Tax Protestors And Other Pseudolaw Cranks

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There is strong overlap between libertarians and tax protestors. Tax protestors have amazing reinterpretations of laws and history that they claim justify independence from paying taxes. Sovereign Citizens, Constitutional Militiaas and Jury Nullification are some of the many other crank theories.


The Tax Protester FAQ [More...]
A magnificent and thoroughly documented FAQ 'to provide concise, authoritative rebuttals to nonsense about the U.S. tax system that is frequently posted on web sites scattered throughout the Internet, by a variety of fanatics, idiots, charlatans, and dupes, frequently referred to by the courts as “tax protesters”.'
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.
Constitutionalism: The White Man's Ghost Dance [More...]
A savagely funny mockery of the idiocy of Constitutionalists. "Constitutionalists look upon law as the word-magic of lawyer-necromancers who draw their wizardly powers from grimoires, from books of magic spells they have selfishly withheld from the people. "
County Supremacy Movement (1 link)
A crank idea that the only legitimate policing power belongs to the county sheriff. All higher government activity is a conspiracy to rob the people of their rights.
Judicial Review (2 links)
Libertarians decry judicial review when it goes against their desires. They frequently charge that it is not an enumerated power, conveniently overlooking the fact that it can be construed as part of the Constitutional judicial power, and was discussed as such before ratification.
Jury Nullification (2 links)
Juries have the power (if not the right) to acquit if they oppose a law's results. This can be for good or bad: defying the Fugitive Slave Act or freeing white racists who have murdered blacks. This does not repeal or invalidate laws for more than the single trial. There is controversy about it, but it is not really important.
Militias (3 links)
In the USA, "militia" is a euphemism for private, nongovernment, nonprofessional armies created for political purposes. Many of these militia's members are libertarians. Private armies like these militias are frequently a tool of coercion: after the Civil War, private armies played a major role in instituting Jim Crow by terrorizing blacks. Hitler and Mussolini both rose to power through their private armies.
Pseudolaw (RationalWiki) [More...]
Pseudolaw encompasses any legal theory developed or action taken that relies heavily on frivolous arguments trumped up in legal language.
Sovereign Citizens (7 links)
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.
Tax protester (RationalWiki) [More...]
Tax protester (less commonly, tax protestor) is a general category to describe anyone who does not believe they are required to pay various taxes... The term "tax protester," while the preferred nomenclature, is somewhat misleading. In more common parlance they might be called tax deniers -- and in practice tax evaders.
Tenther movement (5 links)
Crank states' rights advocates who would prefer that the powers delegated to the federal government be construed VERY narrowly, invalidating most of the past 200+ years of federal law. They would prefer that the states retain these powers (10th Amendment), so that slavery or other state abuses could not be outlawed federally.


All the English were free men and most of them were serfs. All the English were self-governing in counties run by sheriffs appointed by kings, the descendants of foreign conquerors. England alone enjoyed the Common Law, handed down from Sinai by Moses, and dating from 1215 A.D. Secured by the Common Law, all men's property was inviolable, and all of it belonged to the king. The Common Law, also known as Natural Law and God's Law, only restricted conduct which harmed the person or property of another, such as swearing, fornicating, possessing weapons in the royal forests, converting to Judaism, or dreaming that the king had died. There was complete religious freedom, i.e., Roman Catholicism was the state church, attendance at services was compulsory, and heretics were executed. As perfect, as unchangeable as the Common Law always was, it got even better when free and prosperous Englishmen fleeing persecution and poverty brought it to America. They repaired there, as Garrison Keilor quipped, to enjoy less freedom than they had in England.
Bob Black, ""Constitutionalism": The White Man's Ghost Dance"