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What Flavor of Freedom?

(originally launched into cyberspace on 03/06/2003)

Dear List Subscriber,

There are a couple flavors of "freedom," or at least things people CALL

1) One is that of the runaway slave. He has escaped his "owner" for the
time being, but must spend his life hiding, always afraid of being caught.

2) The other is that of a people who have expelled a tyrant from their
lands. They can live open, honest, proud lives.

I don't know about you, but I'm not settling for flavor #1.

I continue to get e-mails from people, saying how they just got some IRS
form letter demanding money, threatening nasty things, etc., and asking how
they should proceed. Yes, there are some things to do that are better than
others (but I'm not in the business of telling people what they are), but
the overall attitude is a bit discouraging. It is the attitude of runaway

Of course, it is perfectly justified for a runaway slave to try to evade
capture, and it is perfectly justifiable for each individual to try to avoid
being robbed by the IRS of money they don't owe. But is that good enough?
Is that the fight we should spend our lives on? Is THAT where our efforts
should go, and what our goal should be? Should we each be hiding in a
corner somewhere, hoping "massah" won't find us? Is that the best we can

One particularly horrible aspect of oppression is that it trains the spirit
out of people. It doesn't just steal their labor; it steals their HEART.
Many slaves, when freed, don't know what to DO with their freedom. (The
Soviet Union is a good example, too.) When you've accepted that
subservience is just how life is, you "forget" how to OWN YOURSELF. In
short, you lose what it is that makes you human, and you degenerate into a
mere beast of burden who exists to serve his owners.

If you don't yet understand the income tax deception, study. If you DO
understand it, stop asking how to respond to IRS Letter XYZ, and start
figuring out how YOU are going to TEAR THE FRAUD DOWN. Don't look for a
good place to hide from "massah"; look for a stick to use to WHOOP MASSAH'S
REAR END! (I had to keep it clean for mom. Hi, mom!)

When I look at the "tax honesty movement," I see a bunch of slave-mentality
hiders. They want a lawsuit, or some plea to make to the next bureaucrat
who harasses them. "Please, massah, tell me I'm free... if it's not too
much trouble, massah." Why are you asking HIM? Where in history is there
any indication that asking an oppressor to stop oppressing does any good?
"Golly gee, the Tax Court said the 861 evidence was frivolous." No kidding.
What ELSE would they say? "Gosh, guess we missed that... sorry about that."

Since I'm pure cracker/honky, it's politically incorrect for me to even
mention slavery. Tough. But I'll let a former slave tell you the same

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.
Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact
amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these
will continue till they have resisted with either words or blows, or with
both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom
they suppress." - Frederick Douglas

If your goal is to hide, then I wish you luck, but your goal and mine have
nothing in common. If your goal is REAL freedom, where there isn't anyone
to hide FROM any more, then let's get to work. I know a whole lot of you
are in this fight, and ready to rip this fraud out by the roots. And I know
that lots of others want to wait around and see what OTHER people can

Right now we have a chance to get a big "massah" out of our lives
permanently. Are you willing to do what it takes to make it happen?

I'll talk to you all again in a week or so. Until then, live free or die.


Larken Rose
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