August 11th, 2006

Notable Quotes from Freedom to Fascism


The other day I had the opportunity to see a screening of Freedom to Fascism. It was an interesting movie to watch. Much of the things I had already heard and researched, but it was a nice compilation of related quotes, court cases, events and news. It was especially interesting to watch the reaction of people who weren’t aware of some of these things. That’s where the movie will have its greatest impact: waking up the (vast majority of) Americans who have no idea about all of this stuff.

I took notes during the movie, and the following list is some of the better quotes (I’d say about 80% of the total used) from the movie that I’d like to compile for my future reference, and for your opportunity to read. WARNING: this is a long post… but very worthy of a meticulous reading and study.

“In a time of deceit, simple truth telling becomes a revolutionary act.”
—George Orwell

“I think I’m correct in saying that actually the ratification [of the 16th amendment regarding the federal income tax] never really properly occurred“.
—Senior United States District Court Judge James C. Fox, March 21, 2003

“Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.”
—Amschel Mayer Rothschild

“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world – no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”
—U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, a few years after authorizing the creation of the “Federal” Reserve

“The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.”
—Mark Twain

“The power to tax is the power to destroy”.
—John Marshall, who helped shape American constitutional law, and served as the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Also of note by John Marshall, but not quoted in the film: “Indeed, in a free government almost all other rights would become worthless if the government possessed power over the private fortune of every citizen“.

“We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans…”
—Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, USA Today, March 11, 1993

New York Times reporter David Kay Johnston asked, at an IRS press conference, “Why won’t the IRS answer the questions set forth in the petitions from the American people” regarding the statutory authority for collecting income taxes?” IRS spokesman Terry Lemons replied:

“The government is answering the question, through our enforcement actions in the courts.”
—Terry Lemons, IRS spokesman

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“100% of what is collected [through federal income taxes] is absorbed solely by interest on the Federal Debt … all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services taxpayers expect from government.”
Grace Commission

The Department of Defense has reported $1.1 trillion of “undocumented adjustments”

“…the provisions of the Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation.” [then why was the federal income tax instituted that year?]
—Supreme Court ruling, Stanton v. Baltic Mining

According to this site, there is nothing in the Internal Revenue Code that requires anyone to:

  1. file an income tax return
  2. pay such taxes or have them withheld from wages, commissions, dividends or interest
  3. file or pay estimated taxes
  4. submit to IRS audits or turn over books and or records in connection with an IRS summons
  5. report to IRS wages, dividends or commissions paid
  6. provide the IRS with any records or information with respect to income taxes for yourself, your employees or anyone you do business with
  7. surrender property solely on the strength of IRS liens and levy notices

This re-enforces the evidence that federal income tax is not mandated. The IRS Code itself says that paying it is a matter of “voluntary compliance”.

Your income tax is a 100% voluntary tax and your liquor tax (A.T.F.) is a 100% enforced tax. Now the situation is as different as night and day.”
—Dwight E. Avis, Head of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Bureau of Internal Revenue, testifying under oath before Congress

The word “income” (by itself) is never defined in the IRS Code. (See also #1 on this page)

Prosecutor: “Objection! Irrelevant!”
Judge Dawson: “Sustained!”
Irwin Schiff: “The income tax law is irrelevant?”
Judge Dawson: “I will not allow the law in my courtroom!
Irwin Schiff: “But the Supreme Court said in the Cheek decision…”
Judge Dawson: “Irrevelant! Denied!”
Irwin Schiff: “The Supreme Court is irrelevant?”
Judge Dawson: “Irrevelant! Denied!”
—Judge Dawson, speaking to defendant Irwin Schiff

The story of Joe Lewis was told, where the IRS heavily taxed him for money he had given away (and never personally used) to charities and good causes, before heading off to war to serve his country. Upon returning home, he found himself stuck in a massive amount of debt to the IRS, which compounded dramatically throughout the rest of his life.

“The Federal Reserve is no more federal than Federal Express,”
Michael Ruppert

The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers.”
—Abraham Lincoln

“It’s important that whomever I pick is viewed as an independent person from politics.”
—President Bush, referring to his decision on the new “Federal” Reserve Chairman

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
—Thomas Jefferson

The FRNs (Federal Reserve Notes, often called “money”) are a type of fiat currency; they have no backing of precious metal. In other words, they are created out of thin air, just like monopoly money.

“In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value.”
—Alan Greenspan, Economic Consultant, 1967 (before becoming chairman of the Federal Reserve

“Paper is poverty…it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.”
—Thomas Jefferson

Ms. Mornin: That’s good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.
President Bush: You work three jobs?
Ms. Mornin: Three jobs, yes.
President Bush: Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)
—President Bush, at an unscripted moment on a Social Security tour

“Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.”
—Henry Kissinger

“I sincerely believe the banking institutions having the issuing power of money are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies“.
—Thomas Jefferson

President George W. Bush has signed executive orders giving him sole authority to impose martial law, suspend habeas corpus and ignore the Posse Comitatus Act that prohibits deployment of U.S. troops on American streets.

Under CAFTA, the sale of vitamins and health supplements will be illegal.

Executive Order 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
Executive Order 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
Executive Order 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
Executive Order 10998 allows the government to seize all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or vehicles of any kind and total control over all highways, seaports, and waterways.
Executive Order 10999 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
Executive Order 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
Executive Order 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.
Executive Order 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
Executive Order 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
Executive Order 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.
Executive Order 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.
Executive Order 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all
Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
Executive Order 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in
Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
Executive Order 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative
Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.
Executive Order 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every aspect of the nation.

House Resolution 1528, cynically named “Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act,” would compel people to spy on their family members and neighbors, and even go undercover and wear a wire if needed.

Many people falsely believe that wiretapping has been implemented as a result of 9/11 and increased security since that event. Not true. Echelon was implemented and wisely used during Clinton’s administration to impose domestic surveillance.

In 2002, the Pentagon said that they were a few years away from finishing the development (and implementation) of a massive database to monitor every purchase made by every American citizen.

Clinton Eugene Curtis, a computer programmer, testified before the House of Reps that it is possible to rig an election when using electronic voting machines, and he had personally written a program that did just that.

Voting machines are error-prone and easy to hack. Additionally, the manufacturers don’t allow their source code to be viewed.

2004 Ohio Precinct-Level Exit Poll Data Show Virtually Irrefutable Evidence of Vote Miscount

The Government Accountability Office has issued a report that states: “the integrity of the 2006 elections cannot be ensured”.

“Those who count the votes decide everything”.
—Joseph Stalin, Communist leader of the Soviet Union

“Now, we can see a new world coming into view. A world in which there is the very real prospect of a new world order.”
—President Bush (41)

“The New World Order will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down…but in the end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece will accomplish much more than the old fashioned frontal assault.”
CFR member Richard Gardner, 1974

“We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.”
—Paul Warburg, CFR member, and architect of the Federal Reserve
(see this link for more..)

“In defense of World Order, U.S. Soldiers [will] have to kill and die…”
Arthur Schlessinger, Jr.

In the January 7th issue of USA Today former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich wrote, “The dirty little secret is that both houses of Congress are irrelevant.” Reich pointed out that “America’s domestic policy is now being run by Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve,” and “America’s foreign policy is now being run by the International Monetary Fund.” He also noted that “when the president decides to go to war, he no longer needs a declaration of war from Congress.”

“Nationhood as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority.”
Strobe Talbott, President Clinton’s top foreign policy advisor

“Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create money .”
—Sir Josiah Stamp, Director of the Bank of England (in the 1920s); reputed to be the 2nd wealthiest man in England at that time

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the NY Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promise of discretion for almost 40 years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
—David Rockefeller, Bilderberger, Trilateral Commission, and CFR member/founder

“The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.”
—Felix Frankfurter, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
—Henry Ford

The following two quotes were not in the movie, but I came across them while extracting the quotes for the rest of this post.

“The main purpose of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is promoting the disarmament of U.S. sovereignty and national independence and submergence into an all powerful, one world government.”
—Chester Ward, Rear Admiral and former Navy Judge Advocate 1956 – 1960 and a CFR member for 15 years

“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.”
—President John F. Kennedy, referring to Freemasonry, April 27, 1961 (audio of this speech)

4 Responses to “Notable Quotes from Freedom to Fascism”

  1. Carissa
    April 5, 2007 at 7:14 am #

    I haven’t yet watched this movie (though I plan to), but I have one question. What do you think Elder Oaks was saying in this quote of his and do you think it contradicts anything in Freedom to Facism? I’m a little confused…

    “Today there is a comparable objection to the payment of taxes, but this objection comes primarily from the political Right…

    The first legal objection is that the basic law is unconstitutional. I do not remember such arguments being made against the draft law during the Vietnam War. However, for reasons I cannot explain, some persons are now arguing that the federal income tax is unconstitutional.

    Church members involved in various forms of tax protest have sent me many legal memoranda that purport to justify their positions. For the first several years of my service as a General Authority, I did a good deal of personal research to evaluate these legal theories in view of the principles I had learned during a quarter of a century in the legal profession, including several years teaching tax law in a major law school. In not one single instance have I found any merit in the legal theories asserted as a basis for these tax protests. Yet, some good people are still being misled by them, and their mistaken reliance on false theories is wrecking havoc with their financial prospects and even their spiritual lives.

    The courts that our Constitution and laws have established to rule on such matters have uniformly upheld the constitutionality of the federal income tax law and have regularly rejected assertions that wages and salaries are not taxable, that federal reserve notes do not count as income, and that individuals or businesses can elect not to comply with the income tax laws. As a result, failures to obey the income tax law that are based on these and similar theories must be regarded as actions without “a well-founded legal objection” and therefore unacceptable to persons committed to uphold and sustain the law.”

  2. Connor
    August 24, 2007 at 1:49 pm #


    I just noticed this comment that I never responded to. This whole income tax thing is a nightmare of quasi-legislation and court rulings that give the inquiring mind a headache.

    As I read Elder Oaks’ words, it seems that he is relying entirely on previous court rulings to determine the legality of the federal income tax law. What Freedom to Fascism aims to show (and what some tax protesters claim) is that the income tax laws were never legitimately passed in the first place, never well defined, are actually contradictory to the Constitutional authority to tax, and that the only thing enforcing the quasi-laws today are the big guns at the IRS.

    Yes, many courts have upheld the constitutionality of the tax laws, but that means little. Any political observer can realized how skewed our courts can be in ruling as they see fit. However, there are some who have won cases against the IRS challenging the claims of the tax’s legality.

    Elder Oaks did say that he had studied the issue, but it seems that he has relied on recent court rulings (that have favored the IRS and aided the government in taxing us heavily) that support an income tax.

    The fact that Tom Cryer recently was acquitted shows that the income tax law is on shaky ground, and with persistence, can be overturned completely. Ron Paul will help that along. 🙂

  3. Carissa
    August 24, 2007 at 2:00 pm #

    Wow, that is an interesting article. I didn’t know about it. Thanks for your thoughts!

  4. Sam, A.C.C.
    February 11, 2008 at 10:58 pm #

    hey, i just wanted to say thanks for putting up this site. It’s been a great resource to me in my internet endeavors against the National ID cards/chips.

    -Sam, A.C.C.

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