Sovereign Citizens

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An attempt to frustrate or disrupt the legal system with a "baffle them with bullshit" strategy. Also known as: Detaxers; Freemen or Freemen-on-the-Land; Sovereign Men; Church of the Ecumenical Redemption International (CERI); Moorish Law; OPCA litigants; and other labels.


Debunking "The Story Of The Buck Act" [More...]
Roger M. Wilcox dismembers this paranoid conspiracy theory about how your Sovereign Citizenry has been secretly usurped. Yellow fringe on flags, 2 letter postal abbreviations, ZIP codes, Social Security numbers: they're all part of the conspiracy!
Freeman on the land (RationalWiki) [More...]
Freeman on the land is a form of pseudolegal woo in various English-speaking countries. Freemen believe they can opt out of being governed, and that what normal people understand to be "laws" are merely a form of "contract" that applies only if people consent to it.
Idiot Legal Arguments: A Casebook for Dealing with Extremist Legal Arguments [More...]
Bernard Sussman has compiled a huge collection of legal citations concerning the lunatic legal claims of militia-mythology that tax scofflaws, neo-anarchists (and sometimes libertarians) often repeat. You can get an idea of the claims, but this is fairly impenetrable for laymen.
Meads v. Meads, 2012 ABQB 571 (CanLII) [More...]
Canadian judge J.D. Rooke's 180 page takedown of sovereign citizen "baffle them with bullshit" strategies, examining Canadian case law where these strategies had been already refuted. He dubs them Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument litigants [OPCA litigants].
Schaeffer Cox And His Alaska Militia: The Classic Sovereign-citizen Saga, From Laughable To Lethal [More...]
"The plan, which members of Cox’s Peacemakers Militia reportedly code-named “241” (two for one), was created as a potential retaliatory response to any attempt by law enforcement to arrest Cox, who had an outstanding bench warrant for not attending a trial over a misdemeanor weapons charge."
Sovereign citizen (RationalWiki) [More...]
The sovereign citizen movement claims that a person has the right under common law (or at least their bizarre sham definition thereof) to declare him/herself as essentially a nation unto themselves, and therefore may not be subject to the law of the land where they live.
Taxation Is Slavery
A common libertarian theme, that interprets taxation of X% as slavery of X% of your time. The easy response is that you can emigrate: something slaves, serfs, peons and other chattel are not permitted. There is also a ridiculous "Lost Cause"/Sovereign Citizens theme that the 14th Amendment made all of us slaves to the federal government.


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