(7) An unjust law is no law.
Lex iniusta non est lex has a long tradition going back to St. Augustine. The world’s greatest human rights heroes remind us that unjust laws are illegitimate.
Unfortunately, in today’s Western world, lawmakers, law enforcers, and victims need reminding that an unjust law is no law. People are essentially law-abiding often to the point of scrupulousness. Civil obedience has become second nature, since the majority of us ordinary people start with the assumption that government is benevolent.
The cross-border compliance condors have taken advantage of this essentially law-abiding character. They try to infect their clients with a kind of tax scrupulosity, a pathological guilt and fear that if they do not do exactly as told, the IRS will destroy them with taxes, fines, interest, and jail time–and it would be the client’s own damn fault because it was their duty as a citizen to keep up with the requirements of the IRS.
My writing at the Isaac Brock Society has often focused on the injustice of the laws and their application to expats. This articulation of the injustice has been of clear benefit to our readers, if only to confirm that it is the USA Federal Government that has become criminal and that their own innate sense of what is unfair was right all along.
Why is the IRS persecution of expats unjust? Here are some ways that have been explored over and over at the Isaac Brock Society:
- It is an assault on the tax bases of every country in the world via the Trojan horse of the diaspora of so-called US citizens.
- The taxes collected are for the benefit of Homelanders and not for those who are taxed.
- The IRS has spawned a parasitic industry of compliance condors who produce nothing but paperwork and are an economic drain to the countries in which they ply their illegitimate craft.
- The IRS has created innocent victims, not least of all those expats who went into the money laundering program for criminals called OVDP.
- Unjust laws have criminalized the failure to fill out forms (FBAR, 8938) for reporting innocent bank accounts.
- Unjust laws (FBAR, FATCA) attempt to force people to yield voluntarily their own privacy rights or force foreign financial institutions to violate local privacy laws.
- The IRS has violated the citizenship rights of thousands: forcing some to renounce US citizenship, and treating non-US citizens, against their will, as though they were US citizens.
- Extra-territorial taxation of US citizens in essence is a tax on the right to return. It is unjust to tax human rights.
- The IRS threatens expats with excessive fines that are not proportional to the infractions committed (such as the FBAR 300% fine of the value of unreported financial accounts).
- The US government has also forced many expats underground and into de facto exile. Many are now afraid to mention their origins in public or visit their native land to see their families.
Civil Disobedience, FBAR and Forms 8854 and 8938
California genocide and the Indian Tax Revolt of 1851
Fair tax, unfair tax: or When is it paying my fair share?
Burning down barns is not wrong because it is illegal; it is illegal because it is wrong
When law becomes a substitute for morality
Previous Petros Principles:
(1) What the IRS can’t know unless you tell them can’t hurt you.
(2) Fear makes the IRS more dangerous than it really is.
(3) Haste is the devil
(4) Those most hurt by the IRS’s persecution of expats have engaged the services of cross-border compliance condors.
(5) Those least hurt have done nothing.
(6) Home is where you live.
About: Petros is the alias of the founding administrator of the Isaac Brock Society. Petros Principles are guidelines that have helped him and others deal with the United States’ world-wide tax invasion.