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Belief vs. Understanding

(originally launched into cyberspace on 03/24/2007)

Dear Subscriber,

My biggest frustration regarding the income tax issue is that the
beliefs of most people are based on faith, rather than knowledge.
For example, my jury understood nothing about the law. The chance
that any of them had ever even briefly browsed the tax laws before
my trial is slim to none. They chose to BELIEVE, based on no actual
evidence at all, that I was required to file. The judge said so,
the DOJ said so, the IRS said so, and the jury chose to believe
them (and chose not to believe me, even though I showed where the
law ITSELF supports my position--something the government never

Most people take most of what they "know" on blind faith. They
don't bother investigating or questioning anything. They pick
someone to believe (usually the majority or someone with
credentials) and skip those inconvenient things like study and
thought. Well, I'm sorry to say, most of those in the "tax honesty
movement" seem to do the same thing. They want a fad to follow, a
"leader" to adhere to, a claim to believe in, but they don't want
to put in the effort to find out for themselves what is true and
what is not.

The "movement" has been one long series of theory after theory,
from claims which are at least debatable to completely daffy
fabrications. It's been going on since before I was born, and it
shows no sign of slowing. Most people prance from one "argument" to
another, understanding little or nothing for themselves, hoping
that some magic words will save them from the big, bad IRS.

And please, don't bother e-mailing me to tell me that you really DO
know the magic words. As most of you know, I investigated a lot of
those theories BEFORE I ever heard of 861 (which I did NOT
"discover"). I didn't want a pipe dream or cheap salvation; I
wanted the TRUTH, whether it was pleasant or not. And most of the
time, the truth was nowhere to be found in what the "movement" was
spreading. And when I would question those making various claims,
it very quickly became apparent that I was usually dealing with
"true believers," not thinkers. They couldn't rationally discuss
the issue or even cite any evidence supporting their conclusions;
when challenged, they would resort to insults--exactly what the
status quo "tax professionals" do.

For those among us who choose to think and understand, very little
sways our opinions. Only evidence and logic have any business
impacting what a rational being thinks. The sun didn't start going
around the earth after Galileo was imprisoned. The evidence didn't
change; reality didn't change. The earth didn't become flat because
a bunch of "learned" men said it was flat. The evidence didn't
change; reality didn't change.

Likewise, what the law itself actually says does NOT depend on
whether someone got a refund, whether someone has an injunction
against them, or whether someone went to prison, nor does it depend
upon what most people think or what credentials people have. The
evidence is all that matters, and the evidence doesn't change;
reality doesn't change.

Apparently eager for some new "get out of oppression free" card,
lots of people have flocked to an older mistake from the
"movement," but with a new paint job. I'm speaking of the claim,
advanced by Pete Hendrickson in "Cracking the Code," that what you
get paid for doing work isn't "income." Lots of people have told me
I should look into it. I did, as soon as it came out, which was
quite a while ago. It was wrong then, and it's wrong now. I know
people don't want to hear that; they want us all to join against a
"common enemy" (the IRS). But my allegiance is to the truth, and my
enemy is falsity (whether intentional or inadvertent). I have no
interest in aligning myself with one falsity in order to combat
another falsity.

A lot of you aren't going to like this, but it's time for me to
(once again) point out the flaws in the fad du jour. (I'll also
respond to Mr. Hendrickson's supposed refutation of the 861
evidence.) If you just want someone to BELIEVE, then by all means,
ignore the next couple of messages. If you're one of those people
who want to UNDERSTAND, instead of taking things on faith, then you
won't be scared of a little discussion and a little quoting of the


Larken Rose