Monday, December 6, 2010

Freeman on the Land: A Perspective

Who are Canada's 'freemen'?

There's no doubt that the internet has led to a mass awakening in humanity. The secret of money is no longer a secret, the State as a parasitical entity is finally gaining acceptance and nearly everyone knows what fractional reserve banking is. The internet is supreme – information has been freed. Speaking of free, here's something called the Freeman on the land movement. Steps you can take to legally opt-out of the State.

Crazy idea on the internet or a legitimate way to discharge debt and avoid paying taxes?

The Freeman argument is as such:

Canada is, essentially, bankrupt. Its individuals are always indebted because all money comes into existence as debt. The government, too, is always indebted since it borrows money at compound interest from offshore banks. The system is inherently corrupt and immoral. The State is insolvent and the individual in question wants nothing to do with it.

The State, an accumulation of governments, special interest groups and the central bank, have put up 'their own' citizens as collateral on the debt. As long as we keep producing wealth for the State, then the State can finance its debt.

Items like one's birth certificate, social insurance number or licenses are proof of this claim, they're like receipts and shares in a corporation. But the Registrar General of Canada doesn't register people. Legally, it only registers a corporate fiction, or a 'straw-man'. Identifying yourself as this corporate fiction obligates you to abide by taxation and statutes passed in parliament. Identifying yourself as a Freeman gives you a choice. Statutes aren't natural laws, therefore you can choose not to follow them. A Freeman on the land is only answerable to the natural law.

Two of the Ten Commandments are considered natural laws, such as: 'You shall not murder', and 'You shall not steal'. And some Freemen will claim to be Christian and abide only by God's rules. There are no standard set of natural laws but our courts were designed with English jurisprudence in mind. Christopher St. Germain's Doctor and Student remains a classic bestseller. Germain contended that natural laws originate from the law of reason.

It's harder than it looks. Shedding your corporate fiction is relatively easy; familiarizing yourself with all the legal terms and definitions and how to use them correctly -- not so much. Having a Black's Law Dictionary is helpful, yet misinterpretations could cost you when dealing with authority in court. Freemen argue that your name in all capital letters is your corporate fiction and to “understand” your rights is to “stand under” State authority. Regarding the legitimacy of this claim, failure to understand anything with the police will help. However I've read conflicting views on the capital letters claim and I talked to a lawyer who had no idea what I was talking about. Whether it's because he wasn't taught this stuff in law school or because all this stuff is bullshit to begin with will have to be decided by the individual reader.

One does not have to a be Freeman to discharge debts. A Canadian Freeman named Rob Menard claims that one can discharge debts with the aid of a birth certificate. Apparently a bill with the number 96 on it is a remittance and can be used as money. The legal loopholes are tricky, and few - if any - have had success with this method.

Are Freemen lunatics who believe they are outside the law? No more then Mormons that practice polygamy marriages. Successful Freemen claim that only the Almighty God can govern them. It helps that the social insurance number (SIN) can be regarded as the mark of the beast.

Those trying to use logical reasoning for their own personal anarchy may not be so successful. I have yet to hear of any good news. As some Freemen have already figured out, despite how government is supposed to work – The State is going to do what it wants to do.

The situation reminds me of tax protestors in the United States. In the U.S. a person is born free and has unalienable rights. Obviously, the State has breached its constitutional limits and routinely jails people for trying to exercise their natural rights. A perfect example is Irwin Schiff, an 82-year-old man serving a 13 year sentence for not paying the illegal income tax. Although a hero to many, one could argue that his son, Peter Schiff, has done a better job at defying the State. Whereas Irwin fought against the system, Peter uses the system to promote the ideas of liberty and economic freedom, and has arguably reached more people this way.

Which brings me to my last point – The State is falling apart; the age of paper currency is coming to an end. Regardless of one decides to opt-out or not, the State cannot support itself for much longer, which invokes the question, why opt-out at all? In our statist culture there are clearly benefits to having State identification, even if it means paying taxes and registering your car. In the end the State will opt-out for us. The key is not to replace it with another one.


  1. What about the Common Law? I've heard Freeman use that term before, but I'm not sure what that exactly is.

  2. I'm still looking into it. Sometime in the New Year I'm going to be posting more about this movement. I'll probably make a series of posts, actually.