos users work in the parasite sector of the economy.
Here's some specific points they raised (paraphrased):
Tax protesters are criminals. It isn't immoral to celebrate the conviction of a criminal.This is the core disagreement. If you assume that the taxation system is legitimate, then "tax protesters" are criminals.
Celebrating a "tax protester" conviction is nothing like celebrating the death of a policeman.
The taxation system is one big extortion racket. That makes "tax protesters" heroes instead of criminals.
Jailed "tax protesters" are POWs in the war against the State.
There are lessons to be learned from the "tax protesters".
Most importantly, don't expect a fair trial in a government court. "Tax protesters" persist with "frivolous arguments" because they falsely believe that they can make the judge understand their viewpoint. "Tax protesters" start making crazy-sounding arguments, because they can't believe that the State "justice" system is completely totally unfair.
The rantings of a judge are just as crazy as the "tax protester". The difference is that the violence of the State backs the judge. The judge uses fancy legal language to reassure himself that he's doing the right thing.
Imagine if you were falsely charged with a crime. Police assault your home and business with a no-knock raid. There's an unfair trial that takes months/years and you're convicted. The judge bars you from explaining your side of the story to the jury. Your "lawyer" is advocating for your imprisonment. Your "lawyer" is arguing legal technicalities rather than "WTF? This is unfair!" After awhile, you'd start rambling like an idiot.
By the time you're in State court, you've already lost. Even if acquitted, you don't get reimbursed for the time and expense and stress of a trial. Even if acquitted in a criminal trial, the IRS can pursue a separate civil trial. The State prosecutor has practically unlimited resources, once he's decided you're a criminal.
Another lesson from "tax protesters" is "Don't incorporate your business." If your business is incorporated, you're intentionally entering IRS jurisdiction.
If you get paid on a 1099 or W-2, declare the income on your tax return and pay the tax. Anytime you deal with a corporation, you're SOL for tax evasion, because there's a W-2 or 1099.
It's better to start a business that interacts directly with customers and they pay you in cash. Then, it's very difficult to prove that you avoided taxes.
Another lesson is "Use gold and silver as money instead of FRNs." If you use paper money, you have a "laundering problem". If you put $100k cash under your mattress, you're going to be ripped off by inflation. If you put 100 ounces of gold under your mattress, you're protected from theft via inflation. There still is the risk that someone will seize your gold, either regular criminals or criminals wearing badges and uniforms.
If you use paper money, you pay the "inflation tax" even if you avoid income taxes. This leads to "The IRS is in collusion with the Federal Reserve and banksters." Income taxes must be paid whenever you work. Income taxes must be paid in Federal Reserve Notes. The IRS prevents people from boycotting the Federal Reserve and using other forms of money.
Also, "interest payments on the national debt" is one of the biggest Federal government expenses. This money/wealth is funneled directly to the banksters.
Here's another important lesson. You should not use the State banking system *AT ALL*. The IRS can seize your bank records. Based on your bank records, they can calculate tax owed. If you walk into a State-licensed bank, you should treat it as walking into an IRS office. Via the ironically-named "Bank Secrecy Act", your bank has an obligation to report suspicious transactions to the IRS. If you do a large transaction or multiple aggregate small transactions, the bank has an obligation to report it to the IRS. Cash deposits are reported.
You can't use *ANY* State-affiliated banking services. For example, Ed and Elaine Brown got caught because they used Post Office money orders. They needed money orders to pay their mortgage. Their customers paid them in cash. The Post Office clerk turned them in to the IRS.
However, Ed Brown may have been singled out for special scrutiny, because he was the leader of an anti-government militia.
If you have an all-cash business, you should consider declaring some income and file a reasonable-looking tax return. Arrange for some customers to pay by check, and report that income. You can have more-trusted customers pay in cash, and less-trusted customers pay by check and you report the transaction.
Continuing the example of Ed and Elaine Brown, they should have declared enough income to pay their mortgage, enough to pay the tax, and a little more to make it look reasonable.
It seems that "not reporting all your income" is less serious than "failing to file a tax return". Then, your defense can be "The IRS has the burden of proof, that you didn't declare all your income."
Suppose you're audited, and the IRS agent asks "Did you declare all your income?" and you answer "Yes." Now, you're guilty of "lying to a Federal agent", if the IRS agent can prove you didn't declare all your income. Don't talk to the police!
I noticed a State interrogation trick. Ask a bunch of easy questions like "Where did you go to school?" This lulls the victim into the habit of answering. Then, you ask the questions you want to ask.
In medieval times, the king's tax collector would look at your home and arbitrarily decide how much tax you owed. In the present, an IRS agent will look at your home and your car, and decide if you aren't reporting all your income. Things haven't really changed. However, you don't have to live in the most expensive home you can afford. You don't have to buy the most expensive car you can afford.
If you declare some income, you can do stuff like pay your mortgage, buy things via credit card, or qualify for a mortgage in the first place. (I was amused by the story of the guy who applied for a mortgage and got busted by the IRS. Without his knowledge, the banker gave him a "liar loan", lying about his income. He stupidly signed the form without checking it. Later, the IRS pursued him for tax evasion, based on the difference on the mortgage application and his tax return. He decided it was cheaper to pay the difference rather than fight it and lose anyway.)
The "tax protesters" failed miserably in court. There are important lessons. Don't fight the State in a State court. Don't fight evil according to evil's rules. Once an IRS agent decides to pursue you, you might be better off settling. If you aren't a high-profile "tax protester", you might be able to settle. Then, the IRS agent can declare it as a "victory" in his official statistics.
FSK doesn't like the Liberty Dollar. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.I'm amused by the backhanded compliment.
One point I make repeatedly is "Even if you don't like some stuff I write about, that doesn't invalidate all the other things I say."
I only half-agree with quatloos on this issue. I agree with "The Liberty Dollar is disgusting and offensive." I disagree with "Bernard von NotHaus belongs in jail." However, I expect he will be convicted.
A Statist says "Everything I don't like ought to be illegal."
You're an idiot if you pay $20 for (at the time) $12 of silver. Generic silver rounds are superior to Liberty Dollars.
The Liberty Dollar was a multi-level marketing scam. The silver cost $12. They were sold to associates for $18 and to the general public for $20.
Suppose your investment choices were:
- a money market checking account
- Liberty Dollars, paying $20 when spot silver was $12
- generic silver rounds
I advocate using generic gold and silver rounds, valued at the spot price. Lots of "alternate currency" promoters like NotHaus promote crazy things. This gives all people who promote free market money a bad name.
FSK made a mistake in another post. Therefore, everything FSK writes is wrong.This is typical Statist thinking. If someone makes one mistake, that automatically discredits everything they say.
At one time, there was a court injunction banning "The Wind Done Gone". It's shameful that occurred. I even did write "(was actually published)". There was a settlement before all the appeals were exhausted.
The correct answer is "'intellectual property' is not property". The idea of owning a song or book or idea is as silly as the idea that government owns my labor and my property.
This post is wrong. I'm ridiculing it. I'm not giving specific details of why FSK is wrong.Again, this is typical Statist logic. They claim I'm wrong but provide no details.
The point of that post was "consumer confidence matters" is a symptom of "The economy is one big scam!" If you're running a scam, it's important to keep the suckers clueless. If your business is sound, it matters less what people think.
Pro-State trolls claim to have refuted my analysis of the Compound Interest Paradox and the Black-Scholes Formula. Some people say "You're wrong. I'm not going to bother explaining why." I haven't seen any logically coherent counter-arguments.
Tax protesters lose because they are wrong. It isn't because the court system is unfair.If you define "wrong" as "what a Federal judge would say", then "tax protesters" are wrong.
One lawyer wrote "For almost every legal dispute, you can make a convincing argument for X and a convincing argument for not X. Ultimately, the reputation of the lawyer matters more than whatever points you're making."
If you read the Constitution and tax law one way, you will conclude "The taxation system as enforced is 100% valid." If you read it another way, you'll conclude "The government has way overstepped its proper limits." The only opinion that really matter is what a Federal judge says.
Due to political reasons, a judge will almost always rule in favor of the prosecutor, in a tax evasion trial, especially one involving a "tax protester". If you can't see the conflict of interest, you're completely clueless.
The law doesn't explicitly directly say "All your labor belongs to the government. The slaves have to get permission from the government whenever they work, via taxes and reporting requirements." It's implied based on the way it's enforced, the way it's advertised, and the way court decisions stack up.
Suppose you make a logical argument and the judge rules against you. That's too bad for you. The judge has a monopoly. His decisions are final.
My favorite "tax protester" argument is "If I have to get permission from the government whenever I work, then I'm not really free. I'm a slave." Direct taxes are 50%. It's worse if you add indirect taxes and hidden taxes. The other arguments are interesting, but sort of miss the real point, which is "All taxation is theft!"
The Constitution allows for taxes. The people who wrote the Constitution were infallible gods!Thomas Jefferson is dead. You have no idea what he would say, if he were alive today. I can't ask Thomas Jefferson "What do you think of the current Federal government?" Maybe Thomas Jefferson would have been saying "OK, everybody! It's time to revolt!"
(Thomas Jefferson neither wrote nor signed the Constitution. He was not present at the "Constitutional Convention".)
The Constitution was written by a bunch of lawyers. That's one strike against it already. They weren't just any lawyers. They were politically connected lawyers. They were insiders and they represented insiders.
There is no provision for direct popular ratification of the Constitution. The Constitution and amendments only have to be ratified by state legislatures.
Even if 51% or 75% or 99.99% of the people would vote for the Constitution as written and enforced, they don't have the right to steal via taxes from the people who would vote "no". However, if 99.99% of the people believe they have the moral obligation to steal from you via taxes, you have a serious problem.
The people who wrote the Constitution were only formally authorized to patch the Articles of Confederation. Instead, they came up with a strong central government.
Suppose I got together with 1000 other "market anarchists"/voluntaryists, and we had a "Constitutional Convention". Would you recognize our work as valid? Would you advocate using violence to force us to support the other Constitution? You probably would say "No. Don't be silly. A group of people can't just get together and write a Constitution and expect everyone else to recognize it." Why should I care about what a bunch of insider lawyers wrote more than 200 years ago?
The Constitution was written by a bunch of insider layers, looking to consolidate and expand their power. It's like a banking reform law was written by bank lobbyists. It's like a copyright law written by media corporation lobbyists. It's like a healthcare reform law written by lobbyists from drug corporations, insurance corporations, and the AMA.
That's the problem with government. Insiders write laws that suit their own interests. The Constitution was written by insiders to suit their interests.
Of course, a government that respected the original Constitution would be better than the current Constitution. I'm referring to the way it was originally written and enforced.
At the time the Constitution was written, there were no government licensing requirements for lawyers. A judge couldn't threaten to disbar a lawyer for saying something he didn't like. If you wanted to hire me to be your lawyer because I'm a good public speaker, that would be legal.
At the time the Constitution was written, judges explicitly reminded juries of their nullification power and responsibility.
At the time the Constitution was written, trials only took a week or two.
At the time the Constitution was written, it was the custom to argue both facts and law in front of the jury. If you disagreed with the prosecutor's interpretation of the law, you made that argument in front of the jury. Now, judges rule on the law beforehand and present the law to the jury as a settled, non-controversial issue.
At the time the Constitution was written, the government's taxation power was carefully limited. This would eliminate all debate about income taxes.
A Supreme Court judge said "The Bill of Rights was only added as a concession to the Anti-Federalist faction. They didn't really mean it. If they thought they could get away with it, they wouldn't have included it. We shouldn't take the Bill of Rights too seriously."
Once the Federal government is the status quo, individual rights can be gradually eroded. It's the "frog in pot of boiling water" problem. Each new bad law is only slightly worse than the one that came before. If you didn't object to the previous law, you probably wouldn't object to the new one that's slightly worse. Government has a monopoly, so it degenerates into the current mess. Insiders always want more power. Government has a monopoly, so there's no restraint. Elections are an insufficient counter-measure, to prevent government from getting too big. Elections are a fake choice between insider-screened candidates.
The Constitution contained many checks and balances. By adding checks and balances and the Bill of Rights, the more moderate Anti-Federalists were convinced to support the Constitution. Once a government is in place, its power only grows over time. Government has a monopoly. Insiders always want to consolidate and expand their power.
We don't work for the government! We swear!Is that supposed to be convincing? An undercover policeman is legally allowed to lie, if you ask him.
I said "quatloos is run by the State", and not "government". The State is not just government. It's also the various parasites and psychopaths who earn their living indirectly from the State.
For example, Lloyd Blankfien does not work for the government. He does work for the State. He earns a huge salary without producing anything useful. The corrupt government monetary system feeds Lloyd Blankfien's salary.
If you work for HBGary, you work for the State even though you aren't formally employed by the government. If you work for any business that receives funding from the government (directly or indirectly), then you're working for the State.
As another example, Ron Paul works for the government but not the State. Ron Paul is the only Congressman who sharply criticizes the Federal Reserve. That's a key anti-State viewpoint. Ron Paul says "The Constitution is a valid contract. If only politicians respected it." That is pro-State trolling.
Ron Paul wins the "least evil Congressman" award. He's one of the most freedom-minded Congressmen and mainstream media personality. He does sometimes shill for the State.
It was really suspicious that a Federal judge cited quatloos in his decision.
These websites were interesting. That person works as a spy for the State, infiltrating Internet anti-government groups and "tax protester" groups. That person allegedly is also a quatloos regular. For all I know, some of my regular commenters might be undercover police! They're tryng to befriend me and turn me in to the State, when I get more serious about agorism.
However, Brad Spangler made an interesting point. An undercover policeman who hangs out with real anarchsits, might start to realize that their arguments have merit.
[That slimeball allegedly talked to Irwin Schiff's girlfriend in an Internet forum during his most recent trial. The judge forced Irwin Shiff and his lawyer to use an "insanity defense", rather than presenting his anti-IRS arguments to the jury. Irwin Schiff's girlfriend complained that it was unfair that they were forced to use an insanity defense. That comment was turned over to the prosecutor, and presented as evidence that they weren't insane! However, Irwin Schiff probably would have been convicted anyway.
It actually is kind of impressive. After getting out of prison, Irwin Schiff earned enough income to get busted for tax evasion again. Irwin Schiff should have arranged for his customers to pay him in cash. Knowing he was already under scrutiny, he should have declared some income.]
Another interesting bit is that some quatloos regulars allegedly heavily edit Wikipedia, making sure the "income tax" laws are biased in favor of the State.
Even if you don't formally work for the government, you can still work for the State. Some quatloos regulars claim to be lawyers or accountants. A lawyer or accountant does not produce anything useful. That job only exists because of government. A lawyer or accountant is employed by the State.
If you work for a "think-tank" or a State-affiliated charity, you work for the State. They get funding from the government or various insiders. For example, ACORN gets funding from the government and insiders. The Southern Poverty Law Center is part of the State. If you get a consulting contract to spy on anti-government groups, you're working for the State.
In order to prove "We quatloos don't work for the State!", you'd have to list your job. Do you work in the productive sector of the economy or the parasite sector?
Sadly, I work in the parasite sector of the economy. I have no illusions about it. I write software for a large financial institution.
I'm working on doing something productive besides blogging. That will take some time. I'd probably have to do it agorist-style in the counter-economy. There are too many laws, regulations, and taxes that make it very hard to do productive work legally.
I'd be an idiot to quit a job that pays $25/hr after taxes for a cash job that pays $10/hr tax-free. It is very disappointing, that I'm wasting time writing meaningless software, rather than doing something useful. As long as I get paid via 1099 or W-2, I have no choice but to fill out a tax return like a good slave. I'm not going to do something stupid like fill out a zero return or any of the other "tax protester" tricks.
Comments like this one are a dead giveaway that there's ties between quatloos and the IRS.
Did I ever tell you guys about the time I walked in the conference room in a federal law enforcement office, and saw one of Famspear's poems taped up on the bulletin board?I suspect that most of the quatloos users work for the State, directly or indirectly. Some of them have ties to law enforcement. They would eagerly turn in a "tax protester" to the police, and cheer as that person's life is ruined. They receive direct or indirect payment, in exchange for turning in unruly slaves.
Experts on natural law say that "taxation is not theft".Which experts on natural law? The ones that work for the government?
Unfortunately, the academic profession has been completely captured by government. Most money for universities comes from the government or insider-funded charities.
Peer review is an excellent censorship tool. Suppose every professor in a field believes X. If someone writes a paper on "not X", then all the other professors will ridicule you. They will be angry at you for disagreeing with them.
Via peer review, it's almost impossible to write a paper that challenges the majority viewpoint.
For example, some "carbon dioxide causes global warming" propagandists bragged about corrupting the "peer review" process. They were abusing the "peer review" process to silence dissent.
Scientists who say "carbon dioxide causes global warming" get plenty of research grants. Scientists who say the opposite don't get many research grants. Eventually, all the scientists agree and dissent is impossible.
I'm offended when State propagandists say "A majority of scientists believe that carbon dioxide causes global warming." The State corrupted the scientists to get that majority. The truth is not determined by a majority vote.
Similarly, almost all philosophers, economists, and political scientists believe "Taxation is not theft!" Via peer review, dissent is practically impossible. If you're the type of person who questions the State, you'll avoid those fields.
There are others who agree with me. Stefan Molyneux and lewrockwell.com express strong anti-State sentiment. They both have a greater audience than me. I consider them experts in natural law, but they do make some mistakes.
I never liked the "quote experts" style of debate. I can think for myself.
Quoting Supreme Court and appeals court decisions is missing the point. That assumes their authority is legitimate. Quoting university professors is missing the point. Academics with the "wrong" viewpoint have short careers.
When you say "Natural law experts say 'Taxation is not theft!'", you're quoting experts who work indirectly for the State.
FSK's opinion is the minority. Therefore, FSK is wrong.The truth is not determined by a majority vote.
Any new and important idea is in the minority when first discovered. "All taxation is theft, no matter how it's collected and no matter what it's used for!" and "A government violence/justice/taxation/regulatory monopoly is evil and unnecessary!" are new and important ideas.
They are spreading rapidly on the Internet. It's hard to measure. Some insiders are starting to officially denounce the truth, rather than ignore it.
Yes, the vast majority disagree with me. The vast majority are brainwashed mindless zombies. In a real sense, the "zombie apocalypse" scenario is nonfiction. I do my best to survive, in a world filled with zombies.
Imagine if I had a column in a major newspaper or my own TV show. How many people would agree with me? Most people have never been exposed to the truth. They haven't even considered it.
A pro-State troll says "FSK's ideas are dangerous. He shouldn't be allowed to spread his lies in the mainstream media." If my ideas may convince people, is that evidence I'm wrong or is that evidence that I'm right?
Most people are initially hostile to the truth, because it contradicts their pro-State brainwashing. However, if you hear the same idea from multiple sources, you'll start to think "Maybe this idea has merit?"
Almost everyone is partially insane! It's obvious to me when I get on the subway and look around, just from everyone's body language. This is a very serious problem.
If everyone else believes they have the right to steal from me via taxes, then I'm pretty much SOL.
If those "tax protester" tricks worked, then rich people would use them.Consider some legal tax evasion tricks.
- charitable remainder trust
- QPRT trust (qualified personal residence trust)
- dutch sandwich
(In a "charitable remainder trust", you donate property to a trust. You draw an income from the trust. The trust's profits are tax-free. The value of the trust goes to charity when you die. The advantage is that the trust doesn't have to pay taxes on gains, similar to an IRA.
In a QPRT trust, you donate property to your children via a trust, partially avoiding estate taxes.
In "dutch sandwich", a corporation launders international profits though countries with favorable tax laws, lowering their tax bill.)
Also, most insiders are net negative taxpayers. If you're a lawyer who makes $1M per year and pays $400k in taxes, it's more realistic to say "You stole $600k via the State." rather than "You're a patriotic person who paid $400k in taxes."
As you get wealthier, your tax rate goes down. If it takes $100k in fees to set up a fancy trust, it's worth it when you're really wealthy.
Plus, if your income is equity grants or option grants, you don't owe taxes until you cash out.
This leads to the perverse example of "Warren Buffet pays a lower taxation rate than his receptionist." Also, most of Warren Buffet's wealth increase is capital gains. He doesn't owe taxes until he sells. One advantage of his charity is that he avoids taxes.
However, if the "tax protester" tricks did work, politicians would close the loophole. The law wasn't changed. Judges got stricter, regarding what evidence and arguments may be made in front of a jury. This made it easier to jail people without formally changing the law.
FSK is a whiny fake genius, who thinks he knows something everyone else is missing. All "tax protesters" talk like that.The "tax protesters" have only partially cracked their brainwashing. For some bizarre reason, they expect to get a fair trial in a State court.
Can you prove to me that I'm wrong? (By "proof", I don't mean "People with guns come to kidnap me.") I really am openminded. What if "market anarchism" really is an important and new idea? It'll be the minority when first discovered. There would be a lot of hostility, because it contradicts what everyone else is saying. There would be a lot of hostility, because many people earn their living directly or indirectly from the State.
How is it any different from hostility to Galileo, when he suggested that the Earth moves around the sun? How do you know that 20 or 50 years from now, the majority won't be saying "Humans were so stupid, when they believed that taxation is not theft. Look at all the problems that false belief caused."?
You probably can't prove to me I'm wrong any more than I could prove to a Federal judge "All taxation is theft! Government is one huge extortion racket!" Me and a Statist literally have different interpretations of reality.
Let's see who wins out. Statists can try to track and kidnap/kill/murder the people who want freedom. The people who want freedom will use every dirty trick they can to avoid capture.
One big advantage now, compared to decades ago, is that people can share information directly on the Internet and bypass State censorship. Statists can spy on me. (I'm sure I'm on a list by now.) However, they don't have the resources to kidnap/kill everyone. If I know something truly subversive and dangerous, the best thing I can do is spread the truth to as many people as I can. Then, State thugs have less to gain by silencing me.
Also, the most productive workers are the ones who are most openminded. If many of the top 1%-5% most productive workers are convinced, then it's all over for the State. I suspect that many of my regular readers are skilled software engineers, one of the few areas of the economy where a really skilled person has an advantage. Conversely, most of the quatloos regulars are experts in the parasite sector of the economy.
Unfortunately, software isn't enough to survive. Software doesn't produce food and water and shelter. I need to learn something useful besides writing software.
If you're a tax collector, you're the hero in your own mind. You aren't going to be able to see the truth, that you're really a criminal. I suspect (but can't prove) that most hardcore quatloos regulars have direct or indirect ties to the State and IRS. The quatloos regulars have a financial interest in preserving the State.
Tax protesters aren't victims. They hurt themselves.This is bully-oriented thinking. If a bully demands your lunch money and you refuse, did you "intentionally hurt yourself"?
I blame the aggressor and not the victim. The IRS is engaged in economic terrorism against productive workers.
The income tax creates a very confrontational relationship, between workers and the government. The government is trying to maximize its revenue. Workers want to protect their property from theft.
The "tax protesters" pay more in penalties than if they just paid their taxes in the first place.I don't blame the "tax proesters". I blame the government that sets ridiculously high penalties, to bully people into submission.
You don't know how many get away with it. Only the high-profile cases are mentioned.
If there's only 1% who get caught, tax rates are 50%, and the penalty is 5x the value of the tax bill, then the incentive is to evade! It's statistically favorable. I considered "tax resister insurance" as a viable counter-economic business. Of course, I'd be an idiot if I kept a written customer list.
My personal risk for tax evasion is greater than most. I'm very good at explaining why the State is evil. Therefore, it'd be a high priority to kidnap and torture me, if I get a larger audience.
That thread degenerated into a discussion of why gold and silver can't be used as money.
The free market didn't discredit the gold standard. Did the free market declare that gold ownership was illegal in 1933? Did the free market allow the Federal Reserve to print more Federal Reserve Notes than gold reserves?
A government gold standard always fails. The government prints more gold-redeemable paper than there is actual gold. The free market causes the gold price to start deviating from the "official paper price". Then, the "free market" is blamed and the gold standard ends.
Once you have more gold-redeemable paper than gold, the free market guarantees an eventual run and default. Once people realize that government paper is only partially backed, they demand metal, and the system ends. Via the "free market", gold starts trading at a premium to the State paper money. The "free market" is blamed, but the real problem is that government printed more gold-redeemable paper than they had gold.
President Roosevelt's "solution" was to declare that gold ownership was illegal. This enabled the Federal Reserve to inflate and bail out the banksters, just like the Federal Reserve is inflating now to bail out the banksters. In 1932, the Federal Reserve had a limited ability to inflate, due to the gold standard. Once there's no link between gold and the paper dollar, then the Federal Reserve and government can inflate at will.
In 1932, President Roosevelt ran on a campaign of "I'm going to preserve the gold standard!" Once inaugurated, he said "Sorry! It's an emergency! I'm going to default and declare gold ownership illegal!" President Roosevelt didn't have a campaign promise of "I'm going to make it illegal to own gold!" The slaves are SOL when a politician breaks a campaign promise.
"It's an emergency!" is an excuse for all sorts of evil. "It's an emergency!" is a great excuse for taking away people's freedom. Income tax withholding and reporting was a "temporary emergency measure" during World War II.
Currently, the Federal government issues gold and silver coins. The melt value is far greater than the face amount. They can't circulate as money based on the melt value.
Suppose the Federal government minted a 1 ounce gold coin with a face amount of "$10,000". It would circulate as money until the price of gold went over $10,000/ounce. Then, people would start hoarding them.
If politicians really wanted to allow people to use gold as money, they could mint a coin that said "one ounce gold; this coin is legal tender based on the spot price". Then, people would start using gold and silver as money again, side-by-side with Federal Reserve Notes. This is Ron Paul's "competing currencies" proposal. Politicians don't do this, because their goal is to make it easy to steal people's savings via inflation.
A government gold standard must end in default. The government and government-licensed banks are allowed to print more gold-redeemable paper than gold. This guarantees an eventual default. Even before the Federal Reserve was created, banks used their fractional reserve banking power to expand and contract the money supply, stealing lots of real wealth in the process. For example, under the National Bank Act during the Civil War, bank-issued paper money was given "legal tender" status.
In the present, people don't use gold as money because it's illegal, and not because of the "free market". The stories of Franklin Sanders and E-Gold illustrate what happens to people who try to use gold as money or make it easy for others to use gold as money.
There was another interesting thread. Someone pointed out "Federal tax trials aren't fair. The judge and prosecutor both work for the government. They're on the same team."
It was interesting to see the counter-arguments.
Judges sometimes rule against the government. Therefore, trials are fair.Suppose you were intentionally setting up a corrupt legal system. If you won 100% of the time, that would be a dead giveaway that it's corrupt. Sometimes, there's an acquittal or a judge rules against the prosecutor. That doesn't prove it's fair.
For political prisoners and high-profile "tax protesters", judges pretty consistently rule against the defendant. Sometime, less important defendants win. The prosecutor almost always wins in a high-profile case.
What are conviction rates? According to this article, 95% of defendants plea bargain. Of those who go to trial, 90% are convicted. That's an overall conviction rate of 99.5%. (.95 + .9*.05 = 0.995)
Some defendants plea bargain for tactical reasons, even if they believe they're innocent. It is offensive, that many lawyers view their job as "negotiate a favorable plea bargain", rather than going to trial and risk losing and a harsh sentence.
A pro-State troll says "A conviction rate of 99.5%! That proves that prosecutors only pursue people who are truly guilty!" That also is a symptom of a corrupt system.
On the other hand, if you aren't planning to plead out and you might be a tough defendant, then prosecutors may be less likely to pursue you. However, your life is ruined for months pending trial. There's a huge incentive to plea bargain to end the ordeal.
It's very stressful to be in jail without bail pending trial. Many defendants suddenly plea bargain, after holding out. The stress of the trial gets to them.
A criminal trial is "even if you win, you lose". If acquitted, a defendant is not reimbursed for legal expenses. If acquitted, a defendant is not reimbursed for the time and expense and stress of a trial.
In a tax trial, even if you win a criminal trial, then the IRS may pursue a separate civil trial to collect unpaid taxes. In the "IRS Tax Court", there is no jury trial. It's an administrative trial, and most "Tax Court" judges are former IRS agents. If you lose in "Tax Court", you have to pay your full tax bill, and only then you may sue the IRS to try to recover taxes. There is no "right to a jury trial" in civil income tax trials.
Sometime, a defendant can be acquitted on Federal charges but convicted on state charges, as occurred with Franklin Sanders. There can be separate state and Federal trials for the same action. Does 1/2 convictions count as a "loss" for the prosecutor?
Judges have lifetime appointments. Therefore, judges are unbiased.If someone can be counted on to give the "right" verdicts, then there's no harm to giving them a lifetime appointment.
Judges, politicians, prosecutors, and journalists are drawn from the same group of people. They're all on the same team.
Most judges are former prosecutors. Most judges worked for the State their whole life. Most judges are connected to insiders.
If you're Solicitor General and then appointed to the Supreme Court, you're going to be biased on favor of the government. If you're a prosecutor and get promoted to judge, you're going to be biased in favor of the government. If you're an IRS agent and get promoted to "Tax Court" judge, you're going to be biased in favor of the IRS.
How come criminal defense lawyers are almost never appointed as judges? Almost no judges are formal criminal defense lawyers. Almost no judges have experience representing non-insiders in court. The people appointed as judges favor the State.
Prospective judges have the "right" attitude. Therefore, they can be given lifetime appointments. They can be counted on to give the right decisions.
When it comes to taxes, insiders are in nearly uniform agreement. Without taxes, insiders would have to actually work. They're not going to ruin their gravy train.
Consider the story of Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court. Initially, the Supreme Court ruled that the New Deal was Unconstitutional. Roosevelt and Congress threatened, to "pack the court", increasing the size so Roosevelt could appoint new judges. The Supreme Court capitulated.
The court-packing farce was dropped once the Supreme Court started ruling in Roosevelt's favor. Judicial independence is a lie. In the present, Supreme Court judges have nearly uniform agreement, that government can control nearly all aspects of everyone's life.
Government isn't monolithic. Government employees don't all think the samePoliticians have only superficial minor disagreements. Democrats and Republicans have many more similarities than differences. The minor differences are heavily debated, to distract the slaves.
For key State powers, like taxation, insiders have nearly uniform agreement. Anyone who questions the scam must be crushed.
Normally, parasites and psychopaths fight with each other. If someone starts questioning the scam, then differences are set aside. It inspires cooperation among parasites and psychopaths, when an honest and intelligent person starts questioning their scam.
When confronting a "tax protester", State parasites and psychopaths put aside their differences. They cooperate to crush him. This creates a massive highly-coordinate conspiracy, to crush the victim. Prosecutors openly brag about how they coordinate the State pogrom against the victim. The victim might be charged with several different crimes simultaneously. There might be separate trials in state and Federal court. Several different State bureaucracies will simultaneously investigate the victim. The prosecutor has virtually unlimited resources, when it comes to pursing a politically-motivated target. Vague laws are strictly enforced. The victim doesn't have a chance.
Government insiders don't agree on everything. When there's a high-profile political prisoner, they cooperate to crush him.
Judges are biased because they work for the government?! That means murderers don't get a fair trial either!Actually, some murderers don't get a fair trial. This is well documented.
Consider Curtis Flowers. He is black. He was accused of murdering his white boss after getting fired.
There were many mistrials.
In one mistrial, one black juror held out for acquittal, hanging 11-1. The judge tried to prosecute the holdout juror for "contempt of court". That severely threatens juror independence, if a judge will sanction a juror for giving the "wrong" verdict.
In the last trial, the judge was very lenient, when excusing black jurors "for cause". The prosecutor used his peremptory strikes to remove the remaining black jurors.
Did Curtis Flowers get a fair trial? Even in a murder case, there's a potential for bias.
Frequently, after a murder, police and prosecutors will link an easily-convictable person to the crime, even if there's insufficient evidence. The judge rubberstamps the prosecutor, rather than saying "WTF? There's insufficient evidence."
In *EVERY* criminal trial, there's potential for bias. A criminal trial is "State vs. criminal" and not "victim vs. criminal". The prosecutor claims to represent the victim.
This is particularly true for "victimless crimes". This includes tax evasion, possession of forbidden substances, and operating a business without a State permit. There is rampant abuse in the area of "victimless crimes". The obvious corruption makes this possible.
The prosecutor and judge both work for the government. They're on the same team. This leads to "justice" instead of justice.
State courts have a monopoly. There's no accountability. If they abuse their power, the slaves are SOL. If courts are incredibly inefficient, that's too bad.
Judges are appointed by the President, rather than being elected. That makes them "independent". The Federal Reserve is also "independent". The "independent" Federal Reserve acts for banks instead of doing what's right. Similarly, "independent" judges act for insiders, rather than doing what's right.
There's lots of "due process". Therefore, courts are fair.The "due process" is "cargo cult justice" and not real justice. By going through the motions, State court workers convince themselves that they are fair. The "due process" is just a fancy self-brainwashing ritual.
However, there is one advantage of court inefficiency. It costs a *LOT* to prosecute someone and give them the illusion of a fair trial. If you're small fry, you might evade prosecution. If many people refuse to plea bargain, the State can't handle that many trials.
However, high-profile targets always get prosecuted. There's always room in jail for political prisoners.
I'm very good at explaining why the State is one big scam. If I get a wider audience and I'm a successful agorist, then State terrorists will make it a priority to kidnap and torture me.
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Is The Quatloos Website Run By The State?":
Thats funny. Ive been on Quatloos for awhile and am none of the things that you said we all were. I am actually a single father of 3, a small business owner who loves claiming every last thing I can to get more money back for my kids and an artisan on top of all. also ex-military which somehow didnt get put in your list. I dont think theres a single person in this world that wants to and stands in line to pay taxes, but we all have to and we all, if smart, minumize the amount we pay.What type of small business? Is it in the productive sector of the economy or the parasite sector?
It's hard to criticize soldiers, due massive pro-State brainwashing. For example, did you notice the hidden advertisements for war in the Super Bowl? If you're opposed to war, you should also oppose the soldiers who fight that war.
Some soldiers are good, like Pat Tillman. Some soldiers are evil, like the ones who assassinated Pat Tillman.
One ex-soldier said "If I took my soldier oath literally, that means I'm required to go to Washington D.C. and start executing politicians."
Some soldiers were tricked into signing up. However, everyone's responsible for what they do.
I'm sympathetic to someone who was tricked into signing up for the army. If you don't understand how war is one big scam, then you are evil. If you actively advocate for war, then you are evil.
Whos feathers are you going to ruffle? All you did was call a bunch of people names and prove that you think differently than anyone else. The problem is we do it, get it over with, and people like you spend years and thousands of dollars trying not to pay at all, go to court, go to jail, and at the end of the day you still have to pay the taxes since it is the law. Do the rest of us like the law? No, like I said no sane person wants to pay tax on top of tax after you paid some taxes. Will we do it to keep from going to court and jail? Yup, I have 3 kids to support, not going to go through that crap and leave them un cared for.I don't feel bad that I called out the quatloos regulars as evil. They are evil.
If you call out people for being evil, then maybe some of them will recognize that they're doing bad things. I doubt I'll convince hardcore statists. Other people may be convinced.
Yes, I think differently from the majority of people. I definitely think differently than evil Statists. How do you know that I'm wrong? Any new and important idea is in the minority when first discovered.
It's one thing to say "I'm going along with the government taxation scam, because I'm afraid for my personal safety." It's another to say "I'm going to cheer along as those who do fight lose." The former is a reasonable tactical decision. The latter is evil.
There is no legal remedy for fixing the law. All politicians support the taxation system as written. It's impossible to get elected without lobbyist money.
The system is collapsing. "Be an obedient slave." isn't going to cut it much longer.
If you waste more than half your life via taxes, that's also being negligent to your children. If you didn't have to flush more than half your productivity down the toilet via taxes, you'd have a lot more time for your children.
It does suck that police will jail you unfairly, leaving your children without a father. Is that a reason to be a chicken? Is that a reason to fight? Do you blame the victim, or the aggressor?
Are you prepared for the collapse? Is it negligent to your children, to be unprepared?
Right now, I get paid on a W-2, so my tax resistance opportunities are zero. I'm working on that. Maybe someday, the people on quatloos can be cheering my wrongful imprisonment! I hope to avoid that. However, I'd be a coward and hypocrite if I didn't try something.
The system is collapsing. That's going to happen no matter what the IRS and other Statists do. It's over. Even if I'm wrongfully imprisoned or murdered, the collapse is coming. It can't be prevented anymore. All that's left to do is prepare.
When people like you pay taxes without resisting, that gives the police resources so they can afford to intimidate everyone else. You are partially responsible for all the evil that government does.
This leads to another counter-argument I hear from Statists.
Living in the USA, you've got it nice. Compared to most other countries, and most other times in history, living in the current USA is pretty good!Living as a slave in the USA is better than being a slave at almost any other time in history, or at any other place in the current world. I agree with that. (However, conditions in the USA are deteriorating. Some people are already fleeing for greener pastures.)
However, that doesn't justify the abuses that do occur.
"I beat my wife less than the other guy." doesn't justify doing it. "I steal less than other people." doesn't make you honest. "I treat my slave better than other masters." doesn't make you a non-slaveowner.
More than half the productivity of this country is wasted on taxes and government. Imagine if that were put to productive use instead!
Being a slave in the USA is better than most slaves at any previous time in history. That doesn't make me "not a slave".
For example, I'm a smart guy and a skilled worker. Why haven't I had more success, career wise. A pro-State troll says "It's because FSK is a pathetic loser." I realized that it's a completely corrupt system and a non-free market. As a non-insider, there's a "glass ceiling". As an employee, I'm not going to progress beyond a certain point.
I realized the correct answer "It's a completely corrupt system and a non-free market." Parasites and psychopaths feel threatened by me, because I can see through them. That limits my personal opportunities. Due to the State, it's hard for me to say "I'm starting my own competing business." I am going to try to start my own business, but due to the State, it probably will have to be agorist-style.
I'm wasting my life writing meaningless financial software, rather than doing something useful. For now, I'm responding to the non-free market signal, that I'm most valued writing meaningless software. If I do start an on-the-books business, part of the taxes I pay subsidize my larger corporate competitors.
The economic game is rigged. I'm going to refuse to play by the rules of a corrupt system.
It's definitely stupid to try to fight the State in State court. The "next generation" of "tax protesters" should work off-the-books in the counter-economy. I can learn from the failures of others. The lessons I've learned are:
- Deal completely in cash. Gold or silver are better.
- Don't incorporate your business.
- Don't use the State banking system at all. Tax collectors can use bank records to figure out how much they should steal from you.
- Report a reasonable-looking tax return. Tax collectors will do a "lifestyle audit", and automatically assume you're hiding income. If necessary, arrange for some people to pay you by cash and others by check, and report the by-check income.
- Deal with trusted partners. Try to avoid undercover police. This is hard.
- By the time you draw the attention of a prosecutor or tax collector, you've already lost. At this point, it might be better to minimize damage than fight.
- If you're very good at criticizing the State, and acting on your beliefs, the police *WILL* find a way to prosecute you. If State thugs decide to use the "full court press" against a victim, he is SOL.
It's been awhile since I debated hardcore Statists. Normally, I'm disgusted and avoid them completely. I'm not going to convince them, but other people might be interested.
The regulars on the quatloos website are *EVIL*. They are disgusting and offensive. Unfortunately, most judges, policemen, prosecutors, and insiders think like that. A Statist says that I'm evil. Let's see which philosophy wins out.