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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tax Protestors Abusing Language: Latin Edition

Tax protestors love to abuse the language. For example, they love to claim nobody is liable to pay income tax because they tax code doesn't use the word "liable" or "taxpayer" exactly the way they think it should (that is, in a way that would exclude them).

An amusing example of this is how tax protestors, whom I suspect are usually not fluent in Latin, abuse the term "sui juris" (or, as the Romans would have written it, SUI IURIS). "Sui" is the genitive reflexive pronoun -- that is, "of his (her, its, their) own". "Juris" means "laws". So, literally, "(of) his (her, its, their) own laws".

Tax protestors think that this means the legal concept of "sui juris" means that if one is legally "sui juris", one is only subject to one's own laws. Whoa! Not so fast. "Sui Juris" is something much simpler: it means, in Latin, precisely what is meant by the Greek (and English, from the Greek) word "autonomous" (autos - self, nomos - law).

It merely means, in other words, that a person has independent standing in the law -- that is, that the person is legally an adult and need not get a parent's or guardian's permission to sue (and can, equivalently, be sued directly and not through a guardian). It doesn't mean one is independent of the law and can do what one wishes without concern to what the law says.

So, yes, most tax protestors are in fact "sui juris" (although most of them would surely benefit from being declared incompetent and having a guardian appointed to them). They, and not their parents, can be sued for their non-payment of taxes. As usual, the tax protestors are ranting and foaming in the mouth -- and proving exactly the opposite of what they think they're proving.

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At September 29, 2010 at 4:01 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Tax Protesters always seem to argue the meaning of certain laws and how those laws don't apply to them. With all the different and contradictory possible interpretations of the laws it's so DIFFICULT to understand what the laws mean! If only there was SOMEONE who's job it was to explain and clarify what all those laws mean! Oh yeah, we have those people, they're called judges.

At January 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM , Blogger Chrisfs said...

I keep thinking that tax protesters had awfully strict parents and they are continually rebelling against them via any authority. They want to use the car, but they don't want to fill the tank.

At February 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM , Blogger Reg said...

Thank you so much! This is something I have understood intuitively for many years,and have tried to enlighten others as best I can. But certain folks can be so stubborn and boneheaded, so egocentric. This site will be a great help!

At February 11, 2011 at 12:56 AM , Blogger Money Warturz said...

Umm Correction judges only give there opion of what the law is and not all of them have the same opinion. duh proof is in the fact that all you have to do to prove what I am saying is read case law. besides who cares what the judges say the constitution says unapportioned taxes are illegal period. now who's breaking the law

At July 24, 2011 at 9:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sedition defines the crime as any act causing givernment, Law, Constitution, Sovereign to be held in hatred and or contempt. Therefore any act of Government, Law,Constitution, and Sovereign causing you the individual to hold Government, Law, Constitution, Sovereign to be held in hatred and or contempt is a Seditious Act. THus the individual can rightfully and lawfully overturn all acts of government, law, constitution, and Sovereign and expect lawfu citizens to comply with an obolgation to a nation where by all exists through consensus of the people. So its all well and great suggesting that Governments have legitimacy, but the law is an obligation to seek consensus - not impose tyranny.

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