by F. A. Grieger – Author of Chase The Rabbit.
When people spew nonsense like “taxes is theft,” they really have no idea what they’re saying.
Yes, you read that right. Anyone who knows me is now scratching their head.
As someone who finds most taxes abhorrent and immoral, I say this with conviction. All taxes is for the most part, NOT theft.
Before I take this infuriating comment - and with it - lead you down the rabbit hole - let me qualify my meaning.
Consumption taxes - such as sales taxes for example, is not theft – because it is voluntary. You can choose what you buy, or whether to buy something at all. You choose how frugal or wasteful you are. You therefore have some choice in the matter. That’s not theft.
“Income” taxes (as defined by the US Supreme Court - levied against capital gains or a dividend on a stock), although I consider it distasteful, is also technically not theft, because these were authorized by the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution. I wish it hadn’t been, but my wishing does not make it “illegal.”
Here's one that is always good for a chuckle: "How would we pay for roads and bridges without income taxes?"
Roads and bridges have never been financed with income taxes - they are financed with state and federal taxes levied on gasoline and diesel sales, as well as commercial road-use taxes. Again - these are consumption taxes - not theft.
But my all-time favorite, Labor Compensation Taxes (on wages, salaries, and tips). This is also not theft ...
BECAUSE IT IS EXTORTION, and in this author’s humble opinion, the magnitude of a crime matters.
Petty theft is a misdemeanor, while extortion – well – that’s a felony. In fact extortion when performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization is called a RICO felony. RICO stands for “The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. This is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties (life imprisonment) and a civil cause of action against the perpetrators.
Given this definition, every employee of the IRS, and Federal Government, whether elected or appointed, who took an oath to “uphold and defend the US Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic,” is in violation of multiple federal crimes including RICO felony, perpetrated against every citizen who has reported and paid a tax on their wages, salaries, or tips.
The fact that the 16th Amendment authorized the government to tax income - BUT NOT LABOR COMPENSATION - is what escapes the understanding of almost everyone in this country. Compensation - is not Income, and the Supreme Court held this principle in the 1913 case Stratton's Independence -V- Howbert. Income was defined as "a gain on corporate activity." This would constitute a capital gain on the re-sale of a good for a profit, or a dividend paid from stock ownership. In other words - money which you acquired without having to trade your time and labor (literally “a piece of your life”) for.
Labor Compensation is NOT a gain - because it is an equivalent value – to the piece of your life you sacrifice in return for the payment - thus the term - compensation. When you trade some hours of your life in return for some money from an employer - you and the employer have agreed that the value of your labor and life given up - are EQUIVALENT TO - the money you are paid. Neither party in that transaction has gained anything - it is an even Trade. That is why the Framers of the Constitution - as well as the Congress which was duped into passing the 16th amendment - did NOT consider or intend that Labor Compensation EVER be taxable – even under the then understood definition of income and its application to the 16th.
Furthermore - the Article 1 provisions explicitly PROHIBIT Capitation. Capitation is a "head tax" or a "tax on your head." It is a tax for existing - a tax on your life. By extension - a tax on your time and labor is a tax on "part of your life," which is simply "partial capitation." Capitation remains prohibited by Article 1, and was not authorized by the 16th Amendment either. Anyone with any sense of value, understands that taxing an individual for their life, or for part of their life, is fundamentally unethical. That is why – it is also – Unconstitutional.
That's right - the tax imposed on the American people's LABOR - by our Federal Government, is in DIRECT violation of the meaning and intent of US Constitution, EVEN UNDER THE 16th AMENDMENT.
Unfortunately for “we the people,” trying to escape the Unconstitutional Labor tax and then arguing this principle in a court – regardless of its veracity - will still land you in prison if you don't pay what they demand. That is why when people say something like "taxes is theft," - I immediately differ. It is NOT THEFT -- IT IS EXTORTION - and to repeat myself - the magnitude of the crime matters.
Irwin Allen Schiff was an American tax protester known for having published several books in which he demonstrated that the income tax in the United States is illegal and unconstitutional. In protest, he tried to apply these principles to his own refusal to file tax returns and was imprisoned. He eventually died there – a political prisoner of the United States Internal Revenue Service.
The Unwitting Conscripts
What is even more insidious is that neither the IRS nor the Federal Government collect taxes from you.
Your employer does.
Every business in the United States has been conscripted by the US government to be its tax-collection agent as a condition of being in business. This too amounts to extortion.
Furthermore, every one of us must agree to have our wage or salary garnished by our employer on behalf of the government as a condition of employment. Every business is required to spend enormous resources in time and manpower just to process withholdings from their employees’ wages on behalf of the IRS, Medicare, Medicaid, social security, and state and local tax authorities. None of these government agencies reimburses US companies for spending their own resources on acting as their tax enforcement agents. Companies are forced to garnish your wages and administer the collections at their own expense - solely for the government’s benefit.
Feeding the Beast
Businesses therefore have no choice but to account for their cost of compliance as part of their overhead. They must then pass those costs on to their customers in the price of every product or service they sell. Therefore, with every purchase you make you are funding the government’s costs incurred in confiscating your own hard-earned money. It is like being stopped by a mugger in the street and then handing him a loaded gun with which he will proceed to rob you … with your consent. We are unwittingly feeding the beast that is bent on destroying us (or enslaving us—which are synonymous).
By this standard - every employer in America is acting as the Government's "enforcer" in their illegal extortion tax scheme. It is a Mafia-Style "protection racket" of biblical proportions.
But this is only the very teeny weeny tip of a vast economic iceberg, intent on sinking the ship called “The American Dream.” So let’s take a trip down the rabbit hole, and learn why America is not anything like what you have been taught.
“They call it the American Dream … because you have to be asleep to believe it.” --- George Carlin
The 16th Amendment, and The Federal Reserve Act were both passed in 1913 – by the same Congress, and then signed into law by the same president – Woodrow Wilson.
This is NOT a coincidence.
Did Wilson make this statement because he suddenly realized the ramifications of what he had done or to mask his foregone knowledge of it and therefore claim innocence in the matter in an attempt to sanitize and protect his legacy? Was Wilson truly unwitting in his participation in the ruin of his country as he claims?
Prior to seeking the US presidency, Wilson had been the president of Princeton University and was the first doctorate-level academic elected as president of the United States. Could a man of such a prestigious education truly have been so naïve, so obtuse, so extraordinarily stupid?
Whenever we look back in history on those events where government elites have imposed some destructive policy designed to obliterate the intent of The Constitution, the pattern is the same. The officials responsible pretend to have been hapless innocent bystanders that were unknowingly duped along with the rest of their countrymen. Politicians hoping to escape blame for their deliberate ruinous actions almost always hide behind the notion that world events are driven by some inexplicable tide of history. This may be true for natural disasters but not for the social conflict that politicians deliberately instigate. There is always a cause and effect, and the ruling class has had thousands of years to figure out how to cheat the peasants out of their hard-earned wealth and their hard-won freedom. When highly educated and well-connected government officials feign innocence by playing dumb, one should be exceedingly skeptical of their sincerity.
We have long witnessed the economic consequences of this deliberate, surreptitious, and incremental eradication of our property rights. We see it in the heavy price we pay for the continually increasing economic uncertainty and inefficiencies of our current system. We see it as public entitlement benefits continue to grow at the expense of those from whom those resources are plundered. We incrementally slide further and further to a point of total servitude by debt and taxes.
America’s founders went to extraordinary lengths and bore enormous personal risk in order to secure our freedom. It is a painful irony they thus set the stage for us to finally eradicate hundreds of years of British Colonial physical slavery that was imposed upon a small portion of the population only to have it replaced with debt slavery imposed upon the entire population.
The Federal Reserve System is neither federal, nor does it have any reserves. It is a central bank which - in direct violation of Article 1 of the US Constitution - has been authorized by Congress to issue Fiat currency - a debt instrument - as legal tender in the US Monetary system. The Constitution however had guaranteed to the American people a system of Sound Money (the opposite of Fiat money). This is because only sound money is compatible with the Free Enterprise Economic model we generally refer to as “Capitalism.” It was Karl Marx who in 1848 wrote in his Communist Manifesto that one of the cornerstones of Communism is a central bank controlled system of fiat money issued as “credit” (or debt – which to a banker are synonymous).
The reason for this is that a debt-based money system - ensures that you cannot have control over your property - when all property is valued and denominated in that debt instrument - it is controlled by the lender, not the borrower. Every Federal Reserve Note ever created - is a debt - owed back to the central bank that issued it - in our case - The Federal Reserve. That's not the only example of how your property rights have been eradicated. Just refuse to pay the property extortion taxes on your home - and then you'll find out who REALLY owns it.
You see, by the beginning of the 20th century, every industrialized nation on Earth – Germany, France, The United States, Britain, etc., operated their monetary systems on a gold or precious metal standard (the only true sound money). This of course was a thorn in the side of the Bolsheviks, whose ambition it was to dominate the planet with their degenerate Socialist notions that your life and labor belong to the State (or more correctly those in charge of the State Bank), and not to you or your family. To eradicate individualism and the possibility for freedom and liberty – they had to make this system go away – EVERYWHERE – so they could replace it with Marx’s utopian vision for equal misery and abject global slavery.
At the time, the most industrially advanced, and wealthiest nation with one of the largest gold supplies on Earth, was Germany. The real enemy of Communism and collectivism however was the United States and her free society protected by her unique Constitution. But this had to be done in manageable steps. While Bolshevik revolutionaries were jockeying for power in Russia, with an ambition for violent revolutionary change, a quieter and more subdued “social movement” was taking place in Great Britain. The Fabian Socialists of England who had embraced Marx’s perverse ideology, did not believe in the Lenin-model of violent revolutionary overthrow. Their modus operandi was much slower, painstaking, systematic, and surreptitious. Their idea was to corrupt the money, and the culture, and then allow the society to descend into Marxist Socialism unwittingly on its own. Their deceitful tactics are well known. They were proud of it. Their official symbol is today emblazoned on a stained glass window at the King's College Museum of Cambridge University - their original meeting place. The symbol - A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.
This Fabian principle has been successfully applied here in the United States generations ago. Our version of the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, is our Marxist Socialist Economy - disguised as and deliberately mislabeled: "American Capitalism."
One of the Fabians' more famous founders was George Bernard Shaw. Under his sponsorship, economist and “unofficial” Fabian member - John Maynard Keynes - achieved prominence in Britain and became the then youngest ever head of the British Treasury.
To start their evil process of securing global domination and control of the world's means of production, the bankers had to first destroy every sound-money based economy on Earth. Their first target of destruction was pre-WW-I Germany – her wealth, her industrial might, her powerful and disciplined military, and most of all, her vast gold reserves. By sponsoring the assassination of the Austrian Archduke during a visit to Yugoslavia, they would knowingly drag the Reich into the First World War. This would enable the Zionist Rothschilds and their ilk to not only profit from their financing of the resulting conflagaration, but would achieve a major step toward dismantling the industrial world’s gold-backed economy to make room for their deceitful and unscrupulous system of centrally controlled usury.
Interestingly, it doesn’t take much research to connect the dots on the most pivotal events of the 20th century, and what they all have in common. The historical continuum from just before the First World War, the war itself, The Versailles Treaty, the Bolshevik Revolution, the resultant economic destruction of Germany and the Weimar hyperinflation, the US Great Depression, the rise of the Nazis, WW-II, Bretton-Woods, and Nixon’s eventual rescinding of Bretton-Woods in 1971 – ALL of these events are connected. Most disturbing, is that they are connected by a singular purpose, and also by one man. It might be useful to note here, that All wars - are Bankers' wars.
The purpose – to destroy any remnant of a sound (gold-backed) monetary standard, in any industrialized country.
The man - John Maynard Keynes, the most influential “economist” of the 20th century (I use the term economist loosely in his regard), The architect of the economic terms of the Versailles Treaty, The head of Britain’s Treasury, The author of many of The Fabian Socialist Society’s manuscripts, and along with convicted Communist Spy – Harry Dexter White – The principal architect of the Bretton-Woods Agreement which created the World Bank, and the IMF. Yes, this one man was all of those - the guiding light that has misled the entire world down the fiat money pit.
Keynes was an admitted pedophile and degenerate. This is the man whose perverse ideas have been embraced by dozens of Nobel Prize winning so-called "economists," like Paul Krugman - the "mastermind" behind the "Trillion Dollar Coin" idea. Keynes and his depraved disciples led the entire world down the self-destructive path on which every industrialized country on Earth now finds itself To ignite the fire of Marxist Socialism on a global basis, any remnant of Free Enterprise Capitalism had to first be extinguished. The shining beacon on the hill – The United States of America – was the ultimate target, but the Fabian Marxists understood that America would have to fall last. Germany thus became the first victim of the Marx / Keynes plot to corrupt every formerly free and sovereign country on Earth. They did this by taking the gold, and impoverishing the people under a mountain of debt. That pattern has been repeated everywhere – without exception.
The historical pattern that the vast majority of people have failed to recognize is the principle which connects the dots on all of these pivotal events of the 20th century and into the 21st -- The deliberate and systematic dismantling of “the gold standard” and sound money as the basis for the economy. The intent of the global banking aristocracy, since Marx and his later admirer, J.M. Keynes, has been to systematically de-link the sound money system from every industrialized country – and replace it with a fiat monetary standard. Keynes’s vision – he wrote in numerous essays - was always for a one-world fiat currency, under the control of a one-world government. He had attempted to achieve this already at Bretton-Woods, but failed in lieu of a longer-term more incremental approach that was favored by his colleagues. That slower approach has today reached its final stage. We are now witnessing the implementation of their “final solution” – the cashless society (see my other article of the same name).
The ultimate purpose was to impoverish and control each country’s respective working class under the debt-slavery imposed by the global fiat money system.
The respective puppet governments of these industrialized nations (including the USA) have been complicit in this. It is the reason our political class is so intent on surrendering American sovereignty to the UN – a creation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt - FDR – Joseph Stalin’s partner in crime.
Statists benefit from replacing sound money with fiat - because the universal goal of ALL politicians is to expand their power, and expand their governments. They can only accomplish this by being able to deficit spend (borrow money without the consent of their citizens). Deficit spending is only made possible under a fiat monetary model. Under a gold standard - not only every individual actor in the economy, but every government and institution -MUST live within its means, and can only borrow within its ability to pay back the debt – which cannot be increased arbitrarily. This is the driver behind the corrupt and malignant partnership between Governments and Central Banks.
When you borrow money to buy a house or a car – you are effectively pledging your future labor, as the means with which to repay the debt. When your government borrows money to finance its foreign interventions, its bombing of foreign sovereign countries, its phony wars on drugs or terrorism (which it instigates), that government ALSO pledges YOUR FUTURE LABOR as the means with which to repay that debt. It does so however without your consent. It can because it collects that repayment from you in the form of taxes on your labor (and your life). If you object to this - you lose your freedom. This constitutes extortion of the highest order. Under a gold monetary standard, this would be impossible for the government on the scale I’m referring to here.
This clearly demonstrates the inextricable link that Marx so cleverly recognized, between a Fiat monetary system and Progressive Taxes. It is the most effective means to destroy individual property rights and implement a Communist dictatorship - almost irreversibly.
Wars on the scale of those fought in the 20th and 21st centuries were only made possible by the power to print money as debt – and then surreptitiously force the citizenry to service that debt with their labor – against their will - conscripted unwittingly through progressive tax policy.
Both progressive taxes and fiat money are the cornerstones of Marxist Socialism. Socialism is defined as “central control of the means of production.” The means of production is land, labor, and resources. Not theirs, but YOUR LAND, YOUR LABOR, and YOUR RESOURCES. For the government to centrally control something that is yours, it must declare that you don’t really own it. This is why the fundamental difference between Marxist Socialism and Free Enterprise Capitalism has to do with property rights. You cannot sell, trade, or redistribute that which you do not own. Therefore under Socialism – there can be no real property rights.
Free Enterprise Capitalism on the other hand, DEMANDS an absolute respect for individual property rights. This is why a true free enterprise capitalist economy cannot function on an underlying system of fiat money and progressive taxes - they are incompatible. They are the two basic tenets of Communism. To eradicate property rights at the base of the economy – the money and the labor must be controlled by the central planners. This is done with debt and taxes. In other words, you cannot have capitalism, without property rights, and you cannot have property rights, without a system of Sound Money.
When all money is debt – all property denominated in that debt is by default – controlled by the lender (the issuer).
When a government can threaten you with imprisonment for not paying the tax on your labor, or your home – YOU, YOUR LAND, YOUR HOME, YOUR LIFE, and YOUR CHILDREN'S LIVES, are all controlled by the government. That is how property rights are eradicated.
As such, in America – our property and our lives are controlled wholly by The Federal Reserve and the Federal Government respectively through the cancerous partnership they forged in 1913 – with the Federal Reserve Act, and the continually misapplied 16th Amendment. This is “central control of the means of production.” This is Marxist Socialism. This is America - and it's no dream.
This is why fiat money and progressive taxes on labor compensation were, and remain, expressly prohibited by the US Constitution (even under the 16th Amendment). Our Congress and Supreme Court’s total disregard for the Constitution notwithstanding, it was that magnificent document which had to be perverted, and manipulated by the charlatans who have deemed it a “living document,” in order that its protections of individual life, liberty, and property could be subverted and disregarded. This is how America was long ago transformed into the Marxist-Socialist state it is today. Our federal government and its agencies, as well as most of our State governments, are in complete violation of the US Constitution, and have been for generations.
Our governing institutions now only attract their same ilk - corrupt career politicians - parasites in form and in motive. Power corrupts, but more importantly - Power Attracts The Corruptible.
There is not a person alive today, anywhere on Earth - who has witnessed Free Enterprise Capitalism in practice. The last vestige of that marvelous creation of our founders, was abandoned in 1933, when FDR with the stroke of his fountain pen, abused his "executive order privilege" and confiscated the gold owned by America's citizens, and then outlawed its use as money. Franklin Delano Roosevelt - who referred to his friend Joseph Stalin affectionately as "Uncle Joe," was without a doubt, America's first Communist President. Had he not died in office, he should have been impeached, prosecuted, and hanged for Treason.
If ever there was an American monument or statue that should justifiably be removed and pummeled to dust -- it's this one:
People who vehemently dispute this reality are in denial. They cannot tolerate the painful cognitive dissonance they experience upon hearing these unvarnished truths after generations of indoctrination that America is “capitalist,” or "free."
I assure you, America is nothing of the kind. The corrupt predecessors to our current corrupt government abandoned the free enterprise system and knowingly threw the American people under the bus, long before even my generation was born. I'll repeat it so it finally sinks in: No country operating on a system of fiat money (The Federal Reserve System) and Progressive Taxes can be called "free market," or “capitalist." The continual dialogue from the left blaming "Evil Capitalism" for our economic dysfunctions such as the wealth gap, the expanding poverty, the skyrocketing costs of living and healthcare etc. - have nothing to do with Capitalism - the system we don't practice. These are the direct consequence of our dysfunctional Socialist economic model. Any reference to America as "capitalist," is simply false-flag propaganda, intended to stain REAL Capitalism, so it will never be restored.
This is not my opinion, or theory, or some conspiratorial tin-foil-hat wearing nonsense. This is historical and economic fact, and it is incontrovertible. To reinforce the reality of the pickle in which we find ourselves today in America, observe this consequence from real economic DATA:
The data provided in the following table (The Global Wealth Data Table - from 2014) reveals that although the United States is near the top of the developed world in average or mean wealth, this is due mainly to the number of multibillionaires in the United States. The median wealth per US adult, however, is substantially lower (column 4 in the table). For those unfamiliar with statistics, it is another way of saying that the enormous wealth held by America’s centimillionaires and billionaires is a statistical anomaly. The average wealth therefore is not a representative measure of the vast cross-section of Americans. The median wealth is far more indicative. It is that value where 50% of the population owns more, and 50% of the population owns less in terms of real assets. In fact, a direct measure of the magnitude of this wealth gap is given by the ratio of median to mean wealth (column 5 in the table).
This is lower in the United States than in every other G20 country except Russia.
The startling impact of this huge wealth gap is further illustrated in column 6 of the table. This data shows that adults in the United States with a median level of wealth (as assets) hold a substantially smaller percentage of the nation’s overall wealth than any other country except China and India.
In other words, referring to column 6 of the data table itself, the reader can see that a middle-class citizen of Finland owns $122.50 for every one billion dollars of Finland’s wealth. A Canadian owns $13.40 for every one billion dollars of Canada’s wealth. A citizen of Czech Republic owns $49.40 for every one billion of his country’s wealth. In Thailand it is $5.40. By comparison, in the United States, a middle-class citizen owns just sixty cents for every one billion dollars of total wealth in the country.
Only the citizens of China at forty cents and India at thirty cents hold less than Americans in terms of assets in proportion to their national wealth. Therefore, the only two countries in the industrialized world whose citizens have fewer property rights than in the United States are China and India.
Even the former Communist nations of Czech Republic and Russia enjoy substantially more property rights than Americans. Even more ironic - recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin instituted a flat income tax in Russia of 15%, while Americans continue to suffer under the onerous Marxist progressive tax on labor compensation and pay more than twice in taxes as our Communist Russian counterparts.
This is clear evidence that America’s middle class has already descended to the standard of a Third World country, and the apparent prosperity in America is illusory and unsustainable.
The one characteristic common to all Third World Socialist countries is that there is no middle class, or if there is one, it is disproportionately small as compared to the ruling class. Just look to Venezuela, Cuba, China, and Russia as your examples. Virtually all Third World countries are dominated by a small, obscenely rich ruling elite who own and control virtually all land, resources, and means of production along with a large population of poor and destitute who have no property and no means of ever escaping poverty. This is exactly the direction that America has been headed for the past several decades. One more hiccup in our phony debt-fueled bubble economy - and we will have achieved Marx's Utopian "dictatorship of the proletariat." And when they implement their cashless society - there'll be no turning it back.
Americans do not own real assets. They own only debts. All the while our legislators are paid a high-six figure salary to spend every waking hour, of every day, figuring out new and creative ways to rob the citizens of even more of their hard-earned money.
Whenever someone regurgitates the usual “feel-good” platitudes like: “sure we have problems and things aren’t like they used to be, but the US is still the best country in the world to live, raise a family, and even get rich if you try hard enough…” I shoot coffee out of my nose from laughing. People who say this have never lived anywhere else, nor have they any understanding of real world history and economics. The notion that America still is “the land of opportunity,” is a bill of goods being sold as false hope. Getting people to buy into this nonsense is the means by which unwitting, well-intentioned, falsely optimistic people are lured into slavery via the inescapable debt cycle. The student loan crisis is the best example of this principle – selling false hope to debt ridden rent-slaves in order to trap them for life into employment servitude – by an employer who withholds half of their earnings on behalf of the corrupt government that has enslaved them.
Here are the sad but true facts of America’s so-called prosperous middle class:
Anyone who who still thinks America is a Free Enterprise Capitalist land of opportunity where the middle class has a chance -- needs their head examined.