Melissa Grant provided many useful suggestions, did a great proofreading job, and provided general support of immeasurable value. A special thank you to the other individuals who made helpful suggestions and provided materials used in the text. The editorial writers of The Arizona Republic provided a wealth of facts and figures that, I believe, strengthen my arguments. And my thanks to all the authors who contributed so much to this report.
Included here are books I believe to be of the greatest practical value for understanding what is going on and what you can do about it.
Arden, Lynie: The Work-At-Home Sourcebook (Live Oak Publications, PO Box 2193, Boulder, CO 80306; Fourth Edition; 1992).
Already, 40 million Americans work at home. This number is growing by almost 20% per year. Eventually, as much as three-quarters of the work done in the U.S. could be done at home. This book constitutes a comprehensive resource guide for home-based work and business opportunities.
Beckman, M.J. "Red": Do Unto The IRS As They Would Do Unto You (Common Sense Press, PO Box 1544, Billings, MT 59103; 1983).
Brilliant set of letters for responding to the IRS. How to handle IRS audit. Jury nullification.
Boétie, Étienne de la: The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude (Free Life Editions, 41 Union Square, NY, NY 10003; 1975 - first published in 1562).
De la Boétie was a friend of the famous Montaigne. De la Boétie can be regarded as the "father of civil disobedience." He had a profound influence on Tolstoy, Gandhi, and other non-violent freedom-fighters. 430 years after its writing, his Discourse is still the most advanced political essay I know of.
Browne, Harry: How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World (Avon Books, NY; 1973).
By far the best book on practical freedom I know of. Had a profound influence on my life. Has helped me live free in Africa, Europe, and America.
- "Freedom is living your life as you want to live it."
- "You can be free without changing the world. You can live your life as you want to live it - no matter what others decide to do with their lives."
- "Our culture is saturated with philosophical "truths" that are commonly accepted and acted upon - and are rarely challenged. I think of these truisms as traps.
- "Traps are assumptions that are accepted without challenge. As long as they go unchallenged, they can keep you enslaved."
Davidson, James Dale: The Squeeze (Simon & Schuster, NY; 1980).
The Chairman of the National Taxpayers Union writes:
- "The professions have so augmented their incomes through legislation, regulation, and litigation that the law itself has become the public enemy."
- "New rules, regulations, and laws are being churned out in an almost incomprehensible volume."
- "The thief maximizes his profits when the rules allow an exception for him. If he could, he would explicitly amend the law to grant himself a licence to steal."
- Contemporary politics does not have an answer for the declining standards of the middle class."
- "Everything government touches turns to crap." - Ringo Starr.
An brilliant and insightful analysis of the U.S. economy.
Drexler, K. Eric: Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology (Anchor Press, NY; 1986).
"Nanotechnology" is the science and engineering of the very small - the domain of machines that manipulate matter at the molecular and atomic levels. Profound implications for knowledge, communication, computing, engineering, health, longevity, and even biological or physical immortality.
Hansen, Congressman George: To Harass Our People: The IRS and Government Abuse of Power (Positive Publications, PO Box 23560, Washington, DC 20024; 1984).
Thorough exposé of the IRS, its gross disrespect for the law, vicious atrocities, and assault on religion. Must reading for anyone who wants to understand the nature of government in general, and the IRS in particular.
Hapgood, David: The Screwing of the Average Man (Bantam Books, NY; 1974).
A brilliant, detailed analysis of how we get screwed by government, bankers, stock- and insurance brokers, lawyers, and other professionals:
Hapgood, David: The Screwing of the Average Man (cont.)
"The average man has of course always been a loser, at least since the invention of agriculture made it profitable for one person to exploit another... Sometime in the late sixties, the average man's domestic economy stalled... In 1974 a group of congressmen led by John McFall of California estimated that wealth was being transferred to the richest one fifth of the population from those below them at the rate of $10 billion a year... This divine right of hustlers flourished from the earliest days in America... "
Hawken, Paul: Growing a Business (Simon & Schuster, NY; 1987).
While in his twenties, Hawken started Erewhon, which became the largest distributor of natural foods. Says Hawken:
- "... [For] the new and growing business, too much money is a greater problem than too little... "
- " ... [T]he successful business is an expression of a person."
- "The self-owned and -operated business is the freest life in the world."
- "Being in business is not about making money. It is a way to become who you are."
Hazlitt, Henry: Economics in One Lesson (Arlington House, NY; 1979 - first published in 1946).
The classic text on economics for the lay person. Read it and you will understand more than most professional economists with their "doctorates."
Lancaster, Don: The Incredible Secret Money Machine (Howard W. Sams, 4300 West 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 42268; 1980).
Unconventional advice for starting your small private business. Provides very useful guidelines for entrepreneurs of the new real free-enterprise economy:
"Your own trip has to be the absolute center of everything you do, everything you work with, and everything you believe in. Doing it has to be much more important to you than making money, more important than worrying about what people think, and more important than behaving, competing, or complying the way others think you should."
Lane, Rose Wilder: The Discovery of Freedom: Man's Struggle Against Authority (Arno Press & The New York Times, NY; 1972 - first published in 1943).
Must reading for anyone who wants to discover that he or she is free. Lane wrote:
"The great majority of human beings on earth believe today that a superhuman Authority controls human beings.
Italians call this pagan god Immortal Italy. Germans call it The German Race. Communists begin to believe that History is its name; that history is not a mere record of men's acts, but a power that control's men's acts...
Experience contradicts this pagan superstition. Whatever the intangible Authority is called, it can not be seen nor felt nor smelled nor heard. When a man musters courage to act against or without its control, it does not strike him dead. It does nothing whatever."
(Of course, there are imposters or hucksters who masquerade as "Authority." And the imposters or hucksters hire agents called "police," who might shoot you if you oppose them.)
Larson, Martin A.: Tax Revolt: The Battle for the Constitution (Devin-Adair Publishers, 6 North Water Street, Greenwich, CT 06830; 1985).
Advocates a return to the Constitution. Covers the IRS, its atrocities, and attacks against churches, constitutional money, freedom fighters, and methods of protecting yourself against the IRS.
MacPherson, Donald W.: Tax Fraud & Evasion: The War Stories (MacPherson & Sons Publishers, 3404 W. Cheryl Dr., A-250, Phoenix, AZ 85051).
Superb book by a leading tax attorney. Must reading for anyone who wants to avoid or evade the IRS. Describes specific cases. Exposes IRS as a "paper tiger."
Mann, Frederick: FAI Business Plan #1 (Free America! Institute, Phoenix, AZ, 1992).
Outlines aspects of FAI strategy and tactics. Can serve as a model for anyone who wants to start a real free-enterprise company. Essential for anyone wanting to take advantage of the opportunity of becoming an FAI Marketing Agent.
Mann, Frederick: FAI Trust Document (Free America! Institute, Phoenix, AZ, 1992).
The FAI articles of association and bylaws. Serves as a model for anyone wanting to start a public real free-enterprise company (a common law contractual company) to be listed on the Free Market Exchange in Calif.
Mullins, Eustace: The Secrets of the Federal Reserve (Bankers Research Institute, PO Box 1105, Staunton, VA 24401; 1983).
Extensively researched book on the background, history, and operation of the Federal Reserve System.
O'Rourke, P.J.: Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government (The Atlantic Monthly Press, 19 Union Square West, NY, NY 10003; 1991).
"The American political system is like a gigantic Mexican Christmas fiesta. Each political party is a huge piñata - a papier-mâché donkey, for example. The donkey is filled with full employment, low interest rates, affordable housing, comprehensive medical benefits, a balanced budget and other goodies. The American voter is blindfolded and given a stick. The voter then swings the stick wildly in every direction, trying to hit a political candidate on the head and knock some sense into the silly bastard."
Rand, Ayn: Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (New American Freedomry, NJ; 1967).
An immigrant from Russia explains capitalism to Americans. Includes three articles by Alan Greenspan: "Antitrust," "Gold and Economic Freedom," and "The Assault on Integrity." He must have had a lobotomy or extreme electro-shock treatment in order to become Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
Ries, Al & Trout, Jack: Horse Sense: The Key to Success Is Finding a Horse to Ride (McGraw-Hill, NY; 1991).
A most important "success book." According to Ries and Trout:
"The purpose of this book is to shake you out of your concentration on yourself. We think you need to open your mind to the outside world. You need to search for success outside of yourself. This book will describe some of the people, places, things, and ideas where you can find it.
Losers look inside themselves for the key to success when success is all round them, needing only an open mind and a keen eye.
Winners look to others to make then successful. You have to know where to look and what to look for."
Ringer, Robert J.: How You Can Find Happiness During the Collapse of Western Civilization (Harper & Row, NY; 1983).
Explains why the gradual collapse of Western civilization continues day by day. Why hyperinflation and complete destruction of the U.S. dollar and financial system are inevitable. How to survive it all.
Ringer, Robert J.: Million Dollar Habits (Wynwood Press, NY; 1990).
A systematic formulation of Ringer's success principles.
Ringer, Robert J.: Looking Out For #1 (Fawcett Crest Books, NY; 1977).
"Dedicated to the hope that somewhere in our universe there exists a civilization whose inhabitants possess sole dominion over their own lives, where every individual has the ability to recognize and the courage to acknowledge reality, and where governments as we know them do not exist."
"Looking out for Number One is the conscious, rational effort to spend as much time as possible doing those things which bring you the greatest amount of pleasure and less time on those which cause pain. Everyone automatically makes the effort to be happy, so the key word is "rational.""
Ringer, Robert J.: Restoring the American Dream (Harper & Row, NY; 1979).
Important guide to understanding government and freedom. Chapter called "Keeping It All in Place" provides one of the most important keys to the ability of governments to maintain their destructive power.
Ringer, Robert J.: Winning Through Intimidation (Circus/Futura, London; 1978 - first published in 1973).
A very important book for learning the principles, mechanics, and dynamics of intimidation. "... [T]he results a person obtains are inversely proportionate to the degree to which he is intimidated." The reason it is vital to understand intimidation is to make it more difficult for people (like the IRS) to screw you or to rape you economically.
Rothbard, Murray N.: For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto (Collier/Macmillan, NY; 1978).
Libertarianism is a synonym for capitalism or free enterprise. A well-written explanation of libertarianism in theory, history, and practice. Had a profound influence on my own thinking. Says Rothbard:
"The libertarian creed rests upon one central axiom: that no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone else. This may be called the "nonaggression axiom." "Aggression" is defined as the initiation of the use or threat of physical violence against the person or property of anyone else. Aggression is therefore synonymous with invasion."
Rothschild, Michael: Bionomics: The Inevitability of Capitalism (Henry Holt, NY; 1990).
A brilliant integration of biology and economics. Explains from a biological viewpoint, why coercive (government) interference with the free market can only make things worse. Rothschild says:
"Capitalism, or the market economy, or the free-enterprise system... was not planned. Like life on earth, it did not need to be. Capitalism just happened, and it will keep on happening. Quite spontaneously. Capitalism flourishes whenever it is not suppressed, because it is a naturally occurring phenomenon. It is the way human society organizes itself for survival in a world of limited resources."
Rusk, Tom, M.D.: Mind Traps: Change Your Mind Change Your Life (Price Stern Sloan, Los Angeles; 1988).
The most important key to overcoming your "wimp" (Chapter Eleven). Identifies self-doubt as the root of all evil. Easy to read, understand, and apply.
Saussy, F. Tupper: The Miracle on Main Street: Saving Yourself and America From Financial Ruin (Spencer Judd, Publishers, Sewanee, TN 37375; 1980).
Excellent treatment of lawful money and inflation. Suggests a strategy and tactics for using the money issue to thwart government.
Schiff, Irwin A.: The Biggest Con: How The Government Is Fleecing You (Freedom Books, 60 Skiff Street #300, Hamden, CT 06517; 1977).
Schiff quotes President Gerald Ford's speech before a Joint Session of Congress on October 8, 1974: "Inflation, our public enemy no. 1, will, unless whipped, destroy our country, our liberty, our property... as surely as any well armed wartime enemy." Schiff says, "Since it is our own government that causes that inflation - our own government is that enemy. With irrefutable facts and figures, Schiff shows that the federal government:
- Causes inflation;
- Steals more from the public in a week than the Mafia does in a year;
- Created the energy crises in the 1970s;
- Creates unemployment, poverty, and crime through legislation;
- Fraudulently concealed the national debt of $8 trillion (1976);
- Unconstitutionally enforces a fraudulently acquired power to tax income;
- Operates a gigantic fraud called "Social Security."
Schiff, Irwin A.: How Anyone Can Stop Paying Income Taxes (Freedom Books, PO Box 5303, Hamden, CT 06518; 1982).
An essential element of your "Freedom Freedomry." How the IRS brainwashes people into believing that they have to file tax returns and pay income tax. Why individuals need not submit to IRS audits. The author's tax trials.
Seligman, Martin E.P., Ph.D.: Learned Optimism (Alfred A. Knopf, NY; 1991).
The second most important key to overcoming your "wimp" (Chapter Eleven). Describes the essential differences between optimists and pessimists. Both optimism and pessimism are learned habits of behavior. Contains simple exercises for learning optimism.
Sher, Barbara: Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want (Ballantine Books, NY; 1979).
A superb practical guide to help you find your goals and make your dreams come true. How to create a support system, often vital to success. Extensive list of resources.
Skinner, Otto: The Best Kept Secret: "Taxpayer" v. Nontaxpayer (Otto U. Skinner, PO Box 6609, San Pedro, CA 90734; 1986).
"The exercise of a natural right is not taxable. A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by, or secured by, the U.S. Constitution."
Comprehensive analysis of who is a "taxpayer" and who is not, direct and indirect taxes, how to file W-4 exempt, Social Security, and the "Sanocki Case" (dismissal of income tax charges).
Skinner, Otto: If You Are The Defendant - Supplement to The Best Kept Secret: "Taxpayer" v. Nontaxpayer (Otto U. Skinner, PO Box 6609, San Pedro, CA 90734; 1986).
Thorough analysis of court procedures in IRS cases, the IRS Code, and a range of arguments for not filing returns and paying taxes.
Spooner, Lysander: An Essay on the Trial by Jury (Da Capo Press, 27 West 17th Street, NY, NY 10011; 1971 - first published in 1852).
Traces the principles and history of trial by jury back to the Magna Carta, by one of the greatest attorneys of all time. (He also started his own private post office, later outlawed by the "federal mafia." Spooner was known as the "father of cheap postage.")
Spooner, Lysander: No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority (Ralph Myles Publisher, PO Box 1533, Colorado Springs, CO 80901; 1973 - first published in 1870).
Convincing arguments by a brilliant attorney that the so-called "U.S. Constitution" never had nor now has any legal validity. All those pretending to act under the "authority" of the supposed "constitution" are imposters and usurpers. Had a profound influence on my thinking.
Stang, Alan: Taxscam: How the IRS Swindles You and What You Can Do About It ( Mount Sinai Press, PO Box 1220, Alta Loma, CA 91701; 1988).
Exceptionally well researched book on a wide range of issues concerning the IRS. Essential reading for understanding the illegality of the IRS and everything it does.
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