Individual Self-determination: Real alternative to corrupted States and taxation?

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“A government can be understood as a territorial monopolist of compulsion: an agency that engages in institutionalized property rights violations and the exploitation – in the form of expropriation, taxation, and regulation – of private property owners.” Thorsten Polleit (1)

“The state cannot even exist without committing the crimes of extortion and robbery which states call taxation.” Robert Higgs (2)

“They get you to act through a title that they can regulate, that is statutory bound and that must pay taxes to its creator – and they are the beneficiary of that.” Dean Clifford (3)

The US flourished for over 120 years without an income tax, and our liberty and prosperity will only benefit from getting rid of the current tax system.  Ron Paul (4) emphasis added


Note: Post updated on August the 3rd 2013.

Thorsten Polleit:

Franz Oppenheimer pointed out that “There are two fundamentally opposed means whereby man, requiring sustenance, is impelled to obtain the necessary means for satisfying his desires. These are work and robbery, one’s own labor and the forcible appropriation of the labor of others.” (Oppenheimer, F. (1922), The State, p. 24.)

It is the individual’s economic incentive to aggress against other peoples’ property that is at the heart of the emergence of what is typically called “government.” (1)

Peter Schiff:

The government has created so many people who depend on government, who are voting for theft, who vote for somebody who promises to steal from somebody else and distribute the loot to their supporters. That’s the problem. This is the fatal flaw in democracy. That’s why the Founding Fathers, when they wrote the Constitution had the foresight to create a republic, not a democracy. The Founding Fathers called democracy mobocracy. They thought it was tyranny of the majority, which they feared as much as tyranny from a king. And so they built in all these safeguards to protect us from what they regarded as the evils of democracy but over time, those barriers have been removed and now we’re suffering exactly the way the Founding Fathers warned. (…) I believe what the Founding Fathers believed. My views are aligned with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. (5)

Michael S. Rozeff:

One has property not only in objects but in one’s own person and body. The taxation of this by society, government or state is a taking of one’s property. It is a form of slavery, a degree of slavery, in which the state co-owns the person and body of those subject to the income tax. (…) The long-running crisis in America cannot be ended without resolving the question of property rights. The crisis will continue and deepen as long as government interventionism continues. The latter depends on the theory that the government can legitimately and justly tax and regulate for the sake of society because all property, including all persons and their wealth, lie at the government’s disposal.”

The alternative is that each and every person has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, understanding that this comprises each person’s property rights in the wealth and income that he or she generates, recognizing that each person justly owns what he or she produces, not other people, not society, not the government and not the state. (6) – emphasis added

Now think of extending this kind of personal choice into the personal choice of legal system, social system and governance system. Imagine a personal power to choose one’s operating systems in the realm of social-political-legal system. Such a power is the ultimate political check and balance, orders of magnitude more effective than the machinery of government arranged by the Framers, which we know today to be seriously defective.

If each person has the right to enter and leave a social-political-legal system, then a system that is not satisfying its clients or subscribers will lose them. One that satisfies its clients will retain them and possibly attract more. Power and territorial limits will stop being the criteria by which the people supplying the services of a system gain and number its adherents. Instead, the individual decisions of each person will contribute to shaping the observed systems that result. Each person will have social-political-legal systems from which to choose.”

The idea of personal secession goes much further. It goes as far as the concept of secession can possibly go. It acknowledges the right of each and every person to select a society, a system of law, and a political arrangement individually and not necessarily by being in a collective known as a “people” (…) (7)– emphasis added

A society
under the state
a society composed of
genuinely self-governing individuals?

Former US New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew P. Napolitano wrote about the principal value upon which America was founded:

“That value is simply that individuals — created in the image and likeness of God and thus possessed of the freedoms that He enjoys and has shared with us — are the creators of the government. A sovereign is the source of his own powers. The government is not sovereign. All the freedom that individuals possess, we have received as a gift from God, who is the only true sovereign. All of the powers the government possesses it has received from us, from our personal repositories of freedom. Thomas Jefferson recognized this when he wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights are inalienable — they cannot be separated from us — because we have been endowed with them by our Creator.” (8)

 A real life ALTERNATIVE:
Dean Clifford

CNLib Editor’s note:

Who is Dean Clifford?

A man of our land who is peacefully protecting his individual, natural, and unalienable rights to life, liberty, and propertyDean Clifford proposes his political ideal of an organized society in the form of a cooperative and voluntary association of responsible individuals under pre-existing natural law.

“Dean Clifford’s journey with unraveling the legal system and finding freedom started over a decade ago when the Canada Revenue Agency came after him for not filing taxes in which they demanded him to pay over 3 times his earning. This wasn’t acceptable with him and so he set out to find out how governments manage to force their policy onto the people with impunity. What he discovered was mind blowing. Since then, he has managed to correct his status and undo almost every deceitful contract he was originally tricked into.” (9)

  • Shaw TV’s Dan Kahan sat down with Dean Clifford to discuss his status as a “Freeman”

Dean Clifford, Canadian “Freeman” – Shaw TV Victoria

Dean Clifford:

“When you start reading statutes that were passed by the government like Bill of Rights from 1960 – the John Diefenbaker Canadian Bill of Rights – and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms from 1982, both documents clearly stated in there that all of our rights are recognized by the government as being pre-existing, meaning they don’t come from the government. They don’t come from those documents. They’re naturally occurring, which means that we didn’t can get those rights from the government. They’re just natural rights: we were born with them. Which means they’re not their rights that cannot be taken away by the government because they don’t come from that source. And so that’s what got me very interested in how can the government be passing all these laws that are actually harming me and violate my rights if they didn’t give me these rights? How come it seems that they’re able to strip them away and that’s what led me to start unraveling the whole illusion that that we think is is the legal system.” 

“They don’t want you to know these rights. That’s why you never learned them in school (…)”

“That’s just the dissension the government’s trying to create among us because they don’t want us all to wake up and realize that we actually don’t need to follow everything that they dictate to us in life. We can actually learn to get along on our own – the way nature intended – without the need for their oversight in every part of our lives.”

“What I found over the years, the more I learn about natural law, the more I realize that I am responsible for my actions. So, you find that you start to become more respectful of other people, and other people’s rights, and you start to become more aware of the fact that everything you do you responsible for. If you go there and you cause harm, you’re liable for it; you have to accept responsibility for your actions.”

The more morality that we teach, and the more rights people understand, the less governance they need. Now we start to self-govern.” (10)

  • Dean Clifford interviewed by Paul Stein in Victoria, British Colombia

Face to Face with Dean Clifford

  • CTV recently interviewed Dean twice in one week.

Dean Clifford – CTV News piece on 30th & 31st May

  • Dean Clifford interviewed by the Swedish Red Ice Radio

Dean Clifford The Sovereign CitizenRedIceRadio

For more info on Dean Clifford:

“The conflict of the ages has been between the state and the individual: central power versus liberty. The more restrained the state and the more emphasis on individual liberty, the greater has been the advancement of civilization and general prosperity.(…) In a historical context, liberty is a modern idea and must once again regain the high moral ground for civilization to advance.” – Ron Paul


(1) Banking and the State, by Thorsten Polleit, Mises Daily, February 1, 2013

(2) Robert Higgs tells Mises University students why stateless societies are less destructive,, July 29, 2013

(3) Dean Clifford, youtube= – (short transcript from the video by cnlib)

(4) The IRS’s Job Is To Violate Our Liberties, by Ron Paul,, May 20, 2013

(5) Peter Schiff on Politics…, , by Anthony Wile,, January 28, 2013

(6) America’s Deep Political Crisis and Private Property, by Michael S. Rozeff,, July 9, 2013

(7) Personal Democracy, by Michael S. Rozeff,, July 1, 2013,

(8) Liberty and Safety, by, July 24, 2013

(9) Dean Clifford The Sovereign Citizen, RedIceRadio youtube=

(10) Partial and rough transcript of Dean Clifford’s interview – Face to Facewith Paul Stein

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