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100 Years Of U.S. Federal Income Tax

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On February 3rd, 1913, one of the two most historic events in US history took place: the ratification of the 16th amendment, which established Congress' right to impose a Federal income tax on Americans, and overturned Article I, Section 9 of the US Constitution which explicitly prohibited a general income tax. The amendment was brief and to the point, and read as follows: "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration." And with that, the US Federal Income Tax was born and has been with us for precisely 100 years.

The amendment itself:

The result: the first ever iteration of what would henceforth become the most hated form in US history.


Passed by Congress on July 2, 1909, and ratified February 3, 1913, the 16th amendment established Congress's right to impose a Federal income tax.


Far-reaching in its social as well as its economic impact, the income tax amendment became part of the Constitution by a curious series of events culminating in a bit of political maneuvering that went awry.


The financial requirements of the Civil War prompted the first American income tax in 1861. At first, Congress placed a flat 3-percent tax on all incomes over $800 and later modified this principle to include a graduated tax. Congress repealed the income tax in 1872, but the concept did not disappear.


After the Civil War, the growing industrial and financial markets of the eastern United States generally prospered. But the farmers of the south and west suffered from low prices for their farm products, while they were forced to pay high prices for manufactured goods. Throughout the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s, farmers formed such political organizations as the Grange, the Greenback Party, the National Farmers’ Alliance, and the People’s (Populist) Party. All of these groups advocated many reforms (see the Interstate Commerce Act) considered radical for the times, including a graduated income tax.


In 1894, as part of a high tariff bill, Congress enacted a 2-percent tax on income over $4,000. The tax was almost immediately struck down by a five-to-four decision of the Supreme Court, even though the Court had upheld the constitutionality of the Civil War tax as recently as 1881. Although farm organizations denounced the Court’s decision as a prime example of the alliance of government and business against the farmer, a general return of prosperity around the turn of the century softened the demand for reform. Democratic Party Platforms under the leadership of three-time Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, however, consistently included an income tax plank, and the progressive wing of the Republican Party also espoused the concept.


In 1909 progressives in Congress again attached a provision for an income tax to a tariff bill. Conservatives, hoping to kill the idea for good, proposed a constitutional amendment enacting such a tax; they believed an amendment would never receive ratification by three-fourths of the states. Much to their surprise, the amendment was ratified by one state legislature after another, and on February 25, 1913, with the certification by Secretary of State Philander C. Knox, the 16th amendment took effect. Yet in 1913, due to generous exemptions and deductions, less than 1 percent of the population paid income taxes at the rate of only 1 percent of net income.


This document settled the constitutional question of how to tax income and, by so doing, effected dramatic changes in the American way of life.

As for the other historic event of US history, ironically it, too, took place in 1913, on December 23: this was the day when the Federal Reserve was founded.

The charts below summarize what has happened next:


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Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:05 | 3211624 Temporalist
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That is a differnet argument and I don't disagre.  It used to be that bank stock owners had double liability.  I have linked this before from historian John Gordon Steele describing double liability and bank partnerships:

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 19:51 | 3211910 TheGardener
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"their sordid avarice"
still stands in the room, and you say just something useful,
without replying. We are not talking about requesting interest for risking monetary equivalents , or substitutes thereof.

Nor the extreme form mode of existence thereof ; dense urban existence: USURY .

All of the above fully legit under certain circumstances.

Talk about sordid avarice next time folks, feel free to quote schopenhauer for strong wording, but get to the point.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 13:52 | 3211141 ebworthen
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The beginning of the end.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 13:59 | 3211154 booboo
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"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men"

~ Woodrow Wilson


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:08 | 3211175 A Lunatic
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Like he couldn't see it coming.............

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:14 | 3211200 lakecity55
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Yeah, kinda late, there, Woodrow.

Burn in hell, motherfucker.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:27 | 3211376 Jayda1850
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+1 wish I could give you more. The only thing that keeps me going somedays is that somehow these cocksuckers got retribution in the afterlife.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:56 | 3211599 machineh
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One envisions Woody Wilson blowing Frank Roosevelt, while Eleanor reams his rump with a dildo.


All in the family, as it were ...

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:56 | 3211600 machineh
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Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:13 | 3211193 Cloud9.5
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Down vote by mistake. Should be an up vote.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:29 | 3211221 Cheesy Bastard
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Dear sir:
      You can take it back.  Just click the greenie and it will change your vote from red to green.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:53 | 3212469 holgerdanske
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WORKS, just did it to you!!

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 13:59 | 3211155 LeisureSmith
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Matt Taibbi on the revolving door and TBTF.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:02 | 3211316 ebworthen
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Great interview, just watched that this morning on PBS.

Rate fixing, drug money laundering, no one goes to jail, DOJ admitting they can't go after the elites.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:07 | 3211330 Temporalist
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Bill Moyers is great and he doesn't seem to have an agenda but just likes to let people talk.  He just had Krugman on.  Here is the Peter Schiff response (I found it quite funny):

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 18:31 | 3211777 Cathartes Aura
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not taking any sides here, but,

Permanent U.S. members

Permanent U.S. members of the Bilderberg include George W. Ball, Gabriel Hauge, Richard C. Holbrooke, Winston Lord, Bill Moyers and Paul Wolfowitz. The permanent Bilderberg Secretariat is located at 1 Smidswater, the Hague, the Netherlands. Another address is sometimes reported at 2301 Da Leiden, the Netherlands

there are of course, other links, should this one not do it for you.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:05 | 3211168 Kaiser Sousa
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i aint payin no fucking taxes, i got no money in your bankrupt fucking client banks, and u can take all the houses i bought, refied, and used the proceeds to buy REAL MONEY u cant print into oblivion and thus rob me and my fam of our purchasing go ahead and do what u think u gotta...

aint no bitches around here....BITCH!!!!!!

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:12 | 3211191 A Lunatic
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What enthusiasm!!

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:00 | 3211617 machineh
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That's how Ben B. talks, when he's deep underground at 33 Liberty Street

... snorting rails off gold bricks.

(thinks it's his)

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:24 | 3212211 FEDbuster
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Is that you Kevin "walstreetpro2"? Rowland?

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:46 | 3211213 Banksters
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Check this out:


Rand Paul recently put up an amendment to STOP military aid to Egypt.   It was voted down 79-19 in a roll call, fucking crooks!   In it General Dynamics, controlled by the Crown Family, will sell 395 million dollars worth tanks  to Egypt.   They , INCIDENTALLY, 
RABID ZIONISTS.  Oh, did I forget to mention that they are selling shit.   They are getting their money directly from the US GOVT who is then GIVING them to the EGYPTIAN MILITARY.



The Crown family: investing in weapons, war ...and Obama Rand Paul Amendment on Egypt  Senate kills amendment to ban US sending weapons to Egypt General Dynamics Awarded $395 Million for Egyptian Abrams Tank-Related Work

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – The U.S. TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $395 million contract for work under the Egyptian tank co-production program. The contract funds the production of 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits for the eleventh increment of the Egyptian co-production program.


Lester Crown

 Became chairman of General Dynamics 1983. Diversified family's fortune; today owns stakes in General Dynamics, Maytag, Alltel, JPMorgan Chase, Hilton Hotels, Rockefeller Center, basketball's Chicago Bulls, baseball's New York Yankees. Longtime Democrat raised money for Obama.


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:07 | 3211172 Hannibal
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"Taxation" is extortion by means of Govt intimidation, Mafia, Gangs etc., a criminal activity that need be replaced by honorable "voluntary donations".

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:42 | 3211259 Stuffs And Stuff
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No, your government loves you, comrade!

Now pay up or we'll break your legs; for your safety, ofcourse.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:11 | 3211336 Banksters
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Debt Repudiation IS EASY.

Our Elected Representatives have lied to us, and in the process created debt we can not and SHOULD NOT pay back.



"An unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only partisan information and opinion that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda, is less inclined to put up a fight, ask questions and be 


skeptical."  --Bill Moyers


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:07 | 3211173 Unprepared
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Makes sense. There would have been no point of creating a property management office (the federal reserves bank) if no rent were to be collected.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:15 | 3211179 Banksters
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Plenty of great posts filled with information.   I hope people take a moment to 'infect' cnn, msnbc, fox, etc with these ideas.  Copy, paste, and let it rip.   Set a brush fire to the well regulated group mind.   

Some objectives:

1.   Accept that under our current 'system' we are collateral against debt. This  a horrifying realization, but once accepted can lead to radical change.   


Step 2.   Demand that high ranking bankers get indicted and prosecuted.  

Step 3.  If they don't, which they won't,then we must form our own tribunals.   Big step, and will really lay down the divisions between us and them...

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:07 | 3211627 machineh
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Accept that under our current 'system' we are collateral against debt.

Formerly called 'chattels.'

Unfortunately some of the human livestock has a negative present value to its owners.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:11 | 3211185 One World Mafia
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Take the rigging out of our system of voting and we could get it repealed.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:13 | 3211192 lakecity55
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IRS= Irresponsible Rapists and Shooters

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:16 | 3211206 francis_sawyer
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IRS = Israeli Royal Slushfund

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:34 | 3211244 A Lunatic
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I R Stupid  -Taxpayers-

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:47 | 3211275 Seasmoke
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Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:53 | 3211290 Banksters
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Check out the front of the IRS- Pyramid, hands...


Then check out the Rothschild built supreme court in Israel,

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:05 | 3211325 ebworthen
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Now I know why I feel as though I'm stomping straw into clay to make bricks for the Pharaoh.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:11 | 3211638 machineh
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We're all Palestinians now.

(well, 98% of us ...)

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:55 | 3211449 css1971
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Just to rub your nose in it, the black bit is literally covered with the text "we the people", underneath the white cap of the pyramid.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:36 | 3211240 Temporalist
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Please take a moment of silence for all those who have fought for their beliefs and are still doing so.


In honor of Irwin Schiff:

Irwin Schiff on the Biggest Con and the Federal Mafia (1hr)


Irwin Schiff vs. IRS on Fox TV News

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:33 | 3211243 Fix It Again Timmy
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100 years of theft from hard working people by unscrupulous scumbags; no wonder the US is F'D UP.....

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:39 | 3211252 kwality
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That second chart... surely that is a sign we are living at the peak of prosperity!!  It looks as if sometime around 1971, a miracle occured which opened the doors to a whole new world where wealth grew at a studpendous pace.  What. ever. could. have. happened?!? 


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:41 | 3211256 Seasmoke
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1913 was a very bad year.....2013 not looking much better

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:49 | 3211269 WTFx10
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The day the United States was handed over to the predators.

First of all the Federal Reserve is an INDEPENTDANT Agency and that means basically that there is NO other agency of government which can OVERRULE actions that we take.
Alan Greenspan Federal Reserve Chairman

 "Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin.
    The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them,
    but leave them the power to create deposits,
    and with the flick of the pen they will
    create enough deposits to buy it back again.
    However, take it away from them, and
    all the great fortunes like mine
    will disappear and they ought to disappear, for
    this would be a happier and better world to live in.
    But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers
    and pay the cost of your own slavery,
    let them continue to create deposits."
    --- Sir Josiah Stamp (1880-1941)

    President of the Bank of England & 2nd richest man in Britain
Source: Speaking at the Commencement Address of the University of Texas in 1927

The U.S. Federal Reserve System (“The Fed”): A private, non-transparent entity, formed in 1913, representing and serving private, profit-driven Predator banks that creates money from nothing (fiat) and to which the U.S. government has delegated and effectively ceded its constitutional power to coin money.

The Fed essentially lends our “sovereign” public money to us at interest, paying for things like government debt with more debt, thus expanding debt. By contrast, the Fed currently gives away money to its constituent private banks at zero percent interest, allowing those banks to buy U.S. Treasury bonds, which yield a 2-3 percent interest mark-up to be paid by taxpayers, adding to citizen debt.

Fractional reserve: Private fiat fabrication of exchangeable public “money” as a bookkeeping entry through “multiplication” of public fiat held in private bank reserves. Holding 100,000 dollars of depositors’ money may allow me, as a bank, to lend out 1,000,000 dollars. By what authority? None, really, just my say-so and my action.

Thomas Jefferson:

“The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution. I am an Enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but Coin. If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.”

TWAIN, MARK (S. L. Clemens). 19th century American writer.

"In the U.S. cotton states, after the war... the Predator came down in force, set up shop on the plantation, supplied all the Negroes' wants on credit, and at the end of the season was the proprietor of the Negro's share of the present crop and part of the next one. Before long, the whites detested the Predator. (1)
The Predator is being legislated out of Russia. The reason is not concealed. The movement was instituted because the Christian peasant stood no chance against his commercial abilities. The Predator was always ready to lend on a crop. When settlement day came, he owned the crop; the next year he owned the farm - like Joseph. (2)
In the England of John's time everybody got into debt to the Predator. He gathered all lucrative enterprises into his hands. He was the King of Commerce. He had to be banished from the realm. For like reasons, Spain had to banish him 400 years ago, and Austria a couple of centuries later.
In all ages Christian Europe has been obliged to curtail his activities. If he entered upon a trade, the Christian had to retire from it. If he set up as a doctor, he took the business. If he exploited agriculture, the other farmers had to get at something else. The law had to step in to save the Christian from the poor-house. Still, almost bereft of employments, he found ways to make money. Even to get rich. This history has a most sordid and practical commercial look. Religious prejudices may account for one part of it, bit not for the other nine.
Protestants have persecuted Catholics - but they did not take their livelihoods away from them. Catholics have persecuted Protestants - bit they never closed agriculture and the handicrafts against them. I feel convinced that the Crucifixion has not much to do with the world's attitude toward the Predator; that the reasons for it are much older than that event ...
I am convinced that the persecution of the Predator is not in any large degree due to religious prejudice. No, the Predator is a money-getter. He made it the end and aim of his life. He was at it in Rome. He has been at it ever since. His success has made the whole human race his enemy.
You will say that the Predator is everywhere numerically feeble. When I read in the Cyclopedia Britannica that the Predatorish population in the United States was 250,000 I wrote the editor and explained to him that I was personally acquainted with more Predators than that, and that his figures were without doubt a misprint for 25,000,000. People told me that they had reasons to suspect that for business reasons, many Predators did not report themselves as Predators. It looks plausible. I am strongly of the opinion that we have an immense Predatorish population in America. I am assured by men competent to speak that the Predators are exceedingly active in politics. ("Concerning the Predators," Harper's Monthly Magazine, September 1899)

    “Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce…and when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by few powerful predators at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.” –

President James Garfield, 2 weeks before his assassination.

iT wIlL NeVeR EnD UntIL

"The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks." John Dalberg Lord Acton

Now Go watch the StupidBowl!

 “Truth hurts. Maybe not as much as jumping on a bicycle with a seat missing, but it hurts.”

                                      -Naked Gun


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:46 | 3211270 cristo
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This is the story of your enslavement; how it came to be, and you can finally be free.

Like all animals, human beings want to dominate and exploit the resources around them.

At first, we mostly hunted and fished and ate off the land - but then something magical and terrible happened to our minds.

We became, alone among the animals, afraid of death, and of future loss.

And this was the start of a great tragedy, and an even greater possibility...

You see, when we became afraid of death, of injury, and imprisonment, we became controllable -- and so valuable -- in a way that no other resource could ever be.

The greatest resource for any human being to control is not natural resources, or tools, or animals or land -- but other human beings.

You can frighten an animal, because animals are afraid of pain in the moment, but you cannot frighten an animal with a loss of liberty, or with torture or imprisonment in the future, because animals have very little sense of tomorrow.

You cannot threaten a cow with torture, or a sheep with death. You cannot swing a sword at a tree and scream at it to produce more fruit, or hold a burning torch to a field and demand more wheat.

You cannot get more eggs by threatening a hen - but you can get a man to give you his eggs by threatening him.

Human farming has been the most profitable -- and destructive -- occupation throughout history, and it is now reaching its destructive climax.

Human society cannot be rationally understood until it is seen for what it is: a series of farms where human farmers own human livestock.

Some people get confused because governments provide healthcare and water and education and roads, and thus imagine that there is some benevolence at work.

Nothing could be further from reality.

Farmers provide healthcare and irrigation and training to their livestock.

Some people get confused because we are allowed certain liberties, and thus imagine that our government protects our freedoms.

But farmers plant their crops a certain distance apart to increase their yields -- and will allow certain animals larger stalls or fields if it means they will produce more meat and milk.

In your country, your tax farm, your farmer grants you certain freedoms not because he cares about your liberties, but because he wants to increase his profits.

Are you beginning to see the nature of the cage you were born into?

There have been four major phases of human farming.

The first phase, in ancient Egypt, was direct and brutal human compulsion. Human bodies were controlled, but the creative productivity of the human mind remained outside the reach of the whip and the brand and the shackles. Slaves remained woefully underproductive, and required enormous resources to control.

The second phase was the Roman model, wherein slaves were granted some capacity for freedom, ingenuity and creativity, which raised their productivity. This increased the wealth of Rome, and thus the tax income of the Roman government - and with this additional wealth, Rome became an empire, destroying the economic freedoms that fed its power, and collapsed.

I'm sure that this does not seem entirely unfamiliar.

After the collapse of Rome, the feudal model introduced the concept of livestock ownership and taxation. Instead of being directly owned, peasants farmed land that they could retain as long as they paid off the local warlords. This model broke down due to the continual subdivision of productive land, and was destroyed during the Enclosure movement, when land was consolidated, and hundreds of thousands of peasants were kicked off their ancestral lands, because new farming techniques made larger farms more productive with fewer people.

The increased productivity of the late Middle Ages created the excess food required for the expansion of towns and cities, which in turn gave rise to the modern Democratic model of human ownership.

As displaced peasants flooded into the cities, a huge stock of cheap human capital became available to the rising industrialists - and the ruling class of human farmers quickly realized that they could make more money by letting their livestock choose their own occupations.

Under the Democratic model, direct slave ownership has been replaced by the Mafia model. The Mafia rarely owns businesses directly, but rather sends thugs around once a month to steal from the business "owners."

You are now allowed to choose your own occupation, which raises your productivity - and thus the taxes you can pay to your masters.

Your few freedoms are preserved because they are profitable to your owners.

The great challenge of the Democratic model is that increases in wealth and freedom threaten the farmers. The ruling classes initially profit from a relatively free market in capital and labor, but as their livestock become more used to their freedoms and growing wealth, they begin to question why they need rulers at all.

Ah well. Nobody ever said that human farming was easy.

Keeping the tax livestock securely in the compounds of the ruling classes is a three phase process.

The first is to indoctrinate the young through government "education." As the wealth of democratic countries grew, government schools were universally inflicted in order to control the thoughts and souls of the livestock.

The second is to turn citizens against each other through the creation of dependent livestock.

It is very difficult to rule human beings directly through force -- and where it can be achieved, it remains cripplingly underproductive, as can be seen in North Korea. Human beings do not breed well or produce efficiently in direct captivity.

If human beings believe that they are free, then they will produce much more for their farmers. The best way to maintain this illusion of freedom is to put some of the livestock on the payroll of the farmer. Those cows that become dependent on the existing hierarchy will then attack any other cows who point out the violence, hypocrisy and immorality of human ownership.

Freedom is slavery, and slavery is freedom.

If you can get the cows to attack each other whenever anybody brings up the reality of their situation, then you don't have to spend nearly as much controlling them directly.

Those cows who become dependent upon the stolen largess of the farmer will violently oppose any questioning of the virtue of human ownership -- and the intellectual and artistic classes, always and forever dependent upon the farmers -- will say, to anyone who demands freedom from ownership: "You will harm your fellow cows."

The livestock are kept enclosed by shifting the moral responsibility for the destructiveness of a violent system to those who demand real freedom.

The third phase is to invent continual external threats, so that the frightened livestock cling to the "protection" of the farmers.

This system of human farming is now nearing its end.

The terrible tragedy of the modern American system has occurred not in spite of, but because of past economic freedoms.

The massive increases in American wealth throughout the 19th century resulted from economic freedom -- and it was this very increase in wealth that fed the size and power of the state.

Whenever the livestock become exponentially more productive, you get a corresponding increase in the number of farmers and their dependents.

The growth of the state is always proportional to the preceding economic freedoms.

Economic freedoms create wealth, and the wealth attracts more thieves and political parasites, whose greed then destroys the economic freedoms.

In other words, freedom metastasizes the cancer of the state.

The government that starts off the smallest will always end up the largest.

This is why there can be no viable and sustainable alternative to a truly free and peaceful society.

A society without political rulers, without human ownership, without the violence of taxation and statism...

To be truly free is both very easy, and very hard.

We avoid the horror of our enslavement because it is painful to see it directly.

We dance around the violence of our dying system because we fear the attacks of our fellow livestock.

But we can only be kept in the cages we refuse to see.


Wake up...


To see the farm is to leave it.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:42 | 3211423 holgerdanske
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Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:18 | 3211645 machineh
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Finally ... cristo's second coming.

This version is a lot more to the point than the Gospels. ;-)

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:55 | 3212270 FEDbuster
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Watch (but mostly listen) to "The Handbook of Human Ownership - A Manual for New Tax Farmers"


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 06:23 | 3212726 bunnyswanson
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They will be coming for the land.


Published on Feb 3, 2013

Ann Bressington Exposes Agenda 21, Club of Rome, Sustainable Development, at the Lord Monckton Launch 2 Feb 2013 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. - Bloomberg endorses Agenda 21

This is global.  Are the wars on "terrorism" just a distraction?

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:48 | 3211424 holgerdanske
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Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:01 | 3211469 Shigure
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The Story of Your Enslavement  (13.10)

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:07 | 3211628 samsara
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Really really good.  Sending to my mailing list.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:31 | 3211535 JR
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“… The terrible tragedy of the modern American system has occurred not in spite of, but because of past economic freedoms…”

The use of “economic freedoms” in this context is the way Marx described the plight of the worker facing the dictatorial factory owner.  This type of reasoning leads to the Communist cry, Workers of the world unite, when all that’s happened here is the classification of fascism as free enterprise. Man was not allowed freedoms; he fought for and wrestled them away from the tyrants.

And it was economic freedom that extended his liberty. It was the kernel that formed the American system. And, now, the tyrants have returned to propagandize and to strangle this liberty, and the way they do it, is to monopolize the economy, choking free enterprise.

The Declaration of Independence was written with a belief in freedom…to construct a political order that would help protect freedom.

Freedom precedes freedom-protecting institutions.  The latter is expected to flow from the desire to protect pre-existing rights. Among these God-given rights are property rights - they are barriers against the state; they protect the people from the abuse of its power. As we are seeing, of the various ways by which a democratic government reinforces its control and takes away property rights, the most successful is inflation.

Joseph Howard writes in “Toward a  Meaningful Defense of Freedom that man's basic “rights are God-given and Jefferson began the case for independence by recognizing the fact; and at the conclusion of the Declaration, the signers placed their reliance on the Almighty, the author of the rights they were defending.”

By the way, free men are not animals on a farm.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:36 | 3211614 cristo
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By the way there are no free men on a tax farm.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 18:27 | 3211761 JR
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The shot heard round the world was fired by a farmer.

You Socialists always promise that all things will be made right, right here on earth, and that all of mankind finally will be to liberated, by Socialism. Yet, the fulfillment of Socialism’s promises always leads to statism, to terror, to violence, or to the ubiquitous use of the force of the state.”

Or the way Communists put it, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” They were right: 130,000,000 million broken eggs compose the omelet made between Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin and Mao alone using their socialist economic recipe. Those "eggs" were the heads of men, women and children.

Clarence B. Carson, in an examination of the connection between ideology and revolution,  points out that “the critical and essential difference between Christianity and modern socialism is that “at bottom, Christianity is not a power theory… Socialism—whether revolutionary or evolutionary—is a power theory."

America’s foundation was built on God-given rights. Lenin’s was built on man-given rights.

Consider the case of Christianity first…

Says Carson: “[W]hen Jesus went into the wilderness and was tempted…he rejected the vision of an earthly kingdom or empire. That is, he rejected the use of force to attain his ends. He did so again, in another way, just before his trial and crucifixion…

“Christianity is not a power theory…the methods Jesus employed were concern, love, healing, sacrifice, attraction, and persuasion. Those who would follow him, he bade to take up, not their swords, but the cross (i.e., the way of sacrifice). What Jesus seeks cannot be attained by force. Men cannot be made to believe…

“The sword is an instrument of death, not of life, and he said that he came to bring life.

“Socialism is a power theory. In essence, it is nothing but a power theory. Its affinity for the state is as near absolute as anything can be in this world. The further it goes toward its goal the more absolute its reliance on the state... What socialists contrived…was a religion, or substitute for religion. It was a religion of man… Its tacit promise is of an end of all restraint, and hence of an end to government and the use of force upon people. Man’s inhumanity to man, a favorite phrase of those enlivened by the idea, will cease.”

Yet, it achieves it end by the means of force, by a monopoly of power: The idea is to crush all independence, by force. “It is a struggle for power, for the monopolization of all power by ‘the people…it promises beatitude; it leads to destruction, to tyranny, to murder, to rapine, to suicide.

“The idea requires the sublimation of the individual to the state….no less than the death of the ego or the end of the individual self.”

Or as depicted by George Orwell: “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.” 

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 19:01 | 3211800 cristo
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Dude you got it all wrong there's nothing in this piece of writing by Stefan molyneux that suggests anything else but Anarchism.

This is pure anti-statism and certainly not socialism .

How in the world do you come up with anything"socialsit" about it . I can't beleive you actually read it .Well... i maybe wrong but you certainly did not understand it .

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 20:52 | 3212039 JR
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“…freedom metastasizes the cancer of the state.”

Forgive me, cristo, but this sounds like Communism.

If this piece speaks for Molyneux, he must be a madman – a libertarian gone anarchist. The results of the piece you posted either lead to a Zimbabwean ghetto or the hammer and cycle of Communism.

Without discipline, how can there can be order? Order is the most important prerequisite for the proper functioning of the free market. For trade. For dependability. For technological advancement.

No nation can develop its resources without order. No investor would invest in a dysfunctional Zimbabwe and expect a profit. Eventually those systems that make the productive pay for the upkeep of the unproductive will be broke, struggling for their own survival.

Civic Leader E. Earl Douglas says that the difference between so-called disadvantage nations and industrialized nations, in terms of standard of living, “can only be attributed to a technology that is an outgrowth of a free market.

“The foundation for the free market may justly be defined as entrepreneurial freedom. But, the market and entrepreneurial freedom are dependent on what must be described as order—a societal order, which is born of discipline."

I regret that I misread the piece's intent and believed you to be a Socalist. Still, isn't Ron Paul's solution much superior to Molyneux's when he says that most of America’s ills could be corrected if her leadership once again was bound by the U.S. Constitution. It seems to me the people's only hope is to return to their founding roots that created this economic miracle based on individual liberty - with a government of “limited and enumerated powers” - rather than to forsake thoses roots and leave in freedom's place a banker oligarchy that is tearing those roots asunder?

The solution to our problems and universal war-making, IMO, is the abolishment of the Fed; the Fed is America's cancer.

It is imperative, therefore, that Molyneux explain how he intends to create a “truly free and peaceful society” without “economic freedoms.”

For is he not, perhaps unknowingly, describing a collectivist workers’ paradise where no one assumes any personal responsibility to maintain freedom, whereby the state, the “people,” owns the means of production?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 12:29 | 3213486 Pants McPants
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While I cannot speak for Molyneux I am familiar enough with his work to tell you he's very much aligned with personal responsibility and the non-initiation of force within human relationships.  He is in no way advocating for a workers' paradise, directly or indirectly.

Molyneux got into plenty of hot water with libertarians when he argued against political action as a solution to society's ills.  His political criticisms spared no politician, including Ron Paul.  Instead, Molyneux takes a much longer view, advocating for change in areas where people have direct control and can therefore make a larger difference (e.g., personal relationships and, specifically, raising of children)  In short, Molyneux argues against political action because individuals ultimately have zero control over the poltiical process.

Molyneux is an entertaining speaker and his material can make people uncomfortable.  Nevertheless he's worth listening to....even if he is a 'madman' anarchist. 

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 19:46 | 3211930 Bandit und Buster
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 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. Luk 22:36

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 21:08 | 3212072 JR
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Jesus never professed the use of the sword, i.e., force, as a means of bringing men to God, the Father. The Gospel itself is sufficient for that task for those who truly want to hear. That is why the enemies of Christianity attempt to extinguish it. For it is a light unto the world.

Jesus, in what you reference, is reversing his earlier advice regarding how his disciples are to travel. The times are getting more and more dangerous.

“The disciples were to bring bags, money and swords. They would be facing hatred and persecution and would need to be prepared. When Jesus said: ‘That is enough,’ he may have meant it was not time to think of using swords. In either case, mention of a sword vividly communicated the trials they were soon to face.” –-Life Application Bible, New International Version

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 18:10 | 3211737 tip e. canoe
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wow - that was intense.   gracias senor.

what's interesting is that all the above farming methods employed thruout History seem to be in play at the moment in various pastures on the modern global farm.  given the global reach of their enterprise, it appears that only when the wells run dry is when the farmers begin to turn on and cannibalize each other in a desperate grab for the same income they've felt "entitled" to thruout their History. 

perhaps we are witnessing the beginning of that now.

best to find a spring up in the mountains somewhere?

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 19:18 | 3211872 Cathartes Aura
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what if time is not linear, but an ascending spiral of echoed behaviours?

relative, related, points of view'ng. . .

mountain springs, *nods*

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 19:11 | 3211860 Anusocracy
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I'll give you an A, but the biological basis for slavery goes deep into the past, to the development of the alpha-male social hierarchy. The social world spawned it, even some ants enslave other ants.

Political slavery is implied, like the slavery of the alpha-male hierarchy, while chattel slavery is direct. Perhaps that is why chattel slavery has disappeared - the government didn't like the competition.

However you approach political slavery, the vast majority of the people are hard-wired for it, and, if for some reason it should disappear, it would reappear in the shortest of time.


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 19:25 | 3211894 Cathartes Aura
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heh. . . egalia's daughters, short the wires. . .

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 20:26 | 3211998 tip e. canoe
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("The boys said it was awkward and uncomfortable, cramming your penis into that stupid box. And it was so impractical when you had to pee.")


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:35 | 3212435 Cathartes Aura
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((This description is of the annual Menstruation Games:

At the front were two big, dark red banners, symbolizing menstrual blood, then came the musicians - a band composed of twenty pregnant wim playing a victory march, followed by a troop of fifteen more wim waving blood towels of various colours, throwing them up into the air and catching them, juggling with them -- at least five at once -- in time with the music. At the tail end came the menwim, with children in their arms or holding them by the hand. When the pregnant brass-players had finished their march, the menwim began singing the 'Hymn to the Life-force', which was about the pregnant daughters of the motherland.))

hahahappy super-ball day!   *winks*

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 21:42 | 3212118 bunnyswanson
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Leader of a group of homo sapiens may have rose up from the mass after a disaster.  Which is where I believe religion came from.  Compelling leadership would instruct them to regroup and resume living rather than wailing for their god to come and save them from certain death.  Drought, volcanic eruption, entry of a predator (lions, tigers or bears. oh my) but leaders were needed.  Once in place, competition from those who are not happy with the decisions would create animosity with this new leader, tribes would split after war of some primitive form.  But leaders are needed for the common man.  If you are not a follower, then you may be a leader but that doesn't mean everyone is.  Farm the land or starve was needed to be said.  Not everyone has the ability to see into the future.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 23:43 | 3212451 Cathartes Aura
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But leaders are needed for the common man.  If you are not a follower, then you may be a leader but that doesn't mean everyone is.

a true leader is already doing, and those less imaginative who turn up to emulate are naturally followers.

beware those who proclaim themselves leaders, seeking to dis-empower others into supporting the hire-archy.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 23:14 | 3222118 Anusocracy
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Religion more likely developed from Theory of Mind (agency) as people came to understand that other people had 'minds' too. Agency, accepted in humans, was applied to items animated by unknown cause, and currently, is applied to the unknown creation of things, i.e., existence.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 20:41 | 3212027 Milton Freewater
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Bravo cristo!  Very nice!


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:48 | 3211278 Racer
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Exponential disaster about to implode

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:54 | 3211284 Pumpkin
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"without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration."


The Supreme Court has said this did not give congress any new authority to tax.  Hmmmmm.  People assume this means within the several states and amonge the people, but that is NOT what is says.  This simply restates the authority of congress to tax within ITS OWN TERRITORIAL JURISDICITON (as in DC and other United States territories).  Which is a power it always had.

There's more, alot more.  But people like to bitch rather than read, understand and listen.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 14:58 | 3211306 Ricky Bobby
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100 Years and the host is almost dead. I HATE FUCKING PARASITES!

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 19:53 | 3211878 krispkritter
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And all this time I thought I had a plain ol' tick on my wallet...dammit...

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:03 | 3211322 sosoome
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And the third tool for tyranny originated in 1913. the 17th Amendment, which effectively destroyed a Constitutional Republic.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:23 | 3211656 machineh
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A vital point ... this government is called 'federal,' but the states no longer have any voice in the Senate.

So they get everything from Medicare cost sharing to primary seatbelt enforcement shoved down their throats with no representation.

It's 'national' not 'federal' -- federalism is dead and buried.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:08 | 3211331 Ham-bone
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Tylers - It would be nice to juxtapose a couple more charts against the above (over the same period)

1-Trade defict

2-% of GDP represented by Federal, State, local, etc. government spending


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:16 | 3211345 GrinandBearit
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You want to stop all this insanity?  You MUST stop paying into/contributing to their corrupt ponzi system.  In 2008, this single, middle aged male has decided enough is enough.

Here's what I've have done so far... 

1. I quit my corporate job in 2008.

2. That same year I closed all my 401k, IRA and ROTH IRA's and bought phyzz with 90% of the proceeds.  I managed to catch the 2008 dip... way better than sex.

3. I sold my house and everything in it.  Banked the cash from that sale and paid Uncle Thug his share.  I slowly withdrew all the cash from the bank over a 4 year period.  I keep it in my mattress.

4. Sold my new car, nixed the payments and bought a 5 year old beater. 

5. I've amassed tons of credit playing by the rules for the last 30 years.  I'm using all my CC's for daily/monthly living expenses until they are tapped out.  I have no intention of paying them back either. 

6. I rent and keep only a small amount of money in the bank to pay bills.

You have to starve this beast, or nothing will change. 

I realize most cannot do these things because they have children and live at/beyond their financial means.  I feel for you and your children... I really do.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:22 | 3211355 Banksters
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George W Bush told me he wasn't going to Nation build, 6 trillion later and FUCK THEM, I'm NOT  PAYING IT.


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:32 | 3211539 JLee2027
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GrinandBearit: You are 100% correct. The only way peacefully to shut them down is to cut off the money.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:33 | 3211670 machineh
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'I sold my house and everything in it.  Banked the cash from that sale and paid Uncle Thug his share.'

Home sale profits escape capital-gains taxation on the first $250,000 (for single filers) and $500,000 (married joint filers).

And (hint, hint) they have little idea what you paid originally, or spent on improvements.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 19:34 | 3211914 GrinandBearit
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The house sold for over $250 and I'm single.  Didn't have the place that long either.  Wanted to do everything by the book.  I don't want any trouble with Uncle Gorilla. 

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:17 | 3211349 israhole
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The Jewish Federal Reserve was created around the same time, and the income tax was a guarantee they would get paid for their scam. Dumb American Goyim, you're almost finished.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:50 | 3211418 q99x2
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Congress is run by the banksters. Banksters have the power to tax. Country's been taken over by a bunch of crooks.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:42 | 3211421 Manipuflation
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Fuck You 16th amendment!  Let's get rid of it already for fuck sakes.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:53 | 3211443 Manipuflation
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And here.  Since it is "that sunday", I would like to offer that in fact I do think business AND goverment should be run this way.:-)  We should have our own team that we can send in...


I have annoying to me political guests coming over for the game.  Fuck.  Gun debate.  Gonna have to shut this shit down...

Enjoy this link first.

This I will deal with later.  Some of the dumbest shit I have ever read in my life.

I have received an alert in my email from one of my political groups about some anti-gun bills for next week all from a knee-jerk from the Newtown tragedy. If anyone is from Minnesota, does that kind of legislation have a chance of passing? HF0240 is crazy and a power grab, it can deny about anyone for their permit to carry, because the "state doctor" can flag anyone as mentally ill, no one is perfect. HF0241 and HF0242 is nuts too and unconstitutional.

Gun Control bills that were introduced 1/31/13 in the MN House will be heard in committee Feb. 5, 6, & 7 and these committee hearings need to be packed with pro-gun advocates. Below is a synopsis of the bills (per Rep.Tony Cornish), the committee hearings schedule, and how to contact committee members.

HF0237 - Fee of up to $25 for a Permit to Purchase - Police can extend processing time from 7 days to 30 days - Permit to carry only good for purchasing firearms up to 1 year after issue (instead of the 5 year duration of the permit) - All transfers must be done at a licensed dealer.

HF0238 - Felony to carry on school property - Removes misdemeanor exemption for permit holders carrying on school property.

HF0239 - Adds a gross misdemeanor for the first time, and a felony charge for the second time for carrying in an establishment that bans guns.

HF0240 - Sheriff/Police can require you to get "signed off" by a state licensed primary care physician or state certified mental health professional before you get a permit.

HF0241 - Defines "Assault Weapon" as ANY Semi-automatic that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has one or more of the following: a rifle or shotgun with a pistol grip or thumbhole stock, any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the non trigger hand, a folding or telescoping stock or a shroud attached to the barrel or that partially or completely encircles the barrel that has the capacity to accept more than SEVEN rounds of ammunition - Any person who, on February 1, 2013, legally owns or is in possession of an assault weapon has until September 1, 2013, to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution under Minnesota Statutes, section 624.7133: (1) remove the weapon from the state (2) surrender the weapon to a law enforcement agency for destruction or (3) render the weapon permanently inoperable OR if eligible, register the weapon as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 624.7133, subdivision 5.

HF0242 - It is unlawful for a person to manufacture, import, transfer, or possess a large-capacity magazine - "Large capacity magazine" means any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds - Police/Gov't are exempt - Any person who, on 8/1/13, is in possession of a large-capacity magazine has 120 days to (1) permanently alter the magazine so it cannot accommodate more than ten rounds (2) remove the large-capacity magazine from the state or (3) surrender the large-capacity magazine to a law enforcement agency for destruction.

Chair: Rep. Michael Paymar, Room 10 State Office Bldg.
Public testimony welcome. All testimony must be regarding a specific bill. To testify, please arrive early to sign in. Due to time constraints, written testimony regarding specific bills will be accepted at the hearings.

Feb. 5th - 10AM
Agenda: Bills related to Gun Violence Prevention Act.
HF237 (Paymar) Pistols and semiautomatic military-style assault weapon transfer and firearm possession eligibility provisions modified, and criminal penalties provided.
HF240 (Schoen) Mental health screening improved for persons applying for firearm permits.
HF184 (Winkler) Centralized register of individuals who voluntarily wish to be ineligible to purchase firearms for a self-determined period of time maintenance and creation required; acceptance of voluntary surrender of firearms and ammunition from persons on the voluntary register and establishment of procedures for return of the firearms and ammunition upon request by chiefs of police and sheriffs mandated.
HF244 (Johnson) Firearm loss or theft false report crime established, crime of transferring firearms to an ineligible person expanded, and a person convicted of these crimes made ineligible to possess a firearm.
HF238 (Davnie) Offenders who unlawfully possess firearms on school properties equal penalties established.
HF239 (Davnie) Persons who possess guns on private property after being ordered to leave the premises equal penalties established.

Feb. 6th - 10 AM
Agenda: Other specific bills TBA.
HF241 (Hausman) Assault weapons; crime established for manufacturing, transferring, or possessing assault weapons; existing assault weapon disposal or registration provided for; terms defined; data classified; language clarified; and penalties provided.

Feb. 7th - 10 AM Committee will recess at noon and reconvene at 6 PM
Agenda: Bills related to Gun Violence Prevention Act. Other specific bills TBA.
HF242 (Hausman) Large-capacity magazine crime established for the manufacture, transfer, or possession of ammunition feeding devices with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds or any conversion kit, part, or combination of parts; terms defined; and criminal penalties provided.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 15:58 | 3211461 palmereldritch
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Tax Day is April 15th.  The same day that Lincoln was assassinated.  Just a little inside joke, one suspects, from the usual suspects that 'Yes, slavery will continue...'

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:29 | 3211531 JLee2027
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Lincoln was shot on the 14th. The Titanic was hit by an iceberg on the 14th. And I was married that day to a feminist witch. See? Tragedy always comes in threes.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:52 | 3211589 palmereldritch
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Lincoln died on the 15th hence the assassination was effective on that date. Had he died instantaneously you would probably be remitting a day earlier...

Lincoln died from the bullet wound to his brain at 7:22am on April 15, 1865.[40] He was 56 years old.

I paraphrase Mrs. Eustis: During the Civil War (from 1861-1865), President Lincoln needed money to finance the War . The loan shark-bankers wanted 24% to 36% interest. Instead, Lincoln got Congress to authorize the printing of 450 million dollars worth of "Greenbacks" debt and interest-free money. It served as legal tender for all debts, public and private.
The House of Rothschild recognized that sovereign governments printing interest-free and debt-free paper money would break their power.
Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was a member of Pike's Knights of the Golden Circle. He was in New Orleans during the winter of 1863-64 and conspired with Pike, Benjamin, Slidell and Admiral G.W. Baird to assassinate Lincoln.
Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:22 | 3211652 Manipuflation
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Lincoln got what he deserved.  End of story.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:27 | 3211661 palmereldritch
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People get the government they deserve but the people do not deserve to have their leaders assassinated nor do the leaders deserve it.

There is a thing called democracy, the constitution, rule of law and due process.  Your sentiments are the same as the gangster usurpers.


Sun, 02/03/2013 - 18:24 | 3211749 Ham-bone
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Umm, I'm no "old South"...or even "new South" lover but I do think (academically) the Southern states used their democratic rights, voted to secede, and they were attacked and forced ultimately (undemocratically, unconstitutionally, unlawfully) to remain part of this nation.  What part of the constitution, deomocracy, or rule of law and due process allowed this?

Ultimately, those who twist the law to differening standards, differening penalties based upon your "importance"...those who make a mockery of "blind justice"...those who put themselves above the laws, redefine "law" in the rearview mirror...they do deserve a special

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 18:25 | 3211762 palmereldritch
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My response was to the act of assassination, that was the context. But thanks for the straw man.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 18:40 | 3211771 Ham-bone
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Not looking to re-fight the civil war or even suggesting slavery and its advocates was anything but a bunch of greedy sick fuckers...just saying there are many today using law as a weapon against the masses but immune to it themselves.  What or how do we deal with these?  They are beyond deomocratic means of replacement...should we tell them not to worry and they have won?  What tools are at the disposal of the average man?

Not dissimilar to the advent of terrorism due to American overwhelming military supremacy...when democracy has failed (much like diplomacy) actors see no avenue to redress the situation...

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 18:58 | 3211824 palmereldritch
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Education and information is the key.

The three axes of the control matrix: ignorance, hate and fear are even more difficult to overcome in these days of superficial narcissism and self worship.  Religion, bigotry, class warfare and economic sabotage are regularly deployed across this control space with brutal effectiveness to shape the feudal landscape for stooges and slaves.

The Founding Fathers were the product of The Enlightenment and a beacon of freedom that challenged and thwarted the traditional dark forces of monarchical gangsterism.

Remembering and reminding everyone of their obligation to uphold and protect the Constitution they bequeathed is the bedrock.  As Benjamin Franklin commented, you have a Republic if you can keep it.

Wars, civil and otherwise, come and go.  True victory can only be claimed by the winner who preserves all of the Bill of Rights.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 05:10 | 3212699 enoch_root
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The founding Fathers also had this say about out of control governments and systems of law that are beyond redemption .... Declaration of Independence - 1776

" ... But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. ..."


America will have a second revolution. The Bush II and Obama presidencies have made it now an inevitability.



Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:55 | 3214311 palmereldritch
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As Thomas Jefferson said, "The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try
to take it"

And this an amendment second only to the first. It has been aptly described as the first amendment's big brother.

Your observation of revolution is valid but in this historical context it would actually be (one would hope) a 'restoration' hence my invoking of the Bill of Rights above.  Without these rights restored only more tyranny will flourish in the aftermath of such a political correction which is why I emphasized people inform and educate as many as possible about Constitutional values. People need to be informed of their rights as well as their obligations politically and legally to avoid that last resort, armed struggle.

It was H.L. Menken, an expert on these matters, that said it best for the quote I used up-thread so massively down voted by armchair warriors so willing to claim their rights and one senses unwilling to acknowledge their inherent responsibilities, perhaps now, even more so, sadly reflecting a society envisioned once as 'We the People' having devolved into 'Me the People'.... 

"People deserve the government they get, and they deserve to get it good and hard."

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 04:34 | 3212685 bunnyswanson
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Why I love William Banzia7


"Ridicule is society's most effective means of
curing inelasticity. It explodes the pompous,
corrects the well-meaning eccentric, cools
the fanatical, cind prevents the incompetent
from achieving success. Truth will prevail
over it, falsehood will cower under it : and it
is well known that when reason, indignation,
entreaty, and menace fail, ridicule will often
cause a Government to abandon a Bill, a lover
his mistress, a younger brother his sartorial

"That is what the best parodies do. They are
" a department of pure criticism." And more
than this — they have a life and an interest apart
from their models, as light verse, or as humorous
prose. So much depends upon the reader's
knowledge of the model, that the parodist is
wise if he endeavours to write something which
has an intrinsic value. Even so, no doubt a
mass of very good stuff has been submerged with
1 the ephemeral object of attack ; and still more ..."

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 04:19 | 3212682 nc551
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Killing a man who has raped and pillaged your land and has promised to continue to do so is in my opinion self defense and well within the bill of rights.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 18:45 | 3211811 HellFish
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It's not a democracy it's a Constitutional Republiuc.  Learn before you preach.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 18:55 | 3211830 palmereldritch
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Yes, my citing of the constitution implies Constitutional Republic. Try reading comprehension and spelling before you preach. 

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 20:09 | 3211978 Bandit und Buster
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"John Booth, a Jewish silversmith whose ancestors had been exiled from Portugal  because of their radical politicalviews. In London the refugees had continued their trade and freethinking, and John had married Wilkes' cousin. This Wilkes wasthe 'celebrated agitator John  Wilkes of Westminster,London...John Wilkes Booth's father was Junius Brutus Booth."(The  Mad Booths of Maryland)
Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:13 | 3211483 Seize Mars
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This is just about as un-American as it gets. The founders said no income tax. No "bills of credit," i.e. no fiat money.

I'm sorry, I must have missed something. Why am I supposed to live under rules that the founders and the constitution said were explicitly not allowed here?

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:24 | 3211519 holgerdanske
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The funny thing is, if we just sit down and refuse, things will stop, simple as that.

It is the revolution, or a form of it, and it is coming.

We don't need others to "let us live", we need minimal government, law, health, infrastructure and schooling, to some degree. The rest is blood sucking for the people in the lead.

Why should I pay for things I am dead against. Why should others?

Knowledge is the biggest enemy of state oppression. It has happened before, China, Rome, India, France.

It will happen again, but on a larger global scale. People have had enough.


I'm sure it will come in my lifetime.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:58 | 3211719 Clesthenes
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Holgerdanske, you wrote, “Why should I pay for things I am dead against?  Why should others?”

Everything you are against is a grievance.  This qualifies you for the exercise of a constitutionally protected right that no one knows (except a few of my readers): the right to withhold your taxes until the government redresses your grievances.

In 1774, the Continental Congress issued a declaration, without a dissenting vote, titled, “An Appeal to the Inhabitants of Quebec”.  Its purpose was to persuade Canadians to join the budding revolution.  In it, members declared three “grand rights” they intended to secure with the revolution: 1) the right of consent (required for any law or tax to be obligatory); 2) the right to withhold taxes until redress; and 3) the right of due process – that is, trial by a jury of one’s peers before loss of life, liberty or property.

Most people have heard of the third “grand right” (right of trial); a few, the first (consent); however, the second (redress before taxes) has lain lost for 220 years, at least.

Altho you have this right, I do not suggest that you exercise it; you’ll get smashed by the IRS.

There are two reasons why you can’t use this right: 1) hardly anyone has knowledge of it; and 2) even less knowledge of how to enforce it.

It must be enforced thru the mechanism of assemblies: the same mechanism that powered the American Revolution.

It is raw tyranny that we must overcome; and a major lesson of history is that, to oppose tyranny as a lone individual is always a mission of suicide – as a member of an assembly, sometimes successful.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 20:31 | 3212007 Totentänzerlied
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"There are two reasons why you can’t use this right: 1) hardly anyone has knowledge of it; and 2) even less knowledge of how to enforce it."

3) You'll be hauled before a Kangaroo Court and thrown in jail 4) If you resist, you'll get shot
Sun, 02/03/2013 - 21:54 | 3212136 edifice
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As long as the beer and football continue to flow, nothing will change. And, believe me, it will continue to flow, at all costs.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:09 | 3211485 reader2010
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There is nothing new under the sun. What you've got is the same serfdom since the begining of the time.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:26 | 3211526 indio007
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Endorse you bills when you accept them and there is no income to tax.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 16:27 | 3211528 JLee2027
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Things are so off target from the original intention of the Founders, we need to scrap everything and have a new Constitutional Convention. I nominate Ron Paul as temporary president.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:37 | 3211680 machineh
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Simply secede -- no 'constitutional convention' necessary.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:13 | 3211615 syntaxterror
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In 100 years the Dollar has lost 99% of its value, while taxes have gone from 1% of income back then to 25% and up now. Who are the real vampire squid?

And now the squid get to feed on the health insurance taxes.

You asked for it and you got it!

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:32 | 3211669 holdbuysell
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The late Aaron Russo had something to say about this:

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:54 | 3211672 CaptainSpaulding
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I will print this and show it to my Tax advisor at H&R Block. 

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:38 | 3211684 Anonymouse
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Is the 16th Amendment meant to be the constitutional justification for the death tax (or inheritance tax) as well?  How do they get that from income?  Is it the claim that the inheritance is income to the heir?

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 18:30 | 3211745 Clesthenes
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The ironic part about the Income tax is that it does not apply to “preamble citizens”; that is, members of “we the people”.  This is the conclusion I came to by studying the question.  I took my findings to one of the better lawyers of Los Angeles county (other lawyers hire him to conduct their trials), he researched it for more than two years (in between his other cases); and only reinforced my findings.

We filed a complaint for declaratory judgment (a request for a judicial opinion that could be used for a yet-to-be-named complaint).  At one point in this case, the US Attorney threatened my attorney with sanctions for raising such "a frivolous issue".  My attorney dropped a copy of my book in front of the US Attorney; and we heard no more about sanctions.  However, the judge, shortly thereafter, summarily dismissed the case.

I should have known better.  I had demonstrated, with constitutional principles, that the government had manipulated all Americans to surrender their standing under the Constitution and bill of rights, and saddled them with confiscatory taxes as a result.  I placed the judge in a position to commit a great treason, or expose one.  If we had obtained a proper judgment, all would know it would not be safe to fly on the same airplane as the judge.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 19:25 | 3211896 Unstable Condition
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The amendment was never ratified properly, but our joke of a legal system allows the fraud to stand.

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:58 | 3212330 groundedkiwi
Mon, 02/04/2013 - 08:52 | 3212845 kralizec
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Infernal Reprobate Shitheads!


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 11:30 | 3213322 Neo1
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Use private currency, pay tribute, it is that simple! Use federal reserve notes and incur an Irrecusable obligation. The puzzle is complete!!! A Banksters defeatism (realization of defeat) nightmare, Being forced to Return to Real Money=United States Note=Lawful Money, Use the Remedy within the Federal Reserve Act. Redeemed 12USC411, Refusal Penalty 12USC501a Stop being a Slave!!!!!! This is Tax Free Money!!!!!! Convincing Congress to Abolish the Fed

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