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When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it - always.
- Mahatma Gandhi


The Lion asked the Wizard one time, "When does a slave become a king?"

"When You start acting like one! "

Otherwise You remain a slave all Your life.

 Larken Rose 
Larken Rose 
Ignore, Ridicule, Fight, Win

Apparently the technique of "revenue via terrorism" doesn't seem to be working out as well as the federal government would like these days. The feds just suffered a huge loss in a tax trial against nine defendants, with a whopping 161 charges filed. Some charges ended in a hung jury, while some ended in acquittals, but not one ended in conviction. Here is the story:

The case had nothing to do with the 861 evidence. It had something to do with paying people in silver and gold, instead of Federal Reserve Notes. I'm not clear on the details, nor are the details important for the point I'm trying to make here. What struck me about the story--and what sounded all too familiar--is that instead of the IRS providing specific opinions on legal issues, stating their own position clearly and concisely, and going through the process of arguing it administratively, they chose to PROSECUTE people.

That being the case, the public defender for one of the defendants said "we're not going to take someone's liberty from them, on
something that a (certified public accountant) with a master's degree doesn't even know. That's a scary country, and I don't live
in that country." Actually, he DOES live in that country, but in his case it turned out better than usual.

The feds' attitude is clear: Why waste time talking about law, and having to cite stuff and make well-reasoned, supported arguments? We can just HURT those who disagree, instead!

Well, that worked well in my case, and many others, but it doesn't seem to be a sure bet anymore. It didn't work with Vernice Kuglin, or Joe Banister, or Tommy Cryer, or in the case mentioned above. It also "unworked" in a case coming from the Anderson Ark thing, in which the convictions of two defendants were just thrown out at the appeals level. (Who knows--maybe next week the Third Circuit will also do the right thing, and "unconvict" me.)

Some might say that it's enough for the feds to win MOST of the time--that that is enough to maintain their extortion machine.
Well, it's not. For bullying to work indefinitely, the bully has to remain pretty much undefeated. If he starts losing, even if only in
a small fraction of cases, the threat of "I'll beat you up/prosecute you!" just doesn't have the same impact. If just 1% of
the bully's victims decide to take their chances, and stand up for justice, the bully is in BIG trouble.

While the IRS and DOJ terrorists having been going full stream trying to demolish anyone who questions the "conventional wisdom" about the income tax--with prosecutions, injunctions, collections, etc.--and as a result have been looking pretty scary recently, the fact remains that the IRS is still in serious trouble. Keep in mind, we're in the LAST phase before the truth wins:

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being
self-evident." [Arthur Schopenhauer]

Or, if you want an extra step in there:

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." [Mahatma Gandhi]

Either way, the feds are quite obviously in the violently fighting stage. I hope the next stage comes soon.


Larken Rose
Larken Rose Released

Well, that was annoying (being wrongfully imprisoned for a year), but I'm back. Remember me?

This list consists of people who subscribed to my old "t-i-updates" list, which is now dead. So you should all be here voluntarily. If you didn't try to get on this list, or if you don't want to hear anything a demonized convict might have to say, instructions for
unsubscribing are below. (If someone you know wants to sign up, the instructions for that are below as well.)

There are a million things I'd like to say, but I'll try to keep it (relatively) brief this time. First, I was just "released" last Friday, having served my prison term for the crime I didn't commit.

Second, I apologize for my year of almost-complete silence. Not being able to speak my mind--in this "land of the free"--for fear of retaliation by the government has been extremely frustrating, and I can only imagine all the theorizing out there about what it meant. No, it didn't mean I decided I was wrong, nor did it mean that I stopped caring about the truth; it meant I didn't want the government inflicting any more suffering on my family (for the "crimes" my wife and I didn't commit) than they already have.

In just over a week, Tessa will be heading to Danbury, Connecticut to serve her 30 days at the federal prison camp there (for the crime she didn't commit), after which she'll be on home detention for five months. For those who remembered to send her support--whether moral, financial, or otherwise--even while I was unable to pitifully beg for it, I can't thank you enough. I'll give this list her mailing address on the inside, once I have it.

Finally, in unrelated news, I wanted to let you know that my first book is now publicly available. This one is not about tax law. It's called "How To Be a Successful Tyrant (The Megalomanic Manifesto)," and it's just what it sounds like. Well, sort of. You can learn more about it on the web site.

I'll be busy putting my family's life back together for a while, paying off various huge fines and penalties, and doing other equally fun stuff, but you'll be hearing from me regularly again now. Stay tuned.


Larken Rose

(P.S. My appeal was filed months ago, and the government has now responded. Soon we'll see what becomes of that.)

United States v. Larken & Tessa Rose

Keep up to date on the trial: IRS vrs. Larken Rose


The following message is from my wife, Tessa.  (Don't ask me how I got lucky enough to get a wife like that.  I have no idea.)  It speaks for itself.

Larken Rose

P.S. Past e-mails to this list can be found at:;f=16

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Ten years ago, the prospect of being indicted would have been frightening and stressful to me.  But I was a different person ten years ago.  The experiences of the last few years have thickened my skin and
strengthened my resolve.    One of the hardest things about the last few years has
been waiting and waiting for things to happen.  So this indictment is a relief.  Things are finally moving toward our long-held goal of bringing this issue to court.

I would so love to be past all this, living a peaceful life again.  But the only way out of this is right through it.  From the beginning, there has never been another way out.  I have tried, at times, to imagine a way to back up and somehow stop doing this, but I cannot.  Once you understand the law, you can't un-understand it.  Once you understand that your income isn't taxable, you're commiting felonious perjury if you sign a return saying that it is.  Once you understand that millions of people are being defrauded, you're killing your own soul if you keep quiet about it.

Every year, people in government grow more lawless, more arrogant, and more numerous.  And their victims quietly submit, enjoying their lives in the hope that the thing they enjoy most won't be outlawed next.  They see water running through a hole in the dyke, and they get out of the way so they won't get wet.  At some point, don't we have to ask ourselves what we want for our children and grandchildren?  If we think
the government is too big to fight now, how much more powerful will it be in 20 or 40 years?  Especially if no one resists it?  Do we want our children to drown because we were afraid to plug the hole in the dyke?
Does anyone really think they are creating a better life for their kids by allowing civil rights and the rule of law to perish?  Rights don't survive because they're written on a piece of paper somewhere; they survive because people fight for them, as we're fighting for them right now.  The government wants Larken to shut up - if their tactics succeed, what does it matter that Americans have freedom of speech on paper?
What good are elected representatives and written laws, if, in practice, bureaucrats can just tell you what to do regardless of the law?

I've heard people say that you only destroy your own life by taking on a battle like this.  The implication is that if you fight and lose, then you were wrong to fight.  I guess they're right, if a relatively peaceful, oppressed lifetime is their highest value.  It's not mine.  I value a free society, in which generation after generation can
experience peace and prosperity, in which all of our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren can make their dreams come true.

Every action, large and small, must be judged in light of that value. Am I furthering what I value, or am I contributing to its demise? Whatever I chose, I will have to live with having made that choice.  We are all on trial in the great court of history, and our great-grandchildren will judge our generation with clear eyes.

Some people think I'm brave.  Well, no, not really.  I'll never go sky diving or rock climbing.  But I have only one life to live, one life with which to make a difference in the world, or not.  If I'm afraid of anything, I guess I'm afraid of being a person whose life didn't matter, just one more ordinary person who cowered in safety and let things get

If we go to trial and lose, that will really suck.  But it won't negate the truth we've brought to light, or the resistance we've made to the growth of rampant tyranny.  Every act of resistance  makes tyranny weaker.  Many, many acts of resistance, even small ones, can topple it. I don't wish suffering on myself or anyone else, but I am proud of people who have stood up for truth and justice when it was dangerous to do so.  And I'll be proud to BE one of those people, no matter what happens to me.

Tessa David Rose

The Truth Shall Set You Free

Freedom Club USA


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