As IRS tyranny increases, some turn to the courts for protection. In 1875, the US Supreme Court stated its position, and has never changed (Taylor v Secor, 92 US 575 at 610): "The payment of taxes has to be enforced by stringent means against a reluctant and often adverse sentiment; and to do this, other modes of procedure are necessary, than those which belong to courts of justice. It is a wise policy. Tax collectors are wholly beyond the power of the court. Mere errors or excess in valuation, or hardship or injustice of the law, or any grievance, will not stop collection of a tax. There is no violation of The Constitution."

The court is clearly saying, "Since citizens don't like to be robbed, injustice is necessary." In other words, oppressive taxation in America can only be enforced by ignoring the Constitution and imposing tyranny! If you had any illusions that the Supreme Court protects your rights, property and liberty, "Taylor vs Secor" should open your eyes, if it doesn't blow your mind. It's very clear whose side the courts are on. They have a direct conflict of interest:  they're talking about their own paychecks, power and prestige--and they have the home court advantage.

But we aren't helpless.  Etiene de la Boetie formed a plan of non-violent resistance for France in 1553:  "There are three kinds of tyrants:  some receive their proud position through election by the people, others by force of arms, others by inheritance. Although the means of coming into power differ,  still the method of ruling is practically the same.   Tyrants need only be deprived of the public's continuing supply of funds and resources. RESOLVE TO SERVE NO MORE!! and you are at once FREE. I don't ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer. Then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces."

We hear of a citizen/government partnership. There sometimes comes a time in a relationship when one side wants a change--a divorce. They give their compelling reasons, then act..   The U.S. Declaration of Independence was just such a document:  "Whenever any form of government becomes destructive,  it's the right of the People to alter or abolish it...   a long train of abuses and usurpations...     repeated injuries...   the establishment of an absolute tyranny...   invasions of the rights of the people."

"He has erected a multitude of New Offices and sent swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.  He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution.  For depriving us in many cases of the benefits of Trial by Jury.   Arbitrary government... altering fundamentally the forms of our governments.   We have warned them from time to time...   They have been deaf to the voice of justice..."

Our founding mothers and fathers had the courage to stop paying oppressive taxes to tyranny.
Tax protest can be your individual Declaration of Independence.

         Gene Sharp    1973

"Non-cooperation gives people a tremendous feeling of release,  a throwing-off of a great burden,   a new sense of freedom. This development of fearlessness has important consequences for the personal growth of the individual. It not only threatens the system being opposed, but also greatly enhances the ability of people to remain free and determine their own future."


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