A peek at the nature of "government"
Kicking The Dragon
In the end, those in power believe that might makes right.
May 21, 2008 - A while back I split my e-mail list into two lists: one about the tax issue (the 861 evidence), and one about political philosophy. The two issues are completely independent, one being legal and one being philosophical. What the law ought to tax (if anything), and whether "taxation" is legitimate at all, is a completely different question from what the law DOES tax. So I split the lists, because some people were interested in one issue but didn't really care about the other one.
Well, today I'm announcing the release (at long last) of a book which, at first glance, would seem to be mainly about the tax issue. It's titled Kicking the Dragon (Confessions of a Tax Heretic) and it's the story of my many-year adventure with the IRS, the DOJ, and the rest of those who pretend to have the right to rule. Almost all of it was written while in prison. It tells the whole absurd story, from the first time I ever heard of "Section 861," through my administrative meetings with the IRS, the letter-writing campaigns, my inviting the feds to prosecute me, getting raided by the IRS, and up through my trial, and much more. If you think you know the whole story, you might know half of it. Even those who have been following the tale since the beginning will learn things they never knew before. (Incidentally, I've heard several bizarre and highly inaccurate claims about what actually happened at my trial. The book goes into great detail, with lots of direct quotes from all sides, showing the truth--which is even more bizarre than the false rumors.)
From the beginning, my approach was always that I would do the right thing, and whatever the control freaks did, and whatever happened to me, I would PUBLICIZE their actions for all the world to see. And this book does just that. (Incidentally, because it's in story form, I think it makes a pretty good introduction to the legal issue AND the philosophical issue, for those not already familiar with them.)
This is not some quickly thrown-together rant, but a thoroughly documented factual account, allowing the federal extortionists to be judged by their own words. I had lots of time on my hands throughout 2006 (during my term as a political prisoner), and took the opportunity to collect, review and organize a massive amount of documentation (thousands of pages), from which I selected a wide array of juicy tidbits and anecdotes illustrating just what "our" government has become.
It doesn't really matter how much (if anything) you know about the 861 issue itself, or what your opinion is of my legal "argument." The legal issue itself is not the focus of the book; the story surrounding it is. (However, as a bonus, an updated version of my "Taxable Income" report is included in its entirety as an appendix in the book.) Anyone who reads the story, regardless of what he thinks of me or my conclusions, will be hit by the inescapable fact that there is something horribly wrong in the American system of justice and due process.
However, even though the "legal" issue is why the story happened at all, and even though my political philosophy was NOT the reason I stopped filing tax returns, the way the story unfolded very clearly has a message for everyone (even those who don't know about or care about my legal "argument") which gets to the nature of "law," "government" and "authority." In short, the tale reveals that those who hide behind such terms are nothing more than unthinking, violent thugs, though they'd like you to think that there is something just and legitimate about what they do. In short, the hearings, trials, administrative due process, and the rest of their "procedures" and "rules" are all for show. In the end, those in power believe that might makes right. I challenge anyone to read the book, and then deny the truth of that statement.
The first thousand copies of the book are being printed right now. The web site is already up and taking pre-orders. Once the books are ready, which should be in about three weeks, the orders will be filled in the order they were received. I'm telling this list about the book before I advertise it anywhere else, to give you guys a head start. So, to get in at the front of the line and reserve your copy, go to:
Or, if you prefer, you can send $22 ($18 for the book plus $4 for shipping and handling) via check or money order (or cash, if you dare) to:
In the coming days, I'll be sending this list a few snippets from the book, to give you a taste of just how bizarre the whole story was. (For example, internal IRS memos obtained through the "discovery" process prior to our trials openly admitted that the Examination division of the IRS "does not want Tessa David & Larken Rose to actually file tax returns." How's that for weird?) In fact, if, after reading the entire book, you can honestly say "I already knew all of that," or if you can say "Nothing about what the government did seems fishy to me," I'll give you your money back.
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