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My finding of this statute allowing for recovery of the payment of property taxes in Washington State under protest of duress is in response to a commenter laughably claiming that purported anarchist, Lew Rockwell, seeking a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for the Mises Institute wasn’t a voluntary agreement.

Here’s what a real anarchist would do if he/she chooses to pay taxes, and that’s pay under protest of duress, as I suggested in my response to his comment.

From the Washington State Department of Revenue’s document, Paying your Property Taxes Under Protest:

To preserve your right to seek a court ordered refund, you must submit a separate written statement to the county treasurer at the time you pay the tax stating (1) you are paying the tax or a portion of the tax under protest and (2) all of the reasons why you believe the tax paid is unlawful or excessive.

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On the February 1, 2014 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I discussed the following issues:

My Josh Tolley Show appearance, recent Ellen Brown appearance, Israel’s online “hate” task force, NY Times hit piece against Rand Paul, how he’s an establishment asset, Tom Woods says NYT smeared him, yet touts their praise of his writings, Lew Rockwell says NYT reporter part of regime, yet he created government-regulated Mises Institute.

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Lew RockwellFrom this January 25, 2014 New York Times hit piece against Rand Paul and Mises Institute associates, Lew Rockwell told a New York Times reporter who requested a tour of the Mises Institute campus that he’s “part of the regime“, yet Lew Rockwell himself is the Chairman of a government-sanctioned and government-regulated institution, the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Despite the claim that tax money is better off in the hands of its donors, and the analogy given by Rockwell and other anarcho-capitalists that it is valid and even a moral duty for an individual to seek to pay as little taxes as possible, it doesn’t hold in the case of the Mises Institute, since it was created by Lew Rockwell and others voluntarily entering into an agreement with government, whereas individuals are being taxed on the basis of their very natural existence.

For a close examination of Lew Rockwell’s anti-state credentials, see my articles:

1) 10 questions for Lew Rockwell

2) Lew Rockwell entered into a voluntary agreement with the same government he regards as “far worse than the mafia.”

3) The Ludwig von Mises Institute hates government so much, they’re a government-sanctioned and regulated tax-exempt organization.

4) Austrian economics is big business: The Mises Institute’s $22 million war chest

5) Self-described anti-state LewRockwell.com regularly posting state media articles by Russia Today

6) Lew Rockwell promotes the government-granted privilege of concealed-carry more than the natural right of open carry

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Lew RockwellAs further evidence of the “say one thing, do another” mentality of some Austrian adherents, like Lew Rockwell, in claiming to be anti-state, yet voluntarily entering into an agreement with government, here we have Lew Rockwell’s self-described “anti-state” site regularly posting state media articles by Russia Today.

Amazingly, as of January 3, 2014, LRC has published 63 articles by the state broadcaster and publisher, Russia Today! — and with their permission. (Why bother seeking permission of an entity you regard to be illegitimate?)

Here was the latest one, on January 3, 2014: “US the Biggest Threat to World Peace in 2013

If the U.S. is the biggest threat to world peace in 2013, I ask again: why did he and other founders of the Mises Institute enter into a voluntary agreement with it?

For more on Lew Rockwell’s anti-state credibility problem, see my articles:

1) 10 questions for Lew Rockwell

2) Lew Rockwell promotes the government-granted privilege of concealed-carry more than the natural right of open carry

3) Lew Rockwell admits government-issued currency is money, despite making a career out of blasting government

4) Lew Rockwell.com’s latest pro-state article

5) Lew Rockwell entered into a voluntary agreement with the same government he regards as “far worse than the mafia”

6) The Ludwig von Mises Institute hates government so much, they’re a government-sanctioned and regulated tax-exempt organization

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Lew RockwellFrom his December 31, 2013 article, “‘Rockwell, You’re No Grover Cleveland’“, Lew Rockwell says:

LRC could use your help, too, of course. We want to be more effective in 2014 for freedom. If you can help, you’ll not only do good, you’ll bother the bad guys. Let’s give them a hotfoot!

Your gift of $100, $50, or $25 would be great. $500, $1,000, or any amount would be magnificent.

The relentless and well-funded attack of our enemies took its toll this year, but we never fell, never stumbled, and are ready to counterattack in 2014.

We are determined, with your help, to work harder to be worthy of our ideas. We have the truth on our side, after all, and Murray Rothbard asked us to carry on his work. How can we falter?

With you, we can’t.

For more on why I won’t be donating to LRC or the Mises Institute, see my articles:

10 questions for Lew Rockwell and Austrian economics is big business: The Mises Institute’s $22 million war chest.

For true monetary reform and economic justice, consider donating to George Whitehurst-Berry, Wayne Walton, Tom J. Kennedy and Anthony Migchels.

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War chestAccording to the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s 2012 IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt filing, it reported a total of $22,268,915 in assets.

We see then, how the promotion of Austrian economics is big business, and why its associates and founder, Lew Rockwell, are limited in what positions they will take on certain issues.

For example, Lew Rockwell and Tom Woods, if they even bother addressing it, still promote the official government conspiracy theory that 19 Arab-Muslim hijackers pulled off 9/11, despite the evidence put forward by some brave, but few, true anarcho-capitalists like Nathan Fraser of Live Free FM, or Onebornfree.

It is for this reason that Anthony Migchels, a true monetary reformer, pointed out that the Truth Movement was co-opted by the End the Fed movement, led prominently by Austrian School supporters, and that Tom Woods, specifically, has been at the forefront, in claiming to be anti-government, yet steering clear of truly controversial issues that would affect their lucrative business operations.

For those who still don’t realize the significance of an organization whose ideology is anti-government specifically seeking government recognition and regulation, let me explain it.

It’s not, as someone said in another thread, comparable to an individual American doing anything he or she can to reduce his/her taxes.

Unlike the Mises Institute, the average American taxpayer is being directly taxed whether they consent or not.

The Mises Institute, on the other hand, specifically entered into a voluntary agreement with the very government its founder said is “far worse than the mafia”.

Another excuse is the red herring of which of us hasn’t taken government services, which again, fails to recognize the distinction between the acceptance of goods and services provided by force and coercion, and voluntarily entering into a legally-binding contract with government, thereby accepting its authority.

Yet, I expect most defenders of the Mises Institute not to see any problems with this, which is a reason why the Austrian School will continue to serve as controlled opposition.

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Image of Lew Rockwell

Given that Lew Rockwell sought government permission to establish the 501(c)(3) Mises Institute, it should come as no surprise that he has been publishing more articles since 2012 promoting the government-granted privilege of concealed carry rather than the natural and constitutionally-protected right of open carry. This despite his claim that the government is “far worse than the mafia.”

Here are five articles I came across from a search of his site promoting concealed carry:

Mini/Pocket 9mm Pistols for Concealed Carry
May 18, 2013

How to Carry Concealed
March 11, 2013

The Stylish Man’s Guide to Concealed Carry
September 28, 2012

Guns.com’s Nice List: 5 Well-Behaved Concealed Carry Guns
December 29, 2012

10 Commandments of Concealed Carry
July 10, 2012

Get The License!

You’ll hear some absolutists say, “No government has the right to permit me to carry a gun! I don’t need no stinking permit! The Second Amendment is my license to carry!”

That is the sound of someone asking to go to jail. Like it or not, the laws of the land require, in 46 of the 50 states, a license to carry.

Yet I only found one article since 2012 promoting open carry.

The Right to Open Carry Guns: Use It or Lose It
March 26, 2013

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