Category Archives: Rights

Is Citizenship a Privilege or a Right? Do Citizens have Rights or Duties?

Privilege1On a hunch, I did a search of Supreme Court cases on looking for the phase “privilege of citizenship”. Findlaw indicated that there are 716 cases where that phrase occurs.

That’s pretty good evidence that citizenship is a privilege.


•  I did another search of Supreme Court cases on looking for the phrase “right of citizenship”. Findlaw indicated there are 1,540 cases where that phrase occurs.

That’s pretty good evidence that citizenship is a right.

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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Privileges, Rights


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Territorial “states”?

Gangsters--within and without government--fight for territory. [courtesy Google Images]

Gangsters–within and without government–fight for territory.
[courtesy Google Images]

In my article “A Reader Wonders—Art. 1.10.1 vs. Art. 4.3.2”, I hypothesized that that loss of gold and silver coin in domestic circulation caused the governments of the States of the Union to become insolvent and non-functional. I speculated that, in the resulting governmental void, the national government passed emergency legislation to allow “territorial states” and/or “administrative districts” to supplant the insolvent governments of the States of the Union.

In the aftermath of that article, some readers have asked for statutory evidence of when those “territorial states” were created by law.

I don’t know where and when these hypothetical “territorial states” were created in law.  If the hypothesis is true, that information remains to be discovered and confirmed.

But if it were true that: 1) the governments of the States of the Union did not become legally insolvent until after both the gold- and silver-based currencies had been removed from domestic circulation; and 2) the last of the silver-based currencies disappeared between A.D. 1964 and A.D. 1968—then it would seem to follow that the governments of the States of the Union didn’t stop functioning until the early 1960s.  Therefore, the hypothetical territorial-state governments did not come to full power until sometime in the early 1960s (when, incidentally, the Viet Nam war was heating up).

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First Principle: All Rights Flow From Title

Thomas Jefferson - Series of 1869 $2 bill

Thomas Jefferson – Series of 1869 $2 bill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“What follows is personal conjecture that I cannot prove and might contain fundamental errors.  But I’ve considered these possibilities for over a decade and I remain convinced that they’re at least interesting and possibly correct:

According to Bouvier’s Law Dictionary (1856 A.D.), all rights flow from title.

For example, my “right” to drive or sell my car, is based on my “title” to that car. So long as I have valid title, I have the right to drive or sell that car.  My “rights” to any property flow from my title to that property.

But since I lack title to your car, I have no right to drive it. If I attempt to drive or sell a car for which I have no title, I can be charged with a crime. The same is true for houses, computers or any other form of property. Rights flow from title.

Thus, if you have no title, you have no rights.  If you have diminished title, you have diminished rights.

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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in Money, Rights, Title


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Mini-Seminar by Adask

Adask at Hells Canyon

Adask at the “gates” of Hell’s Canyon, Idaho

I was recently interviewed by Stephen Roberts on “Cancel the Cabal”.  During that video interview, I explored the concepts of sovereignty and the “sovereignty movement,” as well as potential applications of the 1st, 2nd and 9th Amendments, and “MOOA” (“man or other animals”) in relation to drug laws, the war on drugs, police state, big pharma, and American medicine.

The interview lasts almost two hours.  It’s too long to be an “interview,” but it might reasonably be described as a “mini-seminar”.  Most won’t have the time to listen to the entire presentation.  But it’s actually a pretty good general introduction to a number of concepts, so, if you’re inclined to listen, here’s the link:


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God-given, unalienable Rights repudiated by Supreme Court

The American Revolution was fought to validate and secure the two, extraordinary, unprecedented principles advanced by the “Declaration of Independence”:

1) That it is both true and self evident that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; and,

2) “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men . . . .”

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Posted by on February 2, 2010 in God-given, Rights, Treason, Unalienable Rights


“Without Prejudice”: Reserving your Rights under the UCC

For most of 20 years, I’ve watched pro se litigants, tax resistors and legal reformers “reserve their rights” by writing some variety of “without prejudice” under the UCC .  I don’t doubt that a few of those “reservations” may have worked, but no more than 1 or 2%.   I’d say that at least 98% (if not 99%; if not 100%) of those reservations of rights had no discernable effect on gov-co or the case at hand.

I recently received an email containing a report that not only claims that the UCC reservation-of-rights strategy now works, but that it works so well that it can achieve “diplomatic immunity”.  There’s a lot of good information in that report, but I’m very wary of the fundamental conclusion.

In fact, after I read and analyzed the report, I understood for the first time why “reservaton of rights” strategies are largely irrelevant.  More, based on this understanding, I then realized that the fundamental issue is not your rights, but rather your duties.  In essence, you can reserve your rights all day and it will have no effect on your duties.

The email and my analysis are a fairly long read.  But if you’ll make the effort, I think you’ll see some new and hopefully valuable insights.  Click here to download the PDF file:  090806 UCC Remedy


Posted by on August 9, 2009 in Rights, UCC