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America's Counter-Revolution
The Constitution Revisited

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This book challenges the assumption that the Constitution was a landmark in the struggle for liberty. Instead, Sheldon Richman argues, it was the product of a counter-revolution, a setback for the radicalism represented by America’s break with the British empire. Drawing on careful, credible historical scholarship and contemporary political analysis, Richman suggests that this counter-revolution was the work of conservatives who sought a nation of “power, consequence, and grandeur.” America’s Counter-Revolution makes a persuasive case that the Constitution was a victory not for liberty but for the agendas and interests of a militaristic, aristocratic, privilege-seeking ruling class.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Leave the Browns Alone!

Ed and Elaine Brown's constitutional argument against the income tax is balderdash. But the tax violates their -- and everyone's -- rights. The government should leave them alone.


David Houser said...

I sure do wish they were using the more direct and factual arguments against paying taxes, but yeah, I'm on their side in the end.

Joe said...

It sounds like a rhetorical question. Since when have people in government stopped doing something because they realized "Oh, we're violating someone's rights"?

Thomas Bell said...

Ed and Elaine Brown's property is at risk. If someone can show Brown the law which requires him to pay income taxes, he or she can have the Browns' home, worth more than $1,000,000.


The bet has been going for more than half a year, with no takers. I will bet that you are qualified to show the law, and be wealthy in the process.

James Greenberg said...

Doesn't have to be a law. The U.S. Government has some mighty big guns. Thus, the equation:

Big Guns = Law

I'm not pretending to the $1M. Just stating reality.

Sheldon Richman said...


When can I expect the money?

Which law we're talking about is clear and constitutional--and immoral. People who offer these bets constantly renege when someone cites the statute enacted by Congress. This is a bogus argument that detracts from the real issue--the illegitimacy of the state.

Sheldon Richman said...

Also see this: http://docs.law.gwu.edu/facweb/jsiegel/Personal/taxes/IncomeTax.htm.

Matt said...

Let's assume for just a moment that there is no legislation. I am using legislation in the same manner that Hayek did.

If the government were to put into force an income tax and the courts approved it, it is a legally binding legislation. Just because it isn't written doesn't mean that the courts can't inforce income tax. Look at how they have managed to butcher the Constitution.

It just goes to show the power of the state and how truly corrupt the whole state apparatus can become.

Sheldon Richman said...

Right. One of the rules of the constitution game is that the document means what the authorities say it means. Don't like the rules? (I don't.) Don't play the game. (I don't.)

Thomas Bell said...

Don't show me, show the Browns. But, the first is the entire Title 26 (the tens of thousands of pages of the Internal Revenue Code, a vague law, not specific [Gould v. Gould]), and the second is what Prof. Siegel said--an opinion, not the law.

Sheldon Richman said...

"...a vague law..." Excuse me, you say it's vague. The courts say it's not. Under the rules of the game, you lose and the government wins.

All laws contain some vagueness. But notice that you admit it's a law. QED.

Re Siegel: that's not his opinion. He cites and quotes the law.http://docs.law.gwu.edu/facweb/jsiegel/Personal/taxes/JustNoLaw.htm

I don't know what incantation would satisfy your standards of what's a law and what's not, but the Constitution requires no particular words.

Ron Paul, as anti-income-tax as they come, realizes there is a law on the books.

Have the guy send my money asap. PayPal is acceptable.

Thomas Bell said...

First of all, if I'm a defendant on trial, and the prosecuter presents as evidence Title 26--that's it, if the judge is not crooked (and I know a lot of judges who are), s/he will throw out the case.

Second, in Gould v. Gould, it states, "In case of doubt they are construed most strongly against the government, and in favor of the citizen." So the law states I must be the highest "incantation" there is.

Third, and last, Ron Paul, when answering what law requires an average American to pay an income tax, he said (and I quote), "I can't site a law--no, I cannot."

But, the aforementioned is irrelevant. If you want to win the money, check with Ed Brown, not me.

Sheldon Richman said...

You are missing the point. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that, from the founding, the national government has had the "all-embracing" power to tax. It has never said otherwise. There is no case of doubt in the court's mind. The relevant sections of Title 26, all upheld by the court, are very specific. I don't know what you are arguing here.

Ron Paul did not know the title number. That doesn't mean he thinks there is no law on the books. Ask him.

The Court has spoken. The government wins. We lose. What were you expecting? The game was rigged from the beginning. The fight was lost when the Philadelphia constitutional conventioneers staged their coup and overthrew the Articles of Confederation.

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ستاد حزب مبارزه با ستم اسلامگرایان.
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Anonymous said...

I think the real issue is the overempowerment of the courts. The courts can say that the laws against murder really mean that you can't eat cheese on tuesdays, and that's what it will mean. So regardless of whether or not it's a law, if the courts decide to enforce it, then it has to be followed.