Ed and Elaine Brown

These are the people who refuse to pay income tax because they say there is no law in New Hampshire that requires them to do so. They also regard paying taxes as an infringement of freedom. They have been convicted of tax evasion I think it is called, and are now holed up in their home, refusing to do their time or pay their sentence. They are surrounded by the FBI who is waiting for them to give up after they have cut off all electricity and supplies. Supporters from all over the country flock to the house, bringing supplies and batteries and stuff. HELLO? What’s wrong with these people? I suppose they like their roads paved, and their schools furnished and adminstrations working? How in the high heavens do they get the idea that you don’t have to contribute to that? A state needs money to function. That to me is just logical. But hey, I am a German, and I guess we just have a different perspective on things. Everyone grumbles and groans about taxes, of course. But things like the solidarity tax for rebuilding Eastern Germany after the reunification and similar things have gone largely undisputed in my country. We are brought up on the notion of solidarity and sharing wealth with those who have less, and state support for those who need it. This is only possible because we pay a fairly high amount of taxes. But to me, in the end everyone benefits from the social security network that we have, which is a good thing. Nobody needs to fear to starve or to have no roof over his head, literally.

If the standoff in New Hampshire ends in bloodshed, it will be because of the overblown egotistism of two nutcases. Totally unnecessary.


4 Responses to “Ed and Elaine Brown”

  1. July 30, 2007 at 2:16 am


    When people are asked “do you believe in the rule of law?” the reply is almost universally “yes.”

    Ed and Elaine – along with millions of other individuals – have asked the US government for the law that requires an individual to file and pay for a personal federal income tax. The response to date since 1913-1914 has been the same: silence.

    We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education has documented this silence for the past 6-7 years with incredible detail. On July 19, 2004 We The People Foundation and some 2000+ individual plantiffs filed a landmark lawsuit against the US Government over this matter. You can read about this lawsuit at this link:


    The United States of America is not a socialist democracy – or a totalitarian communist state – like the rest of the civilized world. The US of A remains the first and last country where We The People have been declared and remain truly sovereigns over our servant government. This Declaration was laid down in the immortal document of July 4, 1776 and men and women in this country and throughout the world have been dying for the ideals of freedom and liberty that America originally correspond to ever since.

    I competely understand your reaction to the stand that Ed and Elaine Brown are making, but I hope you can learn to read up on the real meaning of freedom and liberty so that their actions can begin to make more sense.

    I would highly recommend that you visit Ed Griffin’s site, “Freedom Force International” over at this link:


    There you will find the “Creed of Freedom” as follows:


    I believe that only individuals have rights, not the collective group; that these rights are intrinsic to each individual, not granted by the state; for if the state has the power to grant them, it also has the power to deny them, and that is incompatible with personal liberty.
    I believe that a just government derives its power solely from the governed. Therefore, the state must never presume to do anything beyond what individual citizens also have the right to do. Otherwise, the state is a power unto itself and becomes the master instead of the servant of society.

    I believe that one of the greatest threats to freedom is to allow any group, no matter its numeric superiority, to deny the rights of the minority; and that one of the primary functions of just government is to protect each individual from the greed and passion of the majority.

    I believe that desirable social and economic objectives are better achieved by voluntary action than by coercion of law. I believe that social tranquility and brotherhood are better achieved by tolerance, persuasion, and the power of good example than by coercion of law. I believe that those in need are better served by charity, which is the giving of one’s own money, than by welfare, which is the giving of other people’s money through coercion of law.

    I believe that all citizens should be equal under law, regardless of their national origin, race, religion, gender, education, economic status, life style, or political opinion. Likewise, no class should be given preferential treatment, regardless of the merit or popularity of its cause. To favor one class over another is not equality under law.

    I believe that the proper role of government is negative, not positive; defensive, not aggressive. It is to protect, not to provide; for if the state is granted the power to provide for some, it must also be able to take from others, and once that power is granted, there are those who will seek it for their advantage. It always leads to legalized plunder and loss of freedom. If government is powerful enough to give us everything we want, it is also powerful enough to take from us everything we have. Therefore, the proper function of government is to protect the lives, liberty, and property of its citizens; nothing more. That government is best which governs least.


    I would also recommend very highly a wonderful work by Frederick Bastiat, entitled “The Law”:


    What we have operating in the vast majority of the countries of the world is the acceptance of government plunder against people using the coercive power and control of the state to take from some and give to others. To Bastiat, governmental coercion was only legitimate if it served “to guarantee security of person, liberty, and property rights, to cause justice to reign over all.”

    Our government in America refuses to cite the law that they are using to extract/take Ed and Elaine’s property with. Thus, we have a pure/blatant act of tyranny playing out and this will continue unless and until more of We The People wake up to put a stop to it.

    Enough people behind the iron curtain eventually got fed up enough to start climbing the
    Berlin Wall back in 1989. This process is still playing itself out all over the world.

    Thanks for at least showing some interest in Ed and Elaine’s situation to write something about it.

    Peace and God Bless,

    Fred Smart

  2. 2 sedha
    July 30, 2007 at 3:05 am


    first of all, thank you for your long and intensive reply to my post. I can hardly argue American law with you, since I do not know enough about it, let alone about tax laws. Although it seems to me, at least in the ressources I looked at on line, that the Sixteenth Amendment makes quite clear that the government has the right to collect income tax: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

    However, I would like to remark on a few other passages of your post. You wrote: “The United States of America is not a socialist democracy – or a totalitarian communist state – like the rest of the civilized world. The US of A remains the first and last country where We The People have been declared and remain truly sovereigns over our servant government.”
    I would hardly agree to that. Germany is not a socialist democracy – in fact, these two terms are polar opposites (look for example, at the role of parties in democracies and in socialism). May I remind you that half of Germany has suffered under a socialist government for fourty years. Our present government is democratically elected and controlled by the people and several institutions, just like the American system of checks and balances. The justice system works very well, we don’t have any people dissapearing into some sort of hidden jail facility like it happened in Eastern Germany. There is free speech, a free press, and no sign of socialism I can detect. What you may refer to is the “common good” approach this country takes. Germany remains a country – despite a lot of shortcomings – that is concerned with the welfare of its citizens, and sees an obligation as a state to provide for those who can not provide for themselves. Much of the money that goes into the system (through taxes for example) is spent for welfare, help for the unemployed, benefits, healthcare, child care and such. That is not socialism – could it be that this is a version of a government that is by the people, for the people? (Following your argument, you could even argue that Lincoln’s sentence at Gettysburg seems to indicate a socialist democracy.)

    People climbed the Berlin Wall because they could. Yes, they were fed up with their government, but even more so with the economic situation. They wanted freedom and democracy, but they would have been mercilessly gunned down by the GDR army if the state has not been weakened so much through economic problems and international pressure. Had the Soviet Union not had Gorbachev and his Glasnost policy, the Berlin Wall would have never collapsed. It was not just the people who did it, that is a – at least in Germany – popular myth that is not true.

    Thanks again for your post.
    Best wishes,

  3. 3 Jim
    August 3, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Sedha yes you should not try and argue american law for you lack understanding . “The 16 amendment allowed for no new taxpower” “Income is profit or gain derived from from capital or labor” “the term income cannot be defined by congress” “the term income is not defined in the Internal revenue code” When you do enough reseach to understand why all of the above quotes come from the United States Surpreme Court you may begin to understand what fred was speaking about.

  4. 4 albert martin
    August 16, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    I am always amazed at how many people in this country are still in the dark about the income tax issue. With all the information available on the Internet and with Hollywood producers like Aaron Russo making mega movies on the subject. Everyone in the country should know by now that %100 of all the income taxes collected from the working people in America goes directly into the coffers the richest corporation in the world. The Federal Reserve Bank. Although they us the word federal in their title, they are no more federal than Federal Express. The Federal government does nor use paper money to fund its’ over budgeted operations. Social Security, highways, the military, and %110 of all Federal Funding comes from borrowing more and more credit from the Federal Reserve Bank. There are income tax laws that collect income tax from “Taxpayers” one word not two, but those laws exclude the domestic labor of US citizens. Anyone that can read a 1040 instruction book will find that the 1040 instructions (Line items) line 7 & 8 instruct the reader only to report income from foreign sources. There is no instruction to report any income from sources inside the USA with respect to our labor. Everyone who does so does it out of speculation that his/her labor is taxable, but an earnest and unbiased investigation into the matter will more than prove otherwise. The Browns would not have risked it all unless they knew they were right. I have met with and spoken to them on 3 occasions and they are very patriotic and decent American citizens. I suggest that those who criticize them should either get help to educate themselves on the subject of income taxes or admit that they like living in a socialist democratic dictatorship.

    Stapler v U.S., 21 F Supp 737 AT 739 (1937): “Income within the meaning of the Sixteenth Amendment and the Revenue Act, means ‘gain’… and in such connection ‘Gain’ means profit…proceeding from property, severed from capital, however invested or employed, and coming in, received, or drawn by the taxpayer, for his separate use, benefit and disposal… Income is not a wage or compensation for any type of labor.”

    Evens v Gore, 253 U.S. 245 (1920): US Supreme court, never overruled “After further consideration, we adhere to that view and accordingly hold that the Sixteenth Amendment does not authorize or support the tax in question. ” (A tax on salary)

    Edwards v. Keith, 231 F 110,113 (1916): “The phraseology of form 1040 is somewhat obscure …. But it matters little what it does mean; the statute and the statute alone determines what is income to be taxed. It taxes only income “derived” from many different sources; one does not “derive income” by rendering services and charging for them… IRS cannot enlarge the scope of the statute.”

    McCutchin v Commissioner of IRS, 159 F2d: “The 16th Amendment does not authorize laying of an income tax upon one person for the income derived solely from another.”[wages]

    Olk v. United States, February 18, 1975, Las Vegas, Nevada.”Tips are gifts and therefore are not taxable.”

    Simms v. Ahrens, 271 SW 720 (1925): “An income tax is neither a property tax nor a tax on occupations of common right, but is an EXCISE tax…The legislature may declare as ‘privileged’ and tax as such for state revenue, those pursuits not matters of common right, but it has no power to declare as a ‘privilege’ and tax for revenue purposes, occupations that are of common right.”

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