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May 2012

We Are Losing Our Liberty

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“Pharaoh's place is at the head of all the noble ones who are in the horizon. For Pharaoh is a god, older than the oldest. Thousands revolve around him, hundreds offer to him. There is given to him a warrant as a great power by Orion, the father of the gods.”
From the “Cannibal Hymn” inscribed on the tomb of Pharaoh Unis. (1)

“A gang is a group of men under the command of a leader, bound by a compact of association, in which the plunder is divided according to an agreed convention. If this villainy wins so many recruits from the ranks of the demoralized that it acquires territory, establishes a base, captures cities and subdues peoples, it then openly arrogates to itself the title of ‘kingdom,’ which is conferred on it in the eyes of the world, not by the renouncing of aggression but by the attainment of impunity.”
St. Augustine, The City of God (2)

“Your son [Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggin] has been cleared by the I.F. Selective Service. Of course we already have your consent, granted in writing at the time conception was confirmed, or he could not have been born. He has been ours from then…. For the two of you, the choice was made when Ender was conceived.”
Recruiting officers for the Interplanetary Fleet of a totalitarian world government inform Peter and Valentine Wiggin that their youngest son is the property of the state, as described in the novel Ender’s Game. (3)

The ancient conceit of human rulers is that they are made of different and better stuff than those they presume to rule.

The “Cannibal Hymn” to the ancient Pharaoh unescapably expresses that delusion: Pharaoh was a god among men, and all humans were mere cattle before him. In fact, according to the apocryphal Book of Jasher, the very title “Pharaoh” connotes the Egyptian ruler’s supposed authority to tax everyone, both living and dead: “Thy name shall no more be called Rikayon but Pharaoh shall be thy name, since thou didst exact a tax from the dead; and he called his name Pharaoh.” (4)

As St. Augustine pointed out in the Fifth Century A.D., every human government originates in a criminal gang: Once it becomes sufficiently powerful, it institutionalizes its practices, establishes a code of contact governing its members, and grants itself “legal” authority to prey on those who aren’t members of the cabal. Generally, these criminal cliques invoke some source of transcendent authority – such as the divine “warrant” supposedly granted to Pharaoh Unis – to justify their behavior. In modern terms, ruling criminal elites claim a mandate from “the people,” or one rooted in a quasi-religious ideology (such as Marxism, radical environmentalism, or communitarianism) that supposedly unlocks the concealed secrets of history and human progress for the benefit of a specially consecrated elite.

However structured and justified, the foundation of all such political arrangements is criminal aggression against the person and property of others. Taxation is the most common mechanism through which that criminal aggression is committed.

Every tax is a form of ransom – a token of submission to someone claiming authority over the one who pays it. Decades ago, Dr. Hugh Nibley (5) described how taxation began as a gesture of tribute to a “god” – or a ruler claiming to be either a deity or a figure empowered by such a being – by those who could extinguish the lives of anybody within his domain.

Today, the criminal elite controlling the United States Government claims plenary control over the persons and property of its subjects – and recognizes no geographic limits on its supposed jurisdiction. This is demonstrated quite suitably in the case of Eduardo Saverin.

As a child living in Brazil, future Facebook co-founder Saverin – along with his family – was targeted by a gang that specialized in kidnapping wealthy people for extravagant ransom. Saverin and his family immigrated to the U.S., where he eventually went to Harvard and became a billionaire.

Late last year, Saverin announced that he was repudiating his U.S. citizenship and moving to Singapore, an authoritarian city-state that, to many, seems more authoritarian and restrictive than the supposed Land of the Free. Why would Saverin do such a thing?

As was the case when he was a teenager, he is fleeing a more vicious gang of extortionists – the government afflicting our nation, which is seeking, by way of the legalized theft called the capital gains tax, to steal more than $600 million that Saverin received as a windfall in anticipation of Facebook’s overvalued May 18 IPO.

Speaking on behalf of the collectivist parasite class, columnist Farhad Manjoo of Slate accuses Saverin of crass ingratitude, insisting that he owes “everything” to the country in which his talents were allowed to flourish. Like all collectivists, Manjoo dishonestly conflates the country with the degenerate political class that presumes to rule it. Like extortionists of every variety, he insists that it is just and moral to seize wealth at gunpoint, saying that seizing $600 million from Saverin is “more than fair.”

No, it isn’t: Thieves don’t get to define on behalf of their victims what portion of their property they get to keep. If someone can legitimately steal any portion of what you have, nothing you own is legitimately yours.

The collectivist gangster ethos expressed by Manjoo has become inescapable within the United States. This is why Saverin is just one of hundreds of innovators and entrepreneurs fleeing the socialist monstrosity that America has become.

“At the U.S. Embassy in London, there is a waiting list that none of the officials like to discuss,” reported the Financial Times in August 2010. “On the list are Americans hoping to give up their citizenship, as they seek shelter from the Internal Revenue Service.” This is a serious and troubling step, because “If you give up a U.S. passport, you take the chance that you will never be able to go back and live and work in the U.S. again.” (7)

Some who make this choice are understandably alarmed over the government’s relentless profligacy, which inevitably results in confiscatory taxes. The feeders of Leviathan are doing their best to shut down avenues of retreat for those who are determined to keep what they have earned – by adopting the totalitarian measure of locking people into the country.

Writing in Business Insider, Simon Black describes how America is becoming a Soviet-style prison society:

“The U.S. Passport Act of 1926 is an obscure piece of legislation that was enacted decades ago when the idea of passports started catching fire around the world.

Subsequently absorbed into U.S. Code 22, the law was originally intended to authorize and issue passports for citizens to travel abroad.

Several years ago, the law was modified to provide the Secretary of State with the authority to revoke or deny a passport to any U.S. citizen convicted of engaging in immoral acts with minors overseas.

Until now, this has been the only instance of excluding a U.S. citizen from travel abroad. But if Senator Barbara Boxer gets her way, there’s going to be one more.

As part of Senate Bill 1813 (known as MAP-21), Congress has inserted language that would oblige the Secretary of State to revoke or deny a passport to any U.S. citizen who the IRS Commissioner deems as having “seriously delinquent tax debt.”

For the purposes of MAP-21, “seriously delinquent tax debt” is defined as an amount in excess of $50,000 in which a notice of lien or levy has been filed in public records.

Bear in mind, this is strictly an administrative procedure; there is no due process. By comparison, even pedophiles go in front of a judge before losing their passports.”

It is impossible for someone to “owe” something that is taken from him by force – unless it is assumed that the supposed debtor and his labor are in some sense the property of those making that claim upon him. This arrangement is best described as slavery, at least in principle. Enacting measures restricting emigration for those who seek to avoid wealth confiscation would put slavery into practice. It would also make the U.S., in principle, an East German-style prison society.

As the parasite class seeks to shut down emigration as an escape route for their victims, it is also expanding the practice of summary wealth confiscation within the United States.

In the State of Tennessee, highway robbery in the name of “asset forfeiture” is commonplace — and Monterey PD Officer Larry Bates, who stole $22,000 from New Jersey businessman George Reby, is the embodiment of this unfathomably corrupt practice.

Reby, an insurance adjuster, was stopped for speeding by Bates on Interstate 40. Like too many honest and innocent people, Reby made the mistake of answering questions posed by the armed stranger who materialized at the driver’s side door.

Bates asked if Reby was carrying any large amounts of cash.

“I said, ‘Around $20,000’…. Then, at that point, he said, ‘Do you mind if I search your vehicle?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t mind.’ I certainly didn’t feel I was doing anything wrong. It was my money.” (8)

In fact, the ingenuous businessman actually handed the money to the officer.

What Reby didn’t understand is that through the practice of “civil asset forfeiture,” every traffic stop is a potential highway robbery — and police everywhere are encouraged to view cash and other valuables as subject to confiscation on the pretext that they are “proceeds” of narcotics trafficking. All that is necessary is for the officer to cobble together what he considers a plausible statement justifying his suspicion — however emancipated from the facts of the case — that the money or valuables is connected to actual or potential narcotics commerce.

Bates didn’t arrest Reby. He did, however, steal his money, later insisting that this was proper because the businessman “couldn’t prove it was legitimate.” In the work of fiction he filed later as an official affidavit, Bates invoked his “training” to justify the seizure, insisting that “common people do not carry this much currency.”

“On the street, a thousand-dollar bundle could approximately buy two ounces of cocaine,” Bates told a news reporter for Channel 5, as if this crashing non-sequitur ended the discussion.

Reby explained — and documented — that he had an active eBay bid on a car. Pressed by the reporter, Bates admitted that Reby had said as much during the traffic stop.

“But you did not include that in your report,” the TV reporter pointed out in his interview with Bates.

“If it’s not in there, I didn’t put it in there,” simpered the officer — offering an evasive answer of the sort that comes readily to a practiced liar and thief. Asked why he hadn’t mentioned this germane fact in his report, Bates took refuge in sullen silence before replying: “I don’t know.”

Bates had told the judge that Reby had hidden the money inside “a tool bag underneath trash to [deter] law enforcement from finding it.”

While it is indeed a good idea to conceal your money from armed robbers in government–issued costumes, Reby had done nothing of the kind: “That’s inaccurate; I pulled out the bag and gave it to him,” he told the reporter.

Making use of access to a computerized database, Bates learned that Reby had been arrested on suspicion of cocaine use twenty years ago, but never convicted. It’s quite likely that the same is true of at least some of the people who work alongside Officer Bates.

In Tennessee, forfeiture proceedings are conducted ex parte, which means that the judge only heard the thief’s side of the story. Reby didn’t learn about the hearing until well after the fact — and if he hadn’t gone to the media, it’s likely he would have lost his money permanently. He had to travel back to Tennessee in order to get a check that was reluctantly written by a police department that refused to apologize for robbing him at gunpoint.

Spectacles of this kind are common on Interstate 40 in Tennessee, where officers from two drug task forces prowl the highway in search of cash they can seize through civil asset forfeiture.

Kim Helper, District Attorney for Tennessee’s 21st Judicial District, insists that the highway robbery scheme is “a way for us to continue to fund our operations so that we can put an end to drug trafficking and the drug trade within this district.” Of course, those two objectives — “continued funding” and “an end to drug trafficking” — are mutually incompatible.

Officers assigned to the task force often ignore actual narcotics shipments, choosing instead to focus almost exclusively on seizing money. This means concentrating on the westbound side of the highway, where the cash is believed to be found, rather than the eastbound lane, which is supposedly used to shuttle drugs in from Mexico.

As Nashville’s CBS affiliate reported last year, the salaries paid to the officers involved in this highway robbery ring are paid directly out of the cash and other assets seized by them; this means that police often find themselves competing to stop and shake down the same cars, sometimes nearly coming to blows in the process.

Federalized Highway Troopers who waylay innocent travelers and steal their money and property at gunpoint are the direct descendants of the royal minions who would accost travelers and demand payment for treading on a ruler’s sacred territory. In a sense, they’re also descended from India’s notorious Thugee Cult, which would couple highway robbery with murder. Another variant on criminal plunder that is commonplace in the United States is the “speed trap” – an old and disreputable practice that is gaining new prominence as cash-starved municipal elites scramble for revenue.

Bernice, Oklahoma has a population of about 500 people. Unfortunately, some of them have given themselves the title of “government,” thereby claiming permission to steal from the others – and from anyone who happens to wander into their area of influence.

Bernice is bisected by Highway 85A. Although the village doesn’t have a stoplight, the speed limit suddenly drops from 55 to 45 miles per hour — which means it has become one of the country’s most notorious speed traps.

Oklahoma State law limits speeding tickets to $50 – unless a municipality follows a detailed and confusing set of rules concerning the publication of traffic ordinances. Since 1977, Bernice’s municipal government has not published its ordinances as required by state law. It has also charged as much as $545 for an individual ticket.

An audit by the state government documented that over the past five years, it collected more than $300,000 in ticket revenue, kicking back about $5500 a month to deputies from the nearby Delaware County Sheriff’s Office who were contracted to write the citations.

Weaving a seamless web of persiflage in an official memo, David E. Jones, the bar-certified sophist retained as Bernice town attorney, insisted that even though the cabal that employs him “did not follow the strict technical requires for publication [of the traffic ordinance], the public clearly had constructive notice of the existence of the Bernice Penal Code….”

Stated in less opaque language, Jones is claiming that the town’s status as a notorious speed trap constituted legal “notice” of the practice. Buttressed with this spurious and self-serving assessment, the town’s trustees voted on May 14, not to grant refunds to victims of the illegal ticket scheme, thereby laying claim to more than $100,000 in illegally collected revenue. At least several thousand dollars of that illegally harvested ticket revenue wound up in the coffers of Mayor Bill Raven. The Mayor, who owns Bill’s Trucking, has sold several vehicles to the city. Furthermore, Bill’s Trucking has been mysteriously exempt from the city’s “occupation tax” for at least the past two tax years.

Bernice’s ruling political clique has ruled that local citizens have no right to participate in town council meetings. That policy has been modified to permit citizens a total of three minutes to address the council – as long as their comments are restricted “to agenda items only.” It’s highly doubtful that the council’s agenda would include discussion of official embezzlement and highway robbery.

Every speed trap revisits the ancient and dishonorable origins of taxation. In a scholarly essay entitled “Tenting, Toll, and Taxing” published by the Western Political Quarterly in 1966, Dr. Hugh Nibley pointed out that this practice was eventually applied to anybody who was born and lived within the ruler’s claimed jurisdiction, on the assumption that such people were intruders and trespassers by virtue of their very existence.

The very term “tax” refers to a physical challenge to travelers in the form of a tap on the shield performed by the ruler’s revenue-gatherers: This was essentially an ultimatum to pay the demanded toll, or to engage in combat. Nibley notes that “failure to pay implies willingness to fight and vice versa…. [T]he word tax in its many contexts always retains the basic idea of a charge brought against an intruder; to be taxed always implies an element of trespass, and the paying of a tax always has the flavor of appeasement.” The tax is “a token of submission for the luxury of remaining in one’s possessions without a fight.”

“Taxes are viewed … as a personal insult and an affront to the sacredness of property,” Nibley summarizes. “That is exactly what they are, and what they were originally meant to be.”(9) Taxes, we are told, are as inevitable as death. Relatively few people understand that taxation could be considered a form of murder on the installment plan. In mortal terms, time is our one irreplaceable resource; wealth is time transmuted into tangible form. Thus taxation — the theft, through either implicit or actual violence — is tantamount to the incremental theft of a person’s life. That being the case, we shouldn’t be at all surprised to see the tax-extracting class – those who see themselves as gods preying upon cattle – taking steps to pen us in before we escape their lethal intentions.

Christian believers understand that we are owned, body and soul, by the Creator who made us, and the Redeemer who saved us: “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men” (1 Cor. 7:23). As pertains to the City of Man, each of us is the exclusive owner of the life our Creator gave to us. The ancient conflict between those who understood the freedom we were created to enjoy – remember that Abraham, the Father of the Righteous, was a stateless man – and those who claim the privilege of living through force and violence is reaching its climax now.

As that conflict sharpens, we can expect to see paroxysms of violence on an unprecedented scale – but those of us who live by faith understand that what we have been given by the One who redeemed us can never be taken from us.


1) “The Cannibal Hymn to Pharaoh Unis,” found at http://www.sofiatopia.org/maat/cannibal.htm
2) St. Augustine, The City of God, Book IV, chap. 4; accessible on-line at http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&id=OykMAAAAIAAJ&dq=%22Augustine%22+%22City+of+God%22&printsec=frontcover&source=web&ots=0qbzIm4xYu&sig=vcVZZ1AblgDXSXnE9VkrIERPrMQ#v=onepage&q&f=false
3) Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game (New York: TOR Books, 1984), pp. 20-21.
4) Book of Jasher, 14:27; accessible on-line at http://www.ccel.org/a/anonymous/jasher/14.htm. Note that this book is not a work of ancient scripture, or the source book referred to several times in the Old Testament, but rather a collection of Jewish legends comparable in some ways to the accounts found in the Antiquities of Josephus.
5) The late Dr. Hugh Nibley, a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, was notable chiefly as a defender of the LDS (or “Mormon”) Church and its doctrines; before becoming the de facto chief apologist for his church, Dr. Nibley earned advanced degrees in history and the classics from UCLA, and served as a translator and interrogator for U.S. Army Intelligence in German-occupied Europe during World War II.
6) “What Eduardo Saverin Owes America (Hint: Nearly Everything),” Farhad Manjoo, Pando Daily, May 12, 2012 -- http://pandodaily.com/2012/05/12/what-eduardo-saverin-owes-america-hint-nearly-everything/
7) “Americans Who Swap Passports,” Financial Times, August 2, 2010.
8) “Man Loses $22,000 in new ‘Policing for Profit’ Case,” Newschannel 5, May 9, 2012 — http://www.newschannel5.com/story/18241221/man-loses-22000-in-new-policing-for-profit-case?clienttype=printable
9) Hugh Nibley, “Tenting, Toll, and Taxing,” republished in The Ancient State (Salt Lake City, Utah: Desert Books, 1991), pp. 69-70.

Written by William Grigg

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