J. M. Berger
When surveyed, United States law enforcement consistently ranks sovereign citizens as the top domestic extremist threat, even greater than that presented by homegrown jihadists. Despite the considerable size of the movement, estimated to include hundreds of thousands of adherents, few
Americans know what sovereigns believe and how those beliefs inform their actions.
So-called sovereign citizens believe in an alternate history of the U.S., replacing reality with a vast conspiracy governed by complex, arcane rules. They believe that if someone understands and properly invokes those rules, that person is exempt from many laws, including the obligation to pay taxes, and that he or she can be empowered to seize private property, enforce legal actions against individuals, and claim money from the government. When faced with arrest for illegal actions that they believe are legal, sovereign citizens can become violent.
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Phi Beta Iota: Berger's work is valuable for its depiction of how the Deep State views the sovereign citizens. He is correct when he labeled many of their views incoherent, unwarranted, and in some instances threatening to the established order. What he misses completely is the failure of the federal government particularly, and state governments generally, to actually represent the public interest with intelligence and integrity. Every corner of the federal, state, and local government — executive, legislative, and judiciary — has been at worst captured completely and at best partially corrupted, by the Deep State. The present schism in the USA is between those smart enough to realize that the government no longer represents the public interest; and those who do not. 80% gets it, 20% do not. It remains to be seen where the US military and US law enforcement down to the county sheriffs level, will stand on this matter, and how best to remediate it without a civil war.
We do not condone breaking any existing law however unjust, nor do we condone violence. We do not even condone civil disobedience. We seek a restoration of civic responsibility at the local level, such that laws and regulations and actions — including borrowing and spending — that are not in the public interest may be successfully challenged and over time stopped.
Below is a link to the works of Anna Von Reitz, one of the top educators on the subject of competing forms of citizenship and competing forms of government.