August 8, 2015

Freedom Outlaw Handbook Better Yet: Active Non-cooperation With Tyrants

"Let them march all they want, so long as they continue to pay their taxes."-- Gen. Alexander Haig, Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan

Each of these Chapters is intended to have an intro.  But you know what?  I look at that quote from Alexander Haig, and it says 10,000 times what I could say.  As long as we obey and pay, our masters don't give a flying Philidelphia you-know-what about any of our worthless little opinions.  And that goes double for our quaint little petitions, letters, and pleas in public forums.

No.  If you don't like what government does, you've got to stop supporting what government does.  And if you want to be free, you need to behave like a free person -- not a supplicant, not a serf, not a cog in the wheel, not a good little citizen, not a Soviet-style comrade.

The most sure and certain way to break the system is to refuse to be the system.  If enough refuse to give their cooperation, the system falls.  But even if you stand alone, you can live more easily with your own conscience if you do what you know to be right.

When you're serious about withdrawing consent, you may find yourself taking some very bold non-violent actions -- actions that profoundly affect the way you live.  Outlaw Ghosts are the masters of such tactics.  But not every act of withdrawal from "the system" has to be radical, illegal, or even risky.  There are hundreds of things each of us can do to make ourselves less a part of the prolem and more a part of the solution.

Thats what this chapter is about.  The simple things.

It's also about things like keeping your private data and your Web surfing habits and other parts of your life as secure as possible against government scrutiny.  The whole idea is for you to own you own life and guard it against both intrusions and dependencies.

Members of each of the three DisOrders will handle privacy and self-ownership, each in his own way.  Ghosts, of course, are masters of non-cooperation.  But even an Agitator or a Mole can (and should!) practice good Internet privacy habits.  Or buy precious metals.  Or homeschool children.

However you do it, do it.  Don't give government your taxes, your mind, your children or your moral sanction.  Withdraw your consent in every way you can!


When actively defying (or disregarding) authority, Attitude -- and by all means, let's put a capital A on that -- is everything.

Half of everything, at least.  And without it, the other half simply isn't possible.

People often want some step-by-step instruction manual for what they can do to put tyrants of pushing bureaucrats in their place.  But without the proper Attitude -- the Attitude that says way down deep, "My life belongs to me" and "I'm not cowed by you" -- then all those how-to instuction manuals won't get you very far.

People end up putting those manuals on the bookshelves and ignoring them.  Or they bookmark those Web pages and never get around to going back.  Or they put a few techniques into action without ever seeing ho those techniques fit into the bigger issue of personal freedom.  Or -- worst of all -- they think they're prepared for dealing with tyranny, but when an unanticipated situation comes up -- something they haven't read up on -- they don't have the grounding to help them "think free" on their feet. (Virtually all of us have been caught like that at some time or another.)

Nobody's ever prepared for everything.  Impossible. But freedom-oriented habits of mindset and behavior will get us farther than memorized recipes for action.

We must be calm, determined possessors of our own lives.  We must know what freedom is and why it matters.  We must know what risks we're willing to take -- when discretion says it's best to yield, and when it's vital to stand for liberty or death.  Then we'll be prepared to use our best, well practiced individual judgement when a new tyranny challenge comes up.  Then we'll be quick with our own wits, instead of going blank because we relied on someone else's.  Then we'll be ready to take on the world and win back the freedom that's ours.

"Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men, generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them.  They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil.  But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil.  It makes it worse.  Why is it not more apt to anticipate and provide for reform?  Why does it not cherish its wise minority?... Why does it always crucify Christ and excommunicate Copernicus and Luther, and pronounce Washington and Franklin rebels?" -- Henry David Thoreau "On Civil Disobedience"

29. AN EXPERIMENT IN LEGAL NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES (But really much more than that)

When George W. Bush invaded Iraq in 2003, Dave Gross went on strike.  He quit his job, lowered his income to a level at which he shouldn't have to pay any income taxes -- and began detailing the entire experiment on his Web site ( as a guide for others.  His is a safe but adamant form of tax resistance -- and he's discovered that not only are there fewer problems than he anticipated, there are surprising lifestyle blessings, as well.

Tax resistance isn't merely tax resistance.  It's about the moral and ethical choices we make every day when we accept individual responsibility for freedom.  It's about putting our beliefs into action in our everyday lives, rather than sitting snug in ivory towers, making up philosophies we never bother to apply.

Even if you have no intention of resisting taxes, but face other dilemmas trying to life free in a world where freedom's outlawed, Dave offers insights.

"At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its triumphs have been due to minorities." -- Lord Acton


There is no rulebook for freedom.  No requirement that you preform any on big deed or any series of small ones.  But if you make a habit of small acts of defiance -- seizing bits of your life back from government control even in tiny, personal ways -- you'll discover how natural it feels.  And you'll usually also discover that, despite all the dire warnings, you'll rarely ever get into trouble or end up with black marks on that dreaded "permanent record"  your high-school counselor warned you so direly about.

As always, be judicious in your choices, and don't ever do something just because somebody else thinks it's a good idea.  But having said that...

Smoke some dope.  Barter something big and don't tell the IRS about it.  Walk onto a college campus and say something insensitive.  Drive with an expired license.  Build something without a permit.  Fill a pond.  Serve wine to your teenaged daughter with dinner.  Carry a gun without a permit.  Light up a cigarette indoors.  Eat anything the Surgeon General doesn't approve of. Grow some dope.  Give prescription painkillers to a sick friend.  Fail to stop at a stoplight at 3:00 a.m. on a deserted street (with a fogger on your license plate to foil the re-light camera).  Take a job for cash.  Hire somebody for cash.  Walk on the grass when the sign says not to.  Be absent without permission.

"I have sung the tune "God save the King" and I have taught others to sing it.  I was a believer in the politics of petitions, deputations and friendly negotiations.  But these have all gone to dogs.  I know that these are not the ways to bring this government round.  Sedition has become my religion.  Ours is a non-violent battle.  We are not out to kill anyone, but it is our Dharma (duty) to see the curse of this Government is blotted out." -- Mohandas K. Gandhi, on the eve of the Salt March.


If you should be cautious and uncommunicative in any encounter with your local or state police, you should make it a rule never to talk to any feds -- particularly any feds who might even in the loosest sense, be construed as "investigating" anything.  You are under NO obligation to talk to federal investigators -- about anything at any time (although they'll certainly intimidate you into feeling otherwise and may even threaten to bring criminal charges against you if you fail to cooperate).  Under most circumstances, you don't stand to gain anything by talking with them; you're far more likely to lose.

Title 18 USC 1001 makes it a federal crime to lie to any federal investigator.  As former Domestic Diva and federal prisoner Martha Steward found out so painfully in 2004 -- the smallest lie you utter in talking with a fed can put you behind bars.  Oops -- poor Martha never got charged with the "crime" they were allegedly investigating her for (insider trading).  She mainly got charged for being foolish enough to talk with them at all.

You say you would talk with the feds and not lie?  That lying is immoral and you wouldn't do it?  But what if you were in Stewart's shoes?  You felt that the feds were out to get you, and you'd say anything to try to get them off your case.  You panicked, had a bad moment.  You were so scared to death of these intimidating, bullying investigators that you'd do anything to give yourself a moment of relief.

In fact, your misstatement doesn't even have to be a real lie to get you into trouble.  You could say something you absolutely believed to be the truth, but if the information turned out false you could got to federal prison just for making an honest mistake.

The feds are no Robert Stack playing some honorable Elliott Ness, for heaven's sake.  They're often the ruthless agents of tyrannical law, more interested in scoring points, making their careers, and making you wet your pants in terror than they are in doing justice.

Where were Martha's lawyers when she needed them?  Well, I'm not a lawyer and this isn't legal advice; if the feds ever call for an appointment, call your lawyer first!  But as a good general principle, if a fed says, "Lets talk" -- just say NO.  And that's true whether the "investigators" are FBI, ATF, DEA, CIA, TSA, DHS -- or even if they're DOL, HUD, BLM, or one of the other agencies you like to percieve as innocuous.  Remember, these days even the Department of Housing and Urban Development has armed agents, SWAT teams and military gear -- and they're empowered to get you if they so much as don't like the color of your shirt.  Are these wolves really, truly people any innocent lamby should sit down to negotiate openly with?

If youw ant more details on the federal lie law and some suggestions from somebody who really is a lawyer, check out what Duncan Frissell has to say.  He says you shouldn't even be alone with any federal investigator or talk with any federal employee:

"If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble..., "the law is a ass -- a idiot." -- Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Chapter 1: 22-27

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